Perfectly Good Guitar was singer-songwriterJohn Hiatt's eleventh album, released in 1993. It was his last studio album with A&M Records, despite it being Hiatt's highest charting album ever in the US (#47), Canada (#34) and the UK (#67). The European edition of the album contains the bonus track "I'll Never Get Over You".
The title track 'Perfectly Good Guitar' expresses the sad sentiment about musicians who smash their guitars. The song states "It breaks my heart to see those stars, smashing a perfectly good guitar." The song wistfully suggests that a guitar is something to cherish and smashing one should be a crime. This song is alluding to guitarists such as Pete Townshend of The Who and Paul Simonon of the Clash, the latter whose album London Calling prominently features a photo of Paul Simonon smashing a bass guitar. This trend also seems to have been expressed by Jimi Hendrix who lit fire to his guitar. At time of writing, Nirvana's popularity was at its zenith. Their performances often ended with Kurt Cobain destroying his guitar.