Rolling Stone, February 22, 1979

Guitars of the Stars [excerpt]

Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac's lead guitarist, owns about twenty guitars, including Fender Telecasters and Stratocasters, Gibson Les Pauls, a Gretsch Country Gentleman and Gretsch Tennessean, plus an acoustic Martin D-28.

Onstage, Buckingham favors a 1974 Gibson Les Paul he found in a West L.A. music store. "Before I joined Fleetwood Mac, I used a Fender Telecaster because it suited by finger-picking style," he said. "I wanted to use a Fender onstage when we first started playing live, but it didn't fit into the texture of the piano sounds Christine [McVie] was getting, so I switched to a Gibson Les Paul. While a Telecaster sounds great from three feet away, the Les Paul sounds beefier to anyone sitting in the back of the hall."

Other than a six-string Alembic guitar, Buckingham has not had any of his axes custom designed. "It's all in the player really," he said. "Look at somebody like Hendrix. It didn't matter what guitar he had or even if it was in tune. The thing is, if you can connect, you can get anything you want out of an instrument. There's no dream instrument that could give you everything. You just have to use your imagination."

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