#1
Hello,

This is just to see people opinions on which guitar would perform better when playing blues? I mean the Gibson SG is about £600 and the Strat is about £850. But what are the major differences?

Thanks.
#2
Gibson SG for £600?!

The Gibson will have a warmer, fuller sound, the Fender will have a thinner twangier sound. They can both do blues well, just pair them with a good amp.
#3
I'd go with the Gibson if your blues is coated British like those old John Mayall tunes or early Cream. If you play more Texas style or cleaner blues then I'd go wth a Strat.
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USA strat is the best blues solid body guitar you can get IMO, followed closely by a les paul
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#6
Yes, the SG is british... erm, what?

Both will do what you want them to do - which one feels better to you? I personally don't like the shape and weight distribution of the SG - I find that it doesn't quite sit as nicely as my Strat when I stand. But that's just me. And the jack sticks straight out - that's annoying.

Personally, I'd go the strat - but my advice is to pick the one that not only sound better but FEELS better.
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USA strat is the best blues solid body guitar you can get IMO, followed closely by a les paul


I'd say the other way IMHO but that's because I love Lesters.
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Yes, the SG is british... erm, what?

Both will do what you want them to do - which one feels better to you? I personally don't like the shape and weight distribution of the SG - I find that it doesn't quite sit as nicely as my Strat when I stand. But that's just me. And the jack sticks straight out - that's annoying.

Personally, I'd go the strat - but my advice is to pick the one that not only sound better but FEELS better.

I think he meant that the SG will get you closer to the sound of the "british blues boom" as they call it, from the mid 1960s - peter green/eric clapton type sounds.
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#10
What kind of tone specifically are you trying to achieve? Please list us a few of your favorite blues artists, that will help immensely.
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What kind of tone specifically are you trying to achieve? Please list us a few of your favorite blues artists, that will help immensely.


this.

both work great for blues, but what type of blues.

kinda like we are always asking "what genre of metalz?"
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Kind of like SRV or but then again John Mayall ain't too bad. Check this out, this sort of tone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU8bccPe0GY

the srv you hear there is coming from the amp. it's be a lot closer with good single coils.

if that's a passable srv tone for you, the guitar won't matter. get a nice deluxe reverb, princeton reverb, super, vibro etc. bring up the verb and rawk out.
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the srv you hear there is coming from the amp. it's be a lot closer with good single coils.

if that's a passable srv tone for you, the guitar won't matter. get a nice deluxe reverb, princeton reverb, super, vibro etc. bring up the verb and rawk out.



SRV's secret is the fact that he played REALLY THICK strings with the clean channel of a Fender amp REALLY LOUD. If you have those two things, you have SRV. The guitar won't matter.


Mayall played through Marshalls, I believe. If you're looking for more punch and woody tones, then go with the Stratocaster. If you want some creamy thick tones, then go with the SG.

Be more worried about the wood sounds and neck feels, I would say. Pickups can always come later.
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SRV's secret is the fact that he played REALLY THICK strings with the clean channel of a Fender amp REALLY LOUD. If you have those two things, you have SRV. The guitar won't matter.

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#17
Based on your other thread - neither of them until you have a worthwhile amp, you'd just be watsing your cash.
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#18
I perfer Strats for all type of blues

I just dont like SGs.

Both would work fine though
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#19
i have owned both and they have very different necks. This affects how they feel and play. See what works for you.
#20
You are comparing apples and oranges.
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#22
Strat for sound, versatility, and superior design.
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#23
Strats and SG's are best for Blues Rock, but if it was strictly blues, the SG because it's a warmer sounding guitar, but I do like the 3 single coils of the strat, more possibilities, even though strats are brighter, through a dark amp you could get a great blues tone from it.
#24
There's always the '72 Telecaster.
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#25
I'd personally take the start if i had to pick between the two. I just much prefer the way it plays for blues, plus you get that extra bit of versatility from the 3 single coils.


But honestly, id look at this beauty instead
Gretsch g5122

very twangy, hollowbody with awesome pickups. They also do single cutaways, which are less twangy, but i prefer this myself. Whack on some jazz strings and away you go.