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Fender or Gibson?


Fender or Gibson, who makes better guitars?

  1. Fender

    18 vote(s)
  2. Gibson

    15 vote(s)
By paranoid guy · 95 replies
May 5, 2006
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  1. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    A bit off topic but i have to say it.

    Do you remeber BucketHead? He never had anything on Slash!
  2. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    Personally I prefer Fender in this poll....because I have an old 60's model. But there is nothing wrong with Gibson either, other than the price tag. I have an old Humingbird acoustic I wouldnt trade for the world. As far as Ibanez...I think they are hyped up alot, I've play a few over the years and didnt see anything that special about them, other than scalloped fret boards which you could have done to any guitar. I do have a Ibanez thin body acoustic electric that I like. But I also have a Godin A6 that plays and sounds much better!

    I think my favorite guitar that I have right now is a mid 80's model made by Westone. I think they are a English company, not even sure if you can still buy them in the states. But I also have a Schecter Diamond series that I think plays and sounds better than any Gibson or Fender...but then again the pickups are different too and its a matter of preference. I say go play as many different guitar as you can and buy what you like....not what your guitar hero plays!

    Sorry to drag it out so much....just annoying that many guitarist go for the name and the price tag just to brag about what they got. Seen it many times over the years.....
  3. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    Really? You're not supposed to do that? Uh oh...

    Oh, Eh, yeah, I wasn't going to do that...
    So if I told you I had a limitless budget, and wanted a lead guitar, for light stuff, no death metal, and a David Gilmour/Rory Gallagher-esque sound, what would you recommend?
    EDIT:On a totally unrelated note, what happened to Fiziks?
  4. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    My comments were not directed at you. I was just stating from experience.....The type of music you describe I would say a Fender strat. BUT.....for the money I would look at the Schecter diamond series. I think they are a well made instrument for the money. And work well for a variety of music. You never know...you may get into metal down the road! I once played in a Queensryche cover band and this was the guitar I always used. Plus if you dont like the pick-ups (mine has EMG's) just swap them out for something that has a warmer tone like a strat.

    i would also recommend you buy Nuendo and install it on your computer. Its an awesome program for writting music and mixing guitar tracks etc. Plus a good tool to learn to play with! But there are many other programs out there you may like as well. Some even free I believe.
  5. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    ahh, i've always enjoyed a pint of guinness!

    we actually have a similar situation here. i know several bands that have no bass player at all, and have been lookign for some time.

    my rythym guitarist, who happens to be 100% irish, has a les paul and will never play anything else. in his opinion, gibson's guitars are infinitely better than everything else. his les paul doesn't sound that bad, especially with a full stack to back it up. and jimmy page was a les paul guy...
  6. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    I might have to start learning bass...
    I would actually reckon that Les Pauls are better for rhythm, but then I remember Jimmy Page and no way was he a rhythm guitarist!
    Still, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and David Gilmour were Fender players, and that has to mean something.
    EDIT:woohoo just realised Fender's winning!
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I was wondering the same thing???
  8. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    Maybe...maybe we're not allowed talk about it. Did I mention how much I LOVE Techspot?
    Keeping (slightly) on topic, did anyone ever hear of Gary Moore? I just got one of his albums, he's good(and Irish :grinthumb ) But, he uses a Les Paul :evil:
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yeah. Gary Moore is amazing. He uses real heavy gauge strings and still manages to be lightening quick up and down the fretboard.

    I always liked him. He was brilliant in Thin Lizzy as well.

    Regards Howard :)
  10. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Yes Gordon....Keep quiet. We dont want the combine to come knock at our door!!

  11. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    :haha: the combine. I'm at the part(half life) where I've just got control of a squad of resistance, after the nova prospect thing. How far am I?
    And(still on topic) did he(Gary Moore) play dancing in the moonlight?
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    It runs in my mind that Gary Moore didn`t play dancing in the moonlight. He was only in Thin Lizzy in 1974 and then again in 1978-79 I think.

    Edit: Gary Moore doesn`t play Gibson guitars exclusively, he also plays Fenders as well.

    Regards Howard :)
  13. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    I have just listened, no forced myself to listen to the first three songs on Dark Side of the Moon. What the??? I don't understand it at all. It all sounds like it was created under the influence of some bad acid. Comfortably Numb and Money I liked, but this... this just worries me.
  14. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    No Stevie Ray Vaughn fans here??? lol....
  15. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Well said halo71.I was just going to say the same thing myself.Nobody ever got a better tone from a Strat than SRV.

    BTW EVERYBODY should listen to Gary Moore`s live version of "The Stumble"

    As for Fiziks, he`s still trying to tune his machine.
  16. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    i've always been a fender person myself but my epiphone playing friend is totally for gibson. he said that when he got his epiphone he tried out a gibson too (les paul) and there wasn't enough difference to spend all the extra money - about £1000!!!
    i was reading an old total guitar and they had a review for a strat with 2 humbuckers and they thought that it was better than a gibson les paul. if i had a choice between a les paul and an HH strat i'd go for the strat.
    fender basses are amazing though, so many bands use them because they're so good. i'm not even a bassist and i know they're some of the best basses you can get.
    but if someone walked up to me in the street and offered me a gibson then i wouldn't say no haha
    but it's fender for me, all the way :grinthumb
    even though for now i have to have a squier... but most of it's fender! :D
  17. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    On the subject of guitarist.....I never thought to much of John Mayer until I seen him in concert. You guys may want to check him out also.
  18. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    I'm still plugging Rory Gallagher, I should be paid for all this promotion :haha:
    I don't understand one thing about Gibson SG's, which one is the best? At least fender make an attempt to say which strat is the best. You have the standard strat(€700), then the American strat(€1200), and then the deluxe american strat(€1500). With the SG series, you have the standard, the special, the supreme(which you'd think is the best but it's not the most expensive), the menace, and a pile of other variations. I know I'm only working off the assumption that the more it costs, the better it is, but I haven't played all the guitars so this is all I have to go by.
  19. WinDoWsMoNoPoLy

    WinDoWsMoNoPoLy TS Rookie Posts: 252

    I own a Fender Telecaster and it really doesn't impress me, not a very rich sound to it. My friend's dad owns 3 Gibsons and god they blow mine away. But i would have to have the "best" of Gibson and Fender in front of me to play in order to compare to really make a decision.

    And if i'm correct Gibsons are known as the "rich man's guitar" due to the outrageous prices :p
  20. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    Yeah, but how much was your guitar, compared to his?
    I'd reckon a $1200 American Tele would beat any $2000 Gibson, but it depends on what sort of amp you're using as well.
  21. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    dark side of the moon is my favorite pink floyd album, and one of the most successul in history. i reccomend you listen two the whole thing, especially because the second to last track (brain damage) is the focus of the album.

    furthermore to the last comment about pricing, it should be known that fender musical instruments corp (FMIC) is a massive company that recently bought out SWR and has several other companies under its control. in the united states, fender has excellent control over the distribution systems as per thier special relationship with musicians friend/guiter center. so while gibson's models generally cost more in the united states, it is simply a way for FMIC to dominate the market. it should be noted thaty FMIC also has extensive lines of entry-level products so they can hook beginning players.
  22. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    ok...so I'm stuck up

    1 word:
    The American Series 60th Anniversary Stratocaster guitar represents 60 years of innovation.
    okay, okay
    12 or so words :slurp:


    Aint she pretty?

    US MSRP for the Stratocaster guitar models is $ 1,642.84 :eek:

    Oh'Yeah, Stevie Ray Vaughn!!!helicopter,,,,so sad
  23. dezomania90

    dezomania90 TS Rookie

    im an ESP guy but i like gibsons over fenders because its more heavy(the sound but it could go for the weight too) and i prefer humbuckers over single coil. I like slayer so im going for a heavy tone.
  24. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    That would annoy me if they were bad guitars, or I really liked Gibson, but they aren't and I don't. Plus, an american deluxe ash strat(which fender plugs as the best one) costs €1500 in waltons.ie, where the gibson sg standard(which, judging only by the name does not seem to be the best one) costs almost as much!(€1439) So it seems that Fender's control of your market is "protecting" you from Gibson :haha:
    I will. The album couldn't be so famous if it was so bad.
    and finally@SOcRatEs: What a guitar. I am seriously considering getting that or a deluxe american strat when I get the money. I think I'd get that purely because they won't be around forever.
  25. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    yes, i'd go with the american-made guitars over the mexican-made ones anyday. they might not seem that different, but the mexes are made to less exacting standards. this means that the frets are usually wider than the fingerboard is, so the little metal edges stick out just enough to tear up your fingers.

    most people think this isn't a big deal and buy the cheaper mexican guitar. but after a while those frets will feel bigger and bigger until your hand starts to tear up. for guys that play a guitar for a few hours a week, they probably won't have a problem.

    i have an american-made jazz bass and i am glad i decided to spend a bit of extra money, because i play my bass all the time (and sets that are typically 3-6 hours) the smoothness of the american-made guitar is really important to me.

    whatever you do, try before you buy!

    BTW, what amplifier do you have/plan to purchase?

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