Joe Bonamassa's Gibson Barney Kessel Custom

"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.

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