#1
Hello All,

I'm on the market for an electric guitar--my first one.

I'm looking for a guitar with a good attack--and possibly a tremolo (sp?) bar. (Bigsby?)

I'm not really into buying a guitar just for its name (Les Paul Gibson as an example)--no offense meant to anyone, it's just the way i am. I buy one for how i like it's sound and playability (among other things).

As an example, I bought an acoustic Guild Jumbo because, in MY OPINION, it sounded better than the other acoustics hanging on the wall (Martins, Takaminis, Seagulls, among others). Again, this is my perception--right or wrong.

--Back to the electric--

I like the size (larger body) of a hollowbody Gretsch and its Bigsby tremolo bar.

However, what are your opinion(s) of this guitar for blues playing?

Is the attack strong enough? (i've played an Ibanez or two that had a nice aggressive attack--but sans the tremolo bar.

A tremolo bar is not necessarily a requirement. I just think they're cool--tho i'm concerned about remaining in tune after i use it.


Again, your thoughts?


Thanks...
#2
Ibanez makes pretty good (in my oppinion) hollowbodys,and most have bigsby-style tremolos. Im not sure how good your gunna stay in tune with the bigsby,ive never tried one with this tremolo,this is just what ive heard.
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#3
les pauls are definitley the way to go for bluesy tones, and i'm not talking about Gibson's necessarily, i bought an epiphone les paul standard, and it plays pretty damn good, great tone and playability
#4
if you want a cheaper guitar you could look at a Squier M-80
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#5
^dude if he's looking at a gretsch, i dont think he's going to be interested in a squier
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#6
if you look at alot of blues artists, i'd say more than half play strats....just sayin, all those people cant be wrong
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#7
^ They aren't wrong. They chose what they like, but obviously that's not what he's interested in.

Gretsch guitars are fantastic, very underrated IMO, although if you get one that's completely hollow, it'll be difficult to use with lots of gain (they're feedback-prone). The pre-Fender ones are especially good. Gibson ES-135 or ES-335 are great guitars as well. I'm not a big fan of the Blueshawk, though some are. Epiphone makes some nice larger semi-hollow offerings, as well - the DOT, the Casino, the Sheraton series, etc. And, as stated above, Ibanez makes some good hollow and semi-hollow electric guitars that are worth considering.
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#9
Blues is in yer soul - you can play it on anything. I use a Les Paul copy (Agile) but the hollowbodies are nice (335's) - even the Oscar Schmidt OE30 335 clone is really not bad for Blues ($149). Strats are common now - but the old-style blues was played on cheap-assed guitars (Bluesman couldn't afford boutique Ax's)... Gretsch are great - and the bigsby is sweet but not needed for the blues.

Some less expensive ideas:

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#11
artcore or a 335.
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#12
Quote by matt92l
if you look at alot of blues artists, i'd say more than half play strats....just sayin, all those people cant be wrong


That's a textbook logical fallacy fyi


either way, as you said yourself in your post, you want to pick it based on sound. So, go to your local shop and play everything you can get your hands on, though an amp similar (or the same..) to the one you'll be using.

Bigsby style vibratos have a reputation for not holding tuning well, but it's entirely possible to get one that does.
#13
Quote by Nick_
That's a textbook logical fallacy fyi


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I would recomend to you, Mr. Blues tone seeker, as a fine instrument for your consideration, A fender Telecaster.

For the blues, these are my personal favorite models:

http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0256800509
http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0100232850
http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0100202850

the first guitar is about $650 or $750 (I cannot recall) while the other two are at or around $1000-$1100.
#15
Tbh I'd buy G&L over american fender anyday

so if you want a tele



#16
For blues I've always been partial to the Gibson 335 series. The Gretsch is a great blues guitar too. My thought is that Gibson variants have always had a sweeter tone for blues.
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