What Guitar Does Buddy Guy Use

What Guitar Does Buddy Guy Use?

Buddy Guy has been one of the main influences for many of the greatest guitarists in the world. Artists like Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan have all praised Buddy Guy as one of their primary influences.

Eric Clapton has said of Buddy. “No matter how great the song, or performance, my ear would always find him out. He stood out in the mix, simply by virtue of the originality and vitality of his playing.”

What Kind Of Guitar Does Buddy Guy Play?

Buddy started to play the two-string diddley bow that he made himself until his dad’s friend gave him a Harmony acoustic guitar (which can now be seen in the rock and roll hall of fame). His guitar of choice is a Fender Stratocaster and the one he plays most is a 1989 Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster. Buddy has also played;

  • Gibson Les Paul Goldtop
  • Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster
  • Gibson Les Paul SG Custom
  • Epiphone Sheraton II
  • Guild Starfire II
  • Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
  • Fender Telecaster Deluxe
  • Gibson ES-335
  • Fender Buddy Guy Standard Stratocaster
  • Guild Nightingale
  • Guild Starfire IV
  • Fender Artist Series Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster

Buddy Also Plays Acoustic Guitars;

  • Martin JC Buddy Guy Signature Acoustic Guitar
  • Martin J-40 Jumbo Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar
  • Martin D-28

Buddy also plays an Electric Jerry Jones Sitar.

Who Has Buddy Guy Worked With During His Long Career?

Buddy Guy has worked with many great artists over the years including;

  • Memphis Slim
  • Little Walter
  • Ike Turner
  • Jeff Beck
  • Koko Taylor
  • Muddy Waters
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Sonny Boy Williamson
  • Buddy Miles
  • Albert King
  • Etta James
  • John Mayall
  • Sippie Wallace
  • Jack Bruce
  • Jimmie Vaughan
  • Robert Cray
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Junior Wells
  • George Thoroughgood
  • Howlin’ Wolf
  • Eric Clapton
  • And Many More

What Strings Does Buddy Guy Use?

Buddy uses Ernie Ball RPS Power Slinky 11 to 48 gauge strings.

What Amps Does Buddy Guy Use?

Fender guitar amp

Buddy has Custom made Chicago Blues Box Bassman amps that he favours but he has also used;

  • Fender Bassman 
  • Fender Vibroverb
  • Fender Eric Clapton Signature Twinolux Guitar Combo Amp
  • Fender Bassbreaker 45W 2×12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
  • Marshall JCM800 2203 100W Tube Head Amp
  • Fender Cyber Twin

What Effects Pedals Does Buddy Guy Use?

Buddy Guy never has used many effect pedals but he has used;

  • Dunlop Buddy Guy Signature Cry Baby Wah Wah
  • Radial Engineering BigShot™ ABY True Bypass Switcher
  • Dunlop JDF2 Fuzz Face
  • Dunlop JD-4S Rotovibe
  • Vox Wah Pedal
  • Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

What Pickups Does Buddy Guy Use?

In Buddy’s signature Stratocaster he has Fender-Lace Sensor pickups , but his guitar tech says Buddy prefers Vintage noiseless pick-ups so he has to replace all his guitars with these.

What Chords Does Buddy Guy Use?

Buddy Guy uses lots of dyads or power chords in his blues riffs. As a bluesman he plays plenty of single-note and two-note riffs.

What Pick Does Buddy Guy Use?

Buddy Guy plays the guitar using his thumb, index and middle finger but he also uses a pick which isn’t documented as far as we can find.

What Kind Of Music Does Buddy Guy Play?

Buddy Guy plays the blues, more specifically Chicago blues, electric blues and blues rock.

How To Play Guitar Like Buddy Guy

Like all blues players, Buddy uses pentatonic scales and blues riffs; he relies on two-note chords (dyads or power chords). To sound like Buddy Guy you will need a guitar that sounds like a Strat, and play through a Fender or similar amp. Buddy’s style of playing is all about timing, he says the blues can’t be written down, it’s all about feeling.

What Age Did Buddy Guy Learn Guitar?

Buddy was 13 when he made his first guitar, a two-stringed Bo Diddley, but his dad’s friend bought him his first guitar (a Harmony acoustic) some time later. By his late teens he was playing in local bands around Baton Rouge but it wasn’t until he moved to Chicago in the late 50s that his career took off. 

He was discovered by the great blues guitarist Muddy Waters who helped him get work at the 708 club which is where Buddy met other famous blues artists like Willie Dixon and B.B.King. He also worked with Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter.

The 1991 album “Damn right I’ve got the blues” is probably responsible for making Buddy a household name not only in blues circles, but in mainstream music as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of guitar does Buddy Guy use?

Buddy Guy uses a 1989 Fender Stratocaster with hardly any effects at all.

Which blues guitar giant plays a polka dot Fender Stratocaster?

The blues guitar giant who plays a polka dot Fender Stratocaster is Buddy Guy. The story goes that he promised his mother that he would make so much money that he’d come home from Chicago in a polka dot Cadillac. So when he became famous and his mother had passed away, he got a polka dot guitar to remind him that she was always with him.

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