Bonamassa’s best guitar is a Tele (that “kills ‘59 LPs”)

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  1. I Am Misery

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    of course the original kills it, i guess "he nailed it" was a bit much. right on the phrasing, don't like the way he "sings" (modulates?) some of the words like "more", "love", etc... still, i think it's one of the best i've seen from him. i don't usually think much of his vocals. the performance got me excited, which is saying something. sounded great.
     
  2. Mark Robinson

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    A whole bunch of people are in that condition: A telecaster is their best guitar. Not everybody is aware of it though. I like big loud rock sounds, use obnoxiously unacceptable 100 watt Marshall and Vox based amps and 4 x 12" cabinets. When you get a Telecaster dialed in and immune to microphonics, with some frets on it, and a big pile of speakers to smooth it ever so slightly, it is the most rowdy, ornery thing in the world. I do end up missing the tremolo bar, so I went ahead and built a Telecaster parts guitar, with a steel pickup surround and a Wilkinson tremolo. It is very nasty, toothy, and huge, simply a delightful sound.
     
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  3. Stratburst70

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    Joe Bonamassa can’t afford not to. It’s not easy making a living as a musician, especially in a niche market like the blues.
     
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  4. twoheadedboy

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    Have you seen his gear collection? He is far, far beyond making a living.
     
  5. sixstring531

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    Maybe I missed it, but does anyone know how this one is wired? The guitar; not Joe. I like the cut of his jib.
     
  6. jmontgomery

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    That’s one sweet guitar.
     
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  7. T92780

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    I wouldnt, why would anyone.?. Seriously, look at A-list actors doing commercials, etc. What once was fast food lunches, become $13.00 Boars Head sandwiches then, $40.00 lunches. This progression is healthy.
     
  8. twoheadedboy

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    Because crass commercialism puts fans off. A lot of people make fun of actors doing commercials, and Bonamassa's silly dollar store merch.
     
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    Both wouldn't exist if majority didn't approve.... trust me on this, it sells.
     
  10. twoheadedboy

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    It sells in the short term, but over time it negatively affects public opinion. Joe has said that he doesn't plan on having a very long career in music, which makes sense given that his fan base will mostly be dead or too old to come out to his shows within 10-15 years. That might explain some aspects of his business strategy.
     
  11. Sirloin

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    A majority of his fans? Because I would argue a majority of the population doesn’t even know who Joe B is.
     
  12. cutaway

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    “It is as much a tool as it is a weapon,” Joe enthuses.

    :facepalm:facepalm:facepalm:facepalm:facepalm:facepalm:facepalm:facepalm
     
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  13. Sirloin

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  14. cutaway

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    Oh I know what he meant. It just comes off as silliness.
     
  15. rockon1

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    A tad subjective...lol
     
  16. Sirloin

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    Yeah. No one is rushing the stage at a Joe B show.
     
  17. MR.K

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    If I roll up the volume turn back the tone on one of my Telecasters, it'll go to LP territory. Not exactly but close.
     
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    I saw Albert live at an outdoor show probably 25 years ago, Debbie Davies opened and then proceeded to be his rhythm guitarist. His tone was simply astounding, not in the typical thin and bright style, but huge, fat and cutting (thanks in part to a great sound guy:dude). The only other live guitar mix equally as good (to me) was from a John Mayall show with Buddy Whittington on a strat. As a tone conscious guitarist, in each case it was obvious in the first 5 seconds I was in for a treat for the next hour or so.

    Back to Bonamassa, I find his tone to be amazing regardless of guitar, amp or pedals...he just has the fingers that create magic with whatever.
     
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    I have played this guitar and it is everything Joe says it is. Hate all you want, Joe's a standup guy, extremely nice and generous personally, and he knows his guitars.
     

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