#1
For my dissertation module at uni, I have chosen to investigate which of the two biggest guitar manufacturers, Fender and Gibson, is preferred and why. To get closer to the answer, I’m asking fellow guitarists about their opinion on the matter, rival brands, model copies, prices, etc by filling in this questionnaire.

Could you please answer....


Preferred music genre(s)?

Favourite artist / band?

Do you play a guitar?

Do you own an electric guitar - and which?

Which model guitar(s) do you own and what attracted you to them?

What model is your perfect guitar? - Why?

How much of an influence does your taste in music have on guitar choice?

Have artists/bands inspired you to choose a certain guitar model? - Who? - Which model?

What, if any, is your view of low budget imitations of Fender and Gibson Guitars?

How much would the following influence you in your choice of guitar? Price, Sound, Manufacturer, Appearance, Celebrity and Endorsement

Would you ever consider purchasing an imitation Fender or Gibson?

Which other guitar manufacturer(s) do you think are in direct competition with Fender and Gibson?

What is the most commonly thought of guitar from EACH company?
(One for Fender and one for Gibson)

Why do you think that the guitar you have chosen above is so well-known?


Thank you very much for your time and help!

Ste
#2
Preferred music genre(s)?
Funk, funk rock, blues, classic rock, psychedelic.

Favourite artist / band?
Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Do you play a guitar?
Yup.

Do you own an electric guitar - and which?
Modded Stagg Flying V and Squier Strat.

Which model guitar(s) do you own and what attracted you to them?
My first guitar was a Squier Strat, so I guess it was the price and stuff. The Flying V was given to me by some dude who took up bass.

What model is your perfect guitar? - Why?
Fender Classic Player 50s Strat, it's pretty much got everything I look for in a guitar.

How much of an influence does your taste in music have on guitar choice?
A lot.

Have artists/bands inspired you to choose a certain guitar model? - Who? - Which model?
Yeah, especially people like John Frusciante, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hillel Slovak, and many others for their use of Strats.

What, if any, is your view of low budget imitations of Fender and Gibson Guitars?
They're nowhere near the same quality as Fender and Gibson, apart from the Japanese lawsuit imitations, though they're not low budget.

How much would the following influence you in your choice of guitar? Price, Sound, Manufacturer, Appearance, Celebrity and Endorsement
Price - A fair amount.
Sound - A lot.
Manufacturer - A lot
Appearance - A lot
Celebrity - Not too much
Endorsement - Not at all

Would you ever consider purchasing an imitation Fender or Gibson?
Nope, unless it's japanese. Though my Stagg's an imitation of a Gibson, though I was given it.

Which other guitar manufacturer(s) do you think are in direct competition with Fender and Gibson?
Ibanez, G&L, Carvin, Gretsch and Rickenbacker.

What is the most commonly thought of guitar from EACH company?
(One for Fender and one for Gibson)
Fender - Strat.
Gibson - Les Paul.

Why do you think that the guitar you have chosen above is so well-known?
They are well-known because almost every famous guitarist has probably used them, and they get seen a lot on TV, and have a lot of cheap imitations made, which attracts the customers to them.
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#3
Preferred music genre(s)?
Metal, and blues

Favourite artist / band?
Chiodos

Do you play a guitar?
Yes

Do you own an electric guitar - and which?
Yes a Fender

Which model guitar(s) do you own and what attracted you to them?
Jackson Dinky & Fender Telecaster
Jackson looks heavy and sounds heavy, Tele is easy to play and sounds great clean.

What model is your perfect guitar? - Why?
Jackson Kelly w/ SD pickups, because it would handle heavy and cleans well.

How much of an influence does your taste in music have on guitar choice?
A decent amount but it is still me playing it.

Have artists/bands inspired you to choose a certain guitar model? - Who? - Which model?
No, I picked both guitars for me.

What, if any, is your view of low budget imitations of Fender and Gibson Guitars?
I don't mind either.

How much would the following influence you in your choice of guitar? Price, Sound, Manufacturer, Appearance, Celebrity and Endorsement
It would be all of the influence, what else would cause you to buy a guitar.

Would you ever consider purchasing an imitation Fender or Gibson?
Yes

Which other guitar manufacturer(s) do you think are in direct competition with Fender and Gibson?
Schecter and Ibanez

What is the most commonly thought of guitar from EACH company?
(One for Fender and one for Gibson)
Strat and Les Paul

Why do you think that the guitar you have chosen above is so well-known?
Everyone plays one or the other.
#4
Preferred music genre(s)?
Classic Rock, Jazz, Fusion, Funk, Blues

Favourite artist / band?
The Beatles, Zeppelin

Do you play a guitar?
I pick around on an acoustic I own but I mostly play bass

Do you own an electric guitar - and which?
I own no electrics. My bass is a Dean.

Which model guitar(s) do you own and what attracted you to them?
I'm mostly attracted to fenders.

What model is your perfect guitar? - Why?
Probably the Telecaster, with a nice fat bigsby.

How much of an influence does your taste in music have on guitar choice?
A pretty large influence

Have artists/bands inspired you to choose a certain guitar model? - Who? - Which model?
Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, all played a Tele at some point.

What, if any, is your view of low budget imitations of Fender and Gibson Guitars?
Squiers and Epis arent too bad if you get a nice one, but everything else sucks.

How much would the following influence you in your choice of guitar? Price, Sound, Manufacturer, Appearance, Celebrity and Endorsement.
Although I prefer the sound of Fenders to Gibson, price is also influential in that I can get an amazing American Fender for $1000 where for Gibson I have to pay even more than that just for a Studio or an SG.

Would you ever consider purchasing an imitation Fender or Gibson?
Squier, Yes. Epi, only higher end ones. Everything else, probably not.

Which other guitar manufacturer(s) do you think are in direct competition with Fender and Gibson?
Ibanez competes a little with fender on the Rg's and such, and with gibson on the Artcore models. Some PRS models are also similar to the Les Paul. Some other brands would be Schecter, Dean, and ESP, although these are generally marketed more towards the metal crowd than Fender/Gibson.

What is the most commonly thought of guitar from EACH company?
(One for Fender and one for Gibson)
Fender 1. Stratocaster 2. Telecaster
Gibson 1. Les Paul 2. SG

Why do you think that the guitar you have chosen above is so well-known?
The Strat was made well known by Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, and (post Cream) Eric Clapton. The iconic users of the Les Paul would be Jimmy Page, Neil Young, and Slash. These guitars are so popular because they really are the standard by which all other (solidbody) electrics are based upon.
A T-bird and a Big Muff in your GAS list!? Egad man, are you trying to kill me!?
Fender MIM Jazz Bass
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#5
Preferred music genre(s)?
Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Metal

Favourite artist / band?
Eric Clapton/SRV/Hendrix/Iron Maiden

Do you play a guitar?
Yes

Do you own an electric guitar - and which?
Yes, Fender Fat Strat

Which model guitar(s) do you own and what attracted you to them?
The comfort, the sound characteristics, and electronic and hardware features

What model is your perfect guitar? - Why?
Any American or Japanese model Stratocaster

How much of an influence does your taste in music have on guitar choice?
I would say "a lot" since my favorite artists all use(d) Fender Strats

Have artists/bands inspired you to choose a certain guitar model? - Who? - Which model?
Iron Maiden, Clapton, and Hendrix inspired me to get a Strat

What, if any, is your view of low budget imitations of Fender and Gibson Guitars?
Some imitations are good, some are bad. You have to be careful

How much would the following influence you in your choice of guitar? Price, Sound, Manufacturer, Appearance, Celebrity and Endorsement
Sound

Would you ever consider purchasing an imitation Fender or Gibson?
Yes if it's a reputable brand

Which other guitar manufacturer(s) do you think are in direct competition with Fender and Gibson?
Ibanez

What is the most commonly thought of guitar from EACH company?
(One for Fender and one for Gibson)
Fender- Stratocaster
Gibson- Les Paul

Why do you think that the guitar you have chosen above is so well-known?
Jimi Hendrix used one, and a lot of 90's-2000's bands use(d) the Stratocaster
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#6
Preferred music genre(s)?
I really don't know, i play a bit of everything.

Favourite artist / band?

XTC.

Do you play a guitar?
Yes

Do you own an electric guitar - and which?
I should ask you which one you want me to talk about to be honest.

Which model guitar(s) do you own and what attracted you to them?
Too many to list, but for the sake of the survey - i have 5 fender designed guitars, 2 of which are actual fenders. as opposed to 2 gibson designs, but they are both epiphones.

What model is your perfect guitar? - Why?
Fender Cyclone to be honest. I really like the neck on the jazzmaster, and well, its the same neck spec. I can remember playing "wouldn't it be great with a more conventional switching system, more contoured body and a strat bridge instead of the dynamic vibrato". the cyclone is basically this.

How much of an influence does your taste in music have on guitar choice?
I don't know really. I don't choose a guitar simply because say, John Frusciante plays that guitar. But i rather like fender strats, and Ibanez artists, the 2 main guitars used by XTC, so i guess its influenced me a bit, although i love the strat tone, and the Ibanez is an extremely comfortable guitar.

Have artists/bands inspired you to choose a certain guitar model? - Who? - Which model?
Not really.

What, if any, is your view of low budget imitations of Fender and Gibson Guitars?
It depends whether you mean Epiphone and Squier. I actually prefer Epiphones to most gibsons, whereas squiers are cheap and cheerful. with a good setup they can rival fenders. they are aimed at beginners but i think they are actually better for guitar modders who are looking for a cheap guitar to mess with, as a lot of beginners dislike the factory setup.

How much would the following influence you in your choice of guitar? Price, Sound, Manufacturer, Appearance, Celebrity and Endorsement
Sound mainly. Manufacturer doesn't make a lot of difference although i do have a bit of a thing for fender as you can no doubt tell by my signature.

Would you ever consider purchasing an imitation Fender or Gibson?
Indeed. I have 3 squiers and 2 epiphones.

Which other guitar manufacturer(s) do you think are in direct competition with Fender and Gibson?
Nobody really are in direct competition in my opinion. Fender and Gibson are the long standing classic manufacturers who set the standard for electric guitars and most of them are just building upon the foundations these companies laid down. But in direct competition for sales, definitely Ibanez and PRS.

What is the most commonly thought of guitar from EACH company?
(One for Fender and one for Gibson)

Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul.

Why do you think that the guitar you have chosen above is so well-known?
Both are well known for the innovations, and because of the number of imitations, especially the strat.
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
#7
Preferred music genre(s)?
Classic Rock, Hard Rock

Favourite artist / band?
I can't decide, so either Pink Floyd, Rush, Guns n' Roses, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, or Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Do you play a guitar?

Yes.

Do you own an electric guitar - and which?
Getting a Fender Strat in a month.

Which model guitar(s) do you own and what attracted you to them?
Fender Strat, don't own it yet, but I'm attracted to them cause of there unique tone and the standards come pretty cheap too.

What model is your perfect guitar? - Why?

Gibson Les Paul

How much of an influence does your taste in music have on guitar choice?

Fender - Cleanish sound
Gibson - Distorted sound

Have artists/bands inspired you to choose a certain guitar model? - Who? - Which model?
Well, I want to get a LP and Slash inspired me on that, and Angus Young inspired me on wanting to get a Gibson SG.

What, if any, is your view of low budget imitations of Fender and Gibson Guitars?

Most suck.

How much would the following influence you in your choice of guitar? Price, Sound, Manufacturer, Appearance, Celebrity and Endorsement.

Sound, Price, Manufacturer, Appearance, Celebtrity and Endorsement

Would you ever consider purchasing an imitation Fender or Gibson?
Nope, but MAYBE an Epiphone of some type

Which other guitar manufacturer(s) do you think are in direct competition with Fender and Gibson?
I dunno...

What is the most commonly thought of guitar from EACH company?
(One for Fender and one for Gibson)

Fender - Stratocaster
Gibson - Les Paul (Gibson SG with a pretty close second)

Why do you think that the guitar you have chosen above is so well-known?

Many good musicians use Strats like Pink Floyd, and many use Les Pauls like GNR, and many (but not as much as the others) use SGs like Angus Young of AC/DC.
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#8
Preferred music genre(s)?
Alternative/Hard-Rock/Prog/Classic Rock/Metal

Favourite artist / band?
Coheed and Cambria

Do you play a guitar?
yes

Do you own an electric guitar - and which?
Ibanez

Which model guitar(s) do you own and what attracted you to them?
RG321-Mahogany Body, Thin Neck, 24 frets with good access. Good beginner guitar to mod out at a later date.

What model is your perfect guitar? - Why?
Ibanez IC-400 Iceman- Beautiful cosmetics, very comfortable neck, good upper fret access.

How much of an influence does your taste in music have on guitar choice?

not too much of an influence.

Have artists/bands inspired you to choose a certain guitar model? - Who? - Which model? I want a Gibby Explorer with EMG's cause Claudio Sanchez has one.

What, if any, is your view of low budget imitations of Fender and Gibson Guitars?
I don't care too much for Fender guitars other than the Tele, and I wouldn't get any thing other than a real fender. I would get a Agile, Epiphone, or Vintage copy of a Gibson LP or SG.

How much would the following influence you in your choice of guitar? Price, Sound, Manufacturer, Appearance, Celebrity and Endorsement.
Price, Appearance, and Sound are big for me, Manufacturer is important on to see if they make quality instrument, I don't care if it's a Jackson, or a Ibanez, or a Fender, or a Gibby, just matters what it looks like, how it plays, and who makes it cheaper.

Would you ever consider purchasing an imitation Fender or Gibson?
Yes, not Fenders though, just the Gibby imitations

Which other guitar manufacturer(s) do you think are in direct competition with Fender and Gibson?
Ibanez, ESP, Schecter, and Dean I would say are in direct competition.

What is the most commonly thought of guitar from EACH company?
(One for Fender and one for Gibson) Fender Strat and Gibson LP

Why do you think that the guitar you have chosen above is so well-known?
The Strat is like the industry standard for low gain applications, The LP is the industry standard for mid to higher gain applications.
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