One of the greatest guitarists of all time, Joe Bonamassa, revealed his personal advice for those who want to collect guitars, and apparently, it’s based on staying true to what you want in addition to not refraining from asking and learning.
As you may know, Joe Bonamassa started his career at the very young age of 12, when he opened for the legend, B.B. King. Bonamassa has released 15 solo albums through his independent record label in the last 13 years, 11 of which have peaked number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts.
In addition to his successful music career, Bonamassa is known for his extensive collection of vintage guitars and amplifiers, particularly his Les Paul ‘bursts.’ He started collecting guitars at a young age since his parents owned a music shop. His ‘Bona-seum,’ which is the name of the area at his home dedicated to vintage gear, is highly famous among his fans and other musicians.
During a recent interview with Guitarist Magazine, Joe Bonamassa was asked to share some tips for people who want to buy and collect guitars. Apparently, Bonamassa’s advice is to buy what you love no matter what others suggest to you.
Here is what Joe Bonamassa advised about choosing the right guitar:
“Knowledge. And buy what you like. Don’t let anybody go, ‘You really should have one of these. Collectors or my friends, will come over and they’ll be like, ‘Where are the L-5s and Super 400s?’ And I go, ‘I don’t have any. It’s not my thing.’
Always just stick with what you love because one day the holy grail you paid a lot of money for can be worth zero. And if it’s worth zero you have to ask yourself the question, ‘Do you still love it?’ Yes. ‘Are you happy with it?’ Yes. No regrets.”
Additionally, Bonamassa stated that he always knows what he’s about the purchase, however, he is not too proud to ask someone who knows more details about a particular guitar.
Here is what Bonamassa added:
“Before I get the checkbook out I know what I’m looking at and if I don’t know what I’m looking at I’m not too proud to ask somebody.“
You can click here to see the source for the interview.