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. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    Are you serious?? lol.......yeah he played a little bit....

    If I am correct....the Fender Squires are Jap models, they cost much less than the American made ones, but are still very good guitars....
  2. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    Yup I was dead serious, I've never heard him :blush: I suppose that's next on the to do list, that and get some Dire Straits albums.
  3. TonyGuitar

    TonyGuitar TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Dire Straights? get Neck & neck

    If you like Knoppfler, Neck & Neck with Mark & Chet is excellect for practice play - along.

    Santana*s Black Magic Woman and Aye Como Va = play along

    BB King - The Thrill is gone. Easy with Cm 1/2 up the neck.

    SRV can be a challange... great stuff though.

    JJ Kale [like the seaweed] Crazy Momma = All his stuff is fun to play along with.... Sounds simple at first, but there are some odd haunting values in JJ Kale. Top names have covered him and sold millions. Check used LP stores for his albums. TG
  4. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    You will not be dissapointed with SRV!!! I've got all his CD's and a few of his DVD's. You should get the one where he played for the last time on Austin City Limits before his death! I bet I have watched that DVD a 100 times. He does a MOST impressive version on Hendrix's Vodoo Chile.....makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up every time I hear and see it! lol

    If you like blues...I can assure you, you will like that DVD!!!!
  5. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    Ok, I'll definitely get something of his. TonyGuitar, thanks for the recommendations, I'm trying to listen to a lot of different stuff, and that definitely fits the bill. For you two, I've got some recommendations too, Gary Moore(blues) Rory Gallagher(rock/blues), both Irish :grinthumb
    Wooo I'm finished school for the summer, a lot more time to play guitar :grinthumb Just learned the solo in Red Hot Clili Peppers "I could have lied" but probably need a similar setup to John Fruscante to get the same feeling out of it. Ah well, it can only make me better...
    EDIT:Gibson's winning :eek:
  6. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    Well, here she is;
    I went for a fender 60th anniversary strat cause of the whole limited edition thing, so hopefully it'll be worth more and rarer in a while.
    Plays-like-a-dream :grinthumb Only annoyance (just a small one) is some buzz on the third string but apart from that the whole tone is just what I wanted, which is lucky, cause I found it on eBay for about €850. The asking price in Dublin for one of these is €1500!!! But customs screwed me around a bit so I ended up paying just over a grand for it, but I'm far from complaining :D
    Here's the headstock
    Now all I have to do is get a good amp...
    Apologies for the sidewaysness :eek:
  7. mscott00

    mscott00 TS Rookie Posts: 60

    My friend has two Les Pauls and he just sold his Joe Satriani Chrome Dipped guitar. He's also an amazing guitar player...
  8. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    He'd want to be, to justify owning two les pauls! Get some pictures of them, that'd be cool, if a little sickening :D
    Maybe when I become the president of the world, maybe then I could afford two les pauls...
  9. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    have you picked out an amp yet?
  10. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    Boy, never thought I'd see this kind of debate here.. hehe.

    Well, as Im a long-time bassist, I lean way towards Fender as far a basses go. Gibson basses are just..bleh.

    I have a 1980 Fender Precision, and 1975 Fender Jazz... both very customized (full active on the jazz, brass-nut, custom bridge, and various other tweaks across both).

    As far as electric guitars go.. I cant believe any *good* guitarist would be picking between the two since you truly need both for versatility.

    Fender strats/tele's have that clean, thinner tinge with a lot of good feeling overtones, but do need a lot of work to be perfect... talking USA Fenders of course as the Japanese and Mexican models of years past were really a joke IMO.

    Gibsons have that incredible sustain, warmth, depth and dynamics of tone along with great playability out of the case/stock.

    I've never known a pro/studio guitarist that didn't have at least one of each and used which was best suited to the tone/sound they were looking for. Quite frankly, I don't believe you can compare them as same-same due to the mass variety of tone/overtone and feel of both.

    I guess if you HAD to choose one, the choice would really be determined by what music styles/tone you were looking for...
  11. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    I was going to go with something expensive but then I'm saving up to get a ps3 when they come out :D , so I think I'll go with a vox AD15VT and this ****-kicking pedal here
    What do you think? I won't need any more power than that yet but if you think it's not good enough for the strat say so and I'll get something better.

    Sharkfood, the only thing I mean by the poll is who actually makes better guitars, but at the time of this thread's creation I was unaware of the price difference between the two :eek: It's a big factor I suppose and I hope Gibson make better guitars 'cause they cost a hell of a lot more.
    Putting the boot in! Well let's say I'm not rich like you, and I have a grand five hundred in my pocket, and I want to get a guitar. I'd get a deluxe American strat, but maybe you'd get a gibson sg. Why? Cause you'd think it's
    better, for one reason or another, and then you'd vote gibson on the poll. That's all I meant by the poll. Funny too that you have two fenders (very nice btw) and you prefer Gibson! Personally I think Gibsons are very overpriced and don't have as much versatility as a deluxe hss strat let's say.
    But it's split down the middle if you look at famous guitarists, and I never saw
    Hendrix whipping out a lp mid-gig, so was he not a good guitarist? :p
  12. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    having used both digitech and dunlop pedals for both guitar and basses, i can say that digitech has NOTHING on the original cry baby. i'd get that before anything else!

    vox does make solid guitar amps. just make sure that you're getting an all-tube model. for playing in a group (which everyone should to improve thier skills) you'll need a 60 watt minimum all-tube amp or a 120 watt minimum solid-state.

    if you can't afford any of the all-tube models remember that a tube power amp will produce at least twice as much power than a solid-state amp of the same wattage.
  13. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    Yup I just ordered that vox ad15vt, should be here on the 18th. Seeing as I'm not in a band at the moment I decided I'd just get that to muck around with for a while. When I eventually need something louder, I'll go with a hot rod deluxe.
    I was also thinking of picking up a bass guitar and learning it too, is it much different from playing guitar?
  14. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i play bass, but i didn't play guitar first. most guitar players find basses difficult to play at first because of the much wider spacing of the frets. bass is best enjoyed with a powerful amp ;)
  15. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    I might give it a shot. Know any good starter bass guitars?
  16. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    i like fender but i think gibson has more to choose from. i would like to buy a new fender but cant afford it, so i have to make do with a yamaha pacifica.not a bad guitar but its unamplified sound isn.t anywhere near as good as fender or les paul.
  17. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    good basses? yamaha makes some cheap but good beginner models. but i'd go to a local shop and see if you can get something good used.
  18. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 420

    I ended up going with a vox ad15vt, cause it's quiet enough and I'd heard good things. I love it. Tomrca, I've heard good things about those yamaha's too, for the price, and why would you play it un-amped?:D Annoy some people!
    Zephead, if I get one, I'd be getting it online. You wouldn't believe how much I'd get ripped off here. Lakland eh? I'll look into it. Thanks.
  19. dazzer9535

    dazzer9535 Banned Posts: 117

    They both have different sounds tbh but I personally prefer Gibson sounds much crisper to me. :)
  20. Teaser261

    Teaser261 TS Rookie Posts: 121

    As a part time working bass player, The Gibson is a great overall rock-n-roll axe. When playing classic rock covers, it can immitate alot of great bands sounds with only one guitar player. The Strat, how ever, has an unmistakable blues sound, even if heavily effected. SRV, Blackmore,Clapton and the likes have a signature tone that is all Fender
    I prefer the Fender P-Bass special deluxe, but I am a bass player.

    www.rockwithteaser.com checkit out
  21. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i made a mistake, which i corrected by editing my post. i meant yamaha but ended up writing lakland because i guess i was thinking about them at the time.

    lakland specializes in high end custom built basses for famous musicians. thier cheapest one starts at $3500 (USD). i apologize for the mixup.

    back to the point, many a bass player started out on yamaha bass guitars. they do not have killer tone or very impressive looks, but thier general playability and low price makes them a good choice for a beginning player.

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