“To me, those are blues machines”: Joe Bonamassa picks his three quintessential guitars for playing the blues – and names his “Les Paul killers”

Joe Bonamassa playing a Gibson Les Paul
(Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Joe Bonamassa’s blues chops – as well as the many vintage electric guitars he owns that help facilitate said chops – are the stuff of legend. But, if push came to shove, which three instruments would he choose above all others as his quintessential blues machines?

Certainly, the answer would make for interesting reading, not just for aspiring blues players who may be on the hunt for a suitable six-string, but also for more seasoned blues aficionados who may be looking to expand their arsenal.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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