Acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa is the subject of the fourth episode of Gibson TV’s ‘The Collection’ – which takes viewers on a deep dive into the extraordinary, personal guitar collections of music’s biggest artists.
Renowned as the pre-eminent blues guitarist of his generation, Bonamassa is notorious for becoming one of the biggest vintage guitar collectors in the world. With 22 consecutive No.1 albums to his name and nonstop touring around the globe, his guitar collection only continues to grow.
In the latest episode of ‘The Collection’, host Mark Agnesi heads to downtown Nashville, TN for a glimpse into Bonamassa’s epic and rare guitar collection. Dubbed “Nerdville East,” the home is not only a sanctuary to guitars and amplifiers, but also countless pieces of collectibles and music memorabilia. Agnesi and Bonamassa sit down to discuss the creation of the house, being a collector and how he chooses guitars for the “Nerdville East” collection, as well as, the stories behind some of the incredible, one-of-a-kind guitars that live there. You can check the episode out in full below.
Bonamassa takes Agnesi through his home and studio guitar and gear collections, which 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 Agnesi, Director of Brand Experience at Gibson. “His passion is contagious, and he is an amazing ambassador for the instrument.”
During the show, Joe Bonamassa also gives Mark Agnesi a “First Look” at 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 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 Sunday, September 20, Joe Bonamassa and his band perform their new studio album, in its entirety from the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT. The virtual concert event will bring fans together around the world for an unforgettable night of blues rock. Every ticket purchased includes a donation to the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation for Joe Bonamassa’s Fuelling Musicians Program which is helping musicians in need during the pandemic.