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Classic guitars: Fender or Gibson?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Alvaro Martín Gómez A., Jul 6, 2005.

  1. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Hi everybody.

    Speaking of electric guitars, these two brands have been consistently present from long time ago, and both of them have their own qualities. I'd like to know which one do you prefer, trying to be very general. I mean, It doesn't matter to me if it's a Stratocaster, Telecaster, Les Paul, SG... just your preference on these two venerable brands. I go for Gibsons. Not only because of their looks, but because that's the sound I associate with my favorite players. Besides, Gibson guitars have a shorter scale length than Fenders, which result in a less twangy sound and easier string bendings. Of course there are great examples of the Fender sound, being Stevie Ray Vaughan my favorite, but I feel more sympathy for Gibsons, anyway. Something that I've been curious is why Gibson couldn't put in the market a bass as respectable as a Les Paul guitar. Of course there are the well-known Thunderbirds, but Gibson basses haven't had such an impact compared with Fenders. Thanks for voting!
  2. Fender for me thank you. Fat Strat Texas Special to be precise. Two extra wound single coils and a Pearly Gates humbucker. Yummy tone for miles.
  3. Matt Call

    Matt Call Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    Gibson. Even though I love the sound of a tele w/ hot pickups. I've just associated Gibson with greatness ever since playing guitar. I just love the way that the action is on them (err... mine?). I enjoy Les Pauls and ES-335s greatly. Plus, humbuckers. Man... humbuckers. Revolutionary.

    EDIT: Fender Thinline Teles are my favorite Fender model if that means anything. And they have humbuckers...
  4. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Forgot to mention (and just in case): I don't play guitar! It's just that I also like and respect this instrument so much.
  5. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    I love the gibson sound.
  6. Didn't even consider the 335s and hollowbody Gibsons. No fair! I may have to change my vote....
  7. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    You haven't voted yet... :)
  8. Oh yeah, I just spoke my opinion. Very similar to election time here in the USA. Off to the polls...
  9. Gibson all the way. Fenders , no matter what, always sound way too thin to me. Though I also have a soft spot for Gretsch Guitars. :)
  10. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    All my favorite Rock/Metal guitarists use Gibsons. Matt Pike, Jimi Paige, Cream-era Clapton, Tim Sult. Shoot I don't even mind if Zak Wylde uses them (plays boring metal riff with a million artificial harmonics) :bassist:

    The Tele is the sound for country. Though I often prefer more old-tymey, quasi bluesgrass/acoustic country.
  11. AB53211


    Apr 15, 2004
    Gibson guitars > Fender guitars
    Fender basses > Gibson basses
  12. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    I voted Gibson. IMO, having the 335s really helps close the deal. The LP & SG are great on their own, but factor in that they also make the 335. They win-if we're only including Gibson Branded and Fender Branded guitars......not the other brands that the companies own.

    I do have a spot for Fenders, but if forced to chose-i pick Gibson for Guitars.

    That's all
  13. Eli M.

    Eli M. Life's like a movie, write your own ending

    Jul 24, 2004
    New York, NY
    Between the two, my choice is definitely Gibson. Not the Les Paul, but the ES-335 and the other guitars like it. Solidbody guitars never did anything for me.

    One day, when I can justify buying myself an electric guitar, it will be either a Gibson or a Gretsch. One of my favorites was a Gretsch 6120 that my father used to play in the 60's and that my older brother now owns.
  14. I prefer the Gibson HH tone and love the look of the Les Paul, so it gets my vote. However, the Strat is a terrific playing guitar. My guitarist has a Les Paul and a MIA Strat, and the Strat just feels better (and lighter). Teles are amazing as well.
  15. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Definitely Fender (I'm more of a clean-channel, single coil guy).

    I do like the Gibson ES-335/355/etc, though.
  16. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    I was a strat guy for years,but my last electric was a 335, and that was it!
  17. +1
  18. justateenpoet

    justateenpoet Have you...killed the Venture brothers!?!?

    May 14, 2005
    I've personally always dug Fender guitars. I own an American strat that I use for playing bluesy type stuff, and I've always liked the tone (the 5 way pickup switch doesn't hurt either).

    On the other hand, Gibson Flying V's have always caught my eye...even though they're beastly trying to play sitting down ;)
  19. I figured you were primarily considering solid body electric guitars, so I voted Fender. I love my Strat and my Tele. They are simple, foolproof, cheap, very useful in a bar fight and the tone is pure and sweet with Fralins and Rio Grandes. I am not a fan of solid body humbucker guitars. Now an older Les Paul with P-90s, or any guitar with P-90s would get my vote. Most Les Pauls and SGs are too muddy for me and the Les Pauls weigh more than my bass.

    However, I would love to have a Gibson Super 400, L5 or Johnny Smith. Merle Travis played a Super 400, Wes Montgomery played an L5 and Johnny Smith, of course, played a Johnny Smith model. If only I had one of those guitars, my playing would be on a par with my heros. Currently I am lusting after an older Gretsch in my favorite shop so I can play just like Chet. Sarcasm aside, I really do love those three Gibsons.
  20. Isn't a classic guitar one with nylon strings? ;)