Joe Bonamassa: Renowned Blues Guitarist Releases the Epiphone 1963 SG Custom Worldwide

Article Contributed by PRIME PR Group | Published on Saturday, September 30, 2023

For 150 years, Epiphone has been a leading innovator in instrument design. By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the future, Epiphone has set the stage for the next era of sound for present and future generations. Epiphone is proud to expand its partnership with world-famous blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa with the launch of the Joe Bonamassa 1963 SG Custom. The Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1963 SG Custom is now available worldwide in limited quantities at authorized Epiphone dealers, and on

Heralded by Guitar World as “arguably the world’s biggest blues guitarist," Joe Bonamassa is also a world-class guitar collector. One of his prized acquisitions is a 1963 Gibson SG Custom with some unusual features, including a unique smoothly contoured neck heel joint and a Dark Wine Red finish to honor the original guitar’s Dark Cherry Red color, which was a rarity for that model and year. It features the same smooth neck joint contour, a Maestro Vibrola, classic SG Custom cosmetics, gold-plated hardware, and three powerful Epiphone ProBucker pickups. As a result, the new Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1963 SG Custom faithfully recreates the magic of this unique guitar. The Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1963 SG Custom arrives with a Custom Hardshell case with a goldenrod plush interior and Epiphone and Joe Bonamassa exterior graphics, and a certificate of authenticity. This Epiphone 1963 SG Custom is a passionate testament to Bonamassa’s unwavering commitment to the blues and its profound influence on his music.

Explore the new Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1963 Gibson SG Custom, HERE.

This partnership with Epiphone celebrates the timeless synergy between the brand and Joe’s musical trajectory. In honor of the 20-year anniversary of the release of his best-selling album 'Blues Deluxe', Bonamassa will release 'Blues Deluxe Vol. 2' on October 6th via J&R Adventures pre-order HERE. The album breathes fresh life into the classics that defined his blues journey – from Bobby “Blue” Bland and Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green to Albert King -- while also introducing two new originals, including the latest hit single "Hope You Realize It (Goodbye Again)", an upbeat song with a Tower of Power treatment that Joe co-wrote with Tom Hambridge.

Bonamassa has continuously pushed the boundaries of the blues genre, recently culminating in a one-night-only performance at the Hollywood Bowl on August 9th, recorded for his next live concert film. After finishing up the summer with two special performances featuring Styx and Don Felder, the hardest working bluesman in show business will begin his U.S. Fall Tour on October 23rd at The Cannon Center in Memphis, TN, before crisscrossing the country and capping the year at the guitar-shaped Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL on December 2nd. As we look further ahead, Bonamassa’s 2024 spring tour boasts performances at historic venues, culminating with 'Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea IX'. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

Bonamassa is one of the most celebrated performing musicians today. A three-time GRAMMY-nominee, Bonamassa earned his 26th #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart, with his most recent live concert film and album, the sprawling and extensive Tales Of Time.

Following is the tracklisting for Blues Deluxe Vol. 2 by Joe Bonamassa:

1) Twenty-Four Hour Blues (originally performed by Bobby “Blue” Bland)

2) It’s Hard But It’s Fair (originally performed by Bobby Parker)

3) Well, I Done Got Over It (originally performed by Guitar Slim)

4) I Want to Shout About It (originally performed by Ronnie Earle & The Broadcasters)

5) Win-O (originally performed by Pee Wee Crayton)

6) Hope You Realize It (Goodbye Again) *written by Joe Bonamassa & Tom Hambridge

7) Lazy Poker Blues (originally performed by Fleetwood Mac)

8) You Sure Drive a Hard Bargain (originally performed by Albert King)

9) The Truth Hurts Feat Kirk Fletcher and Josh Smith (originally performed by Kenny Neal)

10) Is It Safe To Go Home *written by Josh Smith

Catch Joe Bonamassa on his fall and winter U.S. tours:

Fall 2023 U.S. Tour Dates

October 23 – Memphis, TN – The Cannon Center                                

October 25 – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

October 27 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre                                          

October 28 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre At Sugar Land

October 29 – Austin, TX – ACL Live

November 1 – Fayetteville, AR – Walton Art Center                                  

November 3 – Little Rock, AR – Robinson Performance Hall                               

November 4 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre

November 5 – Oklahoma City, OK – Civic Center Music Hall

November 8 – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater

November 10 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland Theatre

November 11 – St. Louis, MO – The Fabulous Fox

November 12 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre

November 14 – Rochester, MN – Mayo Civic Center     

November 15 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center

November 17 – Fort Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre

November 18 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre

November 19 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre

November 21 – Reading, PA – The Santander Performing Arts Center

November 22 – Providence, RI – Providence Performance Arts Center

November 24 – Springfield, MA – Symphony Hall

November 25 – Baltimore, MD – The Lyric

November 28 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theatre

November 30 – Sarasota, FL – Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

December 1 – Estero, FL – Hertz Arena

December 2 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live

Spring 2024 U.S. Tour Dates

February 19 - Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace

February 21 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre

February 23 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Center For The Arts

February 24 - Oxon Hill, MD - The Theater at MGM National Harbor

February 25 - Durham, NC - DPAC

February 27 - Columbia, SC - Township Auditorium

February 29 - Virginia Beach, VA - The Sandler Center

March 1 - Roanoke, VA - Berglund Center

March 2 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre

March 4 - Richmond, VA - Altria Theater

March 5 - Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Civic Auditorium

March 7 - Pensacola, FL - Saenger Theatre

March 8 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage

March 9 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage

March 11 - Huntsville, AL - VBC Mark C. Smith Concert Hall

March 12 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center

March 14 - Macon, GA - Macon City Auditorium

March 15 - Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips Center

March 16 - Clearwater, FL - The Sound

March 18-24 - Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea IX - Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico