Dustie “Dustball” Waring is the rhythm guitarist for the progressive heavy metal band Between the Buried and Me. He joined in early 2005 after replacing former guitarist Nick Fletcher. He contributes the lead guitar parts in select songs off the band’s albums Alaska, The Anatomy Of and Colors. Dustie states that Randy Rhoades was the first guitarist that really made him want to play. Next he found Pantera and Dimebag Darrell and everything changed from there. Dustie Waring is a self-taught guitar player, mainly learning off instructional videos and by ear. He also is the guitar player for the deathcore band, Glass Casket. Dustie says that he knew in middle school that he wanted to be a professional musician and that it was all he ever wanted to do. By the time he was 15 he was playing out every weekend.
The Anatomy Of…
Anyone familiar with Between the Buried and Me or BTBAM knows that they have a very unique heavy and progressive vibe. From brutal heavy chugging to immaculate epic solos and back to sparkling chimey cleans, Dustie relies on his guitar and amp to get the sound he needs. He has been a PRS player since 2008 and could not be happier with every single guitar and amp he has. Saying that they can easily accommodate any tone, heavy or clean.
That seems to be the biggest question, but the answer is pretty simple. They are something you can be proud to own. They are an incredible example of a guitar that speaks to both sights sounds and feel. PRS guitars have amazing looks, are extremely playable and have a thick sound. PRS has a vision and they believe in what they are doing and put everything into it. It is a company with a family vibe and it truly shows in every product. The quality is unbridled so there is no reason to look elsewhere.
Dustie was very involved in the designing process but great support and feedback from Bev and Rich throughout the process. “My guitar is something that I’ve been playing for several years with little changes and upgrades along the way. I feel like it takes lots of touring, shows, and just putting it through the ringer to really figure out what you want out of it. I chose to go with Satin finishes because I feel like it produces a darker sound and also just looks super awesome. The satin neck is very comfortable and fast, there’s never that sticky thing going on in hot clubs. The black hardware just kind of sets it off! I’ve kind of developed my style around using a Floyd, and dang near every guitar i own has one. It had to be a main feature on the guitar. I’ve been playing my signature MojoTone Tomahawk Pickups for several years now as well so we thought it would be awesome to have them come in the guitar so you’re actually getting the one I’m playing on stage.”
- Top Wood: Maple
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Number of Frets: 24
- Scale Length: 25 inches
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Neck Shape: Dustie Waring (Pattern Thin, but slightly thinner front to back)
- Fretboard Wood: Maple
- Fretboard Inlay: Birds
- Bridge: Floyd Rose Tremolo with Locking Nut
- Tuners: PRS Phase III Locking Tuners
- Hardware Type: Black Satin
- Controls: Volume and Tone Control with 5-Way Blade Pickup Selector
- Strings: 10-46
For all the wide-eyed garage bands out there, and kids growing up wanting become rockstars, Dustie had a few words of advice. He says to play as much as possible, and to try to create something unique. Think outside of the box and do your own thing something original. Never write music for anyone but yourself because that is what it is all about. It is a hard business to be in but you have to really want it and really enjoy it. If you haven’t heard BTBAM make sure to check them out!
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