The Turn­around: Joe Bona­massa

Surely the big­gest name in 21st cen­tury elec­tric blues, learn a few lines from the mas­ter, with tips on tech­nique and phras­ing

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Start­ing on gui­tar at the ten­der age of four, Joe had a head start on many of his peers, com­pounded by the fact that he was taught by the great Danny Gat­ton at just 11. Mu­si­cally, Joe’s first love is Bri­tish blues in the mould of Eric Clap­ton and Jeff Beck – also ab­sorb­ing the styles of Jimmy Page and Paul Kos­soff. The rock­ier, riff-based sound of the lat­ter two play­ers has been a ma­jor in­flu­ence on Joe’s song­writ­ing and is rep­re­sented in a cou­ple of the ex­am­ples here. Though hon­oured with a be­wil­der­ing range of sig­na­ture gui­tars and the owner of what must surely be one of the most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tions of vin­tage gui­tars and amps out there, Joe’s rig is pretty sim­ple. All you’ll need is a dis­torted tone (via ped­als, or a cranked amp is fine) and a hum­bucke re­quipped gui­tar to re­flect Joe’s affin­ity for vin­tage Gib­son Les Pauls. That said, Joe doesn’t play Gib­sons ex­clu­sively – you’ll see him with Strats and Te­les too on oc­ca­sion. If you’re us­ing a Fen­der-style gui­tar with sin­gle-coil pick­ups, you can fat­ten their tone with a lit­tle ex­tra bass and midrange. Some added gain can help with lower pow­ered pick­ups too. A touch of re­verb will also sound great.

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