“It’s the most money I’ve ever paid for a guitar in my life: over $400,000. But what’s a Flying V worth? It’s worth what someone’s willing to pay for it”: Joe Bonamassa opens the gates to Nerdville and shows off the most prized guitars in his collection

Joe Bonamassa at Nerdville
(Image credit: Future / Olly Curtis)

If we’re talking vintage guitar, Joe Bonamassa has one of the finest collections on the planet, so when an invite was extended to Guitarist that we should visit the Mayor of Nerdville’s HQ at Laurel Canyon, there was no way we were going to refuse.

It was an interview. Bonamassa has a new album out now. During our visit, Bonamassa discussed a remarkable career at the coal face of blues guitar, why he had to record release a sequel to the album that saved his career, Blues Deluxe Vol. 2, and why he plans to go out at the top.

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.