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How different is the feel of the neck between these two guitars? I have heard that the strings on a les paul is slacker than a strat? Is this true? Based on pics alone it seems like lp have a flatter fretboard than a strat. The reason is because I am getting a epiphone lp custom next month, but meanwhile I can't get to try it out myself. So I would like to hear from you guys first. Thanks!
#2
depends on the specific model, but the short answer would be "a lot". some more modern strats have a flatter fretboard radius... probably still a little rounder than a LP though.

strings (of the same gauge) should be slightly slacker on a LP, yeah.
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#3
strings are slinkier or slacker as you put it on a lp because the scale length is shorter
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depends on the specific model, but the short answer would be "a lot". some more modern strats have a flatter fretboard radius... probably still a little rounder than a LP though.

strings (of the same gauge) should be slightly slacker on a LP, yeah.


i agree with this.
this answer can greatly change based on the specific models you compare however
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^ yeah, definitely.
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#10
My MIA fender and LP have the same radius. If you get a vintage spec it may have the rounder radius. The 10s on my LP feel the same a set of 9s on my strat. So yes there is a noticable difference in feel. Not bad just different. There just such different guitars its hard to compare em. And the upper fret access is alot better on a strat.
#11
les pauls have a thicker crunchier sound than strats, i think that humbuckers r better than single coils but strats r brilliant still
#12
Yeah, strats are known for having higher string tension and thus, harder bending. Its part of what gives them that snappy tone. A les paul also has a chunkier neck that's covered in paint and gloss. The fat round body vs the thin contoured body makes it feel a lot different too.
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#13
I think the similarities in feel between an LP and Strat end somewhere around "Made of wood" and "Has six strings".
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I have Strats and an LP. You definitely have to "fight" the strings with a lot Strats. But, the "feel" of a Strat is amazing once you get used to it. Also, because of the higher tension, the tone is "bell-like"...quite beautiful and really cuts trough. That's why a lot of Strat players seem to make 'em "cry" (that and a talent for it). Most LP's have a great feel and tone, too...just different. The strings certainly seem to have more slack, which is why I use higher gauge strings on my LP. I use my LP for "riffy" types of songs, songs that are power chord heavy, and even acoustic-ee types of songs. I use my Strats for solo-heavy songs, and almost anything bluesy in higher registers. Also, the Strats are much lighter, so I can play them for most of the show without shoulder fatigue. Not that you couldn't use either for any purpose...you could. I just happen to have the luxury of having both...so I do. Either way, I love both guitars.
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Haha yeah sorry about the grammer. Sorry I forgot to mention; I currently own a 62 strat with a C shaped neck. Apart from some classicals, I have only played strats my whole life, so the fact about strats having higher string tension is very interesting to me, thanks.
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strings are slckaer because of the shorter scale. they are thicker strings to compensate. completely different guitars if you ask almost anybody. personally, i hate using 9's. i like to have a bit of tension and heaviness for a heavier tone and for comfort. that's just me anyways.
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Haha yeah sorry about the grammer. Sorry I forgot to mention; I currently own a 62 strat with a C shaped neck. Apart from some classicals, I have only played strats my whole life, so the fact about strats having higher string tension is very interesting to me, thanks.


Yeah, I was in the same boat. I was "raised" on Strats and was surprised the first time I heard someone say they had a higher tension. But, I prefer it, really. I use 10's on my Strats and 11's on my LP. It seems to make them feel a bit closer in tension.
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How different is the feel of the neck between these two guitars? I have heard that the strings on a les paul is slacker than a strat? Is this true? Based on pics alone it seems like lp have a flatter fretboard than a strat. The reason is because I am getting a epiphone lp custom next month, but meanwhile I can't get to try it out myself. So I would like to hear from you guys first. Thanks!


I personally find the Les Paul neck to be thicker and more like an acoustic's neck whereas the strat is rather thin compared to an acoustic guitar's neck.
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#20
The LP has an angled neck, thus you can't put heavy strings on it (16 gauge etc.) which sucks for SRV and other type riffs. Strats are 10X brighter, and I prefer them, though LPs are awesome. Feel good, are Frikken heavy, but sound awesome as well.
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16 gauge strings mean 200 ibs of pressure. The angled means the strings can pull it towards the guitar.
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Haha yeah sorry about the grammer. Sorry I forgot to mention; I currently own a 62 strat with a C shaped neck. Apart from some classicals, I have only played strats my whole life, so the fact about strats having higher string tension is very interesting to me, thanks.


if it's a 62, then it's probably going to feel quite different to a Les Paul (assuming your '62 has the "vintage spec"). narrower neck/nut width, rounder radius, higher string tension, etc. etc.
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#25
Wait, I mean angled headstock. Also, the LP bridge could snap, but not the a Fender, which are solid. http://www.tdpri.com/forum/telecaster-discussion-forum/92885-teles-heavy-strings.html Here's one source, scroll down and read Ed Bickert's post.
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Oh, I confused headstocks and necks somehow.
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#29
ive played on lps and strats. I personally perfer the LP over strat. But either way you cant rely on us to give you answers. you need to go test a guitar at the closest store to you.
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kinda similar but i have a SG and a Telecaster
i love the easy playability of the SG with smaller frets
and the tele has the most awesome tone ever!
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How different is the feel of the neck between these two guitars? I have heard that the strings on a les paul is slacker than a strat? Is this true? Based on pics alone it seems like lp have a flatter fretboard than a strat. The reason is because I am getting a epiphone lp custom next month, but meanwhile I can't get to try it out myself. So I would like to hear from you guys first. Thanks!


I have both. You're right about the strings. Due to the shorter scale, they feel slightly slacker on the 'Paul. The fretboard is a little flatter, too. As for other differences- an un-chambered LP is significantly heavier than a Strat, the pickups sound a lot different, and the upper fret access on an LP is troublesome for some people.
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And the upper fret access is alot better on a strat.


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Also on Strats it's somewhat easier to do tapping and sweeping and stuff like that. In steps of 'shredability' it like Les Paul-types < Strat-types < Ibanez RG-types

ofc that's not taking into account scallopped fretboards etc
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#33
I love Strats and Les Pauls, but I found some middle ground with SGs. They lean more toward Les Pauls, but they offer a compromise if you like them.