The English rock band travels heavy with Fender solidbodies and Gretsch semi-hollows while proving that pedal swaps make a group closer.

Guitarist/frontman Russell Marsden’s longtime No. 1 was his first real guitar—a late ’90s Fender Jazzmaster that his parents got him after graduating high school. It has been featured on all four of the band’s albums and used nearly every night since the band formed. The body and neck on the guitar are original but not much else is as he’s swapped out the original bridge for an upgraded Mastery, put on an aftermarket pickguard designed after the aesthetics of a ’59 Jazzmaster, put in custom-wound P-90s by Monty’s Guitars in London, and updated the tailpiece, switches, and knobs because they’ve all busted over the time he’s owned the instrument.

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"'If I fall and somehow my career ends on that particular day, then so be it," Joe Bonamassa says of his new hobby, bicycling. "If it's over, it's over. You've got to enjoy your life."

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For his stylistically diverse new album, the fiery guitar hero steps back from his gear obsession and focuses on a deep pool of influences and styles.

Twenty years ago, Joe Bonamassa was a struggling musician living in New York City. He survived on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ramen noodles that he procured from the corner bodega at Columbus Avenue and 83rd Street. Like many dreamers waiting for their day in the sun, Joe also played "Win for Life" every week. It was, in his words, "literally my ticket out of this hideous business." While the lottery tickets never brought in the millions, Joe's smokin' guitar playing on a quartet of albums from 2002 to 2006—So, It's Like That, Blues Deluxe, Had to Cry Today, and You & Me—did get the win, transforming Joe into a guitar megastar.

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