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Here is a quote from the latest issue of Guitar Player magazine.


"In my view, you can recognize guitar players who play a strat more readily than you can those who play Gibsons..."

David Gilmour


I can understand that to a point



Clapton - later years

Beck - later years






He did go on to say that "it is nice to play something else occasionally, like my goldtop Les Paul with those old single-coil P-90s.


What do you think? Are there a bunch of Gibson players with an instantly recognizable sound?



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I think that a lot of Gibson players have a true distinctive sound think of Duane, Warren and all the heavy bluesy rockers out there.


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I think it's true that generally Strats have a little more instantly recognizable tone. Especially on the neck and neck/middle pickup settings. It's hard to describe sound, but it's a very round or spongy type sound to me.


IMO, Gibson also has a distinctive sound, especially if it isn't treated with too much artificial gain. I hear it in players like all the Allman Bros guitarists, Paul Kossoff, and yes Slash. I've said it before, but a LP overdriving a good tube amp gets a sound that reminds me of a horn. Think "Allright Now" or even "25 Or 6 To 4" leads. "25 or 6 To 4" might be using an ES335 or something similar, but it has that distinctive Gibson honk IMO.

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A lot more people to tend to favor an LP over a strat, especially for recordings. However, what a person uses for a rig and effects, choice in settings, etc will definatly give them more of a unique sound. Nowadays everyone kind of sounds the same because there's almost a 'standard' rock guitar sound. It's how one specific player loses their sounds and identity.

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