Joe Bonamassa shares his favorite Gibson ES-335 licks in this exclusive lesson

Joe Bonamassa
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I recently initiated a series of columns dedicated to an examination and “test drive” of some of my favorite vintage electric guitars, beginning with a 1954 Gibson goldtop Les Paul with P-90 pickups.

This time, the instrument of choice is a sunburst Gibson 1961 ES-335, a semi-hollowbody with dot inlays on the fretboard. B.B. King played one of these electric guitars early in his career, so if it’s good enough for B.B., it’s good enough for me!

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Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa is one of the world’s most popular and successful blues-rock guitarists – not to mention a top producer and de facto ambassador of the blues (and of the guitar in general).