“When I left the band I took most of my Aerosmith guitars, put them in road boxes, and left them there”: Joe Perry on the lost golden-era Aerosmith guitar he misses the most

Joe Perry and Steven Tyler
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Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry may confess to being (mostly) a “stone-cold Gibson man,” but the rock icon says the one guitar from his ‘70s heyday he wishes he still had is a Strat – specifically, the instrument he used to record Walk This Way.

Aerosmith’s career got off to a stuttering start, with their first two albums receiving a lukewarm reception. Then, with 1975’s Toys in the Attic, the band hit their stride – and a combination of Les Pauls and Strats – that proved magic.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.

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