Joe Bonamassa Has About 380 Guitars: How Many Is Too Many?

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  1. Deeve

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    While I do not personally find Joe B "inspiring" "entertaining" or other positive description, that's just my opinion, and should influence no-one.

    I do, however, agree w/ G7flat5's closing question.
    Don't tell me what to do w/ my stuff and I won't tell you what to do w/ yours. . .

    Some of the best players I've heard have A guitar and play the heck out of it. I have a few more than "one" and secretly feel like a total fraud when I hear the one-guitar-owner ripping it up on their #1 (what a term...)

    Carry on -
    Peace - Deeve
     
  2. GrantR

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    YUP Like Keef. He's apparently got north of 1000. I bet he no longer knows what he's got, let alone plays many of them.
     
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    I’ve seen him play the V more frequently of late.

    I would say he is investing b/c some of those are probably worth a lot of money.

    He plays all his vintages as well, they are not a glass case collection, he is sweating on them, the ones he plays anyway
     
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    You smoke him too, Andy!!
     
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    380 guitars is nothing more than either a personal obsession by someone with deep pockets, or a financial investment, albeit a questionable one compared to other investment opportunities.
     
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    His ticket prices are commensurate with bands that sell out theaters SHOULD get.
    He has a top notch band.
     
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    I would like to have ALL of the guitars!!! LOL :cool:
     
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    Who cares what he ownes or how many. Just be happy with what you own or desire and move on with your life...
    What a dumb question.
    Obviously he makes more money than most annually, and he’s entitled to spend it how he wants.
    I’d guess every single person on these forums want “one more” piece of gear to satisfy their hunger for better.
    He’s purchasing gear to preserve the past for future guitar enthusiasts, be excited for that, not spiteful you can’ do what he’s doing.

    Also... how the fu** is this an 11 page thread?!
     
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  9. DHart

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    :lol:
     
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    Honestly, I would have guessed higher than 380.
     
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    the correct answer is 392. keep on keepin on JB
     
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    I have 1 but 2 are coming. Soon 3. Keep as many as you like
     
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    Honestly I'm surprised JB is in a financial position to own multiple bursts and 380 other guitars. I had never heard of the guy before I started reading guitar forums - they seem to be the only places where he could be considered famous. He certainly has never had anything remotely like a hit song. They say musicians are struggling these days, but he clearly has a lot of it rolling in. It must just be from touring, no?
     
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    It happens organically when you play for 40+ years. But it’s probably best to keep the number you can keep playable strings on.
     
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    "Guitars surround him, some so valuable they’re kept in a safe. He has several Les Paul Standards, the famous sunbursts known for their wood finish, in the bedroom of his tour bus. He keeps more at his house, which he playfully calls “Nerdville” or the “Bona-seum,” in Los Angeles’s Laurel Canyon neighborhood. Between the axes and his vintage amplifiers, Bonamassa estimates he has spent as much as $4 million over the years on equipment."
    “One of these days, when I get tired of it all, I’ll keep six guitars and the amps I’m using,” he says, “and I’ll have a big, old auction for charity. At the end of the day, I’d rather have this stuff than the money. I’ll tell you why. I sit here on my days off when I’m home surrounded by the things that I love.”


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    Let's not forget Joe Bonamassa founded the Keep The Blues Alive Foundation
    He does Blues Cruises with other blues performers and donates his profits to the foundation
    I think that is called "talk the talk and walk the walk"
    https://keepingthebluesalive.org/our-programs/
     
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    I just watched a half hour YouTube about Joe's collection.

    1 He loves guitars.
    2 He can afford it.
    3 He is preserving these vintage guitars and amps for the future....and is giving them use and appreciation in the meantime. Many items in his collection were just gathering dust in garages and sheds.
     
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    And he has some fast pentatonic riffs.....Faster than EJ I would say
     
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    Great musicians use fast repeating pentatonic scales to build tension in songs or for dynamics.
    In Joe and Eric's case, it is merely part of their vocabulary to use when they choose.
    They certainly don't use them because that's all they know, like a lot of shredders do.

    I saw Joe last year and his show was mostly blues. I don't think he used them much if at all. I didn't notice anyway.
    He did nail the Chicago Blues and British Blues styles. It was amazing to hear. Especially since I'm a fan of that music.
     
  19. dodona

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    there is no too many!
     
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    How many is too many? According to the lady of the house I am ten to fifteen past enough. Just need a bigger room.
     
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