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Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335

Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335  ·  Source: Epiphone


The new Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335 has now been officially released and is based on the blues guitarist’s original Gibson semi-hollow model. A guitar he had to sell to fund a move and now it is back.


Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335

In 1996, Joe Bonamassa purchased a red 1962 Gibson ES-335 and used it on his first solo album, A New Day Yesterday. Then in 2001, he sold the guitar to help fund his move from New York to LA, a sale he regretted for a long time. Then 20 years later an unexpected phone call resulted in Joe being reunited with his old red ES-335 once more and no Epiphone has made a model based on that guitar.

Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335

Joe’s latest signature 335


The new Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335 is yet another signature model for the guitarist. It follows in a long line of Gibson and Epiphone releases that bear his signature. With a 5-ply layered maple semi-hollow 335 body that has a spruce contour brace and is paired with a glued-in Rounded C profile neck. This should be familiar territory for 335 fans.

Joe with his latest signature 335

Joe with his latest signature 335

Maestro Vibrolo

It has an Indian Laurel fretboard fitted with 22 medium jumbo frets, small block inlays and a Graphtech nut. Hardware includes a Maestro Vibrolo, an Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and a set of Epiphone Deluxe with Double Ring Buttons tuners.

Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335

Mastro bridge

Gibson Burstbucker

This signature guitar has a Gibson Burstbucker 2 in the neck position and a Gibson Burstbucker 3 in the bridge. A decent set of humbucking pickups and a nice upgrade. It is wired like a traditional 335 with a three-way switch and twin volume/tone controls. Epiphone is using quality CTS potentiometers and Mallory capacitors which should help with a good reliable signal path for those Burstbuckers.

Bonamassa hardcase

Bonamassa Hardcase


It comes with a custom hardshell case with a Bonamassa logo included in the price and a Certificate of Authenticity. This will be a limited edition model and so don’t hang around too long of you want one.

MSRP – USD 1299


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Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335

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8 responses to “Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335 limited edition”

    Björn says:

    shouldnt it be minihumbucker on it

      Jef says:

      Plenty of 1962 ES335s with full-sized. humbuckers out there. Not sure if they have the Maestro if that made any difference to the pickup choice.

        Feurope says:

        The Epiphone models like Rivieras had the mini HBs. As this is a “335” it comes with regular HBs. (Exception the Emily Wolfe, right?) Another Bonamassa? I love the man, and his stories, but how many signature items can a guy have? lol!

    YodasDad says:

    That Pau Ferro fretboard makes me want to Yak.

    Mark Snelling says:

    The trouble is: all of his signature models are fantastic guitars. I’ve got 3 of the Epis. Looks like it’ll soon be 4! I’m not even a huge Joe fan!

    Dave says:

    How many bumper stickers to cover those case graphics?

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