That Joe Bonamassa has a jaw-slackening collection of gorgeous, vintage guitars—almost all of which he uses frequently onstage—is no state secret. What isn't nearly as well known however, is which of the instruments is his absolute favorite. Until now, that is!
In an Instagram post yesterday, Bonamassa revealed that his favorite of the bunch is a 1951 Fender Nocaster. "It is as much a tool as it is a weapon," Bonamassa wrote of the guitar. "It is the most dynamic instrument I have ever played in my life."
The blues master went on to reveal that he purchased the rare guitar from Nick Conte, the vintage sales and inventory manager at the Hollywood Guitar Center. Conte, Bonamassa says, bought the guitar "from an old guy off the street."
In an interview with MusicRadar, Bonamassa said that the guitar—the only modifications to which have been the replacement of the first seven frets and the installation of a new neck humbucker—"howls in all the right ways, and quite frankly, kills my ’59 Les Pauls on occasion. It is a lifelong guitar that I will play and cherish.”
The Nocaster was, for a very short time, the name of the model that soon came to be known as the Telecaster.
Fender initially dubbed the model the Broadcaster, but it was changed following a complaint from Gretsch, who produced a similarly named drum kit at the time.