Joe Bonamassa recalls the time he played Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitars in one afternoon

Joe Bonamassa
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While most of us can only dream about playing the electric guitars and acoustic guitars that were wielded by our heroes, Joe Bonamassa has come along and induced some serious guitar-gear envy by revealing he once played not one, not two, but three iconic six-strings, all in one afternoon.

In a recent appearance on the Cory Wong-hosted Wong Notes podcast, Bonamassa recalled the time he played two Eric Clapton guitars – the Hare Krishna Gibson ES-335 and his famed “Blackie” Strat – as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s revered Lenny Strat.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

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.