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    Default Guitar Wars: Fender vs. Gibson

    Which brand holds the title to most iconic guitarists? Most icons use both, but each has a primary brand.
    I vote Gibson, and here's why:

    B.B. King
    Jimmy Page
    Tony Iommi
    Alex Lifeson
    Rik Emmett
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    Gibson, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obieone View Post
    I vote Gibson, and here's why:

    B.B. King
    Jimmy Page
    Tony Iommi
    Alex Lifeson
    Rik Emmett
    True, but

    David Gilmour
    Eric Clapton
    Rory Gallagher
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Jimi Hendrix

    make a good case for Fender.
    My humble setup...

    ...is no more.

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    Fender all the way. I've played many Gibson's before, never owned one, but they just didn't have that "feel" to me that many Fenders have had that I have owned over the years. Though now days I prefer something along the line of vintage Kramer, Charvel or ESP. I do still have a custom made strat a friend made that is my goto guitar.

    And I agree with above....those guys are some of my favs and they play Fender. Some other favs like Mustaine an DeGarmo play or played ESP though.
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    I'm in the middle.

    Having owned an Epiphone Les Paul (I know not a true Gibson) and a Fender Strat. I really like the strat which I have currently, but do miss playing the Les Paul which I sold.

    So how about a vote for each.
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    For me, it's Fender all the way, in particular the Telecaster baby!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick88 View Post
    For me, it's Fender all the way, in particular the Telecaster baby!!

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    Some of my babies.....




    A body I was building but never finished. Body is solid mahogany.


    Kramer's


    Kramer's
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    Quote Originally Posted by hochpt21 View Post
    We want some pics of your babies!
    Here are a few of my favorites:

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    I've always preferred the tone of a Strat.

    Both brands have giants playing their guitars and both can make awesome music.

    But if push comes to shove, I love me some Strat...
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    Icons:

    Jimmy Page - Gibson? Played a Telecaster on much of Zep's studio stuff, including on the solo to "Stairway To Heaven".

    Clapton - Fender? Played a Les Paul with Cream...

    Gilmour - Fender? Seen a number of vids with him playing a Les Paul lately, and used one for the "Brick In The Wall" solo... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U22OeyKSKMw

    Knopfler - Fender? Gibson? Lots of both, especially with later Dire Straits and his solo stuff.

    Different tools for different jobs.
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    I like both and some of my favorite guitarists play both. There's just something about SRV wailing on a Strat however......

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    Come on guys (and gals), this thread needs more PICS...

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    "Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music." ~ Ronald Reagan

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    Don't forget Carlos Santana and Pete Townshend! They both play a Gibson. My B-day present to my son last year was a new guitar. I let him try the Fender Strat and the Tele (both American made), but he simply fell in love with the American made Gibson SG with humbucker pickups. He's played that guitar an hour a day since it came home on December 31st, and I never get tired of listening to him play! Not to downplay the Fender, but I think the Mahogany body of the SG makes a huge difference in the sound.

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    I had a cherry red SG, Angus Young played one, Tony Iommi , and Frank Zappa played one, so Gibson it is.

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    Did I mention that I am a huge Tele (and Keefe) fan??!!

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    I can find something to like in just about any guitar but for me, Fender Telecaster. Mine is so tonally versatile and
    dead easy to play. Modern Fender necks are just so playable, 9.5" radius, satin finish on the back, comfortable shape. Some nights I can't put it down.
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    Can't we all just get along?

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    Strat with Marshall stacks x 4

    add Robin Trower to the Fender list please
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)

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    Soon to add an EVH 5150 III FSR 100 watt head and EVH III Cab
    Love the twangy sound of my Strat but hard to beat the heavy metal sound of my Carvin
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    Nice gear-- are the amps ss or tubed? Pardon my ignorance.
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)

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    Thanks George! LOL no pardon needed! The TRRI uses 6 preamp tubes (4 x 12AX7, 2 X 12AT7) and 4 output tubes (4 x 6L6) with a solid state rectifier. The Vox uses a single 12ax7 preamp tube and the rest is ss, but it is a very nice modeling amp. The TRRI probably is the cleanest sounding amp that fender makes and boy does it have power to spare. I have on order Name:  13379655945150FSRHalfStack.jpg
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    For me it's both they sound different and each has it's place. But there is only 1 amp for me:

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    Very nice amp Mikey!!
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    Actually too their are other fine guitars out there: PRS - Santana, Music Man John Petrucci and Steve Morse. I kinda like guitars that have both single coils and humbuckers or humbuckers that you can split coils with (ala Jimmy Page)
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    Sooooo not a clear winner here. My initial instinct was to say this is a Chevy vs Ford battle, but it's really more like a BMW vs Mercedes battle. There is no wrong answer, both have OUTSTANDING products. Just comes down to taste or application.
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    Eddie Van Halen ( Made his own from a Fender Strat)
    Jimmy Hendricks
    Eric Clapton
    Al Di Meola

    I could list many but do you really need anymore then that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mantis View Post
    Eddie Van Halen ( Made his own from a Fender Strat)
    Jimmy Hendricks
    Eric Clapton
    Al Di Meola

    I could list many but do you really need anymore then that?
    EVH's Frankenstrat was pieced together by this guy. Paul Unkert a master luthier from my hometown.
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