“I have a couple of skills in this world: I can play guitar pretty good and I can spot a fake guitar”: Joe Bonamassa reveals one common fake ‘59 Les Paul ‘Burst scam – and how you can avoid it

Joe Bonamassa playing a Les Paul live
(Image credit: Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Joe Bonamassa is one of the most prevalent guitar collectors and vintage gear connoisseurs in the world today, and so when he comes along and offers his top piece of advice for identifying the real deal in a market flooded with fake articles, it’s wise to pull up a pew and listen to what he has to say.

That was the topic of conversation during JoBo’s recent interview with Dean Delray, in which the multi-brand signature artist proffered aspiring collectors some words of wisdom when it comes to avoiding scammers.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.