Fender or Gibson?


Fender or Gibson, who makes better guitars?

  1. Fender

    18 vote(s)
  2. Gibson

    15 vote(s)
By paranoid guy ยท 95 replies
May 5, 2006
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  1. Ok, I've noticed a few like-minded people around here and I'm having a fierce debate with one of the lads in my class at the moment(another guitarist) so I want your opinion. I've already seen this debated on a guitar forum but the general consensus there was that they were better for different styles of playing and I don't believe that. The whole sound of a guitar can be changed with effects pedals and I reckon you could get a Strat to sound like a Les Paul if you wanted/had the money, so it brings me to the basic question, which is a better maker of guitars?
    Before you even do so much as plug them into an amp?
  2. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058


    For the most part, they are both very strong contenders.....I will say neither is superior....just like ATI and Nvidia, you're going to have people preferring one over the other. I don't play but I've been around a LOT of players and I like 'em both....right outa the case.
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I`ve always been a fan of Les paul`s. The fret board is totaly flat, which means you don`t get any string choking during string bends.

    I also think the sustain is better and the tone is something to die for.

    In my opinion, strats always sound a little thin, unless of course you replace the stock pickups, with for instance EMG`s etc.

    Obviously I was a heavy rock freak.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Regards Howard :)
  4. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    I disagree. Both resonate differently. Besides - a truly good guitarist tends not to use millions of effects, preferring just one or two, or maybe three at any given time (the less the better), depending on the sound they're looking for. Each guitar has its own unique voice, which is kinda the whole point to going for one guitar over another.
  5. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    I knew someone would :D
    Gah, I'd kinda have to agree with that. I wasn't saying that the two guitars weren't different, but in theory you could get pretty close, especially with effects pedals out now that let you replicate a famous guitarists sound.
    Like I voted, I prefer Fenders. (I forgot to mention this, didn't I) The thing that always bothered me about Les Paul's (well 2 things)
    1. The tone controls. I find it very hard to reach the tone controls on a Les Paul, and some SG models didn't even have a grip on the bloody things, so you were sliding around the thing. (maybe I'm just a midget)
    2. The body. For me, a Strat just sits right (I don't want to play standing up all the time) and a Les Paul reminds me of a big hollow acoustic, harder to get around(the midget thing again) I'm 5'10 by the way, so I'm actually not a midget :D I will admit that you can get a crunchier tone out of a Les Paul easier, and that will appeal to you metal heads (not looking at anyone in particular, Howard :haha: )
  6. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    ...Ibanez... .. tis true, the raw sound of a guitar determines its sound quality.. effects shouldn't even be considered in this post

    My Machine
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yeah. I like Ibanez guitars, particularly the Jem seven string. A little hard to get used to, but if you`re into the metal scene, it`s capable of some awsome low end crunch.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    That is an absolutely stunning looking guitar! I never would've gone for an Ibanez, now I wish I'd put them in the poll too. And that thing isn't cheap, if I googled the right one. I got a price of $1200!
    Another reason I prefer Fenders is they look better. "Looks aren't everything" but they sure as hell help. What can I say, I'm shallow when it comes to guitars :D
    This here is the pipedream for me:
    Just like Rory's...
  9. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    luckily my father liked joe satriana enough to order this for me..
  10. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    I'm trying to save up money to get that guitar(the fender) now that I have a job. Should get it in a few months. Only a few months...
    Waht sort of stuff do you play?
  11. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    me, I can't play anything LOL, chili peppers - scar tissue, californication
    alkaline trio - radio (lol)
    pink floyd - shine on (took me weeks)

    and then just random stuff I invent when I'm bored outta my damn mind
    guitarwork isn't really one of my better skills, I just play it every once in awhile when I've got nothing else to do..
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    That`s a bit of a shame. With a beautiful guitar like that as well.

    Have you ever thought of taking some guitar lessons?

    You never know, you could be the next Joe satriani or Steve vai etc.

    Regards Howard :)
  13. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    No discussion about Fender and Gibson would be complete without somebody
    pointing out that Gibson`s are,of course, grossly overpriced(especially in Europe).
    In terms of materials and build quality there are several other guitars at least as good.
    Even the Gibson sound can be replicated,with a bit of tweaking.
    People want the name,so they pay 30 - 40% premium to for it.

    In answer to the question about Fender or Gibson,see Fiziks machine.
  14. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I totally agree Pedant.

    I only voted for Gibson based on the two choices in the poll, I never really been a lover of Fenders.

    I used to be a big fan of Charvel, Jackson and Kramer guitars.

    I always wanted a B.C.Rich, simply because of all the pointy bits lol.

    Regards Howard :)
  15. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    What you should do is learn how to read tabs, then you can basically learn almost any song, because the tabs are all on the internet. I am not happy unless I spend at least an hour a day playing (anything) and I've learnt loads by simply learning songs I like. Also, it makes it easier to "practice" if you really want to learn what you're learning, so I don't go and learn songs I hate.
    I completely agree with that. But Fender still only has one vote!

    Is that Slash's guitar?
  16. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    As far as I`m aware Slash plays a Gibson les paul.

    I know Blackie Lawless(W.A.S.P) plays B.C.Rich, as does Kerry king(slayer).

    Regards Howard :)
  17. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    Have a look at the attachment.
    Sorry the picture is not great, I'm scrambling to find another.

    Attached Files:

  18. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I must admit, that does look like a B.C.Rich lol.

    Regards Howard :)
  19. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    Just got Back in Black(AC/DC) and Echoes(Pink Floyd) in town.
    :D :cool:
    Anyway what do you think of the Fender I linked. Is good, no?
  20. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    If you`re into Fender guitars and you obviously are, then yes that`s a very nice axe. Just not my cup of tea lol.

    Regards Howard :)
  21. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    (sighs) Each to their own... So I suppose that's where the debate ends, for the moment anyway, until someone new joins the thread. It seems to be a matter of preference, even if Fender are obviously better :p :haha:
  22. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes. You`re quite right mate. It really is a matter of personal preference.

    At the end of the day, there are an awful lot of pro`s that use Fender.

    Whatever makes you happy, is the right choice for you.

    Regards Howard :)
  23. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    I don't Care. I'm going to nick Slashes hat and guitar. They're mine I tell ya!!!! mwahaha

    Seriously though, I've liked slash ever since the Sweet child o mine video. lol
  24. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i'd have to go with fender, just because i own a fender j-bass. i'm an active bass player and love the tone i get (american 5-str w/noiseless pickups ;) ) and of course hex DR funk lo-riders.

    i picked the fender because the tone and the action was amazing. and the beautiful rosewood body, maple neck, and chrome looks awesome. it wasn't cheap but was priced lower than many competing products.

    i'm using an swr bass 750 head and an swr goliath III 4X10" cabinet. it keeps up with my band's two 120 watt tube guitar stacks, 500 watt PA, and a full drum set quite well. and of course it rattles windows half a block away...
  25. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    Sounds like a pretty decent setup! I'm glad someone else is in the Fender corner, for a while I thought I'd have to convert everyone myself :haha: That's cool as well that you play bass, it's a very neglected instrument, at least where I'm from. I know bands that might have a great lead and drummer, but have to settle for any old bass player because they're so rare. It really is a problem that demands international attention :D

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