Joe Bonamassa has earned a reputation as a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational. Dunlop is proud to have collaborated with Joe to design several products, from picks to pedals.
The quintessential tonechaser, Joe brings amazing technical skill to from-the-guts blues, and the Jazz III has been an indispensable part of his arsenal for nearly 20 years. While watching an Eric Johnson video, Joe spotted a red pick in Eric’s hand and rushed to a local music store to find it.
“I’ve been using them ever since. Once you go to these picks, it’s almost impossible to go back to standard size picks. Plus you get used to the sound—it’s a really unique tone. It’s the one thing I can’t live without. Give me any guitar or any amp, but if I don’t have the little red pick, I’m in trouble.”
Joe describes his signature Cry Baby Wah—equipped with a Halo Inductor for an incredibly vocal and expressive sound—as “an extension of the guitar as a human voice.”
Another pedal we designed with Joe was his signature Fuzz Face Distortion. “It sounds great with humbuckers,” Joe told us, “and it’s a very warm and expressive pedal—very smooth on the top end and on the bottom end. It’s perfect for my playing style.”