Joe Bonamassa sells a dumble to fund the purchase of yet another burst.....

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  1. Swampash&Tweed

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    I don't know if this has been posted , but in this months GP, Joe said he had to sell a Dumble to finance another Burst purchase.

    That makes 3 50's Gold tops, and 4 59' bursts if my math is correct.

    What to make of this? The dumbles are not all they are cracked up to be?

    Joe has his finger on the Gibson Custom shop and can have any reissue he wants..........They are not good enough?

    Great Amps vs great guitars ........guitars win!? ;)


    Discuss..........:D
     
  2. Lunchie

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    He's going to Fender amps. Why own one Dumble when you can own 50 Vintage Deluxes.
     
  3. ScatMan

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    Musicians (even famous, rich and well-regarded ones) can have their superstitions too, just like the rest of us. ;)
     
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    Hedging his investments me thinks.
     
  5. dalandan

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    I think it's a good financial move - 59 bursts will eventually be more expensive than a Dumble.

    Also,it's probably easier to recreate a Dumble than it is a 59 burst. Just my 2 cents. Probably even less than 2 cents. :)
     
  6. studio1087

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    I think he's an astute proffesional who knows the true value of the tools of his trade.

    He did a smart thing.
     
  7. MatthewDickin

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    I don't think it has anything to do with the qualities or otherwise of Dumbles. The market is just way, way, way more interested in holy grail Les Pauls. As an investment opportunity, I know where I would put my money, and it isn't in amps, regardless of how good they are.

    Not many bankers want to hang an amp on their wall ...

    Though, frankly, I think Joe should leave some for the rest of us.
     
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  8. Tonemonkey

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    Dumbles are built to meet an individual customer's requirements/ tastes, so unless it was built for him, then it will always be someone else's amp.
    Having "a Dumble" is the same as having any amp (if you have the money); you play it over a period of time, if it's not quite what you want, you flip it.
     
  9. rebelwoclue

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    Yeah, ask some schmuck on wall street (or main street) if they know the name "Gibson" vs "Dumble"? They'd say "what's a Dumble"?
    My money would be on the LP.
     
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    Why should we care?

    His tone is way too overdriven & processed, for it to matter at all...
     
  11. Jupiter

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    I'll bet he just likes vintage bursts. I don't think it has anything to do with investments; he won't sell 'em. He's a guitar freak, man.
     
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    He already has "the amp he has been hearing in his head", and it's not the one he's selling, would be my guess. He's still searching for "the guitar". Investment aspects just rationalize what is an emotional transaction.
     
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    Here's the letter from Joe. He's going "basic", be interested to see what that means:cool:
    He's actually selling 2 Dumbles #169 and #225 to fund whatever he wants now.
     

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    1.) He makes his living playing music. His business is performing for "people" (alright - "old white men") so can't he write off a certain amount of what he spends on equipment - even vintage equipment ?

    2.) Which brings up another point - Isn't there are a large part of his audience that comes to see his vintage crap as much as they come to see him ? If the common knowledge was that JB just played reissues - those guys would not show up in the audience. Smart move on his part to give them what they paid for.

    3.) '59 LP's a better investment than a Dumble ? Sure. But all those values will be affected by the boomer die-off so Joe better time the subsequent sale of those guitars very well. The clock is ticking right now. He better hope it's some Russian or Chinese billionaire who'd like to buy them because the previous demographic of the potential purchaser of a '59 LP is now beginning to divest themselves of their vintage gear and/or dying.

    4.) Still astounds me that that guy has that many people willing to fork out to see his blooze thing that he can afford any of the gear we're talking about. There was a niche and he obviously filled it. :confused:
     
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    I would go and see Joe PURELY for the gear. I'd probably take some more interesting music and some noise cancelling headphones, too, or a good book. Or just have a doze.

    But would I like to see some real '59s get played out rather than sitting in a vault? Sure.
     
  17. goonie

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    I wonder if the dying boomer effect is overstated. My son is 15 and his Holy Grail is ... A '59 LP.

    (Yeah I can't believe he's a Gibson guy.)
     
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    Pretty sure I wouldn't be inclined to trust Fedex or UPS with a package I just paid $100,000 for.
     
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