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Joe Bonamassa's Gibson Guitars

Published: Tue October 16, 2012  News Feed

Joe Bonamassa's Gibson Guitars

“It's one thing to hit a note on a guitar. To make it matter is something else altogether."

Joe Bonamassa's Guitar of the Week 


Joe Bonamassa is considered by some to be one of the most successful blues guitarists of the past decade. This LA based guitar geek has released 10 solo albums in the last 12 years, 4 live CDs, 3 live DVDs, and 2 albums with Black Country Communion... with a third album on the way.

Bonamassa admits he's a total guitar nerd, and avid axe collector. He was quoted in 2007 with saying he owned “a couple hundred” guitars. Passion or obsession, who knows. Bonamassa says “Sometimes as a guitar collector you buy guitars from people looking to see it passed to a good home.” Well, if you've got the room Joe!

Here are some of the Gibson guitars in this blues rocker's collection that have been talked about or seen being played on stage.


Gibson Flying V (1981)

Bonamassa told Premier Guitar “It's super light and I love it. It's been all around the world with me.” He also spoke about the guitar on his message board, saying: “My Flying V is a 1981 A series heritage reissue. I bought it from One Guitars in Hamburg Germany on the European fall tour of 2008. I played it that night at the Fabrik and every night since.”


Gibson Bona-Byrd


One of the most unique pieces in Bonamassa's collection would have to be the Bona-Byrd. This one-of-a-kind guitar was built by the Gibson Custom Shop and is essentially a Reverse Firebird neck with a Les Paul body. The guitar features just one humbucking pickup, reminiscent of a Gibson Les Paul Junior.

Get the Bona-Byrd Badass"ness"

Gibson ES-355TD (1972)


Bonamassa stated on his website, “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.” See it in action with Baonamassa performing “Three Times a Fool”.


Gibson Les Paul Standard (1959)


You'd think that one type of guitar would be enough for a man, but Bonamassa actually owns 4 Sunburst Les Pauls from the late ‘50s. At least two are ‘59 Gibson Les Paul Standards. The one closest to his heart is a ‘59 Les Paul that Joe named “Magellan.” He chose the name because the guitar has literally travelled the world with him on tour in 2011. Joe also used “Magellan” during the recording of Black Country Communion's second album 2. The other 1959 Les Paul is nicknamed “Principal Skinner,” and Joe calls this one “the flagship of my collection.”

Les Paul Standard for just £369 


Introducing Joe Bonamassa’s Guitar Of The Week. Joe would like to share his guitar collection with you. Each week Joe will be picking a guitar out of his collection to showcase here for the Guitar of the week.

See Here for this week's No. 1!


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Source: Gibson.com

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