Joe Bonamassa reveals rare guitar collection, previews custom Black Beauty

Pre-eminent blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa reveals his extensive vintage guitar collection on the latest episode of Gibson TV’s The Collection. With 22 consecutive number one albums to his name, Bonamassa boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of vintage and rare guitars in the world.

The episode can be streamed via or watched on the brand’s YouTube channel.

Shot in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, at the guitarist’s home, dubbed ‘Nerdville East’, host Mark Agnesi talks to Bonamassa about his passion for guitars and collecting. 

The home is not only a sanctuary to guitars and amplifiers, but also countless pieces of collectibles and music memorabilia, as well as the stories behind some of the one-of-a-kind guitars in the collection.

Featured instruments include 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Lazarus, 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard Johnny B, 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard Ragin’ Cajun, 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Lorelei, 1963 Gibson EB-6, 1972 Gibson ES-355TDC, 1953 Gibson J-200 Walter, 1961 Gibson ES-335TDC, 1963 Gibson ES-335TDC, 1952 Fender Telecaster Terry Reid, 1977 Zemaitis Solidbody, 1969 Grammer Johnny Cash Model, 1952 Fender Telecaster, 1955 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail, 1966 Fender Precision Bass Slab Body, 1963 Gibson SG Special and a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty.

“Joe’s commitment to preserving the history of these instruments and sharing their stories is a testament to his love for everything about the guitar,” says Mark Agnesi, Director of Brand Experience at Gibson. “His passion is contagious, and he is an amazing ambassador for the instrument.”

During the show, Bonamassa  previews  his brand-new signature guitar, the Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Les Paul Custom Black Beauty, which will be available worldwide starting October 8.

“We based my new Epiphone signature on this 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom,” explains Joe Bonamassa. “I made it a super playable instrument, throaty but clean, and the lead pick up just barks. I fell in love with it, it’s a great Black Beauty and you just play this thing into the ground. Epiphone did an excellent job re-creating this guitar and I’m excited to share it with everyone.”

On September 20, Joe Bonamassa and his band will perform their new studio album, live in its entirety from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Every ticket purchased includes a donation to the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation for Joe’s Fueling Musicians Program which is helping musicians in need during the pandemic. 

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