Joe Bonamassa's Missing Fender "The Bludgeon" Nocaster Has Been Returned

Joe Bonamassa (left) and a Fender The Bludgeon '51 Nocaster
(Image credit: Joby Sessions/Future, Joe Bonamassa Official Store)

This past weekend, Joe Bonamassa took to social media to ask for the safe return of one of his signature Fender The Bludgeon '51 Nocasters, which went missing while in transit in Nashville.

According to a recent update from the blues guitar great, his wish was recently granted.

“Many thanks to all of you out there who helped us in locating JB006," Bonamassa wrote on Instagram. "It is back safe and sound and finally on its way to Guitar World for review after spending two weeks in brackish custodial custody.

“This time we are shipping it via Autogyro with the help of the Prussian Consulate.”

The $8,500 guitar was on its way to Guitar World for review when it went MIA, raising suspicions on Bonamassa's end that it had been stolen.

When asked by an inquiring commenter how it was returned Bonamassa replied, “Discreetly.” When another commenter asked if it was a simple-mix up on the part of FedEx – who was shipping the guitar – Bonamassa said “Not exactly.”

Whatever happened to this particular example, a total of 100 Bludgeons will be hand-built by Fender Master Builder Greg Fessler over the course of the next three years. They are available now exclusively through Bonamassa's online store.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.