Which can get funkier, SG or Les Paul?

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  1. mediocreplayer

    mediocreplayer Member

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    Looking at tribute guitars, so think P90s.

    I am assuming the SG can be made to sound a little thinner and funkier than the Paul? Of course, there is an example somewhere of someone making the Paul do all kinds of funky things, but I am just wondering if there is a consensus?

    Edit: I already have Fenders and they do that job well. They can do other things very well too. So I am wondering if the Gibsons can also have a myriad of uses in various genres.
     
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    duaneallen Supporting Member

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    Depends who's playing it.
     
  4. twoheadedboy

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    I think the SG works a little better.
     
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    +1. But for what its worth, I recently purchased the 60's LP tribute with P90s. With the baked maple fretboard it is punchy! Much more so than my other LP with P90s and rosewood fretboard. I like it a lot. You won't have any trouble getting some funky tones out of it and if you are more of a fender person you'll really have an appreciation for this guitar.
     
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    I play a lotta funk on a Les Paul
     
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    Really if you get the electronics right, for example a two humbucker with coil cuts and even a phase switch- you could get really funky with both- .

    Remember that a phase switch with two independent volumes allows out of phase but still letting one pickup dominate a little or a lot - you can control how "notched" out it is.

    I think an LP will be more versatile and have slightly better cleans ( more body resonance to work with ), but it really depends on pickups and wiring.
     
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    musicofanatic5 Supporting Member

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    Precisely! Utterly dependent on the funkiness of the whiteboy operator!
     
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    Wow! No that's a work horse!!
     
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    SGs got more bite IMO
     
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    Funk comes from the player, not the gear. A funky tone is in the ear of the beholder.
     
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    :agree

    I play funky stuff all the time on my les paul. Although I usually prefer a strat style guitar because of the quacky hollow sound that comes from the 2 and 4 positions, funk is about how to attack the strings. I can get a funky tone on an acoustic if i want to. Although I'm partial to les paul's, an sg will suit you just fine. Goodluck!
     
  16. greggorypeccary

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    This. And I must also add that The Funk is its own reward.
     
  17. Bankston

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    I seem to recall the guitarist in Stevie Wonder's band in the 70's played an LP Custom.
     
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    I have a Faded SG, and 50s Tribute Les Paul, both have humbuckers but I would say the SG for sure.
     
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    I would say the Sg too, the other choice being a Les Paul.
     
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    LP's may be many things, but funky does not come to mind.
     

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