When they were talking about trains and blues songs, I couldn't help but think about the Metalocalypse where Mashed Potato Johnson tells the band that all good blues songs are about trains.
Neat git. I'm a big Firebird fan also and absolutely love the Firebird I. I would love to have a FB I with either a P-90 or humbucker in the bridge with Steinberger tuners. That single humbucker LP sounds like Leslie West on steroids. Definitely a beefy, straightforward tone.
I'm sorry but ... I know I'm exposing here my newbness but ... I ,really , really dont get what's the big deal with Joe Bonamassa. I truly dislike his tone ... and again, I know I'm opening up to be flamed and insulted but... I find his tone way too dark and ... Ok here goes something i might rgret writing here but ...muddy. Yes, I finally said it, I find bis tone incredibly MUDDY for my taste. Mind you, this has nuthin to do with his skill as a guitarrist, technically speaking the guy's a monster, a guitar god, no doubt about that. It's not that dislike blues either as actually, one of my favorite guitarrist is Nick Moss , a relatively unknown chicago blues guitarrist. Also I must admit that I dislike dark sounding guitars, I prefer them bright sounding LPs that dont enter into shrill territory. For example, I've never liked the famed "woman tone". But still, everytime I give it a go to listening to Bonamassa after a few minutes I can't help but think that this or that song would have sounded better with a less muddy, brighter with just a tad more midrange tone, I feel that his solos would have more definition and clarity this way.
Again, maybe its just me. Guitar tone preference is subjective. You know another guitarrist's tone that i dislike? Eddie Van Halen. I feel his too midrangey for my taste. So I guess this says alot about me? Maybe I'm just weird.