What is your archetypal blues guitar?

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Blues Guitars

Poll closed 7 minutes ago.
  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. Bcorig

    Bcorig Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Is that a fungus on the Tele upper horn? You should have that looked at.
     
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  2. Bcorig

    Bcorig Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Semi HB, probably because of BB King.
     
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  3. TSims1

    TSims1 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    For some reason, the blues in PARTICULAR brings the Strat to mind for me. Maybe it’s hearing SRV for the first time as a kid, and then realizing Buddy Guy also played one. And Robert Cray. And Jimmie Vaughn. And Jimi Hendrix. And so many others.

    I WILL say, it’s easier to sound good on a semi-hollow humbucker guitar. Fender guitars are less forgiving. But that’s what makes blues blues to me. Honesty.
     
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  4. CigBurn

    CigBurn You should see the other guy. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Its me without my toupee.. Do have a winning smile though I think.

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  5. BryMelvin

    BryMelvin Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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  6. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    Same here. Funny thing, though, there’s a widely held belief that guitar wasn’t actually RJ’s, but was just used for the photo.
     
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    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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  8. ThebiggestJerk

    ThebiggestJerk Strat-O-Master

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    That’s a good answer. I do as well associate a semi-hollow with blues
     
  9. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Good answer. Gold star for you
     
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  10. ultrahedgehog

    ultrahedgehog Strat-Talker

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    Whatever you have available. Or this thing....

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  11. Bcorig

    Bcorig Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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  12. The-Kid

    The-Kid Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter Vendor Member

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    Strat....

    Nuff said
     
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  13. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I voted other for the same reason. Great minds...
     
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  14. mazzolar59

    mazzolar59 Strat-Talk Member

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    It has to be a Strat; simply because more blues players play them than any other guitar. If I could afford a 335, I would buy one. I love the bluesy tones you can get on that guitar. I play blues with a strat, les paul, and tele. They're all good at it, and they're all different. I hope to get a 335 in the next few years to complete my collection.
     
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    Blues is more the musician than the instrument. But equipment-wise, my personal opinion of a blues instrument is a full hollow-body electric. Semi-hollow will work, but it's just not the same.

    That said, any guitar can bring the blues if the musician makes it do so. But I believe that same musician will bring it better on a hollow-body.

    That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. : )

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  16. keys88

    keys88 Strat-Talk Member

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    Ignoring the fact that you can play blues on literally anything, two specific tones immediately come to mind for me...

    1 - A Stratocaster through a tube-rectified fender amp just on the edge of breakup
    2 - A Les Paul through a cranked Plexi/Bluesbreaker style amp

    Two different flavors of blues, both awesome.
     
  17. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Strat-Talk Member

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    Elmore James played a Harmony Stratotone and he had the best blues tone of all time.
     
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    Stevn Strat-Talk Member

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    My EC strat and my cheapo Les Paul Special. They both grind! 29A2040F-9B7F-48B9-A4D1-A6D2E34D1922.jpeg A75D76C1-EE2C-44D2-8127-E99806E97478.jpeg
     
  19. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Strat-Talk Member

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    Any guitar played by a person who has lived it.
     
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  20. clydethecat

    clydethecat Strat-O-Master

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    Something like an ES-125TDC, Epiphone Zephyr, or a Kay with speed bumps.