Joe Bonamassa discusses living with his 500-strong guitar collection: “The sheer magnitude of it all would overwhelm even the most jaded collector”

Joe Bonamassa onstage – the guitarist has said his vintage guitar collection now numbers 500 guitars and amps
(Image credit: C Brandon / Getty)

Joe Bonamassa has said his vintage guitar gear collection now numbers some 500 guitars and 500 amps and runs to a total of around 1,000 to 1,200 pieces.

Most guitar nerds (and their loved ones) will be familiar with sensation of tripping over instruments as they walk around their home, but spare a thought for Joe Bonamassa, who houses the vast majority of his 1,000-piece haul in his LA residence.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.