“She was about to lose her house, but the money she got from me via Guitar Center ultimately saved the situation”: Joe Bonamassa’s pre-war Martin was the ultimate “museum-grade” find – now it’s reborn as his first Martin signature

Joe Bonamassa's 1941 Martin 000-45
Joe Bonamassa's original 1941 Martin 000-45 (Image credit: Olly Curtis / Future)

Joe Bonamassa has showcased a new signature guitar with Martin’s Custom Shop, based on his 1941 000-45 – considered one of the cleanest pre-war Martin builds to have emerged in recent years.

Over the past few days, Bonamassa has posted pictures and videos slowly revealing the existence of the build on his social media pages.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

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