Tech Tip:The Best Guitars for Blues and Country Music
Kyle Williams; San Rafael, CA
Q: I've been asking a lot of people which guitar they would use to get a bluesy, country type sound. Can you give me some ideas? I am thinking of getting one for my birthday at the end of the month.
A: There really are no limitations to what guitar you can use to play a certain style of music but here are some of the most popular guitars used in these genres of music.
The Les Paul is the classic and is widely used because of its full tone and great sustain. It has two humbucker pickups and a three-way toggle switch to generate different tones.
The Semi-Hollowbody with F-holes is another popular blues axe. These guitars have two holes in the top of the guitar shaped—you guessed it—like Fs. Because of its hollow chambers, it generates a bass full tone. It can also achieve long sustaining notes when the sound regenerates in the hollow body causing something similar to a microphone feedback effect. Many manufacturers make this style of guitars.
The Stratocaster is the guitar of choice for many players. This guitar has three single-coil pickups and usually comes with a five-position toggle switch to make different combinations of pickups that create a wide spectrum of tones. It is perfect for playing the famous Country "Chicken Pickin."
The Telecaster is also a great country guitar. It has two single-coil pickups and a three-position toggle switch. It has a thicker body than a Strat and because of that has a thicker tone.
My suggestion to you is try playing different style-guitars and see which one sounds and feels best in your hands.
Hope this helps!
Yours in Music