We all have an obsession that keeps us busy. Some of us work on fixing up a car, some play video games, and others go guitar and gear crazy. By now, Joe Bonamassa is probably just as known for his outrageous vintage guitar collection as he is for being this generation’s best blues-rock guitarist.
His extensive and grueling tour schedules take the musician all over the world multiple times a year. Essentially, he is on the road 250-300 days a year. Literally ALWAYS ON THE ROAD. This allows him to discover the hidden gems in the vintage gear world, going on guitar safaris in search of his next toy.
As you can see by the picture, Joe loves guitars. But he is more than just a collector, he studies the history of each beauty and loves the ones that have a compelling story to tell. Although he loves all guitars, Joe tends to stay within the realm of electrics, particularly Fenders and Gibsons.
He doesn’t just stop at the axes though. After all, you do need something to play them through. As you can tell, at one point, Joe gravitated toward the iconic English amp company Marshall, known for the blaring half-stacks and appearing on the stages of the majority of our favorite bands. Now, Joe has found solace in the smaller side of things with Fender’s line of Tweed Amps.
Funny thing about this picture, it was taken about 4 years ago when Seymour Duncan did a story on Joe’s collection. Now, his gear has changed a bit and grown exponentially. At this point, he estimated that he had around 120-130 guitars. Now, he is well beyond 300 and counting! When you love something as much as Joe does, it is hard to stop, it isn’t his fault!
Guitars will come and go, but Joe will always hold onto special guitars like the Amos Flying V. Keep watching Joe’s guitar safaris as he finds the most rare gems hidden around the world!