Why Buddy Guy loves polka dots

Buddy Guy performs during the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 50th Anniversary at Fair Grounds Race Course on May 05, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
(Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)

Blues icon Buddy Guy’s guitar playing is instantly identifiable because it’s loud, vibrant and a heck of a lot of fun.

The same could be said of his taste in decor, with a polka dot motif appearing not only on the shirts he often wears onstage but most notably on his signature Fender Stratocasters and Jim Dunlop Cry Baby wah pedal. Randy Rhoads only played one black guitar with white polka dots; Buddy has made it into an entire statement. And it turns out there’s a deep family connection behind the look.

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Peter Hodgson is a journalist, an award-winning shredder, an instructional columnist, a guitar teacher, a guitar repair guy, a dad and an extremely amateur barista. He runs a blog, I Heart Guitar, which allows him to publicly geek out over his obsessions. Peter is from Melbourne, Australia, where he writes for various magazines, including Guitar World.