Buck Dharma

Guitarist/Singer with Blue Öyster Cult

As co-founder, songwriter, singer and lead guitarist of Blue Öyster Cult, Buck Dharma has been and remains a big influence for many musicians in the hard rock and heavy metal crowd.  His classic guitar lines and lead vocals from such classic rock anthems as (Don’t Fear) The Reaper, Godzilla, and Burnin’ For You inspired generations of young guitarists to pick up the instrument and play.  Their songs have been covered by many bands including Metallica, Evanescence, Goo Goo Dolls and The Smashing Pumpkins, to name a few.  Born Donald Roeser, Buck and Eric Bloom, who sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar, are the two remaining original members after over three decades of touring and recording.

Buck uses the TightDrive overdrive pedal as the first in a chain of 3 gain pedals, used in combination to create various amounts of distortion.  He found it great for solos, and also uses it occasionally for a more ‘vibey’ rhythm tone.

“The TightDrive earned a spot on my pedalboard for its signature classic lead guitar drive and tonality. The additional effects loop and power switch (leave your pedal plugged in!) are bonuses.”  –Buck Dharma