Chris Buono


Chris Buono is a multi-media guitar madman. From his recordings and performances with such diverse artists as Dweezil Zappa to Karsh Kale to Graham Haynes to his work with guitar magazines including Guitar Player and Guitar One to his acclaimed video work with TrueFire; Chris can be seen and heard throughout the guitar media pantheon. Buono is also a respected authority in the guitar effects and digital audio production arenas and was a professor at Berklee College of Music. To date, Chris has over 30 TrueFire products and seven publications through Alfred, Cengage Learning and Hal Leonard.


1973 "Bionic" Strat equipped with a Black TUSQ XL nut and String Saver Classics

1973 Gibson L6-S equipped with a Black TUSQ XL nut and a custom vintage Schaller bridge equipped with String Saver Original saddles

2012 Vigier Excalibur Surfreter Supra equipped with a Black TUSQ XL nut

2012 Vigier Excalibur Supra Special equipped with a Black TUSQ XL nut

2014 Novax Sweet Annie 25th Anniversary with String Saver Classics

2002 Novax XR with String Saver Classics

2009 Taylor GT-8 equipped with a TUSQ XL nut & TUSQ Acoustic Saddle

2013 Taylor GS Mini-e Koa FLTD with a TUSQ XL nut & TUSQ Acoustic Saddle

2015 Taylor 314ce-N with a TUSQ XL nut & TUSQ Acoustic Saddle

1988 Ibanez Jem 777 equipped with a set of Black String Saver Classic Floyd Rose

2017 Taylor 756 with a SQ XL nut & TUSQ Acoustic Saddle

TUSQ Picks (Bright & Deep) in Bi-Angle

“Back in 1998 I decided to scour NYC for the ultimate player Strat that I could bastardize, which included installing a non-locking tremolo system among many other modifications. At the same time I was conducting a war against string-breakage. When I brought in the Strat that I had discovered at 30 St. Guitars to Bill Baker at Dave Sound Repair for an overhaul, he installed a Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL nut and replaced the saddles in the bridge system I was using at the time with String Savers. Needless to say, my life changed forever. After wrestling with locking nuts for years, I finally had a trem system that allowed the guitar to breath since there was no mechanism clamping the strings down, but at the same time I could stay in tune under the rigors of my intense whammy antics. AND, I wasn’t breaking strings! This would have been impossible without Graph Tech products. So much so, I’ve been a devout user ever since and always will be!"

“To play great you have to be in the right head space and much of that rests on your tone. Like your cables, your pick is often a forgotten component to crafting a tone you connect with. GraphTech hit a home run here with their TUSQ picks giving us three options that make a huge difference when it comes to the pick's place in the tone creation. And, not only do I have three great sound options to work with now I also have the added bonus of options with regards to the shape. I've been a big triangle player for longer than I can remember. The bi-angle shape puts a nice spin on that shape that I really dig. Finally, the raised logo provides extra grip that doesn't wear down, which is fantastic!"- Chris Buono