Six Strings

Six Strings

Six Stringed

In the world of American six string electrics two names have effortlessly risen above the throng of

nickel wound single coiled magnetic hardware: Gibson and Fender. Since the early 50's these two

companies have been battling for the throne as America's most coveted rock 'n' roll staple and guitarists

around the world have been plagued by the choice since there conception. Even if you are new to

music, or completely and utterly musically nescient, chances are you have heard the name, or at least

of the musicians that swear by these two American icons.

In the early 1900's Orville Gibson found the Gibson Guitar Corp. in Michigan. Originally his

mission was to make instruments strictly in the mandolin family. By 1930, Gibson Guitar Corp. was

putting into production flat top acoustic guitars as well as the first hollow body electric (“Corporate

Press Kit."). All was well for Orville and his coveted hollow body electric until a rival instrument

company made the release of the world’s first successful solid body electric guitar. In 1948, Leo Fender

released the revolutionary Fender Telecaster (Gearhead). In an effort to stay relevant the Gibson Guitar

corp. brought in a well-known jazz guitarist named Les Paul. The collaboration between Paul and

Gibson resulted in the Gibson Les Paul. Just as his rival did, Leo Fender recognized the need to come

back with an equally ground breaking retort. The first Fender Stratocaster was released in 1954 (“The

History Of”). Much like the mighty Les Paul, the Stratocaster took its place in guitar history. So which

is better?

Despite my opinion, historical rivalry, and the never ending vocal eruption of guitar geeks (like

myself) on the world wide web, there is no correct answer. However, this comparison will attempt to

give a full in depth profile of the most used models of the two. We will take the Gibson Les Paul and

the Fender Stratocaster in account...

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