#1
Looking for some suggestions on a real good blues guitar. I am leaning towards a semi-acoustic but then I look at the cover of my SRV Albums and a Strat starts looking real good too. So I am thinking of something like an Epiphone ES339 Pro or a Fender Player Strat. One guitar I just saw today is a new one Epiphone is coming out with called a 'Blueshawk' Looks like some type of semi-hollowbody Les Paul. Sort of odd but it sounded real good.
#2
budget? location? willing to buy used? etc.
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#3
I would recommend a strat, and if you can get some Texas Specials in it you wont be disappointed.
#4
you might want to define blues a little better. strats are certainly great for SRV but aren't ideal for BB King or acoustic delta blues.
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#6
Put a strap on whatever you're considering and try it standing as well as sitting.

You'll find that some guitars position the neck Way over to the left, some a bit too far right, and some are a lot easier to play (depending on your physique) than others. Go for the Goldilocks Solution.

If you're good, you can make almost anything sound good, so the style of the guitar isn't going to matter that much. Start with something you like the sound/looks of, and if you really feel you need something else down the road, make that decision then.
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you might want to define blues a little better. strats are certainly great for SRV but aren't ideal for BB King or acoustic delta blues.


Well I actually listen to both and like both but I like the traditional BB King type blues more. If I could find something that could do a passable job on both I'd be real happy. I'm not going to be playing in anything even remotely professional so it sure doesn't need to be perfect. Just good enough to keep me entertained and something easy to play while I am getting back into the swing of things. I'd say ease of playing is most important. One thing I have read is that a 12 or 14 inch radius neck is easier to play than a smaller radius so I am looking at that as I browse through the various guitars. Nice thing about the Fender is once I learn to play and get reasonably good at it, I can buy a different neck and bolt it on. Probably not nearly as easy as that but at least I wouldn't have to buy a whole new guitar.
Someone asked about budget, I am looking at between $500 and $600. Maybe a bit more if I see something I really like, like the Epiphone Bonamassa I found on Ebay last night. I wonder if he really uses one like that but it is a gorgeous guitar none the less.
#8
Sometimes I just wish I could go back to my original setup I learned to play on. I had a Gibson SG Custom and a Fender Twin Reverb Amp. I guess that guitar was something extra special as I had numerous people offer to trade me their Gibson's for mine straight across. All I remember about it was it was VERY easy to play and had a very fast neck. I had to lug that huge amp all over europe, lol, that wasn't fun.
#9
Time to go shopping. Nearly any guitar can work for the Blues if you got the chops. Strap-on a half dozen guitars and hang out with them for a while. One will speak to you. I have a bunch of guitars but my personal fav right now is a bone stock Fender Tele. It always gets it done.
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And yes, there are more...
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Log off and play yer guitar!

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#13
It doesn't really matter as long as you like the tone of the guitar when combined with your choice of amp and effects tbh.
#14
More guitars with blues in them...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-L-Tribute-Series-Legacy-Strat-Style-Electric-Guitar-Lake-Placid-Blue-NIB-/261897961921?ul_ref=http%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F0%2Fe11021.m43.l3160%2F7%3Feuid%3Ded1032ab4e0d48f7872a11b2514d6e6a%26loc%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcgi.ebay.com%252Fws%252FeBayISAPI.dll%253FViewItem%2526item%253D261897961921%26exe%3D11896%26ext%3D30527%26sojTags%3Dexe%3Dexe%2Cext%3Dext%26srcrot%3De11021.m43.l3160%26rvr_id%3D0

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CARVIN-TL60-w-HSC-/201354973482?ul_ref=http%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F0%2Fe11021.m43.l6470%2F7%3Feuid%3Defaa060370104ec8b62d53dfda7d7763%26loc%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcgi.ebay.com%252Fws%252FeBayISAPI.dll%253FViewItem%2526item%253D201354973482%26exe%3D11896%26ext%3D30527%26sojTags%3Dexe%3Dexe%2Cext%3Dext%26srcrot%3De11021.m43.l6470%26rvr_id%3D0

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRAND-NEW-GRETSCH-G5439T-ELECTROMATIC-PRO-JET-BIGSBY-SILVER-SPARKLE-/121644955279?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c529ab68f

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Reverend-Buckshot-/261898287335?ul_ref=http%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F0%2Fe11021.m43.l6470%2F7%3Feuid%3D1adaa1d14e1d408781f2d29eac11e3e5%26loc%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcgi.ebay.com%252Fws%252FeBayISAPI.dll%253FViewItem%2526item%253D261898287335%26exe%3D11896%26ext%3D30527%26sojTags%3Dexe%3Dexe%2Cext%3Dext%26srcrot%3De11021.m43.l6470%26rvr_id%3D0

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2015-Godin-Session-Light-Burst-HG-Electric-Guitar-w-Dlx-soft-case-/351407493605?ul_ref=http%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F0%2Fe11021.m43.l6470%2F7%3Feuid%3D8e7f8b72e46140e4b7fe01a7aa5ff79b%26loc%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcgi.ebay.com%252Fws%252FeBayISAPI.dll%253FViewItem%2526item%253D351407493605%26exe%3D11896%26ext%3D30527%26sojTags%3Dexe%3Dexe%2Cext%3Dext%26srcrot%3De11021.m43.l6470%26rvr_id%3D0
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