Joe Bonamassa Rocks 1978 Charvel ‘EVH Stripes’ axe

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Check out what Joe Bonamassa played onstage tonight: a 1978 Charvel black and yellow striped guitar. These were only available for a very short time before Eddie Van Halen sent an ‘Ahem… guys?’ to Charvel. You can see a handful of them on this page at JacksonCharvelWorld.net. Many years later there was an authorised Charvel EVH Art Series painted by Eddie himself, and there’s now the EVH Striped guitars too. Check out EVH Striped guitars on eBay.

Photo from Joe’s Twitter.

COOL GEAR ALERT: Epiphone Reissues The Double-Neck!

sgEpiphone has announced a whole bunch of new guitars for 2014 including some brand new designs as well as some reissues of some much-loved favourites. Perhaps most exciting of all is the return of the mighty G-1275 Doubleneck. Inspired by the iconic guitar Jimmy Page used to inspire millions of guitarists with, this is definitely one of those instruments that encapsulates the glory and power of rock! There’s also a pretty damn nice Joe Bonamassa Les Paul in Pelham Blue, amongst other things. Here’s the press release:

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Marshall CSJTM 145 1964 Andertons 50th Anniversary

42728-csjtm-64-staright-frontWanna see something cool? The Marshall Custom Shop CS JTM145 50th Anniversary Andertons Valve Head was designed in collaboration with Lee Anderton to celebrate Andertons Music Company’s 50th birthday. Built by the Marshall Custom Shop in Milton Keynes, UK, and available exclusively from Andertons Music (one of the oldest Marshall dealers in the world!) in a limited edition of 200, it features a commemorative plate with Andertons 50th Anniversary logo and a matching custom amp cover. And it’s the first time Marshall has ever made an anniversary amp for a retailer like this. What’s that? You want to hera what it would sound like if Joe Bonamassa played Bernie Marsden’s original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard through one? Alright.


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INTERVIEW: Joe Bonamassa

2012 has been a big year for Joe Bonamassa. In January he unveiled his set of signature Seymour Duncan humbuckers and a pair of Dunlop pedals, then rocked the Ernie Ball 50th Anniversary party in LA; in April he unveiled a new Gibson ES-335 signature model; in May he released Driving Towards The Daylight, which sees him return to his blues-rock sound after exploring other textures on recent recordings; and he’s been hard at work on the third Black Country Communion album. And in October he hits Australia for the second time, playing shows in Perth, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Daylight features plenty of firey blues-rock playing and some gorgeous guitar tones. “It’s been well-received,” Bonamassa says. “We’re not really blues to begin with, but close enough!” Particularly in Australia: the album features a cover of Jimmy Barnes’ “Too Much Ain’t Enough Love” featuring Barnesy himself on lead vocals. Barnes wrote the song with Randy Jackson, Neal Schon (Journey), Jonathan Cain and Tony Brock. Aside from a few great Bonamassa originals, tracks include songs by Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Koko Taylor, Bernie Marsden (“Marsden’s a super-nice guy!”), Tom Waits and Bill Withers.

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NAMM 2012: Seymour Duncan Joe Bonamassa humbucker set

Seymour Duncan introduces a new signature pickup set for one Mr Joe Bonamassa. This carefully crafted and calibrated dual-humbucker set accurately replicates the P.A.F. pickups in Joe’s beloved 1959 sunburst Gibson Les Paul. Only 1,959 sets will be made available, and each will be signed by Seymour Duncan himself as well as Bonamassa. Each set also comes with extra features such as a special USB flash drive with special interviews, features and more. More info here, and check out the video from Joe below!

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Jim Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Crybaby

Check it out! Jim Dunlop is going to release a Joe Bonamassa Crybaby. It’s designed to fit in with Joe’s rig both sonically and visually, and it has vintage-style ‘thru-hole’ components, a Halo inductor, a true bypass switch and an extended vocal sweep range. You can preorder it from Joe’s website, which I suggest you do promptly to cheer him up after that unfortunate Grammy snub.

NEWS: Joe Bonamassa UK tour dates

Photo Credit: © Christie Goodwin

PRESS RELEASE

Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band will undertake a UK tour in October 2011 to promote his 9th studio album Dust Bowl.  The album will be released in the UK by Provogue Records on Monday 21st March 2011.

Tickets for Bonamassa’s “Dust Bowl” UK tour will go on sale to the general public at 9am on Wednesday March 2nd from 0871 230 1101, www.seetickets.com and www.thegigcartel.com.  Fans who can’t wait for the general on-sale date, can take advantage of Planet Rock radio’s 48-hour pre-sale, which starts at 9am on Monday February 28th on www.planetrock.com.

UK tour dates include – Blackpool Opera House (Saturday 15th October), Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (Sunday 16th October), Cardiff International Arena (Tuesday 18th October), Plymouth Pavilions (Wednesday 19th October), HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London (Friday 21st October) and HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London (Saturday 22nd October).