Joe Bonamassa Fender Stratocaster 1959 and 1966 switch

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  1. CaptainT

    CaptainT Senior Member

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    Hello guys,

    I am really in love with Joe Bonamassa´s music and I listen to the "Live at the greek theatre" album a lot at the moment. My favorite song is Hummingbird and he plays it on a 1966 Strat. There is a second version, where he plays it on a different Strat, I think it is a 1959 Hardtail.

    I want to build my own "Partscaster-version" of these guitars and try to find out if these instruments are modified with a 5-way Switch, or if they have the traditional 3-way Switch. Looking at the Videos, I think it´s a 3-way Switch, but I am not 100% sure.

    Does anybody know?

    I am a huge fan, so I want to be as close to the original as possible. Joe´s tone in "Hummingbird is my alltime favorite:) Not everybody might agree, but that´s the nice thing about playing guitar, we all have different opinions:)

    Here are the videos with the guitars.

    Video 1 is the 1966, Video 2 the 1959.

    Cheers and thanks!



     
  2. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    I would bet its the stock 3 ways.

    You can always ask him too!
     
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  3. CaptainT

    CaptainT Senior Member

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    Hi,

    I didn´t want to spam his mailbox, as he is busy enough with delivering blues to the world, so I started by asking here:)

    But maybe you are right and I´ll be shouting out to Joe @Jblpplayer if he might answer my question:)

    Cheers from Germany,

    CT
     
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  4. Crotch

    Crotch Members Only Premium Member

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    One of my fav Strat Joe songs

     
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    gball Senior Member

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    I'd also guess 3-way, and that's what it looks like in the vids.

    The tone of that '66 is :wow:
     
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    tolm Bigsby Junkie Premium Member

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    Joe. Bonamassa. Not. Playing. Les. Paul? :jb:

    Error! Error! Does. Not. Compute!!

    :run:
     
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    Falconbill Premium Member

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    If you've owned an older strat with the 3 way switch, it was cool the first time you found those in between positions, but IMHO the 5 way switch was a nice improvement.
     
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