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    Default What Guitar best for Blues?

    What guitar is best for playing blues in your experience?

    I recently joined a 'Chicago' blues band as thier harmonica player, covering
    lots of Howlin' Wolf tunes.

    The guitarist in this combo plays a period Silvertone guitar and the sound
    is authentic and a genuine throwback, aurally.

    Cost him a fortune to buy too!

    It made me sit up and take notice because I am a guitarist by trade
    and realised that my old 1962 Strat nor my ES335 would get close to
    delivering what Adam gets out of his Silvertone.

    What guitar is best for playing blues in your experience?

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    Whatever guitar is in my hands when I am playing blues. I prefer my Texas Special equipped Highway 1 but my partscaster and Alvarez acoustic work too. I love playing my PRS but I don't get the "feel" I do from my Strats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etechstan View Post
    Whatever guitar is in my hands when I am playing blues. I prefer my Texas Special equipped Highway 1 but my partscaster and Alvarez acoustic work too. I love playing my PRS but I don't get the "feel" I do from my Strats.
    Ahhhhh.........
    Strats....."I love playing my PRS but I don't get the "feel" I do from my Strats"....

    tell me more !!!

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    Thisis an easy one for me...

    I have threee guitars that I could not play right without

    my 55 Lespaul with P-90's
    my 67 Es-330 with P-90's and
    my 59 ES-335....without those threee I doubt I could gett he tone ineed but thanks must alsobe given to the 1965 Deluxe Reverb I use along with a 18 wtta Bluesbreaker for that Brit blues sound.

    Something about that 55 Lespual.... give ya that real early Muddy Waters sound...... clean or gritty it sounds fantastic/

    james

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    Well,there is no "best" guitar for blues---it depends on what sound you are looking for,because "blues" is all over the map.I have used all the normal suspects to play blues(new and vintage),even telecasters;each guitar brings it's own vibe to the table,but it's your signature fingerprint in the driver's seat.
    Good luck on finding the best one of the herd for you!
    "Play skilfully with a loud noise!"
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    Default Nat'rl blue

    Quote Originally Posted by refin View Post
    Well, there is no "best" guitar for blues---it depends on what sound you are looking for, because "blues" is all over the map. I have used all the normal suspects to play blues (new and vintage), even telecasters; each guitar brings it's own vibe...it's your signature fingerprint in the driver's seat.
    Refin speaks for me. But I'll add this. There's nothing like a 1936 National Duolian, not even among the other National models, that has the iconic sound of the "nat'rl blue". IMHO, of course ...

    Cheers,

    Doug

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    My favorite guitars for blues are a strat and an ES 335. But you can play the blues on anything, just check out SeaSick Steve!

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    I'm with refin and BluesHawk, I don't think there is a best, other than the guitar that sounds best to the person playing it as they produce the sounds/tones they like best.

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    Something with P90's in it does it for me.

    JJ

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    There is no best guitar for blues. It's whatever the player is comfortable with, likes, owns, or can afford. I've heard great blues from Kays, Harmonies, Silvertones, Tiesco Del Rays, Teles, Strats, Les Pauls, ES-330, 335, 345, 355, Flying V's, L-5's, Super 400's, LeGrands, Gretsch, Rickenbqacker, Hagstrom, and on and on.
    Yer guitar pickin' friend,
    Brown Bad Boy McGee (aka Herb)
    "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, 'n stuff!"


 

 

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