The latest Joe Bonamassa signature guitar - the Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Firebird -1, is perhaps the tastiest yet. A vintage-flavoured instrument that modern blues and rock guitarists will love.
Big kudos to Joe Bonamassa. We can't help but love the guy! After all, at a time when our favourite guitar heroes from the Sixties are reaching retirement age, it's great to have an young(ish) guitar star who keeps the flame of blues-rock alive. But there's more than that - all the Joe Bonamassa signature gear is pretty special, whether you're a big Bonamassa fan or not!
Things get even better with the latest addition to his signature gear - the Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Firebird-1, which is available in Tobacco Sunburst and Polymist Gold. An affordable Firebird guitar, with one single mini-humbucker like the one Eric Clapton used to play? Sounds like a winner to us... a fantastic player that looks and sounds like the finest vintage models!
About the new Joe Bonamassa Firebirds
The new Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Outfit is the fourth Joe Bonamassa signature model in Epiphone's long friendship with the most critically acclaimed guitarist of our generation. Featuring the ProBucker™ FB720, a one-of-a-kind faithful recreation of the original early 60s Firebird pickup. Plus Kluson's superb re-issue of the original Firebird/Banjo style tuners! The "Treasure" Firebird-I comes in two color finishes, Polymist Gold and Tobacco Sunburst and includes a premium custom gigbag and a Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity signed by Joe Bonamassa.
A "Treasured" Vintage Firebird Reborn: The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Outfit was closely modeled after Joe's original 1963 Firebird. Joe worked closely with Epiphone's legendary luthiers in Nashville, Tennessee to recreate his rare single pickup Firebird that was made in the first year of the guitar's production at the Epiphone & Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. And according to Joe, the new Epiphone "Treasure" Firebird-I far exceeded his expectations."The guitar is called 'Treasure' as it's based on the '63 Firebird that was graciously gifted to me 4 years ago," said Bonamassa. "We A/B'd the new Epiphone with my two original 63s. The Epi's play and sound better! Ugh... I just paid $12,000 for one!"
Reverse Firebird™ body shape, Original Thru-Neck Construction
The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Outfit features a Mahogany body with a 9-piece Laminated Mahogany/Walnut neck with a period-correct early 1960s Rounded "C" profile measured after Joe's original. Epiphone improved on the vintage neck design by including a dual action adjustable truss rod. The Firebird was the first electric guitar to feature "thru-neck" construction along with the iconic Reverse Firebird™ body shape. The neck has a Rosewood fingerboard with a 14" radius, 22 medium jumbo frets, classic "Dot" inlays, and a 24.75" scale length. The "Treasure" Firebird-I comes in two color finishes, a classic Tobacco Sunburst and Polymist Gold exclusive to Joe's Signature Firebird. The historic-styled white and black-layered pickguard has the classic "Firebird" logo. A premium custom gigbag is included.
"The Epi's play and sound better than the originals!" - Joe Bonamassa
Epiphone ProBucker™ FB720
The "Treasure" Firebird-I is powered by the new ProBucker™ FB720 pickup, reconstructed at Epiphone to the original specifications of Gibson Firebird pickups from the mid 60s. Accept no substitutes! The ProBucker™ FB720 has two Alnico II bar magnets used as blades in coils along with a steel reflector plate to achieve the classic Firebird tone of the 60s. Because the DC resistance is around 7.85Kohm, the ProBucker FB720 provides a clean, brighter output with incredible touch sensitivity and a warm low end compared to mini humbuckers, which are used in most Firebird reissues. Controls include Master Volume and Master Tone with Gold "Top Hat" knobs with metal inserts and pointers.
Epiphone All Metal Hardware, Exclusive Kluson® Reissue Firebird/Banjo Tuners
The "Treasure" Firebird-I features all-metal hardware including an Adjustable Wrap-around "Lightning Bar bridge and tailpiece and Epiphone's Heavy-Duty 1/4" output jack. Plus, the "Treasure" comes with Kluson® Reissue Firebird/Banjo Tuners with a 12:1 ratio (14.6:1 winding rate), the best and most accurate reissue of the original Firebird tuners from the early 60s. The Kluson® Reissue Firebird/Banjo Tuners are mounted on a beveled Original Firebird™ Headstock with a black truss rod cover with the Epiphone logo in gold.
Watch: Joe Bonamassa Talks About His New Firebird-I Signature Guitar
The Best Joe Bonamassa Signature Gear Available Right Now
Besides the new Firebirds, here's some other awesome Joe Bonamassa signature gear which is still available. Here's our pick of the best.
Gibson Joe Bonamassa Signature Les Paul in "Tomato Soup Burst"
Gibson Joe Bonamassa Bonabyrd
Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face Mini
Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Cry Baby Wah
With so many great Joe Bonamassa signature gear, the only surprise is that there's no Joe Bonamassa signature amp... yet! Come one, Fender or Marshall - now it's up to you, guys!