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A huge number of blues artists play Fender guitars.
Take a look at the Fender website and you’ll eyeball signature Stratocasters with names like the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, his brother Jimmy Vaughan, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd scrawled on their headstocks. Not forgetting Eric Clapton. Jimi Hendrix is the most famous Strat player of them all, although he didn’t always look after them.
Telecasters were also big on the blues scene with Muddy Waters, ‘The Ice Man’ Albert Collins and Keef ‘The Human Riff’ Richards all preferring Leo Fender’s first plank of genius.
Blues wasn’t just a boy’s club. Take blues singer and guitarist Lizzie ‘Memphis Minnie’ Douglas for example. As a guitarist she regularly won head cuttin’ contests in nightclubs. Minnie also co-wrote When The Levee Breaks, later ‘revamped’ by Led Zeppelin…