I love this sound, but don't want to buy a shovel :)

I am an absolute newbie when it comes to music but I would like to purchase an electric guitar to practise some blues like in the above video. What would the pros recommend? I don't mind buying something expensive-ish if it will last etc.

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    Brings a whole new slant on "I dig the blues". And it's great for "getting to my roots". Just about any electric guitar will do, solid, semi., humbuckers or single coils - early blues didn't even use electrics! Don't forget the amp/speaker is part of the sound chain too. – Tim Dec 18 '18 at 11:24
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    I think you could also consider not just the sound which will depend on a number of external factors (amp, pedals, etc.), but also weight, convenience of fretboard for your fingers, etc. I personally never owned a Les Paul because I find it heavy and decided not to have it yet, so I prefer Strat or ES355 types (the latter is not heavy at all). – alexsms Dec 19 '18 at 5:17

"The blues" is a broad term. You could grab an old acoustic from a garbage heap and put one string on it.

Any guitar will do. There is really no such thing as a blues guitar. Blues is a culture, style, and sound. So as long as you learn the riffs and licks and style you will create the blues on your ax.

Considering that the electric guitar is more than a guitar, it's also the amp, effects, set up etc, the guitar is not the one thing to think about. You could also ask "What amp and effects should I buy ...".

There is more than one style of blues! Mississippi Delta, Chicago Style (Buddy Guy, etc), West Coast, etc. Buddy played a Strat, BB King a Gibson, etc. It's not the ax it's what you do with it.

That being said, if you are a new player, I would not spend a small fortune on a Gibson or a Fender. You can get a very good guitar for under $500 (maybe a used one) and make sure it's set up correctly. Then start learning classic blues songs.

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    I agree with @ggcg. Maybe look at what the players you like the best are playing and get a similar guitar as them. If you like Jimi and Stevie Ray, buy a strat (or strat like guitar). You like Mississippi John Hurt, go acoustic, etc... – b3ko Dec 18 '18 at 18:47

Something with humbuckers like a Les Paul style or Gibson ES355 will be good. Telecasters also work well though. I would listen for a sound you like and take the name of the song or artist to the store. Most blues artists tended to stick with a particular style of guitar so you should be able to get close if you can find a remotely knowledgeable store worker. BB king was always associated with gibsons, Albert Collins with Telecasters, Bonnie Raitt with the stratocaster etc

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  • No problem, just remember the sound comes from your fingers and your note choices. You can play a blues song but your sense of timing, and your articulation will always make it sound like you playing it. You're not a jukebox, celebrate that. There is no better way to learn blues than listening to a lot of old blues through headphones so you can really concentrate. – bigbadmouse Dec 18 '18 at 14:04
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    Albert king played a flying V Gibson every time I saw him, I never saw him with a Telecaster but I'm sure he would have been a master on that also. – skinny peacock Dec 18 '18 at 14:28
  • @skinnypeacock quite correct, I was thinking of albert collins – bigbadmouse Dec 19 '18 at 8:58

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