Video: Joe Bonamassa Plays Hendrix's "Band of Gypsys" Rig—For Real & For Less

What has Joe learned after amassing one of the most impressive collections of vintage gear in the world? You don't really need it.

On a recent trip to Bonamassa's Nerdville museum of vintage guitar gear, we put a sound test together with him and Dunlop's Jeorge Tripps. Could we, first, set up a period-correct rig of Hendrix gear? (Thanks to Joe's collection, that was easily done.) And, second, see how a $1,000 setup compared?

Here's what they contained. The Hendrix "Band of Gypsys" rig:

The budget rig:

How close to the hallowed tone did Joe get with this budget setup? Watch the video and decide for yourself. In Joe's estimation, the Squier rig got about 80% to 85% of the way there, punching way above its weight when comparing costs.

The lesson, from the self-proclaimed "King of Corksniffers" himself? While the vintage gear is great and fun—you don't need it.

Welcome To Nerdville: Inside Joe Bonamassa's Museum and Vintage Guitar Collection
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