Premier Guitar features affiliate links to help support our content. We may earn a commission on any affiliated purchases.

Fender Releases the Joe Bonamassa '59 Twin-Amp

The amp features a classic 80-watt Fender 5F8A circuit, hand-wired eyelet board, and Fender vintage-style “yellow” paper-foil-resin tone capacitors.

Hollywood, CA (March 28, 2018) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and Joe Bonamassa today announced the release of Bonamassa’s own signature amplifier: the ‘59 Twin-Amp™ JB Edition. A reissue of the popular “high-powered” ‘59 tweed Twin-Amp, the new ‘59 Twin-Amp JB Edition combines Bonamassa’s favorite features in a new model that is sure to appeal to fans, collectors and professional guitarists alike. Priced at $3,499.99, the custom amplifier will be available in limited quantities beginning April 4th exclusively on jbonamassa.com.

“The King of amps is back! It is one of the greatest amplifiers ever built, if not the greatest amplifier ever built,” said Joe Bonamassa.

The new model recaptures the amazing tone, power and dynamic range of the original. It excels across a wide variety of genres, live and studio gigs – bringing the tweed ‘59 Twin-Amp to today’s players and collectors. This re-issue is the first time in 60 years that Fender has released a “high-powered” tweed twin model since its original inception.

“The 1959 ‘high powered tweed’ Twin-Amp is one of the most collectible guitar amplifiers of all time,” said Shane Nicholas, Director, Product Development, Electronics at Fender. “They sound amazing for almost any type of music, are rare, and highly sought-after by rock stars and collectors. We’re proud to work with Joe Bonamassa on the ‘59 Twin-Amp JB Edition, as he is not only a great guitarist, but a fanatic collector of Fender guitars, memorabilia and amps – including the tweed Twin models he began performing with several years ago.”

Designed and handmade to Bonamassa’s specifications in Corona, Calif., the amp’s key features include: a classic 80-watt Fender 5F8A circuit; hand-wired eyelet board and Fender vintage-style “yellow” paper-foil-resin tone capacitors for original tweed-era tone and nuance; three premium 12AX7 preamp tubes; a quartet of 6L6 output tubes that are matched and rated for high output; an internal bias pot; a 5AR4 rectifier tube; Bright and Normal channels with high- and low-gain inputs; custom Mercury Magnetics™ transformers; as well as two 12” Celestion™ JB85 speakers – exclusive to this amp – for high-powered rock guitar tone.

The amp is housed in a finger-joined solid pine cabinet for resonant tone and features a lightly distressed cosmetic treatment with a lacquered tweed covering, ‘50s-style grille cloth and steel-reinforced leather strap handle. Subtle, ‘50s cosmetic touches, such as the serial number stamped with the original 1950s tooling and font from the era, complete the package.

Watch the company's video demo:

For more information:
jbonamassa.com

While Annie Clark was named the 26th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023, she couldn’t care less about impressing an athletic stamp on either her sound or her image.


Photo by Alex Da Corte

On her eighth studio release, the electroacoustic art-rock guitarist and producer animates an extension of the strange and singular voice she’s been honing since her debut in 2007.

“Did you grow up Unitarian?” Annie Clark asks me. We’re sitting in a control room at Electric Lady Studios in New York’s West Village, and I’ve just explained my personal belief system to her, to see if Clark, aka St. Vincent, might relate and return the favor. After all, does she not possess a kind of sainthood worth inquiring about?

Read MoreShow less

Slinky playability, snappy sounds, and elegant, comfortable proportions distinguish an affordable 0-bodied flattop.

Satisfying, slinky playability. Nice string-to-string balance. Beautiful, comfortable proportions.

Cocobolo-patterned HPL back looks plasticky.

$699

Martin 0-X2E
martinguitar.com

4
4
4.5
4

Embracing the idea of an acoustic flattop made with anything other than wood can, understandably, be tricky stuff. There’s a lot of precedent for excellent-sounding acoustics built with alternative materials, though. Carbon-fiber flattops can sound amazing and I’ve been hooked by the sound and playability of Ovation and Adamas instruments many times.

Read MoreShow less

Mdou Moctar has led his Tuareg crew around the world, but their hometown performances in Agadez, Niger, last year were their most treasured.

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

On the Tuareg band’s Funeral for Justice, they light a fiery, mournful pyre of razor-sharp desert-blues riffs and political calls to arms.

Mdou Moctar, the performing moniker of Tuareg guitar icon Mahamadou “Mdou” Souleymane, has played some pretty big gigs. Alongside guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and bassist Mikey Coltun, Moctar has led his band’s kinetic blend of rock, psych, and Tuareg cultural traditions like assouf and takamba to Newport Folk Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, and, just this past April, to the luxe fields of Indio, California, for Coachella. Off-kilter indie-rock darlings Parquet Courts brought them across the United States in 2022, after which they hit Europe for a run of headline dates.

Read MoreShow less

How do you capture what is so special about Bill Frisell’s guitar playing in one episode? Is it his melodies, his unique chord voicings, his rhythmic concept, his revolutionary approach to pedals and sounds…? It’s all of that and much more.

Read MoreShow less