Last updated on April 30th, 2018 at 07:22 pm
Last updated on April 30th, 2018 at 07:23 pm
Last updated on April 30th, 2018 at 07:23 pm
The age-old debate between the giant guitar brands of Gibson & Fender has been apart of music as long as the brands have been around. In fact, the argument of which brand makes the better electric guitar has become so intertwined with guitarists that almost everyone is compelled to separate themselves and choose a side. Having to choose and defend one brand over the other is comical in a way but it really is unavoidable in the guitar world. However, the question becomes why there is a need create separation between the two brands and put one over the other? As it turns out, there is the really good reason to differentiate the two guitar brands as each of them have their own unique taste in making electric guitars. In most cases, choosing a brand comes down to personal preference and guitar playing style. Nonetheless, there are many different factors that play into determining which brand is the true electric guitar making king.
Before getting specific on this classic argument, there needs to be a set of guidelines by which to think when discussing this argument. For one, it is important to realize that both guitar brands should have no type of preference over any other guitar brand such as Shecter, Music Man, Washburn, D’Addario, you name it. The Gibson vs Fender debate created itself and is one of the only reasons why these two brands are being talked about in this article. Number two, it is very critical to not be biased when choosing which brand makes the best electric guitar. It simply is not fair to give one brand preference over the other just because you have played one brand before and not the other. To fully understand each brand and determine which brand is king when it comes to making guitars, it is important to keep an open mind.
Now that we have some ground rules by which to understand the Gibson vs Fender debate, we can now get into some of the many factors that play a part in settling which brand makes the best electric guitars. To start, one of those factors that differentiate the two is the modulation and the lumber used to create these beautiful guitars. When it comes to Gibson guitars, most of their guitars are made of amber wood, also known as Mahagonny wood. What this allows Gibson to do with their guitars is to create sounds using only tropical and natural wood. This, in turn, allows for a unique and rich sound to be created through both acoustic and electric guitars. It goes without saying that the exclusive well-rounded and soft tone sound that results from playing a good electric Gibson guitar is special indeed. Add in the fact that Gibson mixes and matches its guitars with maple wood along with Mahogonny and you really start to see how special Gibson has become over the years. Also, it is one of the reasons why Gibson lovers prefer the Gibson guitar brand over Fender. It is worth mentioning that Gibson is not the only guitar brand that utilizes the type of wood that it uses, Fender does as well, it just happens to be that Gibson has managed to create a particular type of sound style that they get all the credit for.
As for Fender and their preference for lumber, the Fender guitar brand prefers Alder to make their guitars. Much like Gibson, Fender has created their own unique sound with their wood choice for making guitars. In fact, that sound is appropriately titled the “Fender sound” known by guitarists around the world. The choice for Alder wood for making guitars has allowed fender to create this type of vintage sound only associated with the Fender brand. Also just like Gibson and their unique sound, Fender’s tonality and sound created in their guitars is perhaps the main reason why Fender lovers prefer the brand over other guitar brand competitors.
Other than wood type, the other major distinction that separates the two brands is guitar pickups that are used. For those who do not pick up on this difference, no pun intended, you would be surprised the major difference created by using different guitar pickups. As for the Fender guitar brand, they utilize guitar pickups that offer hard-knock, compelling, and just powerful sounds when played. Specifically speaking, Fender uses a single coil guitar pickup and very effectively to say the least. Gibson, on the other hand, uses a type of guitar pickup called humbuckers. In fact, the Gibson guitar brand is well-known for using humbuckers to create their sound in electric guitars. This type of pickup on their guitars by Gibson allows them to be different from its competitors not just in terms of sound, but also look and style as well. By utilizing humbuckers in their guitars, Gibson makes it easy for its guitar users to manipulate tone and sound much better than other competitors. This is another reason out of many that Gibson users prefer the brand over Fender.
Now, it goes without saying that there is a laundry list of factors that play into determining which guitar brand gets the label as kings of making electric guitars. It just so happens to be that the type of wood used and also pickups used are some of the more obvious differences between the two brands. There simply is no getting around the fact that these two factors are the only factors that determine which brand is king, however, we would be here forever if we were to sit down and list everything that makes Fender and Gibson unique as guitar brands. The reality of the situation is that no one can go wrong with choosing either of these guitar brands. These two brands have separated themselves perhaps more than other brands which is why we are debating the two brands today. With that said, personal preference will ultimately determine which brand is the king of making electric guitars and guitars in general.
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Last updated on April 30th, 2018 at 07:23 pm
Being able to play the electric guitar is fun and an amazing skill. In addition, many people find it extremely attractive. While being able to play is awesome, there are some songs that are absolutely amazing on the electric guitar. The top 10 of those songs are listed below!
Song 10: Carry On My Wayward Son
The artist of this song is Kansas and it came out in 1976. The great thing about this song is it has a lot of repeating chords. While it will take some time to remember the order of the notes, having repeating chords is helpful because you don’t have to move your fingers constantly all over the place. In addition, it’s a little bit of a slower paced song so you don’t have to rush through. You can take your time and enjoy listening to yourself play the song.
Song 9: Crazy Train
This song came out in 1980 and is sang by Ozzy Osbourne. This song is one that’s going to be a little more difficult to learn. Not only does it incorporate several chords, but it’s also very fast paced. You need to be able to have the finger strength and speed to master this one. In addition, there’s a very real chance that you’re going to have sore and possibly bleeding fingers while learning.
Song 8: Hot For Teacher
Sang by Van Halen, this song came out in 1984. While this song has many reoccurring chords, it’s a little difficult to master because it’s very fast paced. You don’t have to move your hand too fast but you have to hit those reoccurring chords and, after time, that can really make your hand tired. That could lead to cramping and soreness. Make sure you take breaks in between practicing this song so you won’t overwork your hands and end up possibly injuring yourself.
Song 7: Thunderstruck
This is a well known song by AC/DC that came out in 1990. The great thing about this song is that it’s mostly played on the B string. As you should know by now, this is the second string on the guitar and the first note you want to hit for this song is the 12th fret. In addition to being played mostly on the B string, a lot of the notes are reoccurring so it’s a great song to learn and shouldn’t be too extremely hard to master!
Song 6: Wonderwall
Oasis sings this song and it first came out in 1995. Wonderwall is one of those songs that is right in the middle of the spectrum. It isn’t overly hard but it also isn’t easy either. The good thing about playing this is that there are a lot of chords that reoccur and that makes it a little easier than some of the other songs on this list. In addition, not having to hit multiple different chords really helps reduce hand soreness, tiredness, and cramping.
Song 5: Stairway To Heaven
This song goes all the way back to 1971 and is sang by the extremely well known band Led Zeppelin. In all honesty, this might be the easiest song to master on this entire list. It isn’t super fast paced and a lot of the chords are the same. This means you don’t have to worry about needing to move your hands super fast and all over your electric guitar. This song is one that is perfect for those that know how to play a few easy songs but want to move onto something a little more advanced.
Song 4: Wish You Were Here
Released in 1975, this hit is sang by Pink Floyd. This is another one of the easiest songs on the list. The main reason for this is because it basically has the same chords being played over and over. The only difference is that they are in different orders at different parts of the song. This is great because you can practice for longer periods without having to worry about your hands cramping up or your fingers getting all bloody. In addition, playing the same chords is much easier to memorize and master.
Song 3: Rock You Like A Hurricane
This well known Scorpions song came out in 1984. This song is a great one for those that want to master a more advanced song and be able to really rock out. The reason is that it’s very fast paced and there are several chords that you have to master. Not only that, but the chords are all over the place so you need to be able to move your hands quickly and hit every note right on. This is one of those songs that one mistake can throw the entire song off.
Song 2: Paradise City
Guns N’ Roses is one of the most well known bands and they released this song in 1987. This song is very fast paced and a little bit on the complicated side. There are several different chords and you have to be quick and have that finger strength to hit every note correctly.
Song 1: We’re Not Gonna Take It
Most people know this song and the band that sang it, Twisted Sister. It was released in 1984. This song is one of the more complicated on the list. While it’s mostly played on D, A, and E, it’s very fast paced and more of a hard song. You have to have fast and strong fingers to master it!
Being able to play these songs is a huge accomplishment and you should feel extremely proud if you can learn them. Since they are a little more complicated than some other songs, it takes great determination and skill to be able to play them flawlessly. Remember, it’s perfectly fine to make mistakes and practice makes perfect!