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

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  1. charlie chitlin

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    Retirement fund.
    If the gig money dries up, he has a nice cushion.
     
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    It just seems unimaginative - like his playing.

    When I found out a friend of mine’s wife has this wood block printing passion/talent it was cool and surprising. What does she actually do for a living ? She owns her own bakery.

    Joe’s thing just seems so one-track . “Typical” plus money. Is he slightly on the spectrum ?

    He doesn’t get sick of living in that one world ?

    Think of it this way : Jay Leno’s Garage.

    An even bigger level of passion and financial outlay than Joe B’s thing.

    Leno does 150-200 comedy dates a year. $100,000 a gig. Regardless of any of that, and whether you think he’s funny or even if you think he boned Conan ( of course he did ) at the very least ? He’s two-dimensional.

    I love almost every guitar I’ve seen Joe play but man - one good example of each is plenty.

    If I had Joe’s $$$ I’d have way less guitars/amps and a few more bikes, an old truck, a house that wasn’t full of musty old amps, a paid education for my son , etc.


    Joe needs a freaking hobby...
     
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    Okay, if the question were posed that JB had 380 girlfriends would that change the reaction? Or, how about how many ex-wives is too many?
     
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    Can you clarify this comment for us? I thought you were making a clever dig at the people who always make this comment, but others think that you are actually saying that he can't sing.
    This is just one more example of why we need a sarcasm emoji. :D
     
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    Well, now that you mention it, how many guitars does John Mayer own?
     
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    I see your point, but just wanted to point out he does have an old truck. Pretty neat. Still comes off as rich kid with the coolest toy thing.

    I say this as someone who really enjoys his music, especially when paired with a vocalist like Beth Hart.

    I love having variety in my activities. Programmer by trade. Endurance athlete, blacksmithing, luthiery, guitar, travel and video games for fun...

    (ETA: Not to say I'm a luthier or a blacksmith. I just make stuff for fun like guitar and knife-shaped objects.)
     
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    All power to him.
    That said, 1 guitar per day, almost, would be tough to enjoy.
    I have a few, and the guitars do talk to each other. It's a jealously thing.
    lol
     
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    I don't know, and don't care, but I'm guessing there are at least a half a dozen Bad Doggies who have their drawers in a twist about it! :D
     
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    Poor old JB.

    If he gave away 99% of his money and possessions, there would still be those moaning it wasn't enough.
     
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    Nah need 2 of each
     
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    While they were loading up the stuff that he gave them into the trunk of their cars.
     
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    I had close to 20 at one point and I thought that was excessive. But I do understand to a certain extent. You might have 3 or 4 guitars that you love and they suit your needs for the most part, but then you come across a "really good one" (which happens a lot if you're around music and musicians all the time) so you buy it, then you find another in a cool color or different pickups so you decide that you "need" that one too. I don't think JB necessarily set out to own close to 400 guitars, it just kind of snowballs. If you have the money and the means there's really nothing stopping you, so why not?

    He could be spending all his money on hookers and blow instead. It's a good time either way, but least with collecting guitars you've got something to show for it.
     
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    Harrison Ford owns several aircrafts including an Aviat A-1B Husky, DHC-2 Beaver, Cessna 182, Beechcraft B36TC Bonanza, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, 929-vintage Waco Taperwing, and a Bell 407 helicopter. One has to ask; Is that too many airplanes to own? Shouldn't he sell them and give the money to the complainers on the Bad Dog so that they can buy some guitars for themselves? Is Harrison just a selfish pig of a man, because of his infatuation with aircraft?
     
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    No one has even touched on Johnny Depp who reportedly has dozens and dozens of special edition Barbie dolls. He says, "I've played with a lot of Barbies and Kens for my kids. It's actually one of the things I'm good at,"
     
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    Ben Stiller is a committed Trekkie. During the 2015 Oscar Ceremony, the comedian even admitted to owning two signed pairs of Spock ears from the original Star Trek series.

    Doesn't the question beg to be asked concerning the authentic nature of at least one pair of these signed Spock ears?
     
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    Joe B. for his net worth has been both smart and prudent.
    Let's look at The Big Picture shall we?
    The Price of a Super Yacht...
    The Price of a Gulfsteam Private Jet...
    The Price of a Manhattan Townhouse off Central Park.
    The Price of a fleet of Cars and Bikes ala Jay Leno and Steve McQueen...
    The Price of Charlie Watts' Automobile Collection...Charlie doesn't drive...think on that...

    All of Joe B.'s instruments are classified as "Tools" by his accountants more than likely.

    The legacy of Joe's Collection will be talked about for Ages. I consider what Joe's done with our shared passion to be Philanthropic much in the same manner as I think of The Guggenheim or The Museum of Modern Art.

    He may end up donating some to a charity that he's passionate about.
    Would I be honored owning a Bonamassa?
    You betcha.
     
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    Rosie O'Donnell has more than 2500 happy meal toys! I'll bet that really frost your, ah, never mind.

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    I think/believe that good workmen should have good tools.
    It’s fair, IMO.
    Cornering markets, driving/controlling prices, and depriving worthy musicians of great instruments is amoral, again just my opinion.
    I personally have many nice tools.
    I actually use them all, and enjoy gigging with all 10 of mine.
    I know JB is rich and successful.
    He can do what he pleases.
    Free country, yada yada.
    Maybe when he’s old he’ll do something hororable with all that gear.
    Here’s hoping.
     
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    An honest man right there!
     
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    For me the perfect number is "one more"
     
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