Joe Satriani on his greatest used guitar find, Bonamassa-inspired buyer's remorse and why he just can't play SGs

Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani talks buying and selling guitars (Image credit: Future)

Joe Satriani's main squeeze is his signature guitar, the Ibanez JS1 'Chrome Boy', which helps him heal after a dose of buyer's remorse… And yet, he's like the rest of us – there have been so many guitars in his life that he has loved, tried to love, and just plain wished he had never sold.

As his stellar new album, Shapeshifting, hit stores, Satriani sat down to talk about the guitars in his life and his gear acquisition philosophy. Of course his Ibanez signature Ibanez JS is a mainstay, but a '58 Esquire? 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.