“It was very emotional. He said, ‘This is where it belongs’”: Jon Bon Jovi has been reunited with the first guitar he ever owned, 45 years after he sold it

Jon Bon Jovi performs onstage
(Image credit: Getty Images / Emma McIntyre)

2024 was already the year of the guitar reunion, but now Jon Bon Jovi has a touching tale of his own: 45 years after selling the first guitar he ever owned for $100, he’s got it back. 

We’ve already seen “the most important bass guitar in history” returned to Paul McCartney and a guitarist reunited with his ‘81 Les Paul Custom almost 30 years after it was stolen. Now, the Livin’ On A Prayer legend has got in on the action.    

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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.