Stratocaster vs. Les Paul

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  1. 1962FenderStrat

    1962FenderStrat Senior Member

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    This has probably discussed a million times, but which guitar would choose if you had to choose one of above, and why?

    I'd go with the Strat any day of the week, and that's because I find it much more versatile than the Les Paul. Also, the clean sparkly sound you could never get out of the LP, on the other hand you can't get those fat in-your-face power chords riffs on the Strat.
     
  2. SW33THAND5

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    first of all...there is no WRONG answer. that being said...

    i have owned a few les pauls and always went back to the strat as my #1 guitar. i can do anything well and most things exceptionally. i prefer single coils (yes, along with their lovely noise!) and i use a trem bar quite a lot.
     
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    Les Paul with coil-splitting every time.
     
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    I too would take the Strat, Musically, it is a more versatile instrument, and that is probably the biggest reason. The second reason is, when I look at it, I don't think about Henry J and all of the BS that he has brought to Gibson.
     
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    I've been finding the shorter scale on the Lester to be much more comfortable lately.

    So much so that I listed the Strato in the Emporium, with the Tele perhaps soon to follow.

    Too bad about that missing quacktone, though.
     
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    Don't do it! You'll regret that later on. I have a few friends that realized that "they're not Strat-guys anymore" and sold their Strats and then regretting it.
     
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    Yeah, I've been there before. For some reason this time it's my fingers that are speaking to me instead of my head & ears.

    Maybe I'll try to build a 24" scale Jag-Strato and give that a go. :huh
     
  8. Craig Walker

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    My favorite guitar is my LP, but for what I do I'd probably pick the strat.
     
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    P90 Les Paul for me :)
     
  10. AllmanFan

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    Ive always loved the look of les pauls a little more. But nothing can touch a great strat when it is properly setup. Add the relic and the weight difference and strats win by a landslide.
     
  11. binge

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    Having owned two Strats and a Les Paul I can definitely say Stratocaster.
     
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    strat forever, zero doubt, it's not even my choice. It's part of me like a gibson can never be, and i love gibsons.
     
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    Stratocaster without a doubt. I would never own or play any guitar with bindings, and the general shape of the Les Paul is uncomfortable to me.
     
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    I would take a Strat with a humbucker in the bridge if I could only have one. Good thing we don't have to make that decision.
     
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    I have a good Strat, and a nice les paul. One day I'll have to sell of my stuff and keep one guitar, it'll be my Tele.
     
  16. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    If I could only have one guitar. It'd be a Tele...

    Between LP and strat, LP for sure, for me. I no longer own strats.
     
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    LP, either w/HBs or P-90s.

    If I want Fender sounds I prefer Tele to Strat.
     
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    I took a strat over a Les Paul and SG with P90's for my only guitar that can cop every tone I need.
     
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    They are like the two most amazing instruments and preferably both. I would have a strat, but the question is kinda like those "which way would you rather die" questions, you shouldnt ever be constrained
     
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    Les Paul. I like Gibsons, I prefer their neck scale and the feel of their necks. Fenders have never felt comfortable to me.
     

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