Joe Bonamassa teases Fender Custom Shop versions of his vintage ’51 Nocaster

Bonamassa says the first few units are “coming off the line”.


Joe’s 1951 Nocaster (left) and 1952 Telecaster. Image: Eleanor Jane

Joe Bonamassa has revealed that Fender Custom Shop reproductions of his ‘51 Nocaster are coming soon.

The blues ace broke the news on Instagram yesterday (21 March). In his post, he shared an image of a Certificate Of Authenticity for “The Bludgeon”, which was described in the document as a “Recreation of Joe Bonamassa’s 1951 Nocaster”.

Bonamassa also suggested that the reproduction will feature pickups made by Seymour Duncan, likely as a replacement for the Gibson PAF humbucker in the original vintage model’s neck position.

“Here we go kids,” he wrote. “The first few are coming off the line. @fendercustomshop @seymourduncanpickups”

The full post below:

The reproductions of Bonamassa’s ‘51 Nocaster have been a long time coming. He first hinted at the project back in 2019, in a series of social media posts showing the original being dropped off at the Fender Custom Shop.

Bonamassa also discussed the instrument during his appearance on Live last year. In his segment on his most prized guitar treasures, Bonamassa revealed he bought the vintage Nocaster at the Guitar Center in Hollywood after several “decision-helping Margaritas”. Watch the full video below:

Fender has yet to make an official announcement on the instrument’s availability and price. More on this story as we know it.

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