“Pretty much everybody in the genre was a Fender guy… I said, ‘I’ve gotta pivot and do something different’”: Joe Bonamassa reveals what prompted him to switch from Strats to Les Pauls – and the one technique he cannot nail

Joe Bonamassa playing a Les Paul live
(Image credit: Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Joe Bonamassa may be one of the greatest electric guitar players in the game, but it turns out he is human after all. 

Speaking recently to Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, the typically besuited bluesman identified the one guitar playing technique he simply can't wrap his head around: legato.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.