What is your archetypal blues guitar?

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Blues Guitars

This poll will close on Aug 12, 2020 at 5:33 PM.
  1. Stratocaster

    32.0%
  2. Les Paul

    9.9%
  3. Telecaster

    5.2%
  4. Acoustic

    10.5%
  5. Semi-Hollowbody (ES335..etc.)

    32.0%
  6. Flying V

    0.6%
  7. SG

    1.7%
  8. Other

    7.0%
  9. Gretsch something or other.

    1.2%
  1. soulman969

    soulman969 Strat-O-Master

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    I play mostly Fender and Gibson types. Never owned one of them Archetypals. They any good? ;) Oh, (almost forgot) and where are they built and how much do they weigh? :whistling:

    For me blues sounds like blues no matter what guitar is being used. There is no "one single" best blues guitar. It's all about the player and quite often it's his sound we hear yet he would sound pretty much the same no matter what guitar he was playing.

    It's from the licks I can tell who I'm hearing not the instrument.
     
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  2. 57Strat777

    57Strat777 Strat-O-Master

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    Strat, Teli, Les Paul, 335.........there is fun to be had on all these when playing blues.
     
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  3. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Perfect example: Buddy Guy is a well known Strat player. He even has a signature Strat. He went through a phase (I think in the '80s) where he played Les Pauls. Guess what... he still sounded like Buddy Guy.
     
  4. RaySachs

    RaySachs Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I answered strat almost out of reflex, but to my ears, a semi-hollow, Les Paul, SG, tele, whatever works just as well. Basically, no particular guitar comes to mind because so much great, good, mediocre, bad, and terrible blues has been played with more or less every electric guitar on the market over the past 60-70 years. I think P-90s are particularly good pickups for blues and I like P90s best in a Les Paul or SG, but they can sound great in semi-hollows too, or the neck of a tele. But just a plain jane strat always worked for me, although it helps to get the tremolo out of the way. I play a hardtail, but decking or blocking is just as effective.

    -Ray
     
  5. 33db

    33db Senior Stratmaster

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    I voted semi hollow, but mostly because my blues introduction was through BB King.
     
  6. ThebiggestJerk

    ThebiggestJerk Strat-O-Master

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    Again that wasn’t the question. When blues comes to mind what’s the first guitar that comes to mind?... that’s the question. It’s not about ‘what’ axe you can play it on but what comes to mind when you think of blues.
     
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  7. OldGuitarPlayer

    OldGuitarPlayer Senior Stratmaster

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    Buddy also played a Guild Starfire in the 70's & 80's for a bit before he went back to the strat. Be cool to have that poster.

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  8. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    And he still sounded like Buddy Guy.
     
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    jbylake Regular Dude Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This post immediately reminded me of Albert King, playing his Flying V.:D
     
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  10. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Senior Stratmaster

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  11. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Heres my 339. It's a 2014 Studio so it's single vol, tone. Fine by me, I'm not really hard on twisting knobs. I'll roll them back a little but I dont ride them hard . The pickups are 57 Classics so a nice tone as well

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  12. fishermike

    fishermike Strat-Talk Member

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    You can play the blues on anything, but the original stuff was played on resonator guitars, cigar box guitars, and crappy old department store plywood guitars. Still a great sound.
     
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  13. soulman969

    soulman969 Strat-O-Master

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    Exactly. Would B B King sound any different playing a Tele? Nope, he'd find a way to dial in his sound on that too. Carlos Santana played an SG with P90s early in his career but for years he's been playing a PRS with humbuckers. He still sounds like Carlos Santana to me.
     
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    grritz Still 17 between the ears Strat-Talk Supporter

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    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

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    whatever guitar is closest at hand.
     
  16. soulman969

    soulman969 Strat-O-Master

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    I should have been more direct in my answer. Mea culpa.:oops:

    What I meant was no single guitar first comes to mind for me personally. At this point in my life I play blues more frequently than anything else and I play it on whatever guitar I happen to have out at the moment. I don't think of a specific instrument I think of a specific attitude.

    Today it's an ES339. Yesterday it was my G&L ASAT. The day before on one of my Teles and later this weekend it could be my Strat, my Gold Top LP, or even my Casino. Which one I prefer could depend on what style I'm playing or even just my mood that day. It's not like I wake up and think today I'm gonna play some blues licks so I want a specific guitar for it.
     
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  17. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Most Honored Senior Member

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    I don't just imagine a guitar. I imagine this guitar.
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  18. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have a 339 too. Nice little underknown guitars
     
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  19. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't know. I'll contaminate it with an SD-1 anyway.
     
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  20. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf Strat-O-Master

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    I own examples of all except the V. When I'm playing blues I always go to one of my semi-hollows. They just have the sound that I associate with blues.
     
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