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Why do people like Fender Guitars?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by FightLikeAnimals, Jul 10, 2020.

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  1. FightLikeAnimals

    FightLikeAnimals Supporting Member

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    I’ve had 2 strats and a tele before and I’ve played Custom Shop and masterbuilt fenders, even played a 66 Jaguar which was my favorite ironically. But I do not get the hype with Fender.

    I’m a Gibson guy through and through, and I like PRS, Danocaster, Sadowsky for Teles, and even had a LaRose of all things that was pretty good once, but I just cannot get into Fenders!

    Can someone explain the hype?
     
  2. Hari Seldon

    Hari Seldon Member

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    I guess, no. Because the question is so pointless.
     
  3. shane8

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    not really hype

    it's history + brand familiarity

    fender make good guitars at all price points

    if ya don't like em there's never been more alternatives
     
  4. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    There it is.

    For me, I started with a Gibson LP and always liked LP style guitars, but the first time I played a Stratocaster standing up and wearing a strap the only way I can describe the experience is to say that it felt like "home."
     
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    :band <--- because of the guitar in this trio.

    Any other guitar wouldn't have had the same impact.

    You're welcome.
     
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    elegant simplicity, great sound, easily replaceable parts, lots of my heroes growing up played them
     
  7. PatrickE_FenderADV

    PatrickE_FenderADV Supporting Member

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    “Well... that’s just like your opinion man”

    To the OP... I can’t play Gibsons, they never feel right in my hands. Zero hype in Fender guitars in my world view, but it’s clear you’re predisposed to believing there’s some sort of internet plot out there to displace your personal preference. :dunno
     
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    Play whatever you want.
    Interesting though, almost every brand makes a strat and/or tele copy of sorts. It's about sound, comfort, aesthetics, etc.

    edit - So is it really hype? I think it's more natural selection.
     
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    Maybe they don't cost enough for you? If you taped the cash difference between a fender tele and Sadowsky tele copy to the top of the tele would "the hype" be clear?


    I've always been completely mystified by the fondness for les pauls, myself. But I've noticed over time that different people prefer different things.
     
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    When you have more playing experience, OP, then you'll see all guitars are tools for making music and every quality guitar has something to offer. There's no need to join a 'team'.
    If you don't understand Fender but will play a Sadowsky Telecaster then you're more affected by "hype" than you think.
     
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    Bingo! :aok
     
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    Tommy Biggs Silver Supporting Member

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    I love the way they sound and the way they play. I like that they are pretty indestructible. They fit and hang nicely when playing.
    I like the Strat Trem best of all trems I've played, and to me the Strat neck pickup tone is the best of all the neck pickups.
    I love the Tele bridge pickup attack, and how perfectly it softens up with a simple flip of the switch to the middle postion.

    I also love my Les Paul, and would be quite willing to enter a relationship with some other Gibson Solids, Hollow and Semi Hollow guitars.

    I'm not so sure about hype, but they make some pretty great guitars. You prefer others? Thats's fine - but not understanding the appeal is odd.
     
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    flume Gold Supporting Member

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    I was an avowed Gibson player with a few others along the way like Hamer and Music Man and PRS but last year, tried The Edge Stratocaster and “home” is exactly how it felt. That started a ball rolling of discovering all the sounds I’ve been having tons of fun with ever since; and more to come. Yes, that’s an oblique answer to an obtuse question by design.
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    Because they stay in tune.

    Try that with your fancy Gibson.
     
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    The hype?

    Are you a time traveler from 1952?
     
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    Maybe because back in the day, Fenders were pro quality guitars that we kids with our part time minimum wage jobs could actually aspire to own if we saved our money unlike Gibsons which were always priced way beyond our means.
     
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    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Sick burn.
     
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    I never really wanted a Strat. Had les Paul’s and PRSs. Then I saw a nice deluxe, and pulled the trigger. I love the way it feels when I play, but am not as impressed with the tone of the single pickups. But you know, i now play it as much as the others.
     
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    I love the way they play and sound. Very distinctive tones . I love the way they feel in my hands ,but I also love my Gibsons for those same reasons.
     
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  20. Carlo

    Carlo Gold Supporting Member

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    I've always been a Gibson guy especially Les Pauls.
    Way back in 1972 when I was in high school and already playing for a number of years, a bass player who I respected said to me that once I "Got" the Strat, I would "Understand"!
    I saved some money and bought a '63 Strat.
    It made me play a different way than the Les Paul did!
    If the LP was a suit, the Strat was my most comfortable pair of jeans and t- shirt!
    I played the Strat looser, funkier, more soulful and honest!
    It was like you could hang back on the LP and rely on its' sustain, where with the Strat not so much.
    Over the years on every recording I've played on I have always played a Strat.
    Not really answering your question, but your question brought me back to that moment in 1972 and I thank you for that!
     
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