Born on October 3, 1949 in Palo Alto, California, Buckingham was the third and youngest child of Rutheda (née Elliott) and Morris Buckingham. He had two older brothers, Jeff and Greg.
Buckingham’s first forays into guitar playing took place on a toy Mickey Mouse guitar, playing along to his brother Jeff’s extensive collection of 45s. Noticing his talent, Buckingham’s parents bought their son a $35 Harmony guitar.
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