A longtime associate of Willie Nelson,
much under the radar throughout his 60-plus years in the music
business, but those in the know regarded him as one of America's
best players of several stringed instruments: guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
Buskirk was among the first American musicians to
play a solidbody electric mandolin—he took delivery of a 10-string
from Paul Bigsby
The 1970s found Buskirk making a series of LPs on the Stoneway label, including
(1975), which featured the unusual 5-string depicted above, and
may well be the first American popular music album to feature an electric mandolin
from beginning to end. I've yet to discover who built this instrument.
Buskirk's primary instrument in his latter years was a self-designed mandola,
which he played on his last solo album,
He passed away in 2002.