Buster B. Jones

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Buster B. Jones
Buster B Jones Rietberg-Germany 2005.jpg
Buster B. Jones in Rietberg/Germany in 2005
Background information
Birth name Bradley F. Jones
Also known as Buster B. Jones
Born August 24, 1959
Origin Ames, Iowa
Died February 2, 2009(2009-02-02) (aged 49)
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Guitarist Songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1988–2009
Associated acts Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Merle Travis, Thom Bresh

Buster B. Jones (August 24, 1959 - February 2, 2009) was an American guitarist specializing in the fingerpicking style.


Born Bradley F. Jones in Ames, Iowa, he first became known after entering Guitar Player Magazine's International Reader's Soundpage Competition in 1988[1] on a whim. He submitted an original composition, titled Back Porch Boogie, as well as a cover of Salty Dog Blues, recorded using a reel-to-reel recorder and then transferred to cassette using a boombox. Jones came in first place out of nearly 900 entries.[2] He went on to win the National Fingerpicking Championship at Winfield, Kansas in 1990.

In 1995, Jones became a spokesman for Godin guitars,[3] playing a custom instrument he named "Pearl" for the mother of pearl inlay of his name on the neck. He toured often, earning the nicknames "Le Machine Gun" and "Pistola" for his fast playing style. That same style earned the notice of Chet Atkins, who described Buster by saying; "Buster B. Jones is the best fingerpicker I've heard since Jerry Reed… He plays like he's double parked."[3]

Jones was also well known for his mentoring of young players and he appeared in 11 instructional videos demonstrating and explaining fingerstyle guitar technique.





Year Album Label
1998 Fingers in Flight Flat Five Press & Recording Co.
Live at 'Five Flat Five Press & Recording Co.
n/a Ballads and Barn Burners n/a
2002 Just Us Pazgunyak Music
2005 A Decade of Buster B. Jones

Flat Five Press & Recording Co.

2006 In Concert n/a


Year Album Label
2001 Guts & Steel: Goovemasters vol. 5: Thom Bresh & Buster B. Jones Solid Air Records


  1. ^ Wheeler, Tom (July 1988). "The Winner!" (PDF). Guitar Player. pp. 48–50. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Titles by: Buster B. Jones". Mel Bay. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Godin Guitars Mourns Loss of Buster B. Jones". Guitar Player. 10 February 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 

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