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Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« on: December 11, 2009, 01:55:13 PM »

I don't really care about the sound cause I'm not able to hear the difference anyway, but purely based on the way they look it's definately Gibson for me. IMO, the SG and Les Paul are by far the best looking guitars.

I never cared for Telecasters and Strats. For some reason I've always thought of Fender as the guitar for serious (and wannabe serious) musicians and Gibson as the guitar for people who just want to "rock out". And those have always been more appealing to me.


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See what I mean? :) Imagine the guy on the second pic playing a light blue Strat... I think it would look odd.
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2009, 10:18:51 PM »

I like both, but I chose Fender because I can play them easier and (from what I've played, at least) they have a lower action. But I really shouldn't say their my favorite now because my Parentals have bought me a Hofner for Christmas ;D :P
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2009, 02:14:06 AM »

If based purely on looks, then I'd choose Gretsch.  

I own several guitars:

   1959 Gibson ES5 Switchmaster (Antique Sunburst)
   1963 Gretsch Country Gentleman
   1967 Gretsch Country Gentleman
   1969 Martin D35
   1990 Guild JF30-12
   2004 Jerry Jones Coral Sitar

The handsomest is the 1963 Country Gent...



And, of course, it has that early Beatles sound.   :)

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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2009, 04:35:47 PM »

Fender for me.I have one cheap model-but no real Fender.I like how Gibson look but I prefer Fender.I think its sound is more versatil.
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2010, 12:44:01 PM »

Ive always been a Strat fan, you dont need any other guitar IMO (I can make a strat sound like a Les paul but not vica versa))
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2010, 01:29:55 AM »

I prefere Fender.
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2010, 08:39:44 PM »

Gretsch for me - my first big purchase in my life was my Duo Jet and I wouldn't have spent that amount of money on anything other than a Gretsch
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2011, 07:02:28 PM »

I like both, but I chose Fender because I can play them easier and (from what I've played, at least) they have a lower action. But I really shouldn't say their my favorite now because my Parentals have bought me a Hofner for Christmas ;D :P
;D wow ;D my hat is off to you. man that is beautiful.  ;yes
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2011, 07:09:05 PM »

i would say Fender. but having said that i have noodled around on a gibson les paul once, friend of a friend thingie, must say that guitar is everything everybody says about it. it was unplugged, but still like heaven.

ladys and gentlemen meet my dream guitar

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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2011, 07:01:35 AM »

Most things Fender have remained in my life. My 76 Precision Bass, the Fender Rhodes is one of my all time favourite instruments and the Fender Twin amp always is a dazzler. My friends telecasters and strats are always up to task and very versatile.

I used to love watching Paul Weller of the jam strutting his SG and I do also like the Gretsch and Epiphone....Fender is more about music and perhaps Gibson is more about guitars is my theory. Acoustically, I love my Ovation Custom Balladeer. Much better than a Takemine G series I used to own. :)
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2011, 07:09:06 AM »

I had a Rickenbacker in my hands the other day at the guitar shop. That was a terrible instrument to play!
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2011, 07:18:09 AM »

ha2ha....They are so rubbish! Worst 12th fret throb I have ever heard.   ;)  ;D

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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2011, 09:54:48 AM »

I had a Rickenbacker in my hands the other day at the guitar shop. That was a terrible instrument to play!


Really? I love 'em!
I've got a Roger McGuinn 12-string 370-12RM, and a 6-string 360-6. Both fireglo models.
They do take some getting used to because they have quite a narrow neck - especially the 12-string, where the strings are very close together.
But I have never had any problems with fret buzz on either of my Rics. And they sound great when doing 60s-style music. No good for fancy guitar solos or playing loud rock music etc, but great for getting that 60s sound (or for music by bands that copy the 60s sound, like REM or Tom Petty).

Getting back to the Fender vs Gibson debate. I agree that Strats are very versatile, more versatile than a Gibson, but I don't think a Fender will ever match up to the Gibson sound for playing louder rock music.
And Gibson Les Pauls and SGs look way better than a strat, IMO.
I do like the look of Fender Telecasters though. If I bought a Fender it would have to be a Tele.
But I'll stick with my Rics and my Gibson SG and Les Paul!!

PS - just a comment about Gretsch... although Pete Townshend of The Who is most associated with playing Gibson SG during the late 60s and a Les Paul throughout the 70s, he actually used a Gretsch Chet Atkins model in the studio to get the rock sound you hear on songs like Won't Get Fooled Again. His Gretsch is behind many of The Who's great rock recordings, from Who's Next onwards ...


He went on to use Tele and Strat-type models from the 80s onwards and his sound has never matched up to the classic 60s and 70s Who sound


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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2011, 04:58:52 AM »

Since my last post on here, I've actually bought a Strat (a sage green Mexico 2002) and I have to say, it's utterly delicious to play! A nice mid-range Fender which hasn't been out of my hands in the last month or so.

Can't beat the feeling of getting a new guitar  ;)
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2011, 03:52:18 AM »

Here are my 3 Bass guitars, I'll take a pic of my 6 strings soon

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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2011, 04:17:49 AM »

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That's a nice selection of bass guitars you have there, nimrod.  The Precision Guitar looks very handsome.
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2011, 07:37:23 AM »

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That's a nice selection of bass guitars you have there, nimrod.  The Precision Guitar looks very handsome.

Thanks HG, that precision is actually a Fender Jazz  ;D of the fretless variety..
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2011, 09:56:55 PM »

None-the-less, it's a handsome bass.  I see the difference in the shape of the body now.
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2011, 06:22:07 AM »

Thanks HG, that precision is actually a Fender Jazz  ;D of the fretless variety..
Nice array sir...Is the fretless for Jaco Pastorious licks? ;)
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Re: Guitarists: Fender or Gibson?
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2011, 08:40:18 PM »

Here's my sage green Fender Strat in the background  8)



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