Bonamassa took to Instagram to offer fans a double demo: not only of the prototype Fender Dual Professional, but also of a Kiesel guitar that he received as a gift from Jeff Kiesel. He noted in the post accompanying the video the huge time-gap in-between the design of the Dual Professional (1948) and the modern, headless Kiesel electric guitar.
He wrote alongside the Video: Thank You Jeff [Kiesel] for this very generous birthday gift. I am playing through the prototype of the 1948 Fender Dual Professional JB Edition that was brilliantly recreated by [Fender’s] Stan Cotey.
“The amps are going into production later this year. Enjoy, hopefully more than my Laurel Canyon neighbors did for the last minute.”
Bonamassa has been hintijng at his signature Dual Professional since as far back as 2019. He posted a video, again to Instagram, of him demonstrating an original and a “seven-hour old” prototype model. Take a look below.
The original Fender Dual Professional was the entry point for a lot of features now considered staples for the brand: it was the first guitar amp in the world to have two speakers, but also Fender’s first to come wrapped in tweed, and sporting a familiar control panel layout, complete with the jewel lamp to indicate power.
At the moment, pricing and availability of Joe Bonamassa’s signature Dual Professional is yet to be revealed.