Guitarist: Joe Amato

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Imagine an acoustic guitar with a built-in jukebox that can play virtually any song or style.  As unbelievable as that seems, there actually exists a guitar like that in San Diego... but only when Joe Amato is sitting behind it.  Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but only slight.  We’ve seen Joe tackle just about every request thrown at him, and he does so with a grace and affability matched only by his unique talent and skill.

Seriously, Joe’s pretty awesome.


A Little Background

First of all, he’s from Texas, which is where just about every style of music tends to blend with every other.  And that’s clearly the foundation he started with.  After spending an adolescence immersed in neighborhood garage bands and solo guitar gigs, Joe later studied classical and jazz at university, eventually touring internationally. 

Nowadays he’s settled in San Diego, where he teaches guitar students of all ages during the day, and in the evenings he performs around town with bands playing every style you can imagine—from “Gypsy” jazz to Brazilian choro to good ol’ pop standards.

And of course, he plays at a LOT of weddings. :)


Audio Samples

It would be impossible in a single page to give a sampling of everything Joe can do, but here are a few excerpts of some of his more popular stuff to give you an idea...



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Joe performing at a wedding with violinist Christ Vitas

Joe performing at a wedding with violinist Christ Vitas