misdemeanorDNR wrote:I admit, it took me a looooong time to warm up to Fender. I never liked Strats when I started playing and I always viewed their amps as tacky and cheap….
I own a LP Custom too, it is great for certain things and plays like butter.
However, once I really started getting into the blues I looked at my favorite players and they all played Strats. I thought what is it about a Strat??
Now that I'm a good enough player there really is no comparison. I love the thin, airy tone I get when playing open chords and the tonal variations are so much more. Les Paul has great tone on the bridge pup, but that's about it. A Strat with great pups, literally gives you 5 different tone. The notes are so much clearer and articulate. Sure it's fun to plug the LP into the Marshall or Mesa and play some screaming, shreddy lead…but IMO you can't really get that low volume, soulful playing like you can on a Strat.
There is something undeniably recognizable and sweet about a well played Fender Strat through a nice Fender Twin or Deluxe. I own different guitars and some good amps…but my main squeeze is my Strat played through my Twin. Fender amps were made for Fender Strats…they just sing.
A friend once said to me: "Once you play Strat, you never go bat"
I played Pauls, Epiphone big box "F" holes, Gibson slim line "F" holes , Gretch "F" holes, and a myriad of others. I have a 3 pickup Gibson SG, had a Firebird, Had a flying V (Ibanez) and played about everything in between when I did all the repair for the area music stores.
I didn't pick up a Strat until about 25 years after I thought I had quit playing for good. A friend began sending guitars to me to get me to play again. When I set up my first real "Strat" I could never go back.
The sound is far from thin on any of my Strats, in fact it is far punchier on the bottom and top end than my Pauls. Granted the Pauls have a more muddy mid range sound, but I love the "you can hear every little mistake" sound that a Start has. I keep an American Telecaster around but seldom play it. I have two SG's and two Pauls, and two arch tips. They seldom come out of their cases. Although I do take them out occasionally when I feel like slumming.
It is all a matter of personal taste and picking style. You tend to play what makes you sound the best. I'd rather play a great sounding guitar with an "iffy" neck than a guitar with a great playing neck with a crappy sound.
But that's just me.