Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
Immediately this guitar is throwing all sorts of high-flying names at you, there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ve heard of a fender Stratocaster and Eric Clapton is one of the most well-known guitarists in history. And a guitar with such a high premium name needs to live up to it, and oh boy does this live up to it. This has everything you’d want from a blues guitar from style to sound. It comes in several simple colour options and a minimalist style, made from solid alder with a satin finish maple neck that’s in Eric Clapton’s much-loved soft V shape. In order to produce its top-quality sound, it’s loaded with 3 of Fender’s Vintage Noiseless single-coils and a nice array of tone controls that produce one of the best blues sounds on the market.
Guild Starfire V
When it comes to vintage style, the Guild Starfire V cannot be beaten. What’s even better is that it’s not all flash, it sounds amazing too and is perfect for anything from classic rock to (of course) the blues. This is a Korean made reissue of the original Starfire V made way back in the 1960s, it has a laminated maple, semi-hollow body and comes in three different retro finishes, each as beautiful as the last. The guitar is fitted with some impressive electrics along with two unique ‘Little Buckers’ that help to produce it’s absolutely quality sound that’s both balanced a warm.
PRS Custom 22
Here’s a guitar well rooted in the annals of tradition but with all the contemporary edge of a more modern sounding audio output, it’s highly versatile and a strong contester for the best blues guitar. With the PRS Custom 22 you’ll find a fine mahogany build body and neck with a rosewood fingerboard, complete with 22 frets and the company’s well known, signature soaring bird inlays for extra style. You’ll find your sound output with this six-string is highly adjustable and well under you’re control. With a simple twist of a few knobs you can go from a mellow sounding, smooth tone to a bombastic and harsh one, perfect for when you’ve got those low down, angry man blues.
Gretsch G9200 BOXCAR
Resonator guitars are perfect for certain styles of the blues and as such I simply couldn’t leave out the Gretsch G9200 BOXCAR from this list. These things scream the blues, with their combination of wood and metal parts that offer up an awesome blend of acoustic sound with a grinding bite to it. It has a full mahogany build, with both its body and neck being made of it. Not only does this ensure that the sound is particularly resonate but that has a powerful, booming sound to it that can pack a punch. It’s not a one trick pony though, is can also give off a cooler mellow sound too so you’ll have a nice range of bluesy tones with this guitar.