1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard 'Blackburst'
“Probably the most valuable guitar I own. It is a factory black 1960 Standard that was ordered in lieu of the more expensive Les Paul Custom. Underneath that black paint is a super flame-y sunburst top. It is one of a kind, and I won’t get into the backstory here ’cause it’s all over the internet. I have the receipt and the payment plan dating January 1960. To see it in person is quite the sight! I am never scared of guitars, but for this one I might make an exception.”
1961 Gibson ES-335
“The basis for my signature model and a guitar that I bought at a meet and greet in 2011. The folks have since become my friends, and I have used this guitar on many records and tours including the Muddy Wolf [At Red Rocks] DVD last year. A very special guitar to me.”
1963 Firebird I 'Treasure'
“This guitar was loaned to me by a fan… who won’t take it back. He bought it new in 1963. I immediately named it treasure because it’s one of my prized possessions in my collection. I’ve played the song “Slow Train” on it more times than I can remember! It’s just one of those great stories where he buys it new in ’63 and plays it for 45 years and wants me to keep playing on it when he retired from playing. It’s a great guitar. I really feel like a guitar should be played and should have a life and not just look good.”
1959 Les Paul 'Spot'
“Named for the unfaded spot at the top. Featured in “Beauty of the Bursts” it has a long history of various collectors. Many years ago the pickup covers were removed exposing double-white PAF’s and the Bigsby bar was removed. It’s known as one of the greatest Les Paul’s in the world, but Joe still plays it almost every night.”
1966 Fender Jazzmaster Sea Foam Green
“I had been working on buying this guitar, along with two others, for about five years. I finally was able to make a deal and get one of rarest custom colours in the whole Fender line. “This guitar is mint and fantastic as an instrument; throw in the Sea Foam factor, and it makes it one of the most expensive ‘surf guitars’ out there.”
1963 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst
“My ole keeper from my teenage years. I bought this guitar in 1993 at the fall Philly guitar show for $4,200. All the money at the time. It was mint and I was a kid and didn’t care. I was flush with record company advance (Bloodline record) and full of fearlessness. Five years later, I was broke and down to my last few guitars, and for some reason I kept it. Even in 2006 when the market exploded and it was worth $30,000, I kept it. I was broke then, too. I’ve kept it through thick and thin, and it has appeared on most of my 15 albums. Something to be said about old faithful.”
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