"1972 Fender Stratocaster. A Richie Blackmore special. I wanted one like his ... more
"1972 Fender Stratocaster. A Richie Blackmore special. I wanted one like his so I bought this from Rumbleseat music. Killer strat and does the Richie too bright but metal thing perfect," says Joe Bonamassa, on his website.
"1970 Martin D-28. First year using Indian Rosewood. This guitar was my mai... more
"1970 Martin D-28. First year using Indian Rosewood. This guitar was my main acoustic guitar for the early part of my career. You can really hear it on the Studio Verion of 'India,'" says Joe Bonomassa, on his website.
"Two behind the flagship that is the J-200 this guitar has a very balanced so... more
"Two behind the flagship that is the J-200 this guitar has a very balanced sound and is great for recording. Very few maple back and side versions were made in this period that overlapped the Dove model. This guitar can be heard on the Sloe Gin album on a song called…'Around the Bend,'" Joe Bonomassa says, on his website.
"1968 ES-355, just like Freddie King’s main guitar. The late 60?s Gibson’s we... more
"1968 ES-355, just like Freddie King’s main guitar. The late 60?s Gibson’s were quirky but these 355?s were a star. It’s big and bold and screams, Are you Ready For Freddie?!!!!!" says Joe Bonomassa, on his website.
“The Adam Ant Flying V! Built in 1983, Not to be confused with the Royale V f... more
“The Adam Ant Flying V! Built in 1983, Not to be confused with the Royale V from the gig at Albert’s place back in 2009. This is a guitar I bought in London when I was there playing a show with Jack Bruce last year. Its from a shop called Vintage and Rare. Really nice people and when they showed me the Adam Ant letter, it was sold!” says Joe Bonomassa, on his website.
"1964 Fender Jazzmaster. Fender’s flagship model over the Telecaster and the ... more
"1964 Fender Jazzmaster. Fender’s flagship model over the Telecaster and the Stratocaster. The Jazzmaster was made famous by the band The Ventures and is synonymous with surf music out of southern California. I bought this guitar in Columbus Ohio at a small shop. Love mom and pop shops!" says Joe Bonomasssa, on his website.
"Epiphone Broadway 1952: This is a fun guitar with the early style Epiphone e... more
"Epiphone Broadway 1952: This is a fun guitar with the early style Epiphone electric pickups and knobs that could double on your GE stove. Epiphone, once its own stand alone company, was acquired by Gibson in 1957. The company at the time this guitar was made had just relocated to Philadelphia from New York after a labor strike. This is a great guitar for jazz and swing blues. I suggest flat wound strings on a guitar like this," Joe Bonomassa says, on his webiste.
“1955 Gibson Les Paul Custom fretless wonder. Mr. Polfus’s favorite version o... more
“1955 Gibson Les Paul Custom fretless wonder. Mr. Polfus’s favorite version of his signature model. His theory and correctly so was the lower the frets the lower the action hence the faster you play. He was right until the advent of extreme bending of strings in the blues rock world made the custom in its stock forum virtually unplayable. This particular guitar is a ok not a spectacular version of the 55 Custom. Proving not everything old is great," Joe Bonomassa says, on his website.
“1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard. My first of the four original sunburst Les Pa... more
“1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard. My first of the four original sunburst Les Pauls that I own. This guitar serial #9-0829 is named “Magellan”. I named this guitar after the great explorer because I managed to circumnavigate the globe with it on a world tour in 2011 battling airlines (especially in Australia) all to get the guitar to London to do a show filling in for the late great Gary Moore with the legendary Jack Bruce at Royal Festival Hall. Unfortunately I will never do that again as it is too dangerous to do so. I love this guitar and will always treasure it and will always be grateful to my friend Eliot Michael at Rumbleseat Music for his trust and generosity," says Joe Bonomassa, about his 1959 Les Paul Standard, on his website.
“‘Are You Ready for Freddie!!?’ The answer is a resounding always! I bought t... more
“‘Are You Ready for Freddie!!?’ The answer is a resounding always! I bought this guitar on EBAY because I wanted a 72 embossed covers ES-355TD in cherry red just like Freddie King played at the Cotton Bowl in Houston in 1974. It’s probably the rarest guitar I own next to the Johnny Cash Grammar guitar. You’re saying, how does a guy who owns 4 sunburst Les Pauls from the late 50?s say that? Well it’s true and it’s a true gem. Loud and proud like Freddie would want," Joe Bonomassa says, on his website.
"1962 Epiphone Sorrento, an early version with a bikini logo and smaller head... more
"1962 Epiphone Sorrento, an early version with a bikini logo and smaller headstock. These guitars were Gibson made and used mostly Gibson hardware. The pickups are patent applied for “pafs” but are mini humbuckers and not the full size ones used on Les Pauls and ES models starting in 1957. A set of full size pafs with original covers and solder, and windings in the post Madoff era will run you in the neighborhood of 4 thousand dollars. These unfortunately are not as valuable but sound great nonetheless. (Approx. 600 for a set) This guitar has a slim neck and a brown lifton case, perfect for a gig at the Derby in Los Feliz. Pinup girl and wing tips sold separately," says Joe Bonomassa, on his website.
“The Francis Scott Key of Gibson Guitars… Well not quite. It’s a 1976 Gibson ... more
“The Francis Scott Key of Gibson Guitars… Well not quite. It’s a 1976 Gibson Bicentennial Firebird. It was made along with a series of guitars in Gibson’s line to celebrate America’s 200th birthday in the year 1976. Check out the eagle on the pick guard. Now anybody reading this in Europe with be thoroughly unimpressed for a mere 200 years is proverbial blink of an eye in terms of history. These guitars are fun and also came in black which is a bit more rare. I brought this guitar along in 2010 to Santorini and can be heard on the song “Wandering Earth” on the Black Rock album," says Joe Bonomassa, on his website.
"A 1932 Martin 0-17 mahogany guitar that bellows like it’s 3 times its size. ... more
"A 1932 Martin 0-17 mahogany guitar that bellows like it’s 3 times its size. This particular guitar was the star of the recent acoustic tour and Vienna Opera House show and film shoot. It sounds like 10 cannons unleashed against Old Ironsides during the battle of Tripoli Harbor… Fans of 1930?s Martins always rave about the dynamic range and volume of that particular pre-war era… Not being an acoustic specialist myself, never bought into the myth until I bought into this guitar. I found “Old Ironsides” as an unclaimed repair at my friend David Neely’s Shop in Hollywood Ca. He was nice enough to facilitate the deal with the very hard to find owners.. It’s a fantastic guitar that inspired and helped me write the song “Dislocated Boy”," says Joe Bonomassa, on his website.
According to Joe Bonamassa on his website... "This is a 1954 Fender Teleca... more
According to Joe Bonamassa on his website...
"This is a 1954 Fender Telecaster. Made in April of 54. This is the last of the legendary blackguard series. These guitars are special and sound like no other Telecasters made since. This one came with a lovely original poodle case which made the Canadian border patrol / guitar geek freak out. Of course he got to play it and I avoided a full cavity search!"
"1967 Gibson Barney Kessel Custom. The model debuted in 1961 in viceroy brown... more
"1967 Gibson Barney Kessel Custom. The model debuted in 1961 in viceroy brown and changed over the years to the color you see here known as “clown burst.” It’s a huge guitar with a longer Super 400 style headstock. Gibson discontinued the model around 1972. I purchased this guitar from the #1 guitar shop in Hamburg, Germany (the same place as I bought the “Holy Flying V”). Interesting side fact – the guitar’s design has been resurrected in recent years with the Gibson Johnny A model which is in essence a shrunken Barney Kessel. It is also important to keep in mind that Barney was a fantastic guitarist that passed away in 2004," says Joe Bonamassa, on his website.
"1953 Gibson L-7 non cutaway. Talk about an honest guitar. This guy gives y... more
"1953 Gibson L-7 non cutaway. Talk about an honest guitar. This guy gives you no help at all. The mid level arch top made by Gibson during these times. The Super 400 being the top of the line and the L-50 being the entry levee. It has a stark midrange, very little bass and limited high end. To the ears it doesn’t sound very pleasing or full range so to speak. The genius of these guitars pre-amplification and into the rock and roll age (the first amps showed up in the early to mid 1930?s) was their ability to be featured on a bandstand without plugging in competing with the horns and drums of that era. Believe me my grandfather was a trumpet player and they are loud…!!! So grab this guitar, your tuxedo, your music stand and charts and live life like Charlie Christian, Bob Bain, and the cast of great swing and jazz players that made the music America danced to for several generations," Joe Bonamassa says, on his website.
"1966 Rickenbacker 370: a great guitar for power chords. If you plug this up ... more
"1966 Rickenbacker 370: a great guitar for power chords. If you plug this up into a Marshall Superlead stack or a Vox AC-30 you will be transported to a Who gig at Leeds Community College. The guitar is in its original mapleglo finish. The most interesting fact about the Rickenbacker guitar company is that they made the first electric guitar lap steel in the 1920?s and despite being associated with British acts in the 60?s the company is as American as apple pie," says Joe Bonamassa, on his website.
"1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior in a sunburst finish… Gibson offered these guita... more
"1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior in a sunburst finish… Gibson offered these guitars from 1954 thru early 1959 in two colors, sunburst and TV yellow (There are a few black ones out there that are double cutaways). The TV yellow being the most desirable and designed to show up on a standard black and white television of the era. A straight blonde color would blend in too much and not showcase the looks of the guitar. Les Paul Juniors came into the spotlight being used by my friend and yours Leslie West in the late 60?s and early 70’s (you can see Leslie on the Live at the Beacon Theater DVD sitting with his wife next to Kevin Shirley). Bare bones and simple the P-90 pickup was a killer combination of brightness but enough power to achieve overdrive from the amps of the day. So go out and find an old Sunn Coliseum or a 100 watt Stramp amp, crank up “Never in My Life” or “Theme from an Imaginary Western” and the rest will sort itself," Joe Bonamassa says, on his website.
"1956 Gibson ES-140t a very strange bird indeed… I bought this guitar in Ft W... more
"1956 Gibson ES-140t a very strange bird indeed… I bought this guitar in Ft Wayne Indiana 10 years ago because I had never laid eyes on another one or even heard of the model itself. This 3/4 scale comes with a 4 latch Lifton case that DOES NOT fit a Les Paul Model… I was pretty shattered to figure that out being original Les Paul cases are very valuable and hard to find in mint condition. This guitar rested in my living room for years as a perfect couch guitar… Loud and bright with just enough gain out of the pick up to drive a Princeton Reverb over the edge. They made these guitars in thin or thick body (example shown is a thin body) and in blonde or sunburst. Overall a fun guitar and an even more story of discovering a hidden gem in the midwest of the Americas… For the collector always enjoys the chase more than the item itself," Joe Bonamassa says, on his website.
"1972 Gibson Howard Roberts. A very unique guitar and part of the 1960?s thru... more
"1972 Gibson Howard Roberts. A very unique guitar and part of the 1960?s thru 70?s signature model series that saw models go to Trini Lopez, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow among others. This is a jazz guitar tried and true. The single neck pickup yields a mellow tone ideal for most music you find in the 88.1 to 89.3 range on your radio dial. Later on in the 1970?s Gibson made a Howard Roberts fusion that was smaller and had two pickups. This was most likely a response to the fusion craze that swept the music business at that time. A rare find in cherry red this guitar is certain conversation piece on any guitar geek night and jazz guitarist work horse," says Joe Bonamassa, on his website.
"955 Gibson ES-295… Scotty Moore anyone? This a guitar that Danny Gatton turn... more
"955 Gibson ES-295… Scotty Moore anyone? This a guitar that Danny Gatton turned me on to when I was just 12 years old. He had a similar model that was rumored to be Scotty Moore’s original Elvis guitar from back in the Sun Record days. These guitars have a great sound, very bright and open. Think of it as a gold ES-175. This model started in 1952 and was discontinued (the reissued them in the 90?s) in late 1959. Sadly most of the PAF equipped ES-295 have been pillaged for parts. The pickups and rings alone are worth more than the whole guitar itself… What a crazy world we live in," says Joe Bonamassa, on his website.
"1991 Fender Robben Ford Model, Originally called the “Elitist” and very Gibs... more
"1991 Fender Robben Ford Model, Originally called the “Elitist” and very Gibson inspired for a Fender product. I really love this era of Fender guitars. The original custom shop guitars are very good. John English, Jay Black, John Suhr are among the luminaries that have gone on to legendary status. Robben’s guitar is a star and lasted about 8 years. I’m lucky to own this guitar," says Joe Bonamassa, on his website.
"2003 Gibson J-45 presentation model. This is a guitar that’s been on loan to... more
"2003 Gibson J-45 presentation model. This is a guitar that’s been on loan to me for a couple of years from the fine folks at Gibson. I used this guitar most recently on the acoustic tour in Europe. It is a wonderfully made guitar and is a testament to the skills and craftsmanship of the modern Gibson guitars. But shhhhhhh don’t tell anybody I still have it! I might have to give it back!" says Joe Bonamassa, on his website.
"1969 Grammer Johnny Cash model. This is the rarest guitar I own. I bought th... more
"1969 Grammer Johnny Cash model. This is the rarest guitar I own. I bought this guitar from Rumbleseat Music before (store owner) Eliot had the opportunity to even see it. There were only about 100 made in total. This guitar played a prominent role on the “Driving Towards the Daylight” CD and the “An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House” DVD (where you can see it in all of its glory). Anyone that plays the guitar says they want to buy it but it’s NOT for sale… Ever!!" Joe Bonamassa says, on his website.
"1961 Guild X-375 'The poor man’s Gibson Switchmaster. At this time the tripl... more
"1961 Guild X-375 'The poor man’s Gibson Switchmaster. At this time the triple pickup mania was in full swing. Fender was dominating the solid body with Gibson 10 years into the ES-5 and ultimately the Switchmaster. Rickenbacker, Kay, Burns and Guild were quick to respond. Early Guild guitars are really underrated. They feature fantastic build quality and very nicely voiced pickups. One of my dream guitars would be a 1962 blonde Duane Eddy model with DeArmond pickups. Clean original Guilds like this one in the picture are hard to find but don’t command huge vintage price tags. In the era of inflation… These are a great guitar at a bargain price,'" Joe Bonamassa says, on his website.
"Ever want to know what a brand new 1964 Gibson plays like? Well look no furt... more
"Ever want to know what a brand new 1964 Gibson plays like? Well look no further than this absolutely mint 1964 ES -175TDN. This guitar is in new condition. I am never bashful about playing anything but this one makes me think twice. Nice low action and loves to play Starship Trooper from Yes without hesitation!!" says Joe Bonamassa, on his website.
Joe Bonamassa playing a Gibson double neck more
Joe Bonamassa playing a Gibson double neck