#1
Hello, I am just debating with myself over what kind of guitar to buy. I really love to play Blues and Classic Rock (Pink Floyd/Eric Clapton-esque), and was just wondering what brand/model of guitar would be best for this genre. I was pretty dead set on a Standard Strat, but I have heard a lot about how Les Pauls are better for that kind of music. Anyway, I figure a price around $500 would be best, so Gibson is basically out of the question. Thanks for your help!
#3
Get what you think sounds better. The blues can be played on any guitar. The most important factor is your amp...what is it?
#4
The one that you like better is the better guitar for you.

I like strats, but I know guys that can wail blues on an ESP. Most of it's in how you play and your hands, man.
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#5
No such thing. Now the best guitar for you and your rig at this point in time, that's another story. What's your rig?
#6
a better question is what the best amp for dem bluesss?
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#7
Down at the local coffee shop, there's a guy that plays blues on a Jaguar, or Mustang, idk, whatever that short scale Fender is...
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#8
My amp is a Line 6 Spyder III, so I think it can handle most any genre decently.

And I suppose you have a point; I am just somewhat new to this whole thing and wasn't 100% sure if there was a major difference in the way a certain type of guitar sounded over any other. I really like the Alpine White Strat, so I may just go with that.

Should I be dreadfully worried about the fretboard type? I love the maple, but apparently it has a brighter tone, which I guess isn't all that bad. Does it have a noticeably different sound compared to the rosewood? I've really only played my cheap Strat knock-off (w/ a rosewood neck) a lot, so I have nothing to compare it to.

Sorry to ramble on like this, I guess I just have a lot of questions.
#9
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My amp is a Line 6 Spyder III, so I think it can handle most any genre decently.

Spiders get lots of flak around here, and deservedly so. It can do brutal chugga chugga riffs, and some decent cleans with nary a hint of break up, but for the kind of tones you may find yourself seeking, it'll fall pathetically short.

What guitar do you have now? I would recommend replacing the amp first.
#10
Unless your Strat is falling apart, I suggest a new amp. With that budget, Peavey Classic, Fender Blues Deluxe, Fender Blues Junior, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Ampeg Jet, some you will have to find use.
#11
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Unless your Strat is falling apart, I suggest a new amp. With that budget, Peavey Classic, Fender Blues Deluxe, Fender Blues Junior, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Ampeg Jet, some you will have to find use.

This. Any of these, a new guitar can wait. You really need to replace that Spider.
#12
Yep, Spider gets first priority.

As to the guitar, well, the two most common guitars for blues, or, the two most iconic blues guitars perhaps, are the Strat and the ES-335. Two different beasts, truly, but the Strat will probably be the most versatile. that said, you can't get humbucker tones from a Strat (not even a HSS Strat will sound like an LP or 335).

I'd go for a Strat, though, especially for the Floyd stuff. The Squier Classic Vibe Strats should suit you just fine.

For an amp, look for a Fender Princeton Chorus, Princeton 60, or Stage series. SS amps created by Fender in the 80s and 90s, and high wattage models can be found for ridiculously cheap, often under $200 for a hundred watt amp. Plus, they're leagues better than the current Frontman series. check eBay.
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#13
The best blues guitar is what you make of it.

Santana uses a mahogany PRS, SRV used a Fender Telecaster, BB King used a Gibson Hollowbody. All of those guitars are about as different as you can get when it comes to electric guitars, yet they all are undeniably great blues players with undeniably great tones.

When it comes to amps used, it's just as wide of a selection. Yamaha G-100 solid state amps from the 80's have a huge smokin blues tone. Framus Dragon, the famous Dumble Overdrive, the extremely popular Fender bassman, and the VOX AC-- line.
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The best blues guitar is what you make of it.

Santana uses a mahogany PRS, SRV used a Fender Telecaster, BB King used a Gibson Hollowbody. All of those guitars are about as different as you can get when it comes to electric guitars, yet they all are undeniably great blues players with undeniably great tones.

When it comes to amps used, it's just as wide of a selection. Yamaha G-100 solid state amps from the 80's have a huge smokin blues tone. Framus Dragon, the famous Dumble Overdrive, the extremely popular Fender bassman, and the VOX AC-- line.

SRV used a telecaster? I hope that was a typo. (ITS A STRAT)
and Santana could really not even be loosely defined as blues..
#15
Ok, so I gather that my amp is not good...and the only way I would be able to get another one in addition to the guitar would be to sell it. What would be the best way to get rid of an amp of that size (75 watt)? Shipping via ebay is a no-go.

My guitar is a "Lyon by Washburn" Strat look-a-like I purchased at Target about 4 years ago for 150 bucks with a crappy little amp (not the spider). I don't know if its an understatement to say its very bad as well, but I haven't had a lot of money to throw around on new equipment until recently. I got the spider from a friend for a great price, so selling it would not be a huge loss.

I guess my price range would be ~$400 for a guitar, and ~$250 for an amp, considering I could make around $175 off my spider if I sell it. I am still kind of confused on what amp I should be getting should I sell my current one. Research on the ones you guys listed has not turned up much...most of them out of my price range. I remember reading somewhere that the Vox DA series was a good price/performance deal. The DA20 goes $250, so is that one I should consider?

Again, I really appreciate all the help you've given me so far.
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#16
in my opinion the best blues guitars basically only because of reputation are: Gisbon ES-335, Fender Strats, and Les Pauls.
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#18
Ok, so if I only got an amp, I could maybe go up to ~400. I don't plan on doing any live shows just yet, so I don't really need anything huge. Some built in effects would be nice, but if the quality of sound is degraded by including these, than it's not a huge deal.

Like I said above, I have been looking at the Vox DA series. Would this be an "upgrade" to my spider 75, even though they are smaller? The portability would be nice, but what would I have to sacrifice? I want the amp to have everything built into one unit, so I don't have to mess around with multiple boxes (not including effects, of course), but I don't know if there are any "amazing" amps for my price range with this taken into account.

Sorry to ramble on about this...I just really like to know everything about what I am buying before I buy it. Thanks for your help.
#19
albert king used a flying v, so does steven seagal. the strat will have a more treble sound than the les paul or hollow body.
i have a ibanez rga-121 which is strat shaped with humbuckers and mahogany body and maple cap. sounds like a lp but lighter. also have a epi ultra lp, kinda les paul but lighter again as it is semi hollow. both work wonderful for blues as well as rock and jazz.
#20
Get an all tube amp. Like a blues junior. it's 450$. I'd much rather have a good amp than a good guitar. I own an American Strat Deluxe, but I keep playing my 89$ acoustic.
#21
Mexi telecaster ftw! But an amp should come first. A Crate V18 or similar might do you well, they are pretty cheap in the US right now.
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#23
I agree on the amp change. i hate spyder amps. They are cool for a beginner amp but thats it. i dont know how much youare looking to put into this amp but i suggest tube amps. as for the guitar...it depends on what you want. the les paul is my favorite guitar ever and i use it the most, but if i play JUST blues, no rock, i like using a hollowbody guitar, like a 335 or a Casino. In my opinion the hollowbody guitars give a much more fuller sound. I tend to think after SRV strats have been used more and more for blues. But its all a matter of tastes.
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#26
Definitely replace your amplifier. Up to $400 eh? You could probably pick up a used Blues Junior, which sounds pretty good. Not sure again, but try and find a Epiphone Custom Blues or whatever? I think they're $550ish new, so $400 is reasonable as a used price. Or you can bump up your budget? Why not just throw the guitar and amp find together so you have $600? (and more options at that)

Or, maybe you could find a Fender Superchamp, or a Fender Champion? (I dunno how good those are but they're cheap).
#27
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SRV used a telecaster? I hope that was a typo. (ITS A STRAT)
and Santana could really not even be loosely defined as blues..


It was a typo. If santana isn't blues then what is he, other than the part spanish and hispanic flavor to his playing.
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#28
Fender Hotrod/Blues Deluxe if you play clean and get distortion from the power tubes.
Peavey Classic 30 will do distorted, more raunchy blues like Cream era Clapton or whoever. It can still do lovely cleans, but not AS lovely.

Guitar - Wood has little to no influence on tone. Well, that's what scientific testing or what says, but everyone knows that a Fat Strat will sound very different to a Les Paul with the same pickup. Still, don't base too much of your decision around wood.

Both Clapton and Gilmour are Strat players, so if you like their tone, get a Strat.
Peter Green, Gary Moore and Bonamassa achieve awesome, deep tones with their Les Pauls.
B.B. King has a lovely, bell-like tone with his ES-335 (the fabled Lucille). And he uses a dodgy old SS amp, so a lot must be do do with his guitar (but mostly, his fingers!)

But blues is played on whatever floats your boat. Albert King has a bitey, bright tele tone. B.B. is the polar opposite. They're both top-flight bluesmen. Blues is all in your fingers.
#29
Spend it all on an orange Tiny Terror. Those things do all sorts of stuff, and it would be up your alley. I would just stick to your guitar now for a while, and get a mexican tele or strat, then mod that from there. To get the mexican strat and fully mod it, it would probably be around $600? Not sure, but probably. The Tiny Terror is a little over $500, and that's the head, avatar cab would be a little more, but it's very worth it.
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