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seanbaby
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Whats the difference between the sound of an sg and a les paul? For example a standard sg with 490's and 498's vs. a les paul with the same pickups. Wouldnt they sound the same?
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Les Pauls just sound warmer. I don't know how, but they do. But with the right adjustments on your amp, you can make an SG sound like Les Paul.
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i like the feel of les pauls better and the sound as well but sg's sound are quite nice as well.
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les pauls own sg's in everyway, warmer tone, better sustain, nice body shape, nicer design
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les pauls own sg's in everyway, warmer tone, better sustain, nice body shape, nicer design


the only advantage sg's have over lp's is the double cutaway, some people have a hard time with the single, but dont make a diff 4 me
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Its the wood, SG's are made from JUST mahogany, Pauls are from Mahogany and maple. So a thicker sound would be produced IMO.
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#10
hmm... is the les paul worth the extra 1000 or so?
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ok sorry i shouldn't have said that here. but yea i'm an SG fan, but you have to get a good SG not a lower model.
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#12
isn't the les paul heavier than the sg.
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Quote by Waterboy799
les pauls own sg's in everyway, warmer tone, better sustain, nice body shape, nicer design


Lol, thats your opinion.

Les pauls suck. My opinion, right?

horrible upper fret access,heavy, fat/slow neck, uncomfortable to play, muddy.... Umm....

Id take an sg over a paul, but at that, gibson quality is not for me.

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i find sg's have more of a treble leadish sound while les pauls have a more rhythem type side.

but you could play both rhythem and lead on both.... i like my les paul
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I dont know anything about the sound of the two, But i have to say that an LP pwns a SG in the way of looks, sg's just dont sit right with me
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Quote by Waterboy799
les pauls own sg's in everyway, warmer tone, better sustain, nice body shape, nicer design


You obviously haven't played an SG. Les Pauls are too heavy, unbalanced, not as warm as you think they would be, and huge ass necks.
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I dont know anything about the sound of the two, But i have to say that an LP pwns a SG in the way of looks, sg's just dont sit right with me


Well that's a strange comparison, not a bad one, but strange. You really need to play one to make a proper judgement.
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yeah i know, the guitar store i goes to doesnt have any SG's, they had a proper LP standard tehre but it was in a cabinet so i didnt play it.
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If u can learn how to shred on a les paul it pays off. I do shred on mine and i have no problem on the higher frets. It takes getting used to.
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Quote by Mui
You obviously haven't played an SG. Les Pauls are too heavy, unbalanced, not as warm as you think they would be, and huge ass necks.


hey asshat i own an SG, and ive played les paul countless times, i would choose a les paul over my sg anyday so now go sit in the corner and cry

classicaxe must always say bad things about les pauls when im around.

and Slash Hudson your correct, the upper fret access on the SG is amazing, its the only thing the sg's have over the les pauls
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I'd take an SG to a Les Paul anyday. I find LP's to be really clunky and comfort is a big asset to me. The SG feels great in my hands, better then any guitar has ever felt. The body contours to yours and just fits so nicely, I just love it. Plus the sound of an SG... oh my.
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the one thing i dont like about SG's is that they pivot when you are standing up (those with SG's knwo what im talking about) other than that, i love them. i would get one over a LP anyday (unless i get this 1964 LP for 500 dollars)
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I'd take an SG to a Les Paul anyday. I find LP's to be really clunky and comfort is a big asset to me. The SG feels great in my hands, better then any guitar has ever felt. The body contours to yours and just fits so nicely, I just love it. Plus the sound of an SG... oh my.


Same here. I find Les Pauls overrated.
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#26
The weight of the SG's isnt balanced very well, If you let go of the neck, it drops to the ground. and the strap button is on the back of the body and tends to slip off quite a bit, Unless you use strap locks. You also have to reach out farther to get to the low frets as compared to the LP, but then again the high frets are wide open on the SG and easy to access. Its all about prefrence i guess. I would choose LP's over SG's anyday. To me the SG is better at AC/DC style rather then the LP. Also, the SG gives me sore nipples when I sit and pay it cuz the horn rubs right across my upper chest. And yes, I own and play both of them, so I have a clue.
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#27
i tried les paul and SG but i had to go for the les paul, the tone seemed so much better if you want a balance of rythem and lead
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#28
In all honesty, I've found the Les Paul to be too heavy, and too fat a neck. The SG was far too light, comfortable neck but it felt like I was playing a wafer.

They both had an incredible sound though.
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#29
LP>SG imo

I really don't like the look of SGs, they sound great but I'd pick an LP over an SG any day.
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hey asshat i own an SG, and ive played les paul countless times, i would choose a les paul over my sg anyday so now go sit in the corner and cry

classicaxe must always say bad things about les pauls when im around.

and Slash Hudson your correct, the upper fret access on the SG is amazing, its the only thing the sg's have over the les pauls


hmm should have expected the usual opinionated arguing with sg's and paul's....
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hmm should have expected the usual opinionated arguing with sg's and paul's....


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#33
Les Pauls are heavier than SG's, SG have easier access to higher frets so you could solo easily, while Les Pauls don't
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but les pauls have better tone, better sustain, it looks better, and there much more comfortable imo
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i prefer the SG Shape to the LP
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Figures that NOW its not "get what feels right", but every other thats usually the case. Damn Gibson!!! Deciding between a Les Pual and an SG is like deciding between Pam Anderson And Carmen Electra.
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Well i love em both. And techicly both of them are Les Paul's (did a work abotu the Gibson les Paul), the Sg was the 1961 Les Paul model, but Les Paul didnt like it. So they took back the old LP design and renamed the "new" Les Paul's to (listen to the fantasy): Solidbody Guitar (Sg for short). But anyway i love them both. I love the big chunky sound of the Les Paul and the fat 59' neck. But i love the lighwieght Sg, and anytime i hear AC/DC i almost get an an hearing orgasm when i hear Angus' s SG. And even if i love the sound of the Les Paul ive always wanted an SG. But i read that the SG Standard has a rounded neck profile, is it close to the 59' neck profile? Where gonna move and that will make us rich. So im probably gonna try to convince my parents to buy me an SG. Either the Standard or the 61 Reissue. Wich would you recommend?
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seanbaby
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#38
try them out in a guitar store i guess. they have different pickups so pick the one that you like best?
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lol ive heard this question before and i think tht an SG has a lighter sound than a LP. Les Pauls have a big, meaty sound, and SGs do not.
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try them out in a guitar store i guess. they have different pickups so pick the one that you like best?


Hmm, true. But there is a problem. I live in Sweden, so i'll be lucky if they even have a Standard that you can try (and that i can reach and so on). But im leanng alot towards the stabdard, wich is said to be good. I have also tried a Standard, but it was thru a Vox AD30VT with low volume. But then again i have treid a Gibson LP studio thru my amp (same pups) and that sound is great. Plus that i love Angus sound on the AC/DC live album (were he plays a Standard SG, with stock pups). I love the feel of it so i thibk ill buy it soon (probably around April).
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