Winding down his recent tour with a sold-out, 3-night residency at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, Joe Bonamassa invited Premier Guitar for a leisurely trip through his holy grail guitar vault and a lineup of ear-splitting amps.
Joe Bonamassa rolls with two blonde Teles, both sporting ’buckers in the neck. This one is a 1952 Fender Telecaster formerly owned by Brit-rock legend Terry Reid. Reid installed the Gibson pickup in the neck around 1968. This Tele, like all the other guitars on tour, is strung with Ernie Ball (.011-.013-.018-.030-.042-.052) strings. JB plays with Dunlop JB Jazz III picks in herco gold and uses metal JB signature slides from Dunlop.
Joe Bonamassa rolls with three Fender Stratocasters. Here is a 1955 hardtail, known as the “Best Strat.” It was purchased from Emerald City Guitars and refretted by Joe Glaser.
Joe Bonamassa’s amps can likely be heard from space thanks to this pair of Fender Joe Bonamassa ’59 Twin-Amps. Each one packs a whopping 80 watts of power and sport Celestion JB-85 speakers.