In the first half of the twentieth century, the average guitar player was confined to six-string electric blues guitar models. These guitars were heavy and lumbering affairs with thin neck profiles and thick strings. Many guitar players who had been using twangy neck models in their early years abandoned these in favor of the six-string electric guitar. But these guitars still had the same problem: they were hard to play and they required a large amount of strength to pull them up. The best guitarists of the time, many of whom were considered great guitarists, played the guitar using their fingers. This meant that while a regular six-string guitar could be strummed and plucked, a blues guitar player would have to actually strum the guitar with some measure of dexterity and strength.
It is this dexterity that is essential to playing great blues guitar. As the guitarist gets used to using his or her fingers more successfully, the ability to use the entire body of the guitar becomes more difficult. At the same time, changes have occurred within the design of electric guitars over the years. While the standard guitar has remained roughly the same size and shape for the past half-century, there have been some major innovations.
One of these is the introduction of the single-coil pickup as the primary component of the best blues guitars. This pickup is much smaller than the humbucker, which was the primary component of the standard guitar in the days when it was still popular. This makes the single-coil pickup ideal for playing smooth blues licks and allows the guitarist to move between multiple harmonics at the same time. The resulting sound is extremely similar to that produced by a classic electric guitar.
Of course, even electric guitars that employ single-coil pickups will not be able to provide the range of tones that classic bladesmiths are capable of producing. Fortunately, vintage guitars have seen improvements of their own. Most models of es-335, for example, employ ceramic magnets as their main pickups. Ceramic magnets combine superior audio quality with advanced design features, ensuring that these guitars can play a wider range of tunes.
In addition to the improvement of the guitar's performance, another advance comes with the appearance of the neck pickup. Originally, the only neck pickup style available for these guitars was a "diver" model, which mimicked the natural movement of the neck when it is held upward while the sound is being produced. However, the advent of more elaborate designs has led to the usage of completely detachable neck pickups. These are typically made of nickel-plated steel and offer an exceptional tonal range that empowers the guitarist with classic nylon twang or old-fashioned sprightly blues tones.
An advantage inherent in these guitars is their availability to play a wide range of tunes. Early on, the regular six-string model was limited to jazz music and country blues. However, as the repertoire of songs has expanded, the need for a variety of tones has risen. Some Blues Guitar enthusiasts prefer using a regular six-string model for playing smooth jazz music, while others would prefer to use a twelve-string model for smoother rhythm tones and earthy, vintage tone for a taste of the wild west.
If you have enjoyed listening to famous guitarists, such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy King, or Muddy Waters, you might have experienced hearing one or two unusual sounds. This is because the resonators in a Blues Guitar produce what is called a "singing sustain". A singing sustain is produced when a note is hit on the front of the guitar and then the resonator produces another harmonic tone as the note is continued on the back of the guitar. If you prefer, the best blues guitars will have a metal plate added to the bridge, thus eliminating the sounds that stem from the front of the guitar.
Blues Guitars also come in a number of different styles, including the Baroque guitar style, which uses a round body and an open bridge. The semi-hollow guitar style is similar to the Baroque guitar in shape, but it does not have a round top. The sound of a Baroque guitar is created by the resonating sound of the strings on the front of the guitar. Semi-hollow guitars can be fitted with whammy bar assemblies, which are positioned on the side of the neck in order to increase the tonal variation of the instrument. Whammy Bar Blues Guitars are also commonly referred to as a true Baroque guitar, and they are very popular amongst Blues Guitar players.