Joe Bonamassa: Welcome to Nerdville - Inside Joe Bonamassa’s Museum and Guitar Collection

Welcome to Nerdville: Inside Joe Bonamassa’s Museum and Guitar Collection
Reverb.com Short Film and Interactive Tour Provide Rare Glimpse Into Bonamassa’s Vintage Gear Collection

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Today, Reverb.com - the online marketplace for buying, selling, and learning about music gear - provides a unique, in-depth look into Joe Bonamassa’s expansive vintage gear collection through an exclusive video feature and an interactive virtual tour. The short film, “Welcome to Nerdville: Inside Joe Bonamassa’s Museum and Guitar Collection,” features never-before-seen footage of Bonamassa and the “Bona-seum,” while the interactive web experience enables viewers to explore the guitarist’s history-rich music gear collection first-hand.

“Many people know Joe Bonamassa for his decades-long blues guitarist career that began when he opened for B.B. King at just twelve years old,” said Michael Lux, Reverb.com Video Director and editor of the video feature. “What we’ve captured through this short film and interactive tour is another side of Joe Bonamassa - the collector, the obsessive vintage Gibson and Fender fan, and the keeper of the hundreds of stories that each piece of gear holds.”

The Reverb.com team visited Bonamassa in Los Angeles in June, spending several hours exploring his “Nerdville” studio and vintage gear vault. The soundproof sanctuary - in which you might find the guitarist jamming on the first Black Strat ever made or binge-watching The Simpsons, depending on the day - houses the thousands of vintage treasures that Bonamassa has amassed over the years.

“It’s American history. Every screw, nut, bolt, capacitor, tube, and speaker,” Bonamassa says in the video. “It’s extraordinarily rare that I’m allowing cameras in the Bona-seum.”

The collection is the result of many “guitar safaris” - vintage guitar-finding expeditions that Bonamassa has been taking since childhood when he accompanied his vintage guitar dealer father. Through the short film and interactive tour, viewers will not only catch a glimpse of the rare, vintage, and often historic pieces of gear in the Bonamassa collection - they’ll learn about the people and stories behind each piece of gear.

Experience the video and virtual tour at Reverb.com.



About Joe Bonamassa
As Joe Bonamassa enters his 27th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa's career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 24 solo albums in the last 16 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in schools. Most recently, Bonamassa has been nominated for his 2nd GRAMMY ® nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for his latest project “Live At The Greek Theatre.” His latest release landed Bonamassa his 17th #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist) and Billboard honored him with the 2016 Blues Album Artist of the Year Award. With a full tour and release schedule planned for 2017, there are no signs of Joe slowing down.

About Reverb.com
Reverb.com is the online marketplace to buy, sell and learn about new, used, vintage and handmade music gear. Since launching in 2013, Reverb.com has grown into the world’s most popular music gear website with more than eight million monthly website visits. At any given time, the site has roughly half a million listings ranging from electric, acoustic and bass guitars to effects, studio gear, synthesizers, drums, DJ equipment, orchestra instruments and more.