#1
What would you say are the advantages of the body shape and neck of LP style guitars over strat (or strat-like) ones?
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#3
The advantages? =|

There's no real advantages, just personal preference.

If you like bassy, heavy, full and thick tone with a larger size neck, then les paul.

If you like bright, light, bluesy and a bit more vibrant tone (in my opinion) with a thinner neck, then a strat.
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What would you say are the advantages of the body shape and neck of LP style guitars over strat (or strat-like) ones?



Les Paul:

-heavy
-fat neck
-not very contoured
-set neck
-3 by 3 angled headstock

Strat:

-lighter
-thinner neck (depending on the model, too)
-different profiles
-heavily contoured
-bolt-on neck
-6 in line straight headstock


Personally I prefer Strat, but there are many people who love Gibsons.
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#5
It's really all personal preference, many people would say without a doubt that strats are more comfortable because of their contours, but I much prefer 'flat' guitar like Teles, SGs, and LPs, strats and other contoured ones tend to sit funny on me.
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#6
They are pretty different guitars overall. It depends overall what you want. Just the fact Stratocasters tend to have single coil pick ups and Les Pauls have humbuckers is a major factor.
#7
In my humble opinion:

Les Paul +
-Mo' sustain, due to more mass
-Fatter tone, due to mahogany

Les Paul -
-Bloody heavy, due to mass, and wood choice
-Uncomfortable, at least for me (the square edge and voluptuous curves poke me in the ribs when I lean over it, plus the bottom end outweighs the rest of the guitar, so it tips over)

Strat +
-Comfortable (contoured n' stuff)
-Lightweight (thinner, lighter wood)
-Good upper fret access (smaller heel)
-Cheaper (wood, easier to build)
-Easy to repair/customise (bolt on construction, Fender design mentality)

Strat -
-Might not have the same sustain
-Tone not as phat
-Pretty big heel for a bolt on (I like Ibanez-style All Access joints)

I didn't mean to sound biased, or anything. I quite like both, although I am not 100% satisfied with either. My ultimate guitar would have features of each.
Last edited by sashki at Nov 27, 2007,
#8
I have both, and in my opinion the Strat is a much more comfortable guitar. The contour and the weight put the edge with the strat. I love my LP, but damn is it heavy!
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#11
generally, as already said- you get a fatter, warmer tone out of a les paul (and normally more overdrive too as it has humbuckers, but obviously you can get fat strats etc. too with a humbucker), and a brighter, twangier, tighter, clearer tone out of a strat.

then you have the things like upper fret access and comfort.

Really depends what you want- are you considering which to buy, or are you trying to make a guitar from scratch?
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#12
les pauls have a nicer (in my opnion) tone but strats are more comfortable and have better upper fret access. i prefer sg's because they are like a midpoint between the two.
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#13
I have both. IMO Strat is more comfortable. It sits on your legs better if you play sat down and it's lighter to move around a stage with, however Les Paul wins everytime because it looks so much cooler.
#14
I think he's just asking about the body shape, not the neck or pickups those guitars have.

Anyways, I prefer the S style body because it's double cut and has better upper fret access.
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#15
I like both styles

I find the chunkiness of the LP somehow reassuring, but I also like the light and comfortable feel of a Strat.


I prefer the LP's sustain and warmth, but then again, the sound of a Strat can be totally orgasmic as well


Frankly, the ideal situation would be to have both, but there you go....
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As Gary Moore once said, with a LP you get a great tone out of the box, and with a Strat, you need to work harder to get a great tone, but when you do, boy, oh boy, you get an amazing sound.
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I didn't mean to sound biased, or anything. I quite like both, although I am not 100% satisfied with either. My ultimate guitar would have features of each.



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