Posted on March 14, 2014
Fender Guitar versus Gibson Guitar
The 2 most popular guitar brands and the 2 most popular models of electric guitars are the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul. Today we are talking about the USA models.
Both these guitars come in a variety models such as the Fender Stratocaster Standard, Deluxe, Highway 1, Classic, Vintage, Artist Series and more. The Gibson Les Paul models include the Standard, Traditional, Studio, Custom, Artist Models and more.
The prices for these ranges of guitars from both Fender and Gibson start from slightly over $1,000 up about $7,000. Of course there are some very special models from both manufacturers that go above $50,000. With the current exchange rate in Australia being favourable against the $US has seen prices of these guitars drop by almost half over the past 12 months.
Anyway, getting back to the guitars themselves, the first thing is the look or appearance. Just like buying a car, people are attracted to the design of the Fender Stratocaster guitar or the Gibson Les Paul guitar more than the other. They are obviously different body shapes, body thickness and different types of pickups. This also extends to the width of the neck, the angle of the fingerboard and thickness of the neck. These variations are also prominent between the different models from Fender and Gibson.
The sound from a Stratocaster guitar and Les Paul guitar is also different. This is probably mainly due to the different pickups used. Gibson traditionally uses “soap bar” pickups such as Humbuckers, Burstbuckers etc. whereas Fender uses variations of coil pickups.
I personally have found that both Fender Stratocasters and Gibson Les Pauls are great guitars. The only difference being that the sound of the Stratocaster suited some songs/lead breaks better than the Les Paul and in other cases it was the Les Paul that had the right sound.
Good luck with your Fender Stratocaster guitar or your Gibson Les Paul guitar, if you have both even better.