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Gibson Les Pauls RULE!!! 31 44.93%
Fender Stratocastors RULE!!! 19 27.54%
Both of them are GREAT (or horrible)!!! 19 27.54%
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Unread 09-03-2002, 02:45 PM   #1
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Gibson Les Pauls vs. Fender Strats

I don't kno why, but I love these controversial threads! Have fun on voting and remember to acknoledge all of the models of both guitars!

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Unread 09-03-2002, 03:22 PM   #2
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I like LPs, but I LOVE strats. They just feel right.
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Unread 09-03-2002, 03:35 PM   #3
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Well, I've never played a real Gibson, but I just love Strats.
I...ok, it's dad's.....Dad has an '84 American Custom Strat. I love that thing. :kgrin: It's a great guitar. Plays nice, sounds great.

The only Les Paul I've played is the Epiphone I just bought ( see"Wanna see my new guitar" thread..Shameless, I know ), but I've always liked Strats.
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Unread 09-03-2002, 04:10 PM   #4
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My friend Jeff has a Gibson... really stinking heavy! I definitely prefer the feel of the Strat, or for that matter, the telecaster. BUT the Gibson does have a distinct and wonderful sound. I do also like the sound of the strat....
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Unread 09-03-2002, 04:18 PM   #5
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Both great guitars, i currently own a strat and i love it for its versatility and comfortable neck. I've played a few pauls and I love the sustain and rich tones... I want my next guitar to be a les paul studio.
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My Epi is heavy...though I'm to understand the real Gibson's are heavier. Ouch.
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Unread 09-03-2002, 04:22 PM   #7
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Both great guitars, i currently own a strat and i love it for its versatility and comfortable neck. I've played a few pauls and I love the sustain and rich tones... I want my next guitar to be a les paul studio.
Dude, the studio's are like the heaviest guitars in the world... pure rosewood... i have a LP special... very nice rich tone... true gibson too... not epi... very good if you like to play punk
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hmmm i think they weigh mabye 9 lbs?? i could be wrong but my strat weighs pretty close to 9 and its not a back breaker.
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I voted for the Strats. Strats, in my opinion are more versatile and comfortable. With 5 pickup positions, I can get 5 completely different sounds from one level, gain, etc. setting. LPs, while a great, high end guitar, are just too darn heavy. Also, they're cut so weird that it's uncomfortable to sit with one. Just my opinion.
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Unread 09-03-2002, 07:11 PM   #10
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Dude, the studio's are like the heaviest guitars in the world... pure rosewood...
The only rosewood on the Studio is the fingerboard. The neck is mahogany, and the body is mahogany with a maple top.

I have several Les Pauls and Strats. The Strats don't get played much, though. It's hard to beat the sound and feel of a Paul.
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i'll probably get a strat cause i like the tone and look but LP are cool too. if they weren't so stinkin heavy i'd be more apt to get one. you have to be muscleman just to have one on. and considering i'm usually coming off of an acoustic when i play heavy guitars, the lighter the better. plus gibson necks are a bit too big for me.
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Unread 09-04-2002, 08:43 AM   #12
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When I think of a Strat, I think of heavy distortion and hard rock.

When I think of the Les Paul, I think of blues and classic rock.

To me, they're like apples and oranges. Yes they're both fruits, but they taste completely different.
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Gibsons becuase...........


I have a cheap Epi/gibson SG , and a person i know has an american series strat. I've played his and he's played mine , and we both think that the SG can get a better tonal range than his strat.


Gibson all the way ! ( my next guitar will be a LP )
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I said LP, because I have a Jagstang made of solid basswood with no contours, so it's heavier than any strats I've played. I just deal with the weight.

I would've said telecaster, but it wasn't a choice.
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Unread 09-04-2002, 02:15 PM   #15
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I don't necessarily think any one is better than the other. I have in my possession both a strat and a les paul and also an SG style guitar. There are advantages and disadvantages to each.

The strat has a great, distinct tone, which is pretty much a trademark of its pickups. It's a fairly light guitar, yet the neck stays in place pretty well too. I personally dislike how it looks, but that's not a matter of science, rather it's my opinion. Most of the strats that are in any decent price range tend to make an annoying humming sound (which undoubtedly brought on the creation of the "hum-bucker"). As far as nice clean sustain, you can definitely find better options. It has good tone versatility, with the three pcikups, and the five way selector thingy. Also, They usually have a bolt-on neck, which for some is a bad quality, although it has yet to become apparent to me what that bad quality is. Overall I like the thing. It doesn't handle distortion as well as I'd like it to, but it works for a very wide variety of styles.

The Les Paul is probably the guitar I'll be playing when I'm old and gray. Number one, I love how it looks. Mine is a sort of dark rich honeyburst. It's a standard, full sized Les Paul, so it is at times painfully heavy. But that's a good thing too, because the weight of the body holds the neck up quite nicely. I also think that the thickness and weight of the body contributes to the sustain, which isn't rivaled by many other styles. The humbuckers in it are usually quite nice and are good for most any kind of overdrive or effect you'd like to run them through.

If anything, SGs just plain cool looking. They are lighter, but everytime I let my left hand off the neck, it wants to fall down. The thinner body takes a way a bit from the body of the sound, which would typically be present with a les paul. Other than that, the SG and the Les Paul are pretty similar. The SG does have a double cutaway look to it, making it easier to get those last few frets on top. It's fun, and you can pretend to be Angus Young.

All in all, it all just comes down to your own opinion and what you're looking for in an instrument. My favorite is the Les Paul though, even though a strat is great too.

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