You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your hands around an excellent electric guitar for playing The Blues. Here’s the first electric I bought — The Deluxe Nashville Power Tele — eagerly acquired after a couple of decades away from my Martin acoustic. I have the Honey Blonde version seen below on the left and I do love it so.
The Deluxe Nashville Tele is an affordable, but strange, beast coming in at under a thousand dollars.
I call this guitar “strange” because it is a beast with a sound that changes on a whim, the dial of a knob, and the flick of a switch. The three Tex-Mex Single-Coil pickups growl like a Stratocaster while also providing some country Twang.
The Power Tele also needs a 9-volt battery to power six Piezo Transducer Pickups in each saddle. Those Pickups, along with the Fender/Fishman Piezo Power Tele Bridge, give you an absolutely authentic acoustic guitar sound in an electric guitar.
You will not find a more versatile guitar anywhere. You can play Hard Rock. You can play Country Blues. You can play Classical Acoustic Guitar.
The Deluxe Nashville Tele is made in Mexico — a Fender “MIM” guitar — and whole some guitar chauvinists gag at the notion of a non-American made Fender, the build quality is excellent and mine showed up smiling to sing without needing any special setup treatment except for the want of a new set of strings.
The Deluxe Nashville Tele is a fantastic great first — or only — electric guitar because it has such chameleon sound; but you will really be blown away by those Piezo Pickups, because you’ll keep looking around the room for that booming acoustic guitar while that sound is sitting right there in your hands as a solid body Telecaster.