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Joe Pass Guitar Rig

Joe Pass Guitar Equipment

This page is about the guitars and amplifiers that Joe Pass used throughout his career. Thanks to Caleb Raney.


Fender Jazzmaster

Joe Pass used to play this guitar during his stay at the Synanon Center in California, where he tried to kick drugs. After 15 months in Synanon Joe Pass recorded Sounds of Synanon in 1961 together with Arnold Ross, another Synanon resident. During his stay Joe Pass didn't have a guitar of his own, he used this Fender guitar that was owned by the Synanon Rehab Facility.

The Fender Jazzmaster was first introduced in 1958 and was originally marketed at jazz guitarists. The Jazzmaster wasn't embraced by the jazz musicians however, but it became popular amongst surf rock guitarists.

Joe Pass Fender Jazzmaster

Gibson ES175

This Gibson guitar, the Es175, was the main guitar of Joe Pass. He got one for his birthday from a guy named Mike Peak in 1963, who saw Joe Pass playing jazz on a solid body (the Fender Jazzmaster).

Other jazz guitarist who played the Gibson ES175: Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery (in the early days), Kenny Burrell

Joe Pass Gibson ES175

D'Aquisto Guitars

In 1970 Joe Pass started using a D'Aquisto guitar. The guitar was built specifically for Joe.

Other jazz guitarist who play a D'Aquisto: Jim Hall

Joe Pass Gibson ES175


From 1980-90 Joe Pass was under contract with Ibanez. It is said that Joe didn't really like the Ibanez guitar and didn't perform on it that much. Most accounts from people in the United States from this time period have Joe playing the D'Aquisto, but many reports from other countries say Joe played the Ibanez. The speculation is that Joe played the Ibanez rather than travel internationally with his D'Aquisto.

The Ibanez Joe Pass was discontinued pretty quickly and suffers a reputation for a thin tone due to it's pickup placement.

Joe Pass Ibanez

Other Guitars

  • Gibson L5
  • Gibson Super 400


Guitar Amplifiers

Polytone Mini-Brute Amp

A very compact guitar amp, 110 watts through a 12" speaker.

Other jazz guitarists who this amplifier: Jim Hall, Herb Ellis, George Benson

Yamah G100 guitar amp



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