What Guitar Is Right For Me?

We look at each of the main genre’s and decide what guitar would suit each one.

by | Oct 9, 2018

This all boils down to what type of music you will want to play with your guitar. Do you want to play heavy rock, country, blues, folk? There are many styles of guitar fit for many types of music, and this post will explain most of them and which type or brand of guitar will suit you.

 

What guitar is best for heavy rock?

So you want to shred some heavy guitar licks and rock out with your, Erm…..sock out? Although it’s possible to use pretty much any electric guitar for this, you will be better suited to a guitar with humbucker pickups rather than single coil ones.

Pair a guitar like this with a Marshall stack and an awesome distortion pedal and you are good to go!

What guitar is best for indie music?

Now you’re talking my language. This is right down my street and pretty much the music I have always played. When I started out it was bands like Oasis and Blur, Oasis starting out using epiphone guitars like Les Pauls and casino’s, and other indie bands using anything from strats to jaguars.

Nowadays when we think of indie music we think bright jangly guitars and to get that sound the best guitars and probably most used are ones with single coil pickups.

Stratocasters and definitely telecasters fit this bill perfectly, the latter being the indie band guitar of choice. A stalwart of the indie scene is Johnny Mare who swears by his trusty Jaguar and has even got his own model, check this out and start saving, it’s a beauty.

Again, there is such a broad spectrum of electric guitar that can be used for indie music, but as I have said, the majority of this music will be done on single coils. Go down your local shop and try them out. Sometimes it just comes down to which one looks the coolest. For me it will always be a strat!

Me playing my American Strat way back in the late 2000’s! (Looking a bit in pain!)

What guitar is best for folk/acoustic music?

I mean you don’t really want me to say it do you? Really? Ok, an acoustic guitar would probably fit the bill 😊

This is pretty obvious, however, there are variables to this. For instance if you are writing stuff along the lines of that ginger guy who is really famous….erm….whats his name? The guy who loops stuff live? Anyway, that guy…then you will need a decent electro acoustic. Check our post on some great electro acoustics for under £200 here.

Unless you will be doing predominantly finger picking style guitaring then I’d steer clear of nylon string guitars.

There are a plethora of great acoustics out there. Make sure it’s an electro if you want to perform live as it will always be a nightmare trying to mic up an acoustic.

Most guitarists will have both an electric and acoustic. The latter being great for writing songs on without needing an amp or a band!

What guitar is best for blues music?

Both electric and acoustic guitars work great for blues depending on the situation. Old school blues music was always done on acoustic or semi acoustic guitars, but as times change the majority of blues bands you see will be playing with an electric.

There really is only one winner of the ‘what is the best blues guitar’ competition….a fender stratocaster.

Think of all the great electric blues players, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton et al, all use strats. There are many famous stories about Clapton buying his blackie strat and buying loads more for all his muso friends. There’s a reason. The strat is the king.

I may be biased because I’ve always used an American strat, but theres just something about that tone that fits electric blues music so well.

I’ve just come back from a trip to Chicago, went to blues clubs, and every single player had a strat.

What guitar is the best for that new Drake type music?

None. Get off my website. Now!!!

What guitar is best for jazz music?

Jazz music is nearly always played on a semi acoustic guitar. Usually in a jumbo style. Not to be confused with an electro acoustic guitar which is basically an acoustic guitar with a pickup inside.

Jazz guitars will usually be played without any effects so the clean sound is paramount. This is why these guitars are almost always used. They produce rich deep tone which stands alone without any additional effects.

There are some fantastic looking jazz guitars out there, they always seem to be great to look at. Must be because jazz is so ‘cool’ 😎

Conclusion

As you can see there are many types of guitars for all the different types of music, but none are exclusive to any genre. If you like you can play jazz guitars with heavier music, or Ibanez rock guitars for soft mellow music, it all depends on what you like. The examples above are based on what guitars are generally used for each type of music.

The best thing is to go down to your local music store and try the guitars out.

Please leave any comments below.

John has been in and out of bands all his life, toured and recorded in some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and studio’s. Also worked on stage with some of the world’s biggest acts setting up amps and breaking down stages.

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What Guitar Is Right For Me?

We look at each of the main genre's and decide what guitar would suit each one. This all boils down to what type of music you will want to play with your guitar. Do you want to play heavy rock, country, blues, folk? There are many styles of guitar fit for...