Gavin Rossdale reveals how he came to own Joe Walsh’s ‘Hotel California’ Fender Jazzmaster – and why he wasn’t too pleased when the Eagles legend signed it

Gavin Rossdale and Joe Walsh

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As one of the most renowned tunes of perpetuity, including among the biggest guitar solos, it’s reasonable to state the Eagles’ hotel California has an unique location in music history, and by extension, so does the equipment the band utilized to tape the 1976 effort.

While the majority of people would fear of those instruments, consisting of the purple Fender Jazzmaster electrical guitar that Joe Walsh utilized to play the tune’s verses, the exact same can’t be stated for Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, who purchased the renowned balanced out with little regard for either hotel California or the Eagles.

Speaking to Guitar World‘s Amit Sharma for an upcoming interview, Rossdale remembered rather matter-of-factly how he pertained to own the Fender Jazzmaster, and discussed that– owing to the truth he didn’t “offer a fuck about the Eagles”– he was less than satisfied when Walsh willingly signed it for him.

” I purchased that guitar from Vintage and Rare, this great guitar shop in London,” Rossdale discussed. “As a kid I utilized to enter there without any cash. I was among those bothersome clients who would never ever purchase anything, so when I signed a record offer, I went there and purchased a guitar. I attempted every guitar therein. The Jazzmaster remained in the window, interestingly enough.

” I understood I liked the appearance of the purple Jazzmaster in the window however I would not let myself purchase the very first thing I saw– I needed to attempt every guitar in the shop,” he continued. “I returned to the Jazzmaster and it sounded excellent.”

Though the Vintage and Rare sales representative most likely believed Rossdale would be more motivated to purchase the guitar understanding it had actually when come from Walsh, it ended up the Bush frontman could not have actually cared less.

” They informed me Joe Walsh had actually formerly owned it,” Rossdale mentioned. “I’m English, so who appreciates the Eagles, truly? I do not offer a fuck about the Eagles, however I can appreciate them even if I do not listen to them. Everybody else was going nuts about it, however it didn’t actually suggest much to me.”

After purchasing the Jazzmaster, Rossdale then chose to get it validated by Walsh himself, though generally for monetary factors.

” I was in fact being handled by [the Eagles’] supervisor for a very long time,” he remembered. “So when I satisfied Joe, I asked if he understood this guitar. He selected it up and began playing it, and after that stated, ‘Yeah, I in fact utilized it for the verses on hotel California!’

” So I got him to sign a little bit of paper to show it and I informed my kids to offer it the day I pass away– due to the fact that I ‘d utilized it on [Bush’s launching album] Sixteen Stone, which has some history, however the enormous little history is the reality that it had actually been utilized on hotel California,” Rossdale included. “And naturally I appreciate that, even if I do not care about it personally.”

However, while the balanced out was with Walsh for confirmation, the Eagles guitar player believed he had actually up the worth of the instrument even further by signing the body– something that didn’t decrease too well with the Jazzmaster’s brand-new owner.

Rossdale went on, “Here’s something I’ve never ever informed anybody and it’s dazzling. I sent out the guitar over for Joe to confirm and examine with his tech, who has actually most likely been with him given that permanently. And he sent it back signed with his name on the real guitar.

” As quickly as I saw it, I needed to get that shit off. I’m an expert artist! I do not offer a shit, this is simply for my kids to offer when I’m dead … get up, I do not care! [ chuckles]

Bush’s brand-new album, The Art of Survival(opens in brand-new tab)— which might include the now-signature-less Fender Jazzmaster– shows up today (October 7).

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Matt is a Staff Writer, composing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has actually invested the last 16 years playing whatever from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not integrating his enthusiasm for composing and music throughout his day task, Matt records for a variety of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session artist.


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