Fender Buddy Guy Standard Stratocaster
Tone is crucial to blues music, and one of the more prominent factors in shaping the tone of Fender’s Buddy Guy Standard Stratocaster is the guitar’s three single-coil pickups. The electronic components in this axe have what it takes to make the instrument truly sing, which is ideal for blues guitarists. Many guitarists also like to use their fretting hand thumb to wrap around the neck and hold down bass notes on the low E string (in a style popularized by blues players such as Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, and more); that approach is made easy with this guitar’s slightly rounded soft V profile neck.
Looks can be just as important as the sounds and playability of an electric guitar, and fortunately the Buddy Guy Strat doesn’t disappoint in that category, either. First, let’s acknowledge the obvious, this guitar is adorned with a loud polka-dot finish, giving it a vibe that’s at once vintage as well as somewhat eye-catchingly modern. The hardware also sports a vintage feel, with a stylized 6-Saddle synchronized tremolo, a set of vintage-style tuners, and a 4-bolt vintage-style neck plate. This guitar sounds fantastic, plays like one of the greats, and looks distinguished yet fun. You won’t feel blue playing it, but it will definitely help you play the blues.