Posted on: June 1, 2012

Strike A Chord: Kevin O’Leary riffs about his passion for collecting guitars

For a guy who’s forged an international reputation—and a significant amount of income—from being an unsentimental, hard-line capitalist, Kevin O’Leary gets awfully mushy when it comes to his guitars.

The successful entrepreneur and television personality, best-known for his acerbic put-downs on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and Redemption, Inc., as well as on ABC’s Shark Tank, has more than 20 guitars in his collection. And none has to meet the standards he preaches on the business-related reality TV shows.

In other words, they don’t have to make money. They just have to be. O’Leary claims he’s not even sure of their value—even the Les Paul guitar that bears a personal message from its pioneering namesake, penned following a performance not long before his recent death at age 94.

“I have no idea what they’re worth,” O’Leary says. “I don’t think of them that way. I’m never going to sell them.”

The signed Les Paul, after all, borders on priceless—Paul invented the solid-body electric guitar, so in the eyes of an afficianado it’s like having a copy of the Ten Commandments bearing God’s autograph.

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