Jason Henke spoke with Joe Bonamassa prior to the Crossroads Festival last month to ask Joe a few questions about Eric Clapton, Joe’s British influences, what he hopes his legacy will be and more. One aspect of the Crossroads Festival that didn’t get reported very much is the auction that was associated with the festival. Joe donated his gold-sparkle Strat that he played for many years before switching to Gibsons. Here’s what Joe had to say about that guitar and the auction:
It’s a gold-sparkled Fender Strat that I played a lot in my earlier years – it’s probably my most noticeable guitar from that time. I had a lot of pictures taken with it. That guitar had been sitting in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for two years, and I decided it was time to close that chapter on my life with that guitar and let somebody else have it for a hell of a cause. As long as it goes to a good home and somebody enjoys it, I’m good with it. I just hope it doesn’t hang on a wall to look at. Play the thing. That’s what it was made for.