Happy birthday, Brad Whitford! The Aerosmith guitarist has been in the industry for decades and many fans wanted to know more about his personal life. Take a look at his early days, net worth, age, and impressive Gibson guitar collection below.
Born Bradley Ernest Whitford in Winchester, Massachusetts, on February 23, 1952, the musician is celebrating his 71st birthday today!
It appears that music was truly Whitford’s passion since he was younger because after graduating from Reading Memorial High School, he studied college at the Berklee College of Music. (via Patch)
After his tertiary studies, he immediately played in local bands like Teapot Dome, Cymbals of Resistance, and many more. The biggest point of his career came in 1971 when he replaced Ray Tabano as Aerosmith’s guitarist.
The band went on to become one of the most legendary and successful groups in the music industry. However, after spending over a decade with his bandmates, the musician decided to depart from the band to have a solo career.
Brad Whitford and his bandmate, Joe Perry, decided to come back and perform with Aerosmith again in 1984. Around that period, all members completed drug rehabilitation programs, including the guitarist as he had problems with alcohol abuse.
Today, the artist is still sober and remains a member of the iconic rock band, leading him to amass a massive fortune. According to Metal Shout, the rhythm guitarist’s estimated net worth is around $40 million.
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Brad Whitford’s Gilbert Guitar Collection
In December, the musician appeared on Gibson’s YouTube series “The Collection” where he showed some of his extensive guitar collection and explained how valuable they are to him. (via Music Radar)
In the 55-minute episode, the musician went through the instruments he owns including a 1953 Les Paul Goldtop, the custom-made “B**** Blue” B.C. Rich 8-string guitar, and many more.
The most special guitar he has is the 1958 Les Paul Custom Reissue model. The instrument’s case still has remnants of the Woodstock Festival in 1994. The custom-made instrument was hand-delivered to their performance by Tom Murphy and it was used throughout their set. (via Guitar World)
Speaking about how he fell in love with the guitar, Whitford said, “It’s got that terrific neck, with something different about it but something familiar.”
Other guitars featured in the episode were the Les Paul Special Double Cut from 1960, the Fender Stratocaster from 1956, and Goldtop from 1968.
To see Brad Whitford’s complete collection, check out the full episode above.
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