“The narrative is I grew up in a rich family – wrong. The narrative is it was handed to me – wrong. It’s sweat equity over 35 years”: Joe Bonamassa sets the record straight on the humble beginnings of his world-famous guitar collection

Joe Bonamassa
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It goes without saying that Joe Bonamassa is one of the world’s foremost collectors of electric guitar gear, with an enviable assortments that totals well over 500 pieces.

While it's easy to marvel at the swarm of vintage Fenders, Gibsons, Marshalls and more that populate Bonamassa’s gear museum/home, Nerdville, this collection didn’t just appear out of thin air.

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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.