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The Best Guitar Pedals for Blues

by admin on August 16, 2011

Blues is a genre of music that is synonymous with the guitar. From acoustic players like Robert Johnson and Son House in the 1930s the guitar is basis of most blues music.

When the electric guitar came along in the 50s players like T Bone Walker, Muddy Waters and BB King developed the sound of the electric blues. Verses just being an accompanying instrument the volume offered by electric guitars and the amplifier allowed for the guitar to become a lead melody instrument to rival the saxophone in blues music.

The sound of the small overdriven guitar amps used by these early electric blues players gave extra sustain to the notes helping them to emulate the sound of the saxophone. This is the basic sound that most blues players are looking for in a guitar pedal.

Other electric blues players to emerge in the 60s include Albert King and Buddy Guy. Buddy Guy is still playing today and sometimes uses an Ibanez Tubescreamer pedal for overdrive. He is also known to use a Wah pedal. If you want to use a Wah guitar pedal like Buddy Guy it may best to try the Dunlop Crybaby BG-95 Buddy Guy Signature Wah?

Dunlop Bg-95 Buddy Guy Wah Pedal The Best Guitar Pedals for Blues

The sound of the electric (or Chicago blues) inspired a range of English musicians in band ion the 60’s including The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Animals and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. One of the most famous blues guitarists to come out of this scene was Eric Clapton. His sound in the last 60s which also included Jimi Hendrix was a harder more overdriven sound than the older blues players of the 50s and early 60s. They tended to use overdriven Marshall amplifiers and found that the best guitar pedals for them was the Fuzz Face to achieve long sustaining notes and other effects including feedback.

Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal The Best Guitar Pedals for Blues

In the 80s there was a blues revival led by Texan blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. His sound was inspired by Hendrix and others. He was best known for using the Ibanez Tube Screamer guitar pedal through a range of amplifiers including Marshalls, Fenders and more.

Ibanez Ts9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal The Best Guitar Pedals for Blues


Today the sound of the electric blues continues with players like Joe Bonamassa who uses guitar pedals such as the Dunlop Fuzz Face and Ibanez Tube Screamer to achieve his tone which has a hard rock edge to it.

So it appears that the best guitar pedals for achieving a good blues sound are the Ibanez Tube Screamer and if you want a harder edged sound with more sustain a Dunlop Fuzz Face can be added into the mix.

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