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More Strat Masters

Everyone can agree that the Fender Stratocaster is one of the most popular and versatile electric guitars ever made. But once you start picking its best players, well, it seems that nobody can agree. After an initial attempt to pick the top 5 strat masters, Joe returns to the topic with Matt and they try to pick (another) top 5. See whether you agree with their choices!

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To Wah Or Not To Wah?

When Joe Bonamassa was eight years old, he saved up his birthday money from his family and bought his first guitar effect: the wah-wah pedal. Designed in the 1960s to imitate the sound of a muted trumpet, the wah-wah quickly became guitarists go-to effect, especially when they heard Jimi Hendrix play “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” On this episode of the Pickup, you’ll get a bit of history about the wah-wah, meet some of the masters of the pedal and hear a warning from Joe about what happens when it falls into the wrong hands. Or feet.

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Is Jeff Beck the greatest rock guitarist ever? Joe Bonamassa thinks so. He says Jeff Beck has been able to find new things to say with the guitar for decades, with no sign of slowing down. On this week’s episode of The Pickup, Joe picks four tracks that demonstrate Jeff Beck’s creativity, virtuosity and his uncanny ability to make the electric guitar sing.

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Name That Guitar #1

Joe Bonamassa is many things: blues prodigy, Brit rock disciple, rising star. He is also a certifiable guitar geek. On this episode of the Pickup, Matt asks Joe to name the guitars used on some very famous Willie Dixon covers. Going into the session, Joe had no idea what the tracks would be. But he not only names the guitar, but also is able to name the amps, the pedals and practically the street address of the studio where the recording was made. This is the episode that will separate the fans from the fanatics!

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