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Re: Encyclopedia Of Joe Bonamassa Guitar Help

Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-10 19:22:06
Re: Gibson Bridges. (16 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)First define "Nashville Bridge" I have actually never heard of that term... could be my lesson for the day!!! Im stoked!
JB
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122 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-10 19:23:22
Re: WCR Pickups (4 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Jim is a great guy and has a " Can Do" attitude.. I have a double set of whites in one of my vintage LP's...  They sound great..
JB
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123 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-12 12:31:50
Re: OK heres some pics (31 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)thats Great DUDE!! I am honored that you have used my four amp model...  Two things.. What are the Cabinets?  they look like old style DumbleLand 4 x12s..  (Dumbleland was the 300 watt Dumble)  and are they 50 or 100 watters or a mixture of both.. and do you find the shield useful?  I guess thats three things..  Great looking rig Yo!!
Joe B
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124 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-18 08:39:54
Re: Black Pickup Rings and Pick Guard (11 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I got my M-69's and pickguard for the bigsby guitar project at a place in Kentucky called RS-guitar works.. they are good guys..
Joe B
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125 Topic by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-31 06:01:57
Topic: Denmark Street find.. (11 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hello Everybody,
         Enjoying the new forum layout.. Came as a surprise to me as well.. Went shopping today on London's famous Denmark street. I found a Musicman HD-150 reverb for 400 quid... Sorry my english girlfriend has gotten me into english slang..  Its fantastic and supremely undervalued.. Look for these amps ... Mines a head.. but the combos rock too..
Joe Bonamassa
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126 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-02-02 05:13:47
Re: Heads Up For a Jubilee Clone! (19 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I d be interested in hearing what they have done.. But right off the bat they missed the mark I think... The 50 watt and the 100 watt Jubilees are completely different animals.. they should of done the 100.. IMHO
JB:cool:
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127 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-02-02 08:48:30
Re: Heads Up For a Jubilee Clone! (19 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)The Jubilee has the greatest effects loop.. I dont use the twinklator with that..  I use several buffered things in the chain.  Different amps have different effects running through them. Its all about not over doing it.  A chorus and reverb run through the VanWeelden or Second Carol Ann.  A straight up reverb ( diaz) goes through the JB-100 Carol Ann through the front input. there is a Arion chorus going in the rig this week along with a few other bells and whistles.  the Rig is getting redone for the new year.  So the first pictures of 09 might now be the same as 08.  I get bored and need to try new things. Amp guys get mad at me, but I tell them thats the deal up front. 
Keep you posted.. Im setting everything up next week..
Joe B
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128 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-02-04 15:52:01
Re: My Video of my 4 amp set up (21 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)thats great!!!,
           It does sound exactly like the " Monster" .  I like what the mesa is doing.. very much like the jubilee.. 
congrats on making it quieter than mine.. I always get a 60 cycle hum or 50 if its europe...
Nice playing too btw..
Joe B
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129 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-02-04 16:02:33
Re: Joe's Gear & Amps - overview (62 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Ok, there are five things wrong with that.. but I think who did it is great.. I got such a kick out of it..

1. I use a fulltone or a Demeter Tremelo in line before the Wah Wah,
2. I use only 100 watt amps so the Cat 5 american is listed wrong
3. I use a diaz vibratrem on the JB 100 6L6 amp for solos and I dont use the two rock anymore.
4. I use a delayed reverb chorus on the Van Weelden for which I now Have two.. One for the states and one for Europe
5. And the fuzzface is run through the superlead only..
Again most of it will change this year.. Im bored and feel like changing a few things around..
Joe B
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130 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-02-20 05:24:11
Re: Which amp on these demostrations from Joe's playing? (8 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)That amp was Gibsons Epiphone Blues valve thingy or something like that.. They are like 250 dollars.. a good sounding amp.. That was my 58 historic that now has black plastic and a bigsby..
Thanks Joe B:D
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131 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-02-20 07:20:24
Re: Theremins... (15 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Ok,  its simpler than you think.. The Theremin runs through the spare normal input of my Category 5 JB-100 (yes 100 ) silver amp.  It gets used at the same time as the guitar goes through it. Reason number 356 to use 100 watt amps.  A keely DD-3 and Ernie Ball Volume pedal provide the delay and the expression.  You can use it through any good clear amp. But a dual amp set up is best..  I hope this helps
Joe B.
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132 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-02-23 05:43:32
Re: Speaker Talk (20 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)It doesnt matter how many watts you use.. The Electro Voice 12L classic or Zakk Wylde really create a warmth that I dont find anywhere else.  Its a true sounding speaker.. What ever the amp is giving you the speaker will reproduce.  I highly recommend them.. If you dont want to use EV- a vintage Rola Celestion 65 will take you home.. If you have some bucks and want a original Fane, or greenback thats fine but not el-cheapo...  Good luck, listen and let your ears and the reaction from the amp tell the tail.. Dont buy into hype...  stay Coca cola and Pepsi..(Warren Buffet style) not Whole Foods brand.

Joe B
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133 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-02-25 07:45:21
Re: Joe's Gear & Amps - overview (62 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Think of each of my 4x12 cabs as 2 2x12 cabs..  each are split with a separate jack and a divider in the middle..  the ones I am taking on this tour are Category 5 made.  They sound great and punchy.  I wear my cabs out almost on a yearly basis..  The amps are subject to taste.. I do recommend the EV's..  The vintage modern is set at maximum. great reverb and texture.. plus they did a mid boost!!! great for guys like me.  I am also loving a 18 year old Bogner Exstacy right now..  The "D" Setting is fantastic..  So the final 2009 rig is as follows...

1. 1987 Silver Jubilee 100
2. Bogner Exstacy 100/ or Cat 5 JB 100
3. Van Weelden red/silver panel Twinkelland and twinkleator
4 Carol Ann JB 100 blue man

Effects chain.. all boss!! LOL
through the twinklelator.. Boss half rack chorus, dd3 delay, and rev 5
through the Carol ann .. TC-chorus. (ooops) dd3 delay and rev 5
through the jubilee  dd3 delay from the bloodline days..
through the bogner or cat 5 nothing.. a man has to pretend he's Paul Kossoff sometimes..
Pedal Board..
DD3 for Jubilee, TS-808 reissue, Chandler Tube Driver, Fulltone Tremelo, Jorge Tripps Copper Fuzzface,Liele abc, Whirlwind A/b or both, Voodoo labs pedal power 2 and Jorge Trips Custom limited (two only) JB Crybaby Wahs..

there it is folks.. all the 11 herbs and spices for the 2009 american rig..  Btw now I have two in the US... so if you see a different combo its because the "B" rig came out..
Joe B
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134 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-03-07 04:29:33
Re: Les Paul with bigsby (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Haaa.. honestly.. its the first 58 historic LP that I have been playing for 8 years.. Dave swapped the plastic to black and put the bigsby on it.. totally made it a new guitar.. its quite nice really..
Joe B
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135 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-03-15 03:17:54
Re: Joe using products again that rhyme with "Bender"?? (23 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)HELLO everybody..
          I used a lot of vintage Fender amps on the Ballad of John Henry.. They sounded great as did the Marshalls and new stuff I use.. I take issue with Fender circa 2009 because of what they did.. A lot of their stuff sounds harsh to me now.. I do like the Hot Rod 2 x 12 deville..  Its a good amp.. I like some of the master built stuff.. Hate the gold sparkle strat they make for obvious reasons.. Fender doesnt make bad stuff.. I just prefer Gibson now.. Its warmer , its made better in my humble opinion.  Again.. there will be too many people that disagree..  but my reputation is to tell it like I see it..
Fender's golden age is long past.. Gibson's stuff is as good now I think.. I own late 50's gibson stuff.. The historic series is very very close..  I also own 50's and 60's Fender guitars.. and the relic stuff not as close.. Again its just my opinion.. nothing more nothing less..  My issues with Fender are over really.. I am just playing what I want to play now..
Joe B.
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Joe Bonamassa 2009-03-18 23:16:19
Re: JB Category 5 Cabinets? (18 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)They are honestly very very good.. I like them better than the extra tall mojo cabs.  Very punchy, built well.  They are new for the American rig.  Qudos to Don for the very nice work..
Joe Bonamassa
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137 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-04-03 02:31:42
Re: Joe playing a MUSIC MAN... (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey guys,
        I am actually using a John P Barri tone tuned to C for BOJH and a Steve Morse Model for "Mountain Time" these days.. Musicman guitars are really nice and sound very good.. Plus they are super nice people as well. Highly recommended. 
Joe B
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138 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-04-19 20:18:59
Re: Happier Times Lead tone... AMAZING!!! Joe, how did you get that tone? (23 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Everybody..
             The Happier Times rig is... drum roll please.
Marshall Silver Jubilee
Red Carol Ann EL 34 model..

effects chain,
       TC-chorus.
       Boss Reverb

and Kevin Shirley EQ and mic stuff..
Joe B
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139 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-04-20 13:59:00
Re: Vintage Modern Setting On Jools Holland (13 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)It was actually the low gain setting..medium amount of gain.. John Henry's standard issue Tube Sceamer and Chorus.  but I didnt use the tube screamer just straight amp.  the light on the amp was malfunctioning.  so it was stuck on high but the channel would switch.. so Low gain, mid boost chorus pedal..
Joe B
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140 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-04-26 07:24:12
Re: Are Joe's cabinets "ported"? (15 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)the cat 5 cabs are not ported, but the section that uses the Van Weelden on his new cabs is ..only that section.. Makes a difference.  Id port it and make it switchable between.. it just depends on taste.. I know rick and bogie get a good blast now when I kick on the Twinkleland..
Joe B
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141 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-04-26 15:28:52
Re: Are Joe's cabinets "ported"? (15 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I guess its more round and spread out for the said reasons..  again its taste and not fact.. I once responded to a fan who tried to get into a discussion about the differences on batteries in pedals like Eric Johnson can discern.. I said to him its a taste thing and shouldn't we be out talking to the cute girls in the lobby?  This is kind of the same thing.. Ported vs not .. not much of a difference.  Its taste.. a good amp gets past that either way.. 
Joe B
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142 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-05-08 11:23:21
Re: Couple of amps I'm looking at, any other ideas? (35 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Id say, get a Silver Jubilee 50 watt 1 by 12 combo.. great value.. bought mine for 1200, A old Boogie mark 1 or 2 would do.. A straight up Vox Reissue AC-30 or a 18 watt plexi 1 by 12 combo. Those are Great..
Joe B
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143 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-05-10 18:02:30
Re: Full length amp rig Demo (95 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Nice One!
         I really liked the White Cerritone amp.. Sounded really good.  The trick with the Marshall amp is the using the crunch channel and separate tube screamer.  That will bring the mids really forward and make it very thick and articulate.  Great tone Dude!! The Fender Cab sounded good as well. 
Joe B
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144 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-05-10 20:04:04
Re: Full length amp rig Demo (95 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Cool!, I actually miss spoke... Use the clean channel settings.. pres 4 bass 5 mid 5.5 treb 2 vol 6 gain 6 with the tube screamer.  mid shift off, and bass boost off..  Thats what I use for fly gigs only use two of them through one cab..  I actually just witnessed what my whole theory is on tone secrets.. My hero plugged straight in and achieved the greatest tone with one guitar and amp..  I am happy to share anything I have learned..
Joe B (up late, ship lagged.. ferry ride messed with my hours..)
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145 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-05-13 12:39:12
Re: JB Gigliotti Strat on ebay (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Actually,   The only ones that should have signatures are mine.. I have all of mine.  I have two strats.. three teles..  blue  and sunburst.. Blue strat did Django..  a little piece of JB history..  Now I just have to remember where that guitar is...??? sorry ADDD
Joe B
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146 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-05-21 19:29:19
Re: guitar straps (24 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I actually use standard issue Black nylon Ernie Ball straps..  I used Moody for awhile..  I actually like the Ernie Ball ones way better.. They are like 10 bucks..  Same balance..  I have some other Ernie Ball ones too..  Carmine still uses the Moody ones.
Thanks Joe b
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147 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-05-25 21:01:19
Re: Experiance of Cornford amps (9 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I had one for a few days.. Not for me.. Good for the really strident Rock tone. They did not like the multi-amp family.  Nice people there though.. Check them out.. My friend Howard Leese loves them.. He rocks.. so there you have it..
Joe B
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148 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-05-27 11:16:11
Re: Joe, what are your preferred tubes and why?? (22 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys,
         I usually prefer JJ tubes for everything.. EL-34s and 6L6's .  Two Rock was always nice enough to throw New Old Stock GE 5881's into my amps that I bought.. Only problem with going there is the expense and the durability.. My stuff moves hundreds of miles a day.  Its played hard, put away still warm and travels.  So the JJ's work for me.  Mesa tubes run too hot but are good, Svetlana and new Mullard and Sovtek are good to the chrismas tree and not the amps, Groove Tubes are ok, depending on the rating. My favorite of all time is a tie, Old Tesla's from the czech republic and Siemens from Germany.  Again its all season to taste here.  But a bad tube will ruin your amps tone. 
Joe B
PS, when running new tubes, break them in. They will all start out a bit sterile, but a week in its magic, two weeks in they are perfect , three weeks in you start to lose midrange and by week four its over.. time to start again..
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149 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-05-27 11:22:00
Re: Joe, what are your preferred tubes and why?? (22 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys,
         I usually prefer JJ tubes for everything.. EL-34s and 6L6's .  Two Rock was always nice enough to throw New Old Stock GE 5881's into my amps that I bought.. Only problem with going there is the expense and the durability.. My stuff moves hundreds of miles a day.  Its played hard, put away still warm and travels.  So the JJ's work for me.  Mesa tubes run too hot but are good, Svetlana and new Mullard and Sovtek are good to the chrismas tree and not the amps, Groove Tubes are ok, depending on the rating. My favorite of all time is a tie, Old Tesla's from the czech republic and Siemens from Germany.  Again its all season to taste here.  But a bad tube will ruin your amps tone. 
Joe B
PS, when running new tubes, break them in. They will all start out a bit sterile, but a week in its magic, two weeks in they are perfect , three weeks in you start to lose midrange and by week four its over.. time to start again..
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150 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-05-27 14:24:49
Re: Joe, what are your preferred tubes and why?? (22 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Pre-amp tubes are again subject to taste.. Like you your amps have good days and bad days.  Power plays a big factor in that.  Anyway.. Old GE are great for 12ax7s and 7025, 12 AT7s I like RCA.  I use a AT 7 in my chandler tube driver.  Makes is less gainy as it should. Peter Van Weelden has the best knowledge of tubes I have ever run across.  He also owns the best collection of tubes.. For blue collar street preamp tubes.. I d use JJ honestly.. Thats whats in the Jubilees and dumbly things I own.. Be sure to not get too involved in the nanoisms of tube and concentrate more on achieving the tone from your playing and attack.. Thats the real key IMHO
Joe B
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Joe Bonamassa 2009-05-29 15:24:40
Re: G&L Legacy vs. F*nder Eric Johnson (36 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I have to admit to buying a fender stratocaster recently.. Doesnt excuse their practices.. but it was cool.. Its a project guitar of sorts.. I ll keep you posted..
Joe B
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152 Topic by Joe Bonamassa 2009-06-08 06:19:53
Topic: Joe B takes delivery of the dreaded F word guitar.. (47 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Everybody,
          I feel I need to come clean and announce that I have taken delivery of my very beautifully done Rory Gallagher Stratocaster made in March of last year.. It is fantastic and a beautiful tribute to a wonderful guitarist.. I bought it because I am playing the Cork Opera House this year in Cork Ireland.  Dave and I have some special plans for this guitar..It will not be stock in a months time... But Fender did a wonderful job with this one.. Gotta give credit were credit is due.. Its a great strat.. highly recommended for fans of Rory.. 
Something they can learn from I guess.. LOL
Joe B.
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153 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-06-23 17:15:16
Re: Which pickups in this strat of joe? (11 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)that is actually my custom shop 58 from Manson's guitar shop in England.. I never take my guitars apart unless they need working on.. I think its stock..
Joe B
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154 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-06-23 17:19:56
Re: Which pickups in this strat of joe? (11 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)that is actually my custom shop 58 from Manson's guitar shop in England.. I never take my guitars apart unless they need working on.. I think its stock..
Joe B
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155 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-07-14 08:34:06
Re: Joe, Have You Ever Used Your Lab Series L5 in The Studio (2 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I actually have not yet.. I own two now.  I have the L5 (2x12) and the L7(4x10) .  I was limited to how much I was able to bring to Greece.  So unfortunately not yet.. They sound great and are really cheap. 
Joe b
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156 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-07-24 11:27:18
Re: Boss DD-3 Noise and... (18 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)After reading you post, I would not be surprised if it wasnt the Ceritone that is the source of the volume decrease.. That sounds like a loop problem.  On the Silver Jubilees and other marshall I have never run across that in the boss DD-3 delays.. One way to fix it is to find a tech and see if you can get a more 1 to 1 ratio from your loop.. Its probably wired in Parallel which is not great.. Series is your friend.. Good Luck
Joe B
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157 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-07-26 21:39:02
Re: Keith Urban using Joe Les Paul (20 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Honestly, that is one of my 300 children.. I am so honoured that Keith is playing my guitar..  so cool !!!
jb
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158 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-08-01 09:25:47
Re: Marshall Class 5 - Just got paid! (19 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I really love the new class 5.. they sound like mini bluesbreaker combos..  very warm.. What we did for Ronnie Scotts was a bit of a Brian May thing..  Wired a bunch together and used a bit of the monitor for a supplement.   I run the volume at 4 treble 3 mid 6 and bass 10.. Having a 10 inch speaker helps the bottom end..  I believe they start production like now..  Those were every one in existence for the exception of the one I carry for the dressing room..  Thanks to Paul Marshall and everybody who helped make Ronnie Scotts a super cool event for us...
Joe B
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159 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-08-04 22:10:49
Re: 335 used on 'Stop' (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Its a personally signed BB King from BB himself..  Its one of my most prized possessions. I used to tour with it.. but it was too risky after awhile..
thanks Joe B
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160 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-08-30 03:49:50
Re: Direct outs on guitar amps (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Best boxes hands down.  I have four of them running with big bertha(for lack of a better term for my 4 amp backbreaker) now.  They are called Palmer Speaker emulators.  You can adjust the high end and they sound very tight and articulate.  I finally tracked them down.  Tour Supply has them in the USA.  They are a German Company.  Nice guys as well. 
Joe B
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161 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-08-30 21:31:29
Re: Davy Knowles now using Budda amps (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I am glad to see Davy moving into different gear..  PRS and Budda is good stuff.  It takes him out of the "Just another Dude  with a Strat" Category.  Although I always pictured him more of Valeno guy. Maybe Peter or Mark Farner will sell him one.  LOL
A officially bored Joe B
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162 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-08-31 18:35:18
Re: gibson skylark (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)There is a guitar called the "skylark" I have the prototype, there are two more at gibson. I dont think they are going into production but it never hurts to ask they might build you one outright..
Joe B
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163 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-09-21 05:08:09
Re: Yay! More amp blending! (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey guys.. I know I use a few variations of dumble clones and even a Marshall clone here and there.  But I will say as a consumer advocate here I am not sold on some of the Marshall clones.  I think an authentic Marshall will win the day.  There is a certain complexity to especially the old ones that the new clones don't have.  The  post Bernie Madoff affect has brought the originals down to pre investment banker levels.  A real 1980's  JCM 800 series or early 70's JMP or even a metal face 1969 that has not been treated a cash for clunkers 1980 Lincoln Continental. Those amps can be had reasonably these days.  Honestly some of  these new clone amps use Mercury Magnetics transformers(those are especially questionable in my mind)  and new parts that do not sound right driven into natural overdrive. IMHO.  The Cat 5 suffers from this a little as well. I find if I let the tubes get really worn in and turn it up to like 5 it's fine.  Again this is all taste.  I will say I just got a 1985 Boogie Mark 3 in wood and cane.  It is great.  It was a bargain at 800 dollars.  100 watts and small.  You can spend 2000 or more on a 7 watt toy.. Bare that in mind when shopping as well. 
Good Luck..
Joe Bonamassa
perennial Green Party Candidate for President.
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164 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-09-21 13:48:13
Re: Yay! More amp blending! (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Again its a taste thing.. I find Mercury magnetic transformers very cold sounding.. The sensation of "Im supposed to like these but why am I not knocked out?"  I prefer older transformers.. Musicman Fender Showman, or original plexi..  You will notice to difference straight away..
Joe B
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165 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-09-23 15:57:20
Re: Tone Freak question.... (13 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I use  beyer dynamics wireless units for electric and acoustic guitar.  I tried several other companies and devices that had a negative impact on the sound.  Beyer makes a great one for guitar. I literally cant tell the difference between the cable and the wireless.  The bottom end and midrange are the same. There is no detectable compression.  My luck they will discontinue the model .. Just kidding.   I love being wireless on stage now.  I use one pack with a neutrik end cable.  Thats it. I imagine one day I will go way back and break out my stash of original curly cables.  But thats a few years away.. Its also predicated on if I can achieve the Clapton/ noel Redding Fro..circa 1968.
Joe B
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Re: Encyclopedia Of Joe Bonamassa Guitar Help

Joe Bonamassa 2009-09-25 23:08:40
Topic: Gear buying semi retirement. (15 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Everybody..
           Picked up the final piece of the puzzle today.. I always wanted an original Jim Kelly amp circa 1979.  Thanks to my new friend Adam I finally got one.  (its not for sale----- besides it has to go back to him if I ever decide I dont want it anymore.) But with this purchase I feel I am done for awhile.  If you see Jim Kelly amps, get them.  They are cheap and will smoke any 60 watt competitor. You d be shocked (in a good way ) that the price is about as much as a new hot rod 2x12 Deville. 
Anyway.. Just thought I d share that story.. Now I just have to learn how to play..
a semi retired gear buying Bonamassa... 
Joe B
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167 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-09-29 16:37:45
Re: jcm 800 (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)It appears to be one on G Base white full stack for 1700 dollars thats not bad either.  The thing with any vintage marshall or any amp for that matter is... How does it sound. 
Good Luck
Joe B
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168 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-09-29 20:06:35
Re: Joe's Flying V (8 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)My Flying V is a 1981 A  series  heritage reissue. I bought it from One guitars in Hamburg Germany on the european fall tour of 2008.  I played it that night at the Fabrik and every night since.  I have since procured the matching explorer of the same year.  That might make its debut this fall. 
Joe B
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169 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-09-30 23:54:14
Re: no reverb .... time for new tubes? (8 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Let me predicate this with..  I am the reverb equivalent to the  Bermuda triangle.  Reverbs  at point of purchase that work with perfection have a mysterious way of not working 24 to 48 hours after being in my possession.  I have found three things that are the most  common problems with reverb.  One- Reverb tank.  (thats a cheap fix) Two- the reverb transformer ( not such a cheap fix) and Three- some sort of resistor internally in the amp. ( moderately cheap but not a DIY job) 
      A quick story.  I recently purchased a Boogie Mark 2 1985 model.  Reverb working was fine in the store.  I get the amp home and  within 5 minutes the reverb doesn't work.  ( Refer to above)  My solution wasn't to take it to my tech or  order a new tank or even pray to the ancient greek god of reverberation.  It was simply to get one of my Boss REV-5's and plug it in to the effects loop.  It sounds great and even I cant kill them.. 
Good Luck achieving surf again!!!
Joe B
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170 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-10-05 03:56:58
Re: The one guitar you regret most parting with? (35 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Worst guitar I ever parted with was a 1962 Fender Stratocaster blonde over a ash body.  It sounded bad and needed frets.  I didnt have the heart to refret it.   So I let it go.. I really wish I had it back.  That and my 1968 custom cherry red Les Paul with p-90s..  and the list goes on and on and on and on!!!!!
Joe B
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171 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-10-07 00:00:37
Re: JB Custom Les Paul Candy Apple Blue, is this for real? (32 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)hey Jim
       Its real.. There are 4 out there..   Its the first one I have seen surface..
Joe B
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172 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-10-16 20:22:22
Re: Joe's Les Paul action (20 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Here is the low down on the set up..

11-52's Ernie Ball strings for both electric and acoustic.

Action high on the Les Pauls.. I like the fight with high action.. Like Tether ball..

Acoustics , normal action and 11-52 strings.. I cant compete with the bluegrass guys...

Normally when guys tell me they use 12's or 13's on Electric I tell them string gauge is not a test of manly hood and usually hand them a bottle of Aleve or Mortrin..  If you are comfortable with them its great.. but beware of the long term affects..
Enjoy
Joe B
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173 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-10-26 21:51:03
Re: What amp did JB used? (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)It was actually Warren's Fuchs ODS and Category 5 cab.. There was a Tubescreamer and my Les Paul.. It was a nice rig..
I had a blast jamming.. If I looked serious up there it was because I was trying not to screw up.. LOL
Joe B
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174 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-10-27 03:42:11
Re: What amp did JB used? (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I never said people would leave..  One is great. More and more I find myself gravitating to the one amp set up..  This whole post reminds that I need to call Andy and send my Fuchs in for service.  It needs  TLC..  They are great amps.  Don's cabs are great too.. 
Now how much would you pay!!!! LOL
thanks
Joe B
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175 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-02 14:57:12
Re: Class 5 Marshall Amp (33 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I actually really like the class 5..  I have one of the first three ever built and use it a lot at home/ dressing room / ect///////.  It sounds straight away like a mini bluesbreaker combo. It has the same voicing and darkness to it.  I was really impressed.  Is it THOR the giant uber rig from a planet far away? no.. Its 5 watts. Now if you link 8 of em up like I did at Ronnie Scotts.. Yeah you ll get there.   It is a good 5 watts with lots of headroom. You guys know me by now I would never say it if I didnt think it was good.  $400 is a good price for it too..  its built in the UK. Anyway my two cents..
Joe B
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176 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-05 02:44:25
Re: Total change of setup (12 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)try this.. 
1.       A shield for one that will bring it down to the front by 50 percent..
2.       turning the cab around backwards and using a open back...
3.       using a open amp and one with a hotplate.  ( this will give u headroom and the saturation you desire.)
4..      govern your amp by using your volume on your les paul.. Strats are not so hot for that.  Strats and I dont mix anymore.. Im kinda bias..
5.  good old fashion blankets from IKEA  ( hate that store..  your trapped !!!!!!!!  buy something or your dooomedDDDDDDD)
6. try these things called Tone-bras.. not a great name but good for front end dissapation on a low wattage amp..  Over a hundred watts. they rattle. 

good luck
      Joe B
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177 Topic by Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-12 07:42:08
Topic: A special thank you.. (22 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys and Gals..
           Tonight I celebrated my 20th anniversary concert.  We did two sold out shows at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.  We had the honor of the Ball family in the audience tonight.  Sterling, Brian, Derek and all the guys have been too good to me over the past year.  From strings to awesome guitars.  The new double neck is so cool!! Today,  Sterling gave me a triple humbucker  Albert Lee  that changed my life.  It is a fantastic guitar.. It is his own personal guitar btw.  Its name is Big Papa.  It literally blew the roof off the coach house tonight.. Thanks guys for being so fantastic and not just friends but family as well..
Joe B
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178 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-16 07:02:57
Re: Why Joe doesn't play P90 guitars? (22 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I am actually not a fan of p-90 pickups.  I find them to be somewhat of a gray area for me.  Too bright for the thick human voice tone, too dark to twang honestly.  I have a few guitars with them but never reach for them honestly.. I have a old goldtop that is good.. But honestly they are the best pair of p-90's I have heard.  I payed all my mowing lawn money for that one 12 years ago.  I dig Gibson Mini Humbuckers in the Firebirds and of course the Paf thing. 
Joe B
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179 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-20 13:32:46
Re: Joe's Black Strat from ANDY DVD for sale (34 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)It is my old one indeed.  I traded it for a custom shop guitar way back when.. I had used it pretty much through my early days. Is it work 4k.. who knows. Its a stock EC strat that came in on trade at my dad's old shop in Clinton New York.  The case has been rittled with stickers that are not mine though.. Again its changed hands a few times.. 
PLAY GIBSON or MUSICMAN.. LOL
Joe
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180 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-20 18:39:47
Re: Joe's Black Strat from ANDY DVD for sale (34 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Rick..
      Its a guitar that makes a thud..  I was mine at one point.. Its no big deal.  Dont beat yourself up.  If you brought it to me I would sign it.  All I ask is a small proceed go to the Crossroad charity.  EC did me the uber solid favor of a lifetime this year.  So I encourage everybody who can donate to his foundation.  I hope the guitar brings the money you ask.  Its a good one.  I still have the silver matching back up with better frets somewhere...  I wore those ones down a bit. It was my main E flat guitar. I couldnt sing as high in those days.   That guitar represents  alot of miles in the van.  That guitar brings back the best memories and the worst really.. Those tours were as brutal as they were exciting.   Remember at that time..  I had to work exceptionally hard to struggle.. 
Best to Blackie!!!
Joe B
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Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-22 08:11:30
Re: Marshall DSL or TSL or 1959hw (18 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)My suggestion would be is to get two amps.. Combos.. Like a DSL 1x12 and like a Bluesbreaker or one of the handwired 18watt combos. This way you get the natural overdrive articulation thing and a more front end preamp from the DSL. That will certainly cover your bases and be plenty loud for medium size venues.  I do suggest making or buying a baffle of some sort.  Clearsonic in Ohio will sort you out.  I get my shields from Jim M  who is the Dumble of Baffle builders  LOL..
hope that helps.
Joe B
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182 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-22 13:55:57
Re: Marshall DSL or TSL or 1959hw (18 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)way to combat that is to bring your own mics.. A couple of good beyers or a Palmer Speaker emulator are great.  Thats what I used to do back in the day.  It was all part of that new york Italian rebel streak in me.  I just refused to take no for a answer.  Plus you dont have to mic both really.  The two bleed into each other.. Its kinda like a soup..
Joe "the stewart" B
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183 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-27 12:28:43
Re: which amp used on tom and bob radio show (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)On Bob and Tom I used my #52 JB les paul a tube screamer, and bluesbreaker combo.  I love the BB combo.  They sound great.
Joe B.
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184 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-27 14:22:19
Re: amp switcher vs a/b box (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Best straight up amp switcher I have found is a Palmer.  Individual ground lifts.  Great for if you have three amps.  If you have four it gets a bit more complex..
Joe B
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185 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-11-30 16:25:07
Re: build your own... (23 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)If Epi is not your speed although I have played them and they are pretty good.  Burstbuckers would help them .. Try the Old Ibanez -V-s.  They were made in the late 70's and do pretty well.  They are like a grand.  I paid like 3800 for my Korina.   Its a good one.  Its a A series and very light. The pickups are wrong and the guard had been changed but who cares right?   its a good one.  3 to 4 k for a 80s is fair and they can be had.  If some asks for more.. Tell them two words..  " Bernie Madoff" .  good luck..
Joe B.
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186 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-12-07 12:03:47
Re: Does Joe Use A Volume Pot Mod? (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I particularly like the high end roll off on the stock volume pots..  I in fact never or rarely solo with the volume on 10.  I find it more articulate with volume set at 7 or 8.  Again its a taste vs fact. 
Joe B
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187 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-12-09 14:18:04
Re: Which Boss Reverb Pedal does Joe Use? (2 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I use Boss REV-5 pedal reverbs.. They are great and oh so silent and reliable.  In europe its all boss in the rack.. chorus and rev pedals. In the US its a bit more posh.. TC chorus and 2290 replace the boss units.
Joe B
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188 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-12-10 15:51:39
Re: Best Jubilee substitute? (20 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Totally Agree Jim..
       DSL and a tube screamer will get you home.  They have a new amp coming out that I like better than the DSL .. Its warmer and  better suited for cleaner playing.. It will go to 20 on the gain as well.  Marshall DSL are my choice when the Jubilee's are resting..
best
Joe B
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189 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-12-10 15:58:58
Re: EB Music Man - RAH performance String tidiness (6 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Thats right.. I hate hanging strings. It shows your audience that you could care less about your appearance.  Like wearing a potato sack to a gig.. unless thats your gag..  Anyway the hanging "chad" as I like to call it  came from a gig in Moscow last year.  The airlines will take your tools whether they are in you check bag or not.. so bag guys needs some craftsman tools in Russia or even Iowa he/she is taking them..  So we show up and the tools have been poached.. Dave tried to do the bend metal two ways and it will break thing on the D string and it failed everytime.. Nature of the tuners and nature of the string gauge.  so show time rolls around and we have this hanging string and we have to go for it.  When I stepped to the Theramin it gave it such a fluttering cool sound that it had to stay.. Just the hanging chad..
best.
Joe B
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190 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-12-10 20:33:16
Re: Why doesn`t Joe use Diezel amps (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)many great guitarist use them and a bevy of other manufactures.. I am happy with my current set up..   Also I feel the uber 3 channel is wasted on me.. I only use one tone per amp..  so it would be like taking a bugatti veyron (thanks Jeff) to the Pret-manager for sushi..  and in USA speak..  taking a corvette to the 7 eleven for a good dinner with your date.  Both not suited for the skill level at hand..
Best. All I am saying is that I am not really that type of player.  I use amp overdrive not preamp..
JB
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191 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-12-19 11:49:09
Re: Chains and Things set up? (9 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)The rig for that was  a 1978 Lab Series and a 1965 Princeton Reverb. The guitar was my ummm Lucille of course...  I really dig the Lab Series L-5 and L-7.  Collectively I paid 500 dollars for both and they are so warm..  Sometimes Solid State wins the day!!
JB
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192 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-12-23 00:38:59
Re: Ceriatone OTS HRM settings? (18 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)So am I to understand you all have to put these together yourselves? If that is the case.. The fuzzy and bright thing might not go away.. Amps are built using solder techniques and wire positioning.   I also caution anybody working on their own stuff.. You can really hurt yourself doing that.  Before working on a amp it has to be drained of electrons especially in the capacitors.. There are leathal voltages and amperages ( the real killer) lurking in them.  Dont mean to sound like a negative nellly but I genuinely dont want to see anybody hurt here. Be careful and have fun mostly and give a qualified tech a crack if you are stumped.  best 80 bucks you ever spent!!
Joe B
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193 Topic by Joe Bonamassa 2009-12-23 00:55:43
Topic: gotta tell you about my new amp.. (42 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)So I am recording a " discrete project" in early January.  (you will know eventually but now you cant.. sorry).  I needed to find a really killer Marshall.  A clean tone one.. Like Paul Kossoff's or Eric Johnson.  When I say clean tone one.. a 4 input model that when you turn to 6 or 7 its still not distorted but its loud and breaking up slightly.. So my friends at Guitar Center Hollywood vintage found me a slightly modded Super Bass 100 watt plexi panel head . It has a master volume added in the back but does little to the original tone.  I plugged it in and was so blown away it made me cry. I finally found the Kossoff tone.. It is magic and due to the demand of 100 watt heads being less than spectacular and given the Guitar Center guys are uber nice, I got it pretty reasonable.  Not since I ve been a kid ( a long time) have I been inspired to play by a amp or piece of gear.  It is a magic one in a non collector clothing.  Its in my living room now with a chandler tube driver and a boss reverb.  Its the "Tons of Sobs" tone.  Even with the THD Hot plate set at "neighbors" it is so good.. Sorry I am gushing a bit.  But you know.. As for it seeing action Live, not a chance.. Its my new favourite child right now..
Joe B
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194 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-12-31 03:43:22
Re: NEW REVERB PEDAL FOR JOE TO SEE (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Sounded cool... I have original Fender Spring Reverbs, a Diaz and a Kendrick.  The problem I have with real spring reverbs on stage is the tendency to break down and to make that SPLUSHHHHH sound when a man of considerable stature walks by.. Im gonna stick to the Boss REV-5..  its awesome.. Thanks for the tip!!
best
Joe B
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195 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-12-31 03:53:28
Re: I TRIED THE BLUESBREAKER AND THE TWIN AMP57 REISSUE PUT A SPELL ON ME (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)My issue with the reissue tweed twin is the speakers.. The reissue Jensens are dreadful.. The originals were pretty questionable as well. IMHO But at least they were warmer.  If you put greenback Celestions or Fanes it would sound better.  EV's would work but might be too clean for that application.  Might.. You never Know. I was excited when they reissued the tweed twin but its not right in many ways.  But!!! God used one stock and it was Epic.. I saw it with my own eyes..  So what do I know??????
Best
JB
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Joe Bonamassa 2010-01-01 03:42:19
Re: Effects in the Studio (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Just like if you are on a date with a really hot looking girl, confidence rules the day.  Engineer aint the boss of you.  Just walk in with you tone together and say this is it fellas..  But also know what mic you like and how you like it positioned.  Again just like on a date.  I use 421's for the room.  Kevin has a 57/ beyer combo for close mic..  The room is important.  You get the warmth and bottom from the room.  As a guitarist you manifest your own tone.  You will get there.  Never totally get off your game plan in the studio. 
good luck
Joe
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197 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-01-07 02:50:10
Re: JB Gigliotti Strat on ebay (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)the original Gigliotti Strat is safe and secure in my house..  I dont know of that one and there were never JB models..
Best
Joe B
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198 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-01-07 05:58:39
Re: jb's delay settings (23 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Boss DD -3 .........
Its cheap and good
JB
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199 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-01-07 17:23:03
Re: Plexi shield choice (36 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I would highly suggest using a \/\/ shape with a hinge in the middle.. The secret shhhhh ( dont tell the KWS forum)  is hinge in the middle.  It works like a volume and tone control. 
Joe B
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200 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-01-07 19:57:38
Re: Joe ~ Gear Help Please! (16 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Nice stuff...  If I had to spend only 1 thousand dollars I would get a New DSL 2000 1x12 combo to run in combination with your Two Rock or Ceritone... You need a fendery style and a high gain style IMHO.  That should run you about $699.  I would  also invest in a Clearsonic baffle made for a twin or blues breaker combo ($199 ish) and you are done. I would lose some of the pedals... Just get a good (non true bypass) wah, your TS-808, a delay, chorus on the marshall only (Effects Loop)..  Use your reverb on the Two Rock or Ceritone. I like the Boss super chorus myself.  It does wonders to a DSL especially if you turn the tone pot down on the pedal.. If you must have a fuzz, then use a Fuzzface.. or a Colour Sound Tone bender. Not the Fulltone.. Dreadful again IMHO.  All in you should be at $925 with enough left over to buy a good bottle of Caymus or Silver Oak Cab Sav...  Theres your 1000 dollars..
Hope that helped
Joe B
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201 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-01-19 18:37:52
Re: Speakers NDY (6 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Most of the time they were greenback 25 watt Celestion speakers.  Vintage 30's as well.  I went through many boxes over the years.  I got away with the greenbacks because I used just two heads and one cabinet per head. 
Joe B
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202 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-01-22 07:37:57
Re: Amp Mic Clip/Stand (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)They are called Z bars..  I rehearse and have rehearsed at third encore for 20 years.. Tour supply is my source.. That is a dangerous place let me tell you!!
Joe B
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203 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-01-22 07:54:46
Re: Amp Mic Clip/Stand (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)they have a store in Manchester..
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204 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-01-29 03:49:57
Re: Joes Super Lead (15 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys,
        I prefer the SuperLead/bass circuits from 1968. With that said it would be hard to get a smooth warm tone from just plugging straight in to any 4 input marshall. They are cleaner amps by nature.   I would suggest using a tube screamer or chandler tube driver.  Set the amp at a cleaner tone.  (normal channel, bass 4 , mid 5 to 6 treb 4 pres 5 vol 4 to 6 depending on how your amp is running).  Make it so you get that slighty dark Angus tone.  Then engage the overdrive pedal.  Set it to taste.  Maybe add a reverb or chorus to smooth things out a little.  Garnish with a sprig of oregano and dinner is served.  A Les Paul or any guitar with a humbucker will help as well. 
Good Luck
Joe B
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205 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-02-01 08:09:13
Re: Bonamassa inspired guitar by Vintage Guitars-Wilkinson? (38 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey dudes!!
           Im flattered really.  It says a lot that kids want a cheap JB version.  Its really cool, I do wanna play one though and see if they are good playing guitars at least. This is actually inspiring me to make a phone call to some friends at Epiphone.. Thanks for the heads up.  If someone gets one let me know how it is. 
Cheers
Joe Bonamassa
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206 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-02-26 03:54:38
Re: '55 Fender Harvard Amp (3 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I have one.. Blonde used that and a tweed Vibrolux of mine on the Ballad of John Henry..  They are cool.. Worth about 800 bucks and  have soul for days.. Especially in a small room with a gibson les Paul.  I wrote/write many songs on mine and some cat had its way with it a long time ago.  Dad bought it for 300 and I think I still owe him for it.. oh well.. I should shut up now..
Joe Bonamassa
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207 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-03-06 16:35:07
Re: What Joe's LP is this one? (New Member, SoloDallas, Fan of Joe's) (18 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)That guitar now has a bigsby and is pictured on the side of the bona-crusier.. 
thanks
Joe B
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208 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-03-16 06:46:45
Re: Joe's Plexi Shield (8 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I have to say the Jim Moody Baffle company was one of the early endorsers of my little band.  In a way he was the Tucker of the baffle biz.  A revolutionary idea but had all the uber corporate baffle builders against him.   General Baffles and Berkshire baffles and holdings to name a few... Jim remained steadfast and continued to build baffles for me until 2009.  Finally Clearsonic has taken over with the proper ( Jim Moody ) specs.  Thanks to Jim for 6 years of cutting Plexi glass and the 30 or so baffles we went through..  You Rock!!!
Best
Joe B
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209 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-03-17 06:32:44
Re: Marshall Silver Jubilee 2x12 (27 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)1200... is a good deal.   the 2x 12 have never been my favorite but its a Jubilee.  They all have a unique sound to them.  I would buy it considering at the last guitar show I found one for 2500 with the tag that said as used by Slash, Black Crows and Yours truly.  When I asked him if that was the best price he said that " Joe Bonamassa was gonna buy it if I didnt"  Eishhhh!!!!!!  So buy it and enjoy in it my opinion. 
Joe B
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210 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-03-25 04:15:33
Re: Replace Texas specials in my Strat (correct section this time) (15 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)In my experience....    You cant save a dead strat.  Pickups will do little to improve the tone of a neck and body that is not working.  I did this 15 years ago and it cost me a fortune.  Its better to search out another guitar that just works start to finish..
Best
Joe Bonamassa
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215 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-04-19 10:34:55
Re: Is this another JB copy (42 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Yeah.... Im flattered that they think enough of me to do that but I would suggest saving your money for the Epiphone JB model due out this year.  I have the prototype on the bus and its ace.  Burst buckers, good hardware and this one is pretty light.  Not to butter my own bread but get one thats sanctioned.  I want to try the "imposter" and see if it plays ok.  Again, they are all like my children.
Joe B
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216 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-04-20 03:34:39
Re: Is this another JB copy (42 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I dont have a actual launch date for the Epi- JBLP.  I would guess in the next 3 to 4 months.  Gibson moves pretty fast when the Prototypes are done.  I am stoked about it.  I really think they sound good.  I even A- B'd the epi with the real thing.  It gets the Joe Brand seal of approval.  Price I dont know, but will come with a certificate that I will sign and I will be in the ball park of similar models
Thanks
Joe B.
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217 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-04-20 04:45:30
Re: Is this another JB copy (42 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)No I don't know how to upload pictures..  But its basically, a unaged JBLP with a Epiphone Headstock.  Pretty cool.. IMHO.. 
JB
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218 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-04-27 11:24:22
Re: Epiphone JB Les Paul (53 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Ok guys and gals...  Here is the lowdown on the Epi JBLP...  It came out great, it is unaged.. After much research and keeping in mind that the price needs to be affordable especially to younger kids.  ( my whole intention of doing the model). I decided to keep it unaged.  As for the custom shop JB's there will be a run in Sunburst.   Wildwood guitars in Colorado is doing them.  I have seen a few pics and they look cool.  I am actually really excited to see the finished product.  As for the Blue ones... The Lucky 5 (yes 5 mine was the last one) of us should should hold on to them. They look like they will be the rarest ones.   I am not sure how many Sunburst will be made... That I will know shortly. 
Your source for all things Joe B......
Joe B.
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219 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-04-29 16:22:01
Re: No Goldtop for Joe in Boston... (11 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Number 001 is retired,  Prototype is also in my vault.  I bought the cherry sunburst with black parts as a stop gap while # 52 is being repaired.   I have a 70 Goldtop that I sometimes play as well as a 69 Les Paul Custom..  It depends on the day... Greeny aka Gary Moore  I know is the star of the show.  Hopefully # 52 comes back soon... I am thinking mid summer..
Best Joe B
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220 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-01 11:55:23
Re: Joe's Gibson ES-355 (15 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)The Guitar is a Late 72-early 73 Gibson 355.. I signed up for ebay under the name Joe Bonamassa I bought it from a guys who was listed as Mr Shades... It was the most traumatic guitar buying experience of my life.. Pay Pal this and that... I got a really special guitar from it though.. but Im done with EBAY... Too much nonsense for this cash and carry guitar buyer..
Joe Bonamassa
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221 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-04 07:50:52
Re: Baffle or Attenuator (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Baffle... Why?  because with an attenuator you lose your clean headroom.  With the amp full out but shielded you will be able to get a wider variety for sounds from whatever your guitar is.  My recommendation would be a clearsonic fender twin size baffle.  You will be way happy with that and have a few extra sheckles in your pocket..
Joe B
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222 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-05 19:52:53
Re: Celestion Vintage 30 (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I would go with Surrey made Greenbacks over the V-30's.  V- 30's have a lot of cone cry..  Try to snag yourself some Rola era 65's watter Celestions.  Those are personal fav... Good Luck.
Joe B
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223 Topic by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-07 03:29:30
Topic: # 52 rides again.. (23 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I know with all the nashville guys loosing their entire collection this seems very trivial but in my world it means a lot.  My wonderful # 52 JBLP is in transit via Fed Ex back to me courtesy of the wonderfully talented and generous Scott Lentz.  It will be in the rotation tomorrow in Iowa.  Scott repaired it and sent it back today.  I cant thank him enough for his time and and his expertise.  It is very special guitar to me. 
Look for it tomorrow. 
Joe B
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224 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-08 01:46:25
Re: 355, les paul (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Best Les Paul tones....  Billy Gibbons... everything. Jeff Beck Blow by Blow, Truth, Eric Clapton Beano, Fresh Cream, Paul Kossoff ect.

Best 335 tone of all time.. get ready to argue with me... is a tie.. Three ways..  Crossroads ( cream live at winterland) Alvin Lee  and Ten Years After ( I'm going home live at woodstock) and ding ding ding...  " Eddie Money"  Two tickets to Paradise.  Solo by Jimmy Lyon.  Its straight 335 and Mesa Boogie Mark 2 b..   

If you listen to those songs you can hear the difference in the tones.. Of course taking BB and Freddie off the table as supreme masters of the 355 guitar..
Joe B
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225 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-13 07:05:46
Re: new sunburst version of the Bona-Sig-Les Paul ? (26 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)The set up I used for that was my girlfriend Sandi's Blues Deluxe and her  Boss blues driver.  All I do is dump the top end and turn up the level LOL.  The guitar is the Prototype of the Sunburst "Wildwood guitars" run of JB's.  Its ace.. I think it looks great.  Still has the black back and is in a VOS finish.  The Epiphone JB's are in Gold and are unaged..  Same as the Custom model..  The first run Epi's will have Seymor Duncan Antiquities due to the burst buckers slated for them being slight underwater at the moment..  I think they will sound great as well. 
Best
Joe B
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2010-05-15 14:34:36
Re: Pre order at Wildwood! (36 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I am happy with mine.... You guys get nice silk screen serial numbers... 01 -25 I get the ole silver sharpie with the word " Prototype"  on mine. Yeah I know ... Poor me..  Im sorted.. Enjoy them and thank you.. The bonaburst really came out great.  Thanks to all at Wildwood and Gibson for putting it together..
Joe B
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227 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-17 04:29:59
Re: Les Paul Standard vs Traditional (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)some of the early 90's Les Paul Classic series guitars had outrageous tops.  They were actually in some ways better than the R-9's .  I think those could be had relatively reasonable.  Some of the standard USA models these days look great.  Play good too.  They have the authentic 50's neck.  More 58 than 59 but who cares.. If you are gonna do the Peter Green/ Gary Moore thing my advice is to try to do it yourself with the pickups in the guitar first before buying a pre outta phase set.  I think the guitar acts more natural.  On mine.  Dave did the modification buy reversing the magnet.  The volume pots act the same and retain the original charm of the guitar.   Best Peter Green tone...  Bass pickup volume 5  Lead Pick up volume 3 to 4..  Thats the tone I use on the intro to Sloe Gin These days.
Good Luck Searching.. Thats part of the fun...
Joe B
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228 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-18 14:59:28
Re: Is this another JB copy (42 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I am happy that you like your guitar.. I am unsettled by the Wilkenson copy..  I have never played one.. nor will they send me one for inspection..  I dont want a free guitar.. I have plenty..  I just want to make sure they are good.   Again I am happy that you like the guitar.. I am not happy with that company though.  These are the same people that tape you secretly without your notice then you tube it..  not my idea of straight up..  The Epiphones will be better..  I will see to it myself.. 
Joe B
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229 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-21 12:11:03
Re: BK Butler Tube Driver (21 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Plugging the Tube driver into a amp will not achieve the violin tone..  I have three tube drivers and they are all different.  Try the Genz Benz one.. that is actually the best in my opinion.  Also using a 12AT7 in them helps..  To get the violin tone.. you need a real plexi Marshall set at 5 or 6..  a fender Spring, a delay or echplex and the tube driver. 
Hope that helps..
Joe B
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230 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-21 18:23:14
Re: Joe on Sandi Thom's new album. (3 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I do.... It was my 1973 Mesa Boogie Mark 1 and my # 279 Blue Les Paul.... I am so proud of my girl.. she is working so hard these days.. Bless her heart..
Joe B
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231 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-21 19:38:41
Re: BK Butler Tube Driver (21 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I own a 1999 Genz Benz bk butler tube driver.  I guess they are rare... I have used it a bit on the BC record.. its ace.. and I payed 90 dollars..
Joe B
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232 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-05-24 19:36:08
Re: Mesa Boogie MKIIB question (8 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Haaa... My amp exactly..  the Mark 2 b. is great for a warm Steve Lukather tone.  Thats why I wanted one.  Its the "Break Down Dead Ahead" Boz Scaggs tone.  The Mesa's are buzzy sometimes and act crazy.. I have 8 of them at the moment.. various models.. Mark 2, 1 2b, 3 2b with a 15 EV-15L are some of the notables.  They are all good but have issues in some way.. Too bright past 4 , too clean then full on shred.. ect.  Welcome to the world of the unknown.. They are cheap and cool.. With a 335 you can get the Two Tickets to Paridise tone.  How cool!!!!
Joe B
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233 Topic by Joe Bonamassa 2010-07-06 22:14:55
Topic: Just Got Paid. (22 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hi all,
     This may or may not be the place to post this.. Jim M will move it if needed.  I had the opportunity to watch ZZ Top closely last night.   I did notice one glaring thing.  I have been playing "Just Got Paid" in standard tuning all these years.  BFG played it in open e.  It made more sense being that it is a slide song.   His tone was massive.  Especially with the Les Paul.. Call me bias.  but they were great and I really dug opening the show.  Shortest show in almost 3 years for me. 
Joe B
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234 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-07-26 07:58:44
Re: 1976 100w superlead (9 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Yes...  Its a vintage marshall..
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235 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-08-17 01:21:46
Re: what is so special about Joe`s Flying V ?? (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)My V is a 1981 A series flying V. I bought it at the  No 1 guitar shop in Hamburg Germany just prior to my performance at the Fabrik in late 2008. It is a great guitar with I believe Seymor Duncan pickups. It has been left completely the way I bought it.  Only thing that has been changed have been the strings.
It's a very cool guitar. I only play the one song on it.  It really has become one with our version of Just Got Paid Today.
Hope that helps. epiphone make a great cheaper version for like 700 bucks. Check them out you  don't want to spend a bunch o benjamins.
Joe B
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236 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-08-17 07:42:56
Re: Hard time finding Palmer Speaker Simulator PDI03 (3 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey dude! 
       Yeah they are slightly elusive.  Best place to go is a place called Tour Supply.  It is a source all of the touring bands use for stage and band stuff. That's were I got mine initially. They have offices in Nashville, Manchester , Burbank Ca right next door to a major rehearsal and storage facility call Third Encore ( mine as well) .  Again it's uber dangerous with a credit card.
Good Luck
Joe Bonamassa
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237 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-08-24 03:51:55
Re: Joe's rig layout in Guitar World (25 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)It's actually correct. A stock baritone is tuned to B. For the live version of John Henry I use C so it's actually tuned up a half step. I haven't seen it. Is it one of the cartoon drawing rig demos?  Nick Bowcott came out and promised they wouldn't draw me in my fat days.
JB
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238 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-08-24 23:13:12
Re: Joe's rig layout in Guitar World (25 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)It was a lifestyle change.  I look forward to be getting home for 10 days getting back on the treadmill.  I need a metabolism boost.  Santorini is great for healthy eating.. Basically fish and tomato salad.  But then there is the Mousaka.. That should be a once a month thing.  anywho... back to gear. 
Joe B
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239 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-08-28 05:43:16
Re: GIVE ME ONE REASON: Tone (9 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Yeah you guys got it,  It was my candy apple blue JB Les Paul a Klotz cable and my 1974 Boogie Mark one.  It was my classic cash and carry LA studio set up.  I can carry both at the same time, put the diet coke, tuner and a note pad in your back pack and thats a session.  We did the recording at Henson Studios.  It was a blast.. Made a lot of new friends that day.  Its a great record all the way around.  I am very proud to be on it.  Cheers to Lee.. He is ace.
Joe Bonamassa
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240 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-08-29 16:47:50
Re: Ground Lift Trick (6 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Here is what I will say.. Its not the safest thing you can do.  But I do use them in the US.  Its impossible to wrangle all the extra electrons at times. Just be careful and wear rubber sole shoes.  That will de-couple you from the earth so to speak.
Joe B
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2010-08-31 08:17:36
Re: New Epiphones starting to appear? (367 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys,
        Its acutally really good timing that this thread appeared.  As I type this I am taking a break after signing the first 400 of 1000 Certificates for the Epiphone.  The guitar is cool.  It feels very good and has the same burstbuckers I use in the Custom Shop Models. I am very honored that Gibson/ Epiphone is doing this.  I hope you all like them. 
Joe Bonamassa
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242 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-09-07 18:37:47
Re: BCC The Great Divide Solo cover (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Haaa!!  thats so ACE!!  You played it in such different places.  But you sound great!!  I am so honored you like the super band..
Joe Bonamassa
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243 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-09-12 13:24:56
Re: Tube amp left on standby (11 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)No you are fine, turn it on and play through it. A lot of my amps when I get them I leave on for at least a day.  Amps that sit for long periods without use will usually break down. Don't sweat it. But watch leaving toast in the toaster for that long.
Joe B at 36,000 feet over west Texas
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244 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-09-14 10:41:48
Re: You guys are the bomb so.... (24 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Danny,
           Here is the trick for getting that smooth clear yet distorted tone.  You start by setting your amp with more gain than you need. Then you roll the volume back on your Les Paul to about 8.  Roll your tone down to about 5 or six, and set the amp somewhat dark.  The extra gain will give you the carry.  I used a pedal chain in the VanWeelden's that consist of a TC -Chorus, a 2290 set very short ( you can substitute any delay , you dont need a 3 thousand dollar unit. ) and a Boss Rev-5.  The reverb, chorus, and delay combo with the main delay will give you what you are looking for. 
Good Luck.. Oh and the other thing that I found about Eric's tone was its cleaner than you think.. Makes his playing even more amazing right..?
Joe Bonamassa
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245 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-09-16 17:47:18
Re: Lets Talk Wah Wah! (16 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I guess I'm weird. I ask jeorge tripps who makes my custom crybabys to leave the non true bypass old style switch in them.  I like the high end diversion. It's easy to add it back.  But any Wah with a true bypass switch will sort you out.  I'm using a straight Hendrix reissue in my BCC board now and I love it.  Although I think I'm gonna swap it for one of Jeorges.  I used that one on a song called Beggarman.
Good luck and happy hunting.
Joe Bonamassa
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246 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-09-29 00:12:21
Re: Marshall Class 5 - sadly gone.... (16 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey guys,
       Sorry you are having issues.  I have one of the first class 5z and it's never rattled. Actually mine is a pro type it's working name was classic 5. Anywho, I hope whatever you end up with it lives long and prospers!
Joe B
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247 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-09-29 10:20:28
Re: BK Butler Tube Driver (18 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys,
        I just ordered one.  I have 4 original Chandler models including a rack mount with a bias control.  That one is not my fav.  I find they are all different. I like using a "used" 12/AT7 as opposed to the AX7 that was stock back in the day.  What sold me on the new ones was they use three prong earthed plugs.  The reason I dont use the originals live is the lack of earth plug doesnt play well with the F-1, 4 amp rig.  The jubilee especially doesnt.. So I will give you a report.  They are great with a mono superlead or Hiwatt with reverb ... 
cool that they are being build again.. So much for collecting..
Joe B
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248 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-09-29 10:49:08
Re: BK Butler Tube Driver (18 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)For best results in getting BCC tones..
collectable gear:
Marshall superbass 1968 100 watt plexiglass panel
Marshall Jubilee 100 watt 
two Marshall super bass extra tall stereo cabinets with EV-12 L speakers.. (critical link..they yeild distorted yet clear tones)
Gibson Historic Les Paul with burstbucker 2 and three.. (authors note-- I suggest a joe bonamassa signature model for safest and best results)

Non Collectable new store bought gear.
2-DSL 2000 marshall 100 watt heads  set to cleanish.. crank the drive to 10 and the master to 6.  dump all the treble and leave the presence around three.  Bass three and mid 5.
1 marshall straight stereo cabinet.  with 75 watt celestions.. But honestly get the EVs.. way better to my ears.
guitar same as above.. again I want you to be in good hands.

pedals..
Fuzzface
MXR micro flange
Jimi Hendrix crybaby
ts-808 reissue tubescreamer set to gain 10, tone between 10 and 11 o clock and volume 10
Boss DD-3
WayHuge Pork loin
Way huge aqua-puss..

thats the keys to the car...  Hope that helps..
Joe Bonamassa recovering from a slight head cold..
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250 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-09-30 05:21:15
Re: BK Butler Tube Driver (18 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Ans: yes the rack is switchable. On and off only. The other thing.  Well some have come to call my collection the " the black hole"  as what goes in never comes out. One day I ll have a massive garage sale for charity. EC has Goldie for his auction  I just don't know when that will be.  Let's start there and I ll see how it feels. Tough parting with stuff. I'm like a picker and a hoarder. Lol. I won't rummage through trash for a guitar. We'll??????  What kind is it. ?
Anywho: pork lion
Volume 1 o'clock , tone 11 o'clock. Drive 11 o'clock as well. Little ones set to noon.
Joe B
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251 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-10-05 11:08:16
Re: EV12L (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Here is what I find with EV-12L's.  They dont break up at all.. They are 300 watts.  The Jubilee and Van Weelden at 100 watts are not gonna dent them.  Thats why Alexander Dumble likes them.  They are neutral.  I use them at home at low volumes.  I have gotten so used to them that any other speaker throws me off.  The amount of color and compression that other speakers inadvertly give to your amp is shocking when you get right down to it. Some like that tone and color.. Its  subjective to say the least. In the Case the EVs  They are clear and articulate at any volume in my opinion.  They are my not so secret weapon.  I recommend them above all.  Carvin used to make a british series 100 watt that was close.. This goes back 20 years ago though..  Anyway.. as you can see Im pretty into these things. 
Joe B.
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252 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-10-07 03:25:25
Re: lazy j amps (2 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I actually tried both models at John Henry's in London.  John said they were great.  I went up to his pro-shop and had bash at it.  I really liked them.  The 20 was warm and had a refined Neil Young type of vibe and the 80 was like you would want a good tweed twin to sound like.  What impressed me more than anything was the fact the amps were not too bright.  Most of the time all I do is dump treble on those type of things.  The amps will go plenty bright but not overly and remain solid when turned up to 11.  I really liked them honestly.
Joe Bonamassa
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253 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-10-21 03:23:00
Re: Perhaps the best Dumble tone? (my .02) (78 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I watched the video.  I have to say that the overdrive sounds too fuzzy for it to be a real dumble. The hyper articulation and midrange are almost non existent. In the far east you can buy a 10 dollar Prada bag for your girlfriend and a 20 dollar ODS face plate. That amp sounds like one of those. Or Howard was having a bad week.
Joe B
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254 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-10-21 05:55:46
Re: Perhaps the best Dumble tone? (my .02) (78 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Actually I doubt it.  It most likely is a build kit in my opinion. Fuchs and Two Rock will beat that overdrive by a long mile.  Again. It sounds weird to me even by you tube standards.
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255 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-10-24 14:34:39
Re: Best way to get reverb? (21 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Honestly the best reverb is the boss rev -5. The tanks break down and If you walk by them they make a horrible noise.  GE Smith is the master along with ^^%%^ Dale and Neil Young.  For the rest of us the Boss is the most reliable. Through the loop is best but in front is cool too. The G Labs is also fantastic.
Joe B

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256 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-10-30 14:46:03
Re: Perhaps the best Dumble tone? (my .02) (78 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Well the saga continues. I heard from my friend today that the amp I thought sounded like a fake is actually real and I have offended some of the more sensitive chaps on the gear page. Anywho. My position is simple.  I put myself out there everyday to be judged scrutinized and You Tubed. I called it like I saw it or heard it really and I guess I was wrong about the first part. It's the same right anybody has to do so. So with that the great Joe B dumble fumble comes to a close.
Joe B
Ps. 10 years really? Yikes man.
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257 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-10-30 15:03:19
Re: Perhaps the best Dumble tone? (my .02) (78 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Always....  That's a guarantee. I ll always be at least honest.
Shalomn from Tel Aviv.
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258 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-04 12:12:39
Re: New Fuzz Pedal: Davy Knowles sig. (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I ei ey.     
     I love Davey. I think he' s the best thing to come out in years in this genre.   I am perplexed at the tone of this pedal.  It neither creates a good smooth fuzz or a Octavia clone. It is not pleasing to my ears. It's harsh even when great stuff is being played.  I think Davey deserves better than this.  But, if he is happy with this...  Who am I?  I just have to chime in if it gets post here. It's a forum for opinion.  Here's mine.  Buy a Fulltone Octavia.
Love Ya Davey but........
Joe B.
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259 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-04 13:07:12
Re: New Fuzz Pedal: Davy Knowles sig. (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Again. Dave
           Its about if you are gonna do a demo and put yourself out there to be judged and sell a product then you have to answer for said product. This wasn't a hap hazard demo on the fly. This was QVC. Gotta call it like I see it. The tone in question is not pleasing to my ears. I have no vested interest either way. I hope Davey sells a ton of these. The jb forum is supposed to be honest.  Again. It's not a slag of davey's playing or music.   
Joe B.
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260 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-07 06:39:03
Re: Perhaps the best Dumble tone? (my .02) (78 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)It's not a question of dumble verses Marshall or anything like that. All I did was state a opinion on a amp. I feel bad for Peter because I've gone on record calling his prized real dumble a fake. It was not my intention to tinkle on the creative campfire.  I wouldn't refinance the homestead for one. But that's just me. I think the Carol Ann's and Van Weelden's are fantastic. There will always be debate. My issue is when it becomes personal. Over what? A modded Fender Showman? That's essentially what Dumble amps are in my eyes. A brilliant mod though. Let the gear page be and maybe they will return the favor. My mom is retired now and she can be brutal to the online haters. Nobody wants it to come to that.   
Joe B.
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261 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-11 03:26:42
Re: No more Ernie Ball guitars for Joe? (6 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I still use the Musicman guitars... I love them for a slightly brighter alternative.  In the case of Carre' the turn around between the Europe tour and American tour is only three days.  We had to ship some of the guitars back on that day so as to have them meet us here.  We used a cut stable of guitars for just that one show. 
Joe B
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262 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-11 03:32:56
Re: Is there any news on the JB Fuzz Face? (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I believe the JB Copper Fuzz Face is in the final stages of completion.  I just wrote the copy for the box and saw a prototype package.  They did a awesome job.  If I had to guess I would say within 90 days it should be available.  If you use them long enough they start looking like old pennies..
Joe B
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263 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-11 03:54:58
Re: No more Ernie Ball guitars for Joe? (6 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)The original Musicman Petrucci model was "altered" ie made into a Stienberger guitar on its was to Tel Aviv last year.  Musicman fixed the guitar for me and now is in the collection.  Its the one from the Albert Hall DVD.  All those guitars are pretty special to me.  Two of them in a year have been broken..  Not such a good statistic.. Thanks to A and S cases I have solved the problem.  plus they weigh 49.9 pounds all in.. It was great to see the look on Delta airlines faces when they thought they were gonna get a extra 100 bucks out of me. 
Joe B
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264 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-13 12:34:01
Re: Joe w/ a Tele! (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)No offense taken.  I call the guitar the banana tele. With a name like Bonamassa if I can't break out a gaudy suit or guitar then Im not being true to my heritage.   
Joe Banana-mass-a
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265 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-13 13:00:08
Re: Joe w/ a Tele! (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Well I can say currently I play two fender products on this leg. The esquire had been outed but there is another but not so obvious.
Joe B
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266 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-13 17:09:08
Re: Joe w/ a Tele! (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)You guys are good. It's a 1990 USA made Robben Ford.  Signed!!  I know Robben but didn't ask him.  It was there when I bought it. 
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267 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-14 17:27:43
Re: Joe and his new DGN Custom Guitar (4 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Nice find .. nothing is a secret these days.. I am a huge fan of Ry Cooder... His slide and guitar playing give me shivers..  I met him once at Truetone Music in Santa Monica when I was living in Malibu.. Miss that place honestly.. My old house is now a studio.. You can guess who I rented it from.. Kevin was uber nice to let me live there...  The house of happier times so to speak.  Anywho.... this guitar is a tribute to one of my ultimate heros.  its sounds amazing..  Dan did a wonderful job.  I will not play it on stage because its Ry's design.  I will use it to record and be inspired.  Ry Cooder, Paul Kossoff, Eric Clapton and Eric Johnson are my primary inspirations..  its cool to have a defacto replica
Go to forum: Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear Go to topic: No more Ernie Ball guitars for Joe? Go to post 263..  the DeArmond is so cool....
Joe Bonamassa
THANKS DAN!!  and Thanks Kent! for hooking me up ...
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268 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-16 05:18:09
Re: Dumble 1x12? (6 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I would suggest at Boogie mark 1 or 2b.  I found mine in the 1000 dollar range.  They are out there.  Also a good amp is the Rivera made super champs from the 80's.  It ll do the dumbly thing a bit. 
Joe B
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269 Topic by Joe Bonamassa 2010-11-21 21:00:15
Topic: You Tube Stars.. (46 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Sorry..  This is the second time I ve tried this..  I was just up like all gear heads watching You-Tube video of boutique amps..  I noticed something troubling..  None of these so called amp " experts" actually used the amps on show days.  They were all in hotel rooms  ( aka amp shows) basements, studios, ect..  So I was thinking.. does anybody actually use these 5k plus amps on gigs?    I figured because Bonamassa gear freaks are way cooler than the gear page nay sayers I would start a thread for people posting photos, videos of your gear on a gig night.  That honestly is the only way to judge your equipment.. It doesn't have to be played at the enormo -dome or your local hockey arena.  just on a gig.. pub, club bbq, wedding, or soccer club.. anything goes.. just you all  playing live music.. 
Thanks.. Looking forward to your responses...
Joe B... 
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2010-12-02 06:37:35
Re: Joe uses 2 Marshall Jubilees again? (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys thats when my main amp blew up just before we had to shoot the video.  I used to use two Jubilees been toying with the idea for BCC.  I even have a rig set up already in LA.  Its a bit more overdriven than the Cat 5 / Jubilee combo.  Really have the Cat 5 tweeked at the moment.  So my cardinal rule is.. if you are happy leave it alone and wail..
JB
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272 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-12-02 12:12:17
Re: Burstbucker #2 and #3 set (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I like the way they hit the front of the amp.  I just recieved a JBLP with a bigsby with the 2/3 combo and it works for me.,  I generally like a fair amount of front end from a pick up.  I feel the overdrive is sweeter.  Anywho.. I dont really use a sparkly clean sound so it works for me.. either way the BB are my favorite overall pick up.  The WCR set that jim builds for me is ace as well.  A bit clearer and more articulate.. I depends on what the application calls for ..
Joe B
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273 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-12-06 12:22:10
Re: Anyone care about nitro? (24 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)The whole debate about nitro is a long and has passionate people on both side.  Here is my take.  You have to take it on a guitar by guitar basis.  I have played some absolutely stunning reissues and Les Paul Standards and some dreadful thin sounding real 59 Les Pauls.  Which then by all accounts you go.. Now Im really confused.  There are good and bad guitars of all shapes and sizes.  They are not all the same.. I definately  would not advocate taking a guitar you are happy with and sanding it down.  Then your stuck in a bind and out a fair amount of money.  There are guys who redo reissues and do a fantastic job in doing so. But not all of them sound great either.  The bond between a guitar and its owner is a special one.  Its all getting a bit scientific these days. Thats cool but I like the myth behind it.. Happy Holidays.!!! 
Joe B ( freezing in Florida!!!! )
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274 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-12-07 19:48:39
Re: New Epiphones starting to appear? (367 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey guys..
    Eish... Those Comments about the Epi JB model will wake you up in the morning..  I don't know why people feel the need to bad mouth something they have never seen or played.   My favorite quote is " Joe- corporate rock Whore who cant write a song -Bonamassa.  That was really lovely especially around the holidays.  So I felt the need to kind of set the record straight why we are doing these in the first place.  I wanted Kids and those who dont have 3999.00 to spend on a guitar to have a chance get a gold top similar to the ones I use everyday.  I have the prototype and its ace.  The guitars are like 699 street.  I spoke to Gibson about the amount of request for a more affordable model and they were nice enough at Gibson/Epiphone to do this.  I really stand by the quality of these things.  They play great and from the few I have seen are really consistent.  For those who take cheap shots at something they don't get or haven't seen.. I mean I think you are better than that really.. I wouldn't do that..  Mom and Dad raised me better. Why waste the cyber trees.. Just shhhhhhhh
Thanks
JB
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275 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-12-09 10:26:08
Re: Your Funeral And My Trial Gear (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Dude,
        I honestly dont remember.   It was recorded in 2005 at the speed of light.  I think and dont hold me to it, it was my 1963 Fender Stratocaster through a Jubilee and a 1970 super lead Marshall amps... Pedals at that point bet a little fuzzy.. The Wah was probably a Vox.  I used those at the time and maybe the octive thing was a fulltone.. Everything else I honestly dont remember. 
Thanks
JB
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Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-12-17 18:28:53
Re: JB's string action? (11 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Here is my theory... I set my action high enough so I can bend comfortably.. I know its getting too high when my left ring finger goes under the G string ( let the jokes start in 5..4...3..2..1..) when bending the B string durning So Many Roads.  High action doesnt hinder speed in my opinion.  I use heavy gauge strings and high action.. I think it actually helps.. Now am I the fastest draw in the West?  No not by a long shot.. I think its a good mix of technical and feel that wins the day.. Its like coffee.. How many sugars do you like?  Everybody has a different answer..
Joe B
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277 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-12-19 20:18:21
Re: Pictures of joe's les paul used on the gibson vids. (11 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)The Guitar is a 1998 58 Reissue Les Paul.. It now currently resides on the side of the semi truck and has black hardware with a bigsby.  Its funny this thread comes up the guitar was brought out of storage restrung and used all day on a session I did in Santa Monica.   Its a great guitar with a very cool top..  The history of the guitar is that I bought it from the House of Guitars in Rochester NY in 2003.  It is also the guitar that I used for all the specs and contours of the JB model.  Thats when the video was shot .. The very weekend my model was designed..  A little history of that guitar.  I call the guitar Winston....  As in Winston Cup Nascar... Due to it being on the side of a semi truck... 
Joe B
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278 Topic by Joe Bonamassa 2010-12-19 21:25:56
Topic: Session stories.. (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Fellow Gearheads..
     So today I learned a valuable lesson.... I blew up some gear during our final session of our new album.   I used smaller amps... I started with my brand new and very great tweed twin "keef" amp.  Blew that up in short order.  I then focused on two amps that sounded amazing.. Again it was combo and 2x12 day... I ended up using a 1990 Sovtek Mig -50 and a 1964 Blackface concert...  Once the Bona-Byrd tuned to a hybrid low B tuning come out the original speakers in the concert decided it was time for a early retirement.  So all in the session was great... I used it until it flamed out.  I justify the loss because the session was so inspiring.. That you cant by or repair.. Anywho.. We start tomorrow at 10:30am ( thank you Gavin and Curtis) to put back together the burnt out wreckage.. 
Session Stories...
Joe B..
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279 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-12-21 22:49:55
Re: Favorite piece of gear you bought in 2010? (55 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I have two. 
On the cheap: 1990 Sovtek Mig 50 head.  It sounds epic. Price. $300 dollars.
More than my first car: 1953 Fender Telecaster Butterscotch blonde   Just like Danny's. It feels the same as his guitar and howls. It is a very dear piece of gear to me. I saved a lot of lawn mowing and allowance money for it. 
Joe B.
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280 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-12-22 18:34:58
Re: The Dunlop JBF3 Signature Fuzz Face (21 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)there is a debate on battery verses not battery... Truth be told they do sound like Fuzz faces with a battery... Its part of the compression and the charm.  Im stoked that they are coming out.  Theses have been in the works for over three years.. Thanks to Jimmy and all at Dunlop for doing this..  A uber big thanks to Jeorge Tripps for designing the pedal and for starting the whole project 3 years ago..  Im excited for you all to hear them. 
PS. If you use them for about 600 shows.. They look like old pennies..
Joe Bonamassa
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=15900

281 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2010-12-27 20:19:09
Re: Dumble 4x12 with EV12Ls (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I ll sell ya my mojos for half... plus they come with a way huge aqua puss pin in the front left corner.. I mean 30 k... Yikes!!! It better come with its own valet service for that..
joe b
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282 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-01-01 01:01:44
Re: Joe's Rig for BCC gig 12/29 (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Dave you are right on it.  When it was decided that we were going to do John Henry I needed a moog.  So I bought a theramin and had it shipped to wolverhampton. Then I realized the dsl-2000 s only had one input per amp.  So the day before the gig I was out for coffee with Kevin and we stumbled upon the local guitar shop.  I noticed the Laney and the fact that it was 400 quid.  So for the BCC shows it ran the moog. But it's an excellent sounding guitar amp. I'm currently on a vintage Laney kick!!!  Black country amp company. 
Joe B.
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283 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-01-06 21:32:06
Re: Is this series or parallel? (23 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Series,  Think of it as wiring two amps together. The first speaker gets the signal from the speaker lead and sends it to the second speaker..Parallel would be two leads from the speaker jack..
joe b
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284 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-01-07 09:13:28
Re: Celestion G12H-100 (6 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Great Speaker... My Jim Kelley amp came stock with one.. I put my standard EV-12L for the restoration that Jim himself did.. The Celestion 100 watter went into the Caveman's Iso cab in the studio..  Great find if you can snag them.
Joe B
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285 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-01-16 12:32:26
Re: connecting the Palmer PDI-03 when using mutiple amps (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys,
          There are a total of four lines.. Three mics on the alternate amps and a Palmer on the silver jubilee.  This year we are brainstorming about changing the rig.. Most likely all amps will be on Palmers.  They sound amazing and are very consistent.  But we are just in the planning stages..
Joe B

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Re: Encyclopedia Of Joe Bonamassa Guitar Help

2011-01-16 17:52:19
Re: Is 100 watts too much? (15 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Dude... Here is my experience.  If you are already using a 55 watt amp there isnt much of a difference between the 100 watt and the 55 in perceived volume.  You will be still told to turn down with equal vitriol from the house sound guys.  What you will gain is the clean headroom you want.  The guitar will clean up better.  I have a 50 park and it stays with my superleads and superbass amps..  Good Luck.. join the hundred watt club.  you thank yourself..  Its alot of fun..
Joe B
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287 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-01-25 22:31:21
Re: Gonna be a new Les Paul model? JB Slide guitar? (6 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)That guitar is a Gibson Skylark.. Its not a Joe Bonamassa model.. I do have one and play one on many records.. Mine is currently one of three in existence.  As far as I know.. I am like you.. the photo was a surprise... I hope they start making them..
Joe B..
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288 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-01-25 22:41:37
Re: How many JB Les Paul models? (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Ok here they are so far...as I can recall
  BONAMASSA 001 THRU 300
proto JB (JB collection)
1.  Serial # 001( JB collection) #052( JB collection) thru 250  Aged Goldtops with Black hardware and black backs.
2. 251 thru 275  Unaged goldtops with black hardware and black backs
3. 276-277-279 (JB Collection) -280 Candy apple blue with black hardware and black backs
4. 281 thru 300 aged and custom order Goldtops.  same as the first batch..
none of them to my knowledge are chambered but all have a weight relived two piece back.

Wildwood series Sunburst black back and hardware
Joe B 001 thru 075
prototype (JB collection)
Joe B 001 thru 075
Joe B ( 052 JB Collection)

Custom one off Chambered 
Prototype JB Model.. 
Goldtop black hardware ( dark back ) and bigsby
(JB Collection)

Epiphone  Joe Bonamassa Goldtop with black backs and Hardware
# 1 thru 1000  somewhere in transit and in hands of loving owners
Protype (JB collection)

Thats all I can tell you about the story of the JB's... Hope that helps..
Joe B

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289 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-01-26 09:06:12
Re: JB signature Fuzz Face Release Date (40 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys,
       Here is the scoop, there will be plenty around in about a week or so... The first batch of 250 are being made right now.. I just received my first one via Jeorge Tripps in the box yesterday.  It looks great honestly.. I am very proud.  Now just so I can say I warned you.. A fuzzface is not a mellow subtle overdrive.  Its a massive explosion of compression and fuzz.  So if you want to hear the Sloe Gin Solo tone come out of it.. It wont do that.  A great example of me using it in the studio is the end solo of Too Late for the Sun on the Black Country Communion record or at the Dazed and Confused bits on the Live at the Royal Albert Hall. 
Thanks I hope you really enjoy them!!!  Im so proud of my Fuzz-pennies..
Joe B
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290 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-01-26 21:14:58
Re: Fuzz Face Experience (23 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Here is my two cents... I am not just saying this cause I have a fuzzface signature model.. There is something mental about stepping on that round mic stand base with two knobs that does something extra for me.  There are a lot of great fuzz boutique pedals.. All sound good.. Some are even better to the slightly sputtery 60's original..  But for me its a mental thing... Love the expression you can get with a fuzz face.
Joe B
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291 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-01-29 18:18:38
Re: Jools Holland Gear (13 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Yeah it was a Vintage Modern Marshall amp with a 1962 model celestion cabinet straight from John Henry's in London. 
Joe B
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292 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-01-29 19:52:56
Re: Jools Holland Gear (13 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Gilson Lavis is one of my favourite drummers on the planet.. I have had the honor to play with the greats... Bonham, Fig, Bergman, Calautta and Cromwell and Gilson is up there with the best..
Joe B
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293 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-02-01 21:59:27
Re: Odd Les Paul Nashille show (6 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)The code word for it is "Bona-Byrd"  Its a one off that Gibson Custon did for me.  Thank you Rick Gembar , Pat Foley and Edwin for doing such a cool guitar.. Just used it in the pictures for Guitar World.  Its ace...
joe B
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294 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-02-02 14:00:53
Re: New guitar for Joe? (25 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)LOL... Dont blame Gibson... That guitar was my idea... I did the new take on the Firebird 1.  There is only one... Dont worry..
Joe B
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295 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-02-02 19:33:30
Re: JB signature Fuzz Face Release Date (40 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey guys,
       I kinda know the scoop.. They are making the first batch of 250 units right now.. They should be done within the next `14 days I would guess.. these things are pretty involved for a simple pedal.. The Copper plating process  takes time to make sure its not gonna crack or flake.. I m happy they are taking the time to do so.. I want you all happy with your $200 pennies..
Joe B.
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296 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-02-08 20:40:33
Re: Cancelled My Joe B. Epiphone (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys,
         Im sorry these Epi's have been such a problem..  I meant to make them readily available for everybody.. Nor Epiphone or I honestly anticipate the demand... Yikes..!!!  The guys at Epi are good folks.. They will make sure we sort out the issues.. Everybody who ordered one will get his or hers... If i have to take shop class and make them myself...   
Joe Bonamassa
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297 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-02-21 18:01:44
Re: Joe's new double neck (9 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Yeah... Thanks to my friend at the Gibson Custom Shop Rick Gembar..  He sent me  Don Felder #075 for the BCC #2 record... Its a awesome guitar... I love the 12 string part of it... Im going for the "I Can See for Miles " tone.... All guitars sound better with two necks. Its the American way..
Joe B
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298 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-02-24 14:31:22
Re: New "affordable" Gibson Bonamassa LP? (32 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys,
          I have the only one out here with me on the road... I have been beta testing it.. I will say, it doesnt feel like a studio.  It doesnt have binding but it feels similar to the original Gary Moore models with the JB profile neck.  Anywho.. Its a good guitar.. Still tweaking it.  Again its important for me to keep the price down on these things without compromising the quality and feel of the CS original models.  The Epi- turned into a grab bag and none ever appeared in stores.  In one way that it great... sold a 1000 guitars in a day... on the other hand it wasnt what I hoped would happen.  I want a kid to walk in a guitar shop and just dig if for what it is.. a good Les Paul.. Thats the point behind the new run of guitars..
Joe B
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299 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-02-24 14:42:19
Re: Joe's flame top in this months TG? (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Actually that guitar is a 1999 Gary Rossington Signature model.. I have had that one for awhile.  It is the unofficial Black Country Communion guitar.  It just fits that band after years of struggling to find a place...
Joe B
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300 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-02-27 13:18:37
Re: Joe playing a guitar with P-90's ? (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I am not a huge fan of P-90 pickups.. I find them too smooth and flat sounding for me.. Now with that said... Kevin Shirley's Les Paul Junior 1955 model is killer.  I have an old gold top with P-90's that I have owned for 12 years that is good.. Plus some various archtop Gibsons with P-90's that I like.  Again its a taste thing not fact.. I mean Leslie West did ok with them right?  Biggest most bad arse guitar sound ever on those Mountain records..
Joe B
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Joe Bonamassa 2011-02-27 13:43:08
Re: Joe playing a guitar with P-90's ? (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hence said Gold top... That was a wacky deal for me.  Paul Reed Smith trying to force me to play one of his guitars mid-song. I was like who is this crazy man with the guitar??? oops.. Sorry Paul. One for the record books indeed..
Joe B
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16499

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OK yeah not all of these are 'help' but if Joe said it in this section i think it counts...
3/6/2011
Re: Joe's Guitars (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)hey guys...
      Here is what that guitar is.... it is a early 1972 red Gibson ES-355 TDC... it is special because in 1972 the used the embosed  "Gibson" covers .  Freddie King used a guitar just like that... I bought the guitar from a guy in San Antonio Texas..  It is my one and only Ebay purchase.....Love that guitar...
Joe B..
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16590

2 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-03-05 07:04:22
Re: Which guitar in Joe's tweet? (54 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Well.... It didnt take you all long to figure out the guitar in question... It is indeed a real 1959 Les Paul..  It plays and sounds really great...  It has shut down all guitar collecting for sometime.  But it is the holy grail... There is a reason they cost so much.. I was in denial for a long time.  There is a clarity and midrange to this particular one that is very special.. I am gonna play it and enjoy it.. That what they are made for..
Joe B
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16545

6 Reply by Joe Bonamassa Yesterday 08:07:04Joe Bonamassa
Re: does loudness of amps with more speakers?Hey guys..
         That was my initial theory when I came up with the 4 amp rig.   It was more power through less speakers.  I switched to EV-12L speaker because not did they sound great to me but they were the only ones that never blew up... Before I used to carry a charged screw gun and take cabinets apart almost daily.  That fatigues the wood and it creates a cascading effect down the line.  My new VanWeelden cabinets had to be slighty modified by our resident expert Eric due to so much sound pressure being put through a single cabinet that it literally sheared the middle screw off the cabinet.  We have fixed the problem and potential hazard  and now they are fantastic..  But It is all about pairing down the speakers.. You will cut through the band better and have a better footprint onstage..
Hope that helps..
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16635
Joe Bonamassa

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7 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-03-13 12:11:01
Re: ? for Joe about the 59 LP (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)No.. I don't have the heart to put Grovers on it... It would be more stable in the tuning department..  I will eventually have to have it refretted... The Frets are 52 years young... The guitar will speak a lot more (which is a scary thought) than it does now.  The mids will be more pronounced.. I am gonna play it.. Live and in the studio...  Its not a guitar to be scared of... Its just a really wonderful Sunburst Gibson Les Paul...
Joe B.
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16683


Re: Joe's Marshall DSL Settings (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)No problem sharing.. I use the DSL-s with EV speakers for BCC.. 
I use the clean channel with the drive at 10/ and the volume at 6.5   I use the the treble at 2 mid at 5 bass at 4 and presence at 3 ..  I use one the bass shift in and one without and the front end is a reissue Tubescreamer  808 with the gain and and vol at 10 tone is set at 11 o'clock.
Hope that helps..
Joe B
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16942

Re: Triple Humbucker Explorer (4 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys,
          In Pittsburgh I did break out my 1984 Triple Pickup Gibson Explorer.  I had to ship the double neck to Europe and the explorer has been its back up for the tour.  I think the guitar was some kind of one off in 1984.  I bought it because I had not seen another one before.  It has some typical 80's characteristics like its a bit heavy and the pickups are in the high 11 to 12k range..  As you would going for that early Scorpions or Night Ranger vibe.  Its a cool guitar though.. The room in Pittsburgh was such a wash on stage because of its high ceilings I couldn't tell if it sound any good.  I also have a early 80's korina reissue Explorer to match the holy V.. But I decided to leave it behind this time..  Im getting my ducks in a row for the BCC tour... Im bringing the Rock guitars out...  I mean if not now when??  Btw that was a very nice flying V Logo 33..  I could tell just from holding it a few seconds that it has many good notes in it..
Joe B... via Montreal..
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16934

Re: Fender Pawn Shop Series - No April Fooling (18 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Last cool Fender guitar I saw at a pawn shop was a 1976 Stratocaster... The asking price was 4000 dollars..  Me being polite I smiled and said wow!  that is a cool guitar..  Pawn shops for guitar shopping are insanely high priced.. I don't get the design mostly and the pawn shop relation.. but that is just me and Im soooo biased..  The new guys over at Fender are way cool and my old buds from Marshall and Yamaha..
JB
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=17002

Re: If Joe had to choose an 'average joe' set up (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I would use a Les Paul Standard or even a cool brooked in studio.. A store bought TS-808 and Pork Loin and a marshall DSL-2000..  Straight marshall cab and a baffle..  That would be good for me..
JB
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=17034

Re: Another cool burst on the road (1 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I actually got to play that guitar when I sat in with Derek and his very good band.  I remember looking at it close durning the keyboard solo and my guitar radar went off..  I ask Derek on stage if that was a real one..  He said yes it was..  It soulds great and again It is nice to see it on the road doing shows,... Thats what they are made for..
Joe Bonamassa
http://www.jbonamassa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=17052

Re: Joe's Warm Up & Small Gig Rig (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey guys here is the rig in question..
       Left is Bona-studio prototype,  Middle is a reissue Bluesbreaker combo.. I have two... The amps on the Crossroads DVD..  right is a standard issue 24 ounce Diet Coke..  The pedal is a scary clean original TS-808 tubescreamer..
That gets put into the dressing rooms for me..  I find it nice to play for the 30 minutes prior to the gig..
Joe B
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Great Stuff!!

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Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-05 13:04:49
Re: Good Cheap Amp? (20 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Lab Series L-5 gets my vote...  those things are great..
JB
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313 Topic by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-07 20:54:46
Topic: Sometimes good things happen to good people.. (16 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey guys...
       So with all the negative stuff going on in the world between the wars in the Middle East and Africa and the earthquake/Tsunami / nuclear meltdown in Japan ect ect ect..  I thought Id share a quick story that made my day at least...  There is a guy that John Henry ( there is a real guy named John Henry ) turned me on to about 8 months ago.. His name is Jesse and he makes Lazy J amps..  I tried his deluxe style and hi powered twin at John Henry's in London the day of the " first BBC " secret gig.  I was really blown away especially with the twin... Well long story short... a brown tolex wheat grilled ( just like Keef"s) Lazy J 80 watter sits in my living room as we speak..  Ok so great ... Joe B gets another amp..   Well there is more.. Jesse has it be, is a really good humble dude who helped me get my amp out of US customs and really went the extra mile and built a really killer amp..  Well I just watched the Tonight show with Jay Leno and low and behold....  Jeff Beck had two of his amps on stage..  So when it seems like nothing good ever happens.. there you go...
Joe B..
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314 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-18 12:37:57
Re: pre 1964 strat (30 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I dont know what happened .. I think I got it sorted now..  This world has too many usernames and passwords... 
Joe B
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315 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-18 14:21:55
Re: pre 1964 strat (30 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Actually... Both usernames are mine... I did not realize that my computer had switched them..
Joe B
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316 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-18 16:29:23
Re: What do we know about the '59 Bona-Grail? (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Dude... You want to have them wound in the Mid to high 8's... Thats what the average PAF's where..  Also if they can find period correct long magnets that will help.. The difference is clarity.. But you retain the midrange...  My guitar has a double white PAF in the front and I think a Zebra in the back.. ( I think) Im not sure.. It maybe a double black.. who knows.. Sheptone make great stuff... So does Jim Wagner at WCR..   Good Luck being cured of this disease.. Once it starts it never ends..  Maybe Dr. Drew should do a show about it..
Joe B
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317 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-19 12:08:42
Re: Joe Bonamassa's '68 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop on eBay (59 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey guys,
           It is indeed my old 68...  After a long time with it I decided it may be time to let it go to a better home.. I traded it back in Feb for a couple of killer guitars that I am playing at the moment.. Its the Les Paul I used on "A New Day Yesterday" both the album and the song..Its a really strong guitar and I loved it for a long time but honestly with the 59 its hard to play anything else.. So I hope it finds a good new home.  I am happy with the 295 and red 355..  I look forward to giving them a loving welcome to the flock..
Joe B
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318 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-19 12:22:04
Re: Kudo's to E-Bay,no Really ????? (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Yeah mine is called the Jazz Blues... I was like haaaa haaaaa very funny.. Honestly I expect more from those folks... It did " inspire" me to approach Epiphone to see about a cheaper JB.  So something good came of it.  But I wont be inviting them out for a pint anytime soon..
Joe B
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319 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-19 14:56:35
Re: Joe Bonamassa's '68 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop on eBay (59 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Yeah the same guitar Paul Reed Smith tried to take out of my hands... I thought it was Dave my tech cause the guitar was out of tune.... then I was like WTF???  Bless you tube for preserving all our fine moments for all to see.
Joe B
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320 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-20 17:51:19
Re: Bonaburst Neck - a bit gummy (19 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Dont steel wool it..  That wont solve your problem... Best thing to do is to take some Ernie Ball or quality polish and and felt rag and really shine the back of the neck.  That will take all the sticky feeling out of it.. Now each players hands are different.. So how often you need to do this will depend on your genetic make up..
Joe B
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321 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-20 22:25:10
Re: Best speaker for Silver Jubilee 1 x 12? (3 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Jakey....
       The speakers that are in my two original 1x12 combos are original Ipswich Vintage 30's...  they Sound great... But a EV -12L might be in one of their futures.. thanks for the Tube Screamer !!
Joe B
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322 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-21 21:22:14
Re: category 5 bonamassa heads!! (16 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Well...  I have been using the JB-100 for a long time.. Its great.. Have 3 .. Two in Black and One in Silver...  The other amp is a prototype of a Jubilee style amp... I have 7 original Jubilees.  I love them as you know.  Don has really done the un doable and really got the Jubilee sound and effects loop nailed.  The other two knobs are for higher gain settings..  I dont really use that much gain but others do.. So they are good for those applications.. I honestly only spent 45 mins with the new amp... It sounded great though..  Im a tough character when it comes to Jubilees...  I said to him after 3 mins... Congratulations.. You made the first Jubilee since 1987..
Joe B
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323 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-04-27 20:58:26
Re: jblp blue????... just posted a link to pics of my new blue les paul (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)There are only 5 JBLPs in candy apple blue..  I have one.. #279 and the other four are scattered in the hands of different owners.. They are certainly the rarest of the lot.  There is no difference between the blue ones and the unaged goldtops.  I do know of the one in the UK that had to be sent back for a headstock repair or reneck due to a shipping accident other than that I don't know who has the others..
Joe B
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324 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-10 19:34:32
Re: Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio (139 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)The number is actually 1200 guitars worldwide with the option to go as high as 1500.  So I think its 600 for North America and 600 going abroad.  They came out really nice..  I actually got the first on in Antwerp and played it on the Paris the next night.  The no binding thing has a certain charm.. Feels like a guitar you can beat up and play into the ground and it comes back for more..  Matter of fact I'm gonna call mine "Land Rover".
Joe Bonamassa
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325 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-14 08:50:30
Re: bare knuckle or burstbucker 2 & 3 or ??? (19 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Other than the Burstbucker 2 and 3 and the original PAFs in my 59.....  I use Jim"s at WCR  he makes a set for me that ar great..  Very clear..  Has the PAF thing down.. 
JB
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Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-15 03:08:33
Re: Message for Joe, Australia's biggest guitar show, Brisbane 21/22 May (3 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I am going to try to make it over... It might be tight.. What time does the show close on that day?
Joe B
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327 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-15 22:01:40
Re: Buying a Jubilee (95 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Whats up with all these black 1988's!!?  I would love to find one of those..  I have never even laid eyes on one.  Seems you guys got the hook up for the black 88's.. ( good name for a cover band) As far as 2800 USD for Norway is a fair deal.  If it sounds great and has the Drake transformers I would do it.  They are great amps and there are only so many out there.  I personally know the whereabouts of 9 of them..   
Joe B
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328 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-17 01:34:12
Re: Buying a Jubilee (95 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)LOL..  You are right NPB_19179...   I would gladly take a black 88 for the rig!!  If anybody knows where a 100 watt is lurking and is need a 200 show world tour let me know.. 
Joe B
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329 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-17 03:50:17
Re: Buying a Jubilee (95 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Spider.... That is awesome..  I have never seen that amp...  Its a jubilee in Black....  Black 88... !!! way cool.
Joe B
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330 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-17 05:54:34
Re: Buying a Jubilee (95 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)dude, i am in....  I can hear Moody moving this topic to the classified section..    But seriously I ll take  itand use it with BCC this summer.  email me..
Joe B
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331 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-18 05:30:54
Re: NGD: #129 Is In The House!!! (16 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Dude... i  am so honored...  very cool... how is the weight and playability?   I would love to see it..
JB
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332 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-19 05:15:39
Re: Buying a Jubilee (95 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Thank you Spider,
       I look forward to using the Black 88 in the next two weeks.. Its gonna sound and look killer with my BCC  set up.   I have been honestly been so blindsided by the existence of these things..   But again... Thank you Spider for being so cool and hooking me up..  The amp will now be known as "Black 88"..
Joe B
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333 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-22 00:43:21
Re: Australian tour amp setup (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Yeah all the amps are rental... Different amps and Cabs each night..  OZ is a big big country.  The pedal board the one I use and will use with Black Country Communion..  It is very simple and mobile LOL..  The Guitars are the now infamous 59 Les Paul,  a Prototype custom shop JB Gold Top, and a fantastic  Kim La Fleur Historic Makeover sans pickguard. The acoustic is my 2007 Yari ??? something.    11 Fly shows in two and a half weeks.  We travel with 23 pieces of luggage on the plane to make the show come off.  The next time we play OZ I will have a rig shipped over..  Thanks... The shows and the crowds have been a blast..
Joe B
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334 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-22 05:53:26
Re: Buying a Jubilee (95 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Every Jubilee and Marshall have a multi voltage selector on the back..  They are the best as far as the world traveler is concerned. 
Joe B
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335 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-05-31 02:48:44
Re: Why a Flying V? (15 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I remember seeing Michael Shenker open for Rush when I was 8 years old ( thanks Dad) at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.   He came out with the white and black V and I thought it was the coolest guitar ever. He also played like no one I ever heard.  Blinding speed and technique.   I then discovered Albert King and Lonnie Mack.  Billy Gibbons played an original V as did Dave Davies from the Kinks.   So you can see I  have always had an affinity for V's, Korina ones especially.  So you can imagine my excitement to have Michael as support for BCC in the UK.. !!  One of my heros...!! If he gives me any shite though... I will remind him I did see him when I was 8.  LOL   
Joe B
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336 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-06-02 23:27:56
Re: Suggest me an amp to pair with my Ceriatone Jubilee (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Thats a no brainer for me..   Go with the Vintage Bandmaster if it is in good shape..  You will get a great tone from the pair.  The Fender with do the articulation and midrange while the Jubilee will do the high low and the gain.   It is essentially the role the Van Weelden plays in my set... Albeit a bit more complex in the mids..  But that set up sounds ace.
Joe B

Other options in that category..

1968-70 Bandmaster Reverb...
1991-93 Sovtek Mig 50
1990's Peavy classic 50
1960's Fender Bassman head
1960's fender Tremolux Head

All those should be in the ballpark for the budget.
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337 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-06-07 01:26:38
Re: Joe's gear at Royal Festival Hall with Jack Bruce? (11 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Guys... 
          Here was the rig I used for the Jack Bruce show....  I used my 59 LP Standard "Magellan" through 2 Lazy J 80 watt tweed twins.  These amps are my favorite fender style combos I have ever played.  Jesse was nice enough to loan me them for the occasion.  I used a Tube Screamer and of course a Crybaby Wah Wah.. I mean... White Room....?  It would not be the gentleman things to do that song without paying tribute to the original version and God himself. 
Joe B...
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338 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-06-22 08:19:02
Re: Gearmanndude Fuzz Face Shoot Out (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I love it all...  "Bonamasser" cracks me up at the beginning..  Second of all..  It is not really a fair comparison.  Jeorge and I designed ( Jeorge mostly) the JB Fuzzface to be a cleaner and more suited to a pre-overdriven signal.  Thats why it works for me..  But to put into a clean Marshall at low volume is neither fair to the red nor copper fuzzface...  Hendrix started with a slightly overdriven Marshall Superlead with a Stratocaster and a lo fi curly cable ect ect.  So many variables it would need a book to go through. But, nonetheless we live in the youtube/ low volume world.  It is our new reality.    Nice demo though..  and the boots are stellar..  Dan Post I believe LOL
Joe B
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339 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-06-24 11:06:33
Re: Fuzz order in chain (12 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Clean first, then effects.. delay first then reverb then overdrive then the Fuzzface..  A Via Musicom there it is..  The fuzz needs to be last or second to last depending if you use a Wah Wah.  Thats the key to the ultimate fuzztone post Hendrix.  Eric Johnson has written the book as far as I am concerned. 
Joe B
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340 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-06-24 11:29:18
Re: My G string kills me - Intonation (23 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Here is the answer..  Big Bends Nut sauce..   That will sort out all tuning issues on a Les Paul. 
It is a lifesaver.. 
Joe B
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341 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-06-29 04:18:59
Re: Eminence Cannabis Rex (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I dont understand why companies are using Hemp for speakers.. I guess they are the same as paper.. i have little to no experience with these...  Let me know what you think.. Being an international traveler and a guy who doesn't use drugs of any kind well at least not the illegal ones..  I swear by Tylenol cold and Zycam!!!  Would a customs dog pick up the speaker cones?  Just a question..  I plead ignorance on this subject..
Joe B
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342 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-07-08 04:39:09
Re: Yikes - Joe's #052 gets broken!?! (37 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Well,  The two 052 JB both Sunburst now black, and the Goldtop both will bare the same scars.   It seems like a doomed number.   The saddest thing is that I just had the guitar redone in black with real PAF's by Kim La Fluer at Historic Makeovers.   It was/is a killer guitar that was specially done for the Black Country Communion Tour.  I just cant believe it happen again with the exact same number and in a 1000 dollar flight case.   
I cant really blame British Airways..  They just rent the spaces from the airports..  I do blame the baggage handlers and ground staff.   There is no excuse to treat other peoples belongings in such way.. You know how hard that case had to have been hit to do that.  Extremely hard.. 
Oh well my friend in London Phillippe is gonna repair it on Denmark street... Stop by pay it a visit LOL...  Thats why I fight so hard for the ol' 59... 
Joe B
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343 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-07-09 12:35:19
Re: Joe's Les Paul Custom (4 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Dude... 
      No Worries.... The guitar in question is the JB-052 in Black Historic Makeover that is now in two pieces..  It is not a Les PauL Custom it is one of my Sunburst Standards converted to Black.   It is a great guitar but ... It is in limbo now..  Les Paul forum rocks btw..  My friends over there run a good show..  Very concerned with content and not with the slag factor..
Joe B
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344 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-07-13 06:22:44
Re: Joe you need one of these: Leslie G37 (12 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I have a good 145 leslie that I just bought for BCC America..  It sounds great.  But due to voltage restrictions I have opted out of bring it over.  Its a Ken Rich Model leslie.  He bullet proofs them.. Although I have a EV 15L in my coat closet at home that will be going in as soon as it returns from Carolina.  I really like the Hughes and Ketner that I was using in the spring.  Killer with the Jubilee.  I have been using the Stymon that my friend Andy Aka  Spider was too generous to give me in New Jersey for the BCC tour here in Europe.  Bottom line it depends how far you want to take it.  I suggest the Strymon or Hughes and Ketner.  I got my ole G-4 back but that is rare and I don't want to destroy it on the road stomping on it all the time.  The big piece of furniture is great.. but try fitting that into your car!!  LOL
Joe B
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345 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-07-15 03:36:33
Re: Joe....possibly a signature wah wah?.. (32 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Ok here we go...
             The wah wah pedals that Jeorge has been building me for the last 4 years have a special chip in them that none of the signature Wah pedals have.  So this year we talked about doing a JB Wah with a copper top to match the Fuzzface.  I liked the idea of doing it because it is a unique design. So the the pedal Im using on the BCC board is yes.. the Prototype of the JB Wah.  I don't know when well see the final prototype and the first production models but I think it will be within the 2011 year.
Joe B
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346 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-07-15 09:56:24
Re: Joe....possibly a signature wah wah?.. (32 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)The cool thing that Jeorge has come up with is that it is switchable from True Bypass to regular style which I like and it will include the special sprocket that are in my custom.   Im sorry I don't know what it is called.  He told me twice already.   I just forgot.  Im stoked about it.
Joe B
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347 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-07-15 12:53:19
Re: JB Fuzz Face question (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)No.... don't do that...  the FF needs to be before that.  Reverb, Overdrive, Fuzzface and then wah....  thats the winning combo for me.
Joe B
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348 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-07-16 14:51:51
Re: EJ Fuzz Face coming next year! (3 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Count me in!!!  Eric Johnson is one of the two Erics in my life..  He is king!!!  Love that mans playing!!!!!
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349 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2011-08-04 07:31:23
Re: Joe's 68 LP GT (4 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Not mine.. Unless the guy is taking a very big loss..  My 68 was sold this year for 18,000 usd.. 
Joe B

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JBonamassa 2011-04-26 21:23:08
Re: "Fretless Wonder" Norlin Les Pauls... string gauge? (4 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Try 9 .5 s.  Yes they do make them.  It's hard call what to do with fretless wonder customs Vs and explorers.  Too big and they are utterly as bright as the brightest tele you ever played.  A a stock Gibson wire would be good.  But if you are leaving the originals on for awhile.  Try the 9.5 s.
Joe B
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4 Reply by JBonamassa 2011-04-18 09:18:09
Re: pre 1964 strat (30 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Beardo,
       First of all,  there is a place for selling guitars... Ebay, Gbase, craiglist, guitar show, my shows LOL..  This forum is not a place for that..  Second.. 41,000 for a 64 stratocaster is unheard of in the post Bernie Madoff era..  I know of one 64 strat that is worth in that range and it belongs to a friend of mine in New York..  By the way did I mention he opened the orginial shipping box and it came with the matching Bandmaster amp still in the box.. Essentially it is brand new guitar..  A fair price for that guitar that you are speaking of would be around 20,000 dollars if you had to have it... I think Fender guitars especially have not bottomed out yet..  None of it has judging by the reports I got from Dallas over the weekend.  Good luck with it..  Wish it was a 1964 Corvette with a split window.. That I d give you 41,000... If it had the 427 engine..   
Joe B
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5 Reply by JBonamassa 2011-04-17 20:03:52
Re: Daniel Donato covers Joe Bonamassa's Dust Bowl Album (3 replies, posted in Other Artists)The kid is killing it!!  God bless.. Thats two great young discovered kids in one week for me.. There is a future after all in blues rock guitar playing.. I love seeing any kid really playing and getting into it..  Not just my songs... any song.. I reminds me of my childhood jamming with Free, Cream, Robben Ford, Danny Gatton John Mayall and Chris Cain records.. 
Joe B
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6 Reply by JBonamassa 2011-04-15 15:54:46
Re: Joe's Guitars played at the Baked Potato (3 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Here is what I used..
       1953 Fender Telecaster, 1953 Gibson ES-295 and JB#52 Les Paul Goldtop..  I ran my old G-4 Korg Leslie Box and a Way Huge Aqua puss..  The amps are a pair of Jim Kelley's from around 1979..  I love Jim Kelley amps and consider Jim one of my good friends as well.   The bottom amp is a rare prototype dual channel with reverb,  the top amp is a single channel #013 that Jim was extremely nice to restore to original spec for me.. I love them.. They are like the most complex rich sounding Fender Deluxes you will ever play..  Plus they are 60 watts and really clean..  Thanks to everyone for making that a real treat for me..  I had a blast and so did all the fellow Rock Candy guys..
Joe B

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What a great wealth of information in this thread.  Love it!

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In relation to set up of his Les Paul:
https://forum.jbonamassa.com/viewtopic. … 74#p207574

Here ya go....
       I usually set up a Gibson of any sort with 11-52 Ernie Ball gauge strings.  Each time the guitar is restrung a portion of Big Bends nut sauce is applied.  It works miracles as far as overall tuning is concerned.  I like the neck to be straight without any relief but not over tightened.  This lets the guitar ring at its maximum.   I find there is a big difference between 10 gauge strings and 11's as far a Gibson is concerned.   Something about the scaling and the way the guitar reacts..  Again its not a test of manhood..  I use stock pots and capacitors in my reissues and as far as the two original 59's they are as they came out of Kalamazoo in 1959 for the exception of the Fake 58 tuners that work way better than the originals.  I still have those as well.  I use a medium high action so the guitar fights back a little when I bend the strings.    Its all about finding that balance of power and finesse.  Fender guitars are a different story..  But I rarely use those anymore.  I hope that helps..  It is a personal thing.   Experiment and enjoy the search..  !!   Welcome aboard..
Joe B

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Hey guys, I was thinking about this thread the other day. The original intent by Kyle was to categorize things for easier referencing. Since he left off i started jkust copying stuff Joe wrote, partially to easier be able to save them offsite in case of any forum troubles.
I will try to get back on the job again soon unless someone wants to take it on. if so and you can catgorize stuff too i can edit out my posts if that happens. otherwise i will get back to copying Joe's posts here.
thanks

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I so love the gear head side of Joe.  Thanks for all the hard work in compiling all his replies.

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This hasn't been updated for years, its on one of my to do lists.......
started getting back to copying Joe posts but then was wondering the best way to do it, and i just don't have the gear knowledge to put them into meaningful categories etc. so I was just kind of copying them to document and save Bonahistory style.still plan to but anyone with extra energy and skilz wants to go at it please do..otherwise, I'll be back
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