Who has won the electric guitar design battle war? Have your say!

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by 5F6-A, Dec 15, 2019.

What style of guitar making is currently "king"?

  1. Fender

    179 vote(s)
    50.7%
  2. Fender -ish (e.g. Suhr)

    52 vote(s)
    14.7%
  3. Gibson

    53 vote(s)
    15.0%
  4. Gibson -esque (e.g. PRS)

    22 vote(s)
    6.2%
  5. Other (e.g. Ibanez)

    34 vote(s)
    9.6%
  6. None. Electric guitar is dead.

    13 vote(s)
    3.7%
  1. 5F6-A

    5F6-A Member

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    After so many decades of popular music that has been, by and large, unimaginable without the ubiquitous role of the electric guitar, which company/style is the current king of electric guitars. Fender? Gibson? None? Other? Please vote.

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  2. Ps28

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    Fenderrrrrr
     
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  3. FenderBigot

    FenderBigot Supporting Member

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    Strats still feel right in my hands after 30-ish years. I can manage with a tele too. Gibbys still feel awkward to me. :dunno
     
  4. Brewski

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    Ibanez RG series (you can choose strat layout or LP or any combo in between) - the necks feel better and they can do pretty much anything and always stay in tune - in any weather conditions (played outside in 37 degrees and 25mph winds - tuned twice for the entire gig) and outside in 97 degree start (then we had a mega thunderstorm before we started) and 87 degrees - tuned it at 97 and it stayed in tune the rest of the gig.

    A true tank. oh - I paid $250.00 used and dropped seymour duncan in the bridge.
     
  5. Brewski

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    BTW - I do not consider my PRS Custom 24 Gibson esque. It's more like an Ibanez without a stay in tune bridge with an ever better feeling neck.

    They sound thinner than the Ibanez RG's tho - or more articulate - depends on how you look at it and what type of music you are playing with it
     
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  6. Alchemist XP

    Alchemist XP Silver Supporting Member

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    I think we exaggerate the "differences" between one electric guitar and another when, in reality, they're all pretty similar.

    The exception to that is the guitars with the digital style pickups where each string can be transformed into whatever digital sound you can imagine. Those are radically different.
     
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    tonegangster Silver Supporting Member

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    Nothing like a great slab of mahogany!
     
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  8. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Member

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    None. Many great designs making much great music.

    That option not being present in your poll, I abstained.
     
  9. RRfireblade

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    There's never been less of a true King, anytime before now....
     
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  10. 9fingers

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    For me ergonomics is king, hence Strat or a refined version thereof (Suhr, etc).
     
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    Not sure if it counts as having won, but the Suhr style modern Strat design sure is the hot thing right now.

    It doesn't hurt that they're incredible instruments and serious lookers.
     
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    Can we have a poll option with 'It's a big wide world with room for everybody'?
     
  13. dspellman

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    I don't think the design war (assuming there is one) is over.
    My next guitar will be a headless multi-scale.

    Sales don't correlate to design superiority, but they may indicate a sheep mentality when it comes to guitarists.
     
  14. Artie Fisk

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    Fender. For me, at least, their offsets are the perfect design, both aesthetically and ergonomically. Jazzmaster FTW!
     
  15. Magnets And Melodies

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    Nothing beats the design or sound of a '59 Les Paul. In my mind that was when it all came to an end - nothing has improved upon it after that.
     
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    I voted Gibson-Esque. I picked up an I-35 after my divorce finalized. Just felt and sounded so right at first play. I was actually in the shop to check a 360, I couldn’t deny how this one picked me. There no winning the war, only your personal mission.
     
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    3940bigdaddy Supporting Member

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    If were talking design the Stratocaster is the king. Styling and ergonomics nothing beats it. Lots of newer guitars are derived from the Strat.
     
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  18. DrumBob

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    This will boil down to what's your favorite guitar. I don't think most people will be objective.
     
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    I've played just over 30 different serial numbers of '59s over the last 10 years. I guess I'm a bit underwhelmed, especially compared to the mythology that's sprouted around them. I think that the design of the Les Paul is a bit clunky in the first place, especially if you want to play higher on the neck. I've currently got LPs that have neck-through construction, carved neck/body junctions, tummy cuts and other design refinements to allow consistent tuning accuracy when used with modern bending and vibrato, and easier fretting with larger frets, wider nut widths and flatter radius fretboards. I don't think the "If it was good enough for..." mindwarp serves, given the lack of options those guitar gods had, and certainly the ergonomics aren't optimal.

    I certainly sympathize with those who cling to their icons, and while I appreciate the guitar as it was, it's just not my personal best choice.
     
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  20. FLYING V 83

    FLYING V 83 Gibson Geezer Silver Supporting Member

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    Hard Rock Casino chose the Les Paul for their building design.
    Good enough evidence for me. ;):D
     
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