ch1ng_chung
Registered User
Join date: May 2012
180 IQ
#1
I noticed some weird things with Gibson electrics.

Although they resonate quite well when played acoustically, they sound very "dead" when played through an amp. It's as if playing through a Gibson, particularly a Les Paul, eliminates the depth of the guitar sound, so all you get is an "in your face" tone with no subtle frequencies behind it.

Doesn't matter what amp you play through, the same thing happens, although it gets slightly better when you play through (very high-end) tube amps. That said, I would rather take a Stratocaster through a Pro Jr than a Les Paul through a Deluxe Reissue with reverb. If I took the Gibson I would sell that for a JEM and a Strat and just play those.

And also, Gibsons are strangely hard to play, even though they have a 24.75" scale length. I can play a Stratocaster with 12's, but I have a hard time playing a Gibson strung with 10's and even 9's. They look cool but feel like huge violins (with saw edges, if they're Les Pauls) and are incredibly awkward to balance on your leg.
B&J
Registered User
Join date: May 2010
80 IQ
#2
its a matter of taste, and a matter of practise. And a matter of getting used to. Ever tried a classical guitar? Now thats hard to play..
Ippon
Amped
Join date: Feb 2006
200 IQ
#4
Quote by ch1ng_chung
I noticed some weird things with Gibson electrics.

Although they resonate quite well when played acoustically, they sound very "dead" when played through an amp. It's as if playing through a Gibson, particularly a Les Paul, eliminates the depth of the guitar sound, so all you get is an "in your face" tone with no subtle frequencies behind it.

Doesn't matter what amp you play through, the same thing happens, although it gets slightly better when you play through (very high-end) tube amps. That said, I would rather take a Stratocaster through a Pro Jr than a Les Paul through a Deluxe Reissue with reverb. If I took the Gibson I would sell that for a JEM and a Strat and just play those.

And also, Gibsons are strangely hard to play, even though they have a 24.75" scale length. I can play a Stratocaster with 12's, but I have a hard time playing a Gibson strung with 10's and even 9's. They look cool but feel like huge violins (with saw edges, if they're Les Pauls) and are incredibly awkward to balance on your leg.

I find all of the above weird. You happen to prefer Strats and JEMs.