“It doesn’t take a million dollars. You take this to any studio or venue, and you’re Band of Gypsys”: Joe Bonamassa attempts to recreate Jimi Hendrix’s iconic live rig on a budget – with a $319 Squier Strat and Peavey Classic

Joe Bonamassa
(Image credit: Reverb/YouTube)

In an exercise that would have no doubt deafened his neighbors, Joe Bonamassa has seemingly proved that you “don’t need a million dollars” to sound like Jimi Hendrix. 

The electric guitar titan recently teamed up with Reverb for an episode of For Real & For Less, which saw the gear guru pit two recreations of Hendrix’s iconic Band of Gypsys live rig against one another. While one sought to be as faithful as possible and could cost up to $60,000, the other weighed in at around the $1,200 mark.

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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.