So you wanna be a blues hero... well, here's the guitar

I Want To Own A ... PRS electric guitar
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Top Range Guitars

Fender Stratocaster Plus pounds 975

Gibson Les Paul Plus pounds 2,100

1953 Gold Top Les Paul pounds 7,500

Steve Vai Ibanez 90th Anniversary pounds 2,400

Parker Flyer Artist pounds 2,100

Gold Top (50s retro) pounds 2,100

Custom 24 pounds 2,500

The Top 10

Key riffs you should master before buying a PRS

Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

Shakin' All Over - Johnny Kidd and the Pirates

Pretty Vacant - Sex Pistols

Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

Day Tripper - Beatles

Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream

Waiting For My Man - Velvet Underground

Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Wonderwall - Oasis

Loud And Proud

An amplifier to match the PRS

The solid state amps of the 1970s were supposed to make valve amps obsolete.

Yet valve amps are now making a comeback for their warm sound. A good example of this is heard on the riff for `Under the Bridge' by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers (also sampled for the All Saints cover version).

One of the best valve amps around is the 15 watt Matchless A. Similar to the PRS, it is put together largely by hand. It comes with suitably retro style bakelite knobs and will set you back a whopping pounds 1,399.