Toto guitarist Steve Lukather sat down with Guitar World and answered questions about his range of guitar equipment. When Steve was asked whether he has any seller’s remorse stories, he mentioned his ’58 Goldtop story :
“I’ve bought things that I thought I was going to like more than I did or used more than I did, but I’d sell them or keep them. I have a few seller’s remorse [stories]. I had a ’58 Goldtop that I sold. I mean, I bought it for a couple of grand, and somebody offered me $50,000 for it.
And this was, like, 20 years ago, my daughter was going to college. I said, ‘Well, I haven’t played it in a long time,’ not thinking about the history that I had with that guitar. And I sold it to this Japanese guy for 50 grand, and I just took care of my daughter’s college for a year.”
Lukather continued by telling how he sold his ’60 Les Paul:
“And then I had a 1960 Les Paul with a thin neck, like Jimmy Page’s, which I liked, but it didn’t sound anywhere near as good as my ’59 Burst. I didn’t play it for, like, 20 years. I figured if I didn’t play it for 20 years, I could get rid of it.”
The guitarist then revealed why he gave up on selling his gears:
“It was a great investment – what I paid for it and what I sold it for were like, okay, but then I’m going, ‘Why am I selling this?’ So I stopped doing that.”
Steve recently talked about the hardships of keeping Toto alive in a separate interview. He also mentioned his appreciation for Ringo Starr:
“Some people are pissed off at me that I’m trying to keep Toto together. It’s like just trying to keep the music alive and show some respect to it and get it out there. And I love doing it, Joseph, and I love doing it. And it’s a great honor for me to also be involved with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr band.”
When it was asked him how long he plans to carry on, he answered:
“I can’t even believe it myself. But there’s a harsh reality to the expiration date. How long am I gonna be able to do this? I mean, some of our brothers can’t do it anymore medically or whatever.”
You can listen to Steve Lukather’s newest album ‘Bridges’ below. You can check here for his 2023 Fall tour dates.