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Gibson ES339 studio versus fender american Stratocaster

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After buying my ES 339 studio I figured  I would get a Stratocaster for a different type of sound  to go with my fenders blues Junior 4 and vox ac4 tv.

 

The search has not been so easy. All the strats  I played have sound too thin or they didn’t play right or they had other issues but I did play one today that was in really nice condition and it played really good but it just lacks the depth  and the complexity of the ES339. 
 

i’m wondering if my ear has adjusted so much to this  Gibson that i  can’t really enjoy the single coil sound.  Also  I just bought a new GHS guitar chord and it actually made this guitar a little bit brighter. There are  an amazing range that sounds I could get with this setup and I think that Memphis Tone circuit has a lot to do with it.

I might give up looking for a Stratocaster at this point. 


 

cheers !

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11 hours ago, tom brown said:


i’m wondering if my ear has adjusted so much to this  Gibson that i  can’t really enjoy the single coil sound.  

 

That's a good question. I also have a ES-339 Studio and it does have a rich complex tone. Though I sometimes find it difficult to EQ when playing a gig with 'difficult' acoustics.

While using this and other similar builds have altered my appreciation of tone, I still enjoy the Fender sound, -though I have moved across to the Tele now. 

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I suggest you listen to some current playing reviews of Strats that you are considering.  That should tell you if the Strat sound is what you want or not.  The rest should be self-explanatory.

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I have both. Yes they do sound different but that's the whole idea. My 339 has 57 Classics, like my LP Trad but with the different bodies they aren't the same. The 339 is a bit more open, for lack of a better description but played wide open still has that thick tone we all love

 

A Strat is a single coil so it isn't going to have that full tone. It gets that nice clean glassy tone but go to the bridge and they scream. No, it isn't the full humbucker sound but they're great in their own way

 

You just might not be a Strat guy is all. I started on Fenders and have a Strat and a Tele which are different animals. You might be a Tele guy. They compliment a LP well. 

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Your comparing Apples to Oranges... Of course they sound different... Love all my Gibsons & love all my Fenders...

Listen to  what Hendrix & Clapton did with Strat's if you think they lack depth, tone etc...

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