What a subjective shoot-out!

10 years ago I thought Fender where boring, plain, simple guitars that were a lot more difficult to play. And then I matured and saw Fender as a company that produces great value.

I've voted for Fender not only based on the value they offer, but because of their durability and ease of maintenance. They are roadworthy, they do not need to be treated with kid gloves and they really do cater for anyone's individual budget. Like Gibson, they also sound good and have a fantastic historical tradition which is used to good effect in their marketing.

I've owned two Gibsons, an SG and a Les Paul, both USA made. Under very close inspection, the SG had a few issues with its finish and it had a big baseball bat style chunky neck. Not for me so I sold it. However, I do still have the Les Paul which is beautiful (although over-rated), but I'm wary of gigging with it. Nice Les Pauls attract thieves, belt buckle rash and, if you were to accidentally ...more

We can debate looks. I will admit Gibson has fender beat there. But I care about how it plays. The Strat is literally a universal machine. The sg comes close with fast neck action. But compared to the Strat the les Paul's versatility is nothing. Want jazz play the bridge pickup, want blues play the middle pickup, want rock, play in the 4th position, and for biting leads, play the bridge pickup. Finally that double cutaway body allows such easy access. I actually started off as a Gibson lover, I mean the les Paul was my dream. But when I played my first Strat with the maple neck it was so smooth. It is so natural I highly recommend you try. If it doesn't feel right try a rosewood neck, they're great as well. While the les Paul is brilliant there's a reason they call the Strat the standard. Plus is there any guitar with a better roster of players than the Strat, no way! And for all you county lovers out there, the Gibson lovers are going to argue with me on this but they're wrong, a ...more

Fender and Gibson are quite different, and therefore impossible to compare with any real accuracy. Not to sound cliche but it IS apples and oranges. A Les Paul is built with a different wood, different electronics, and different pickups. Gibson guitars use humbuckers, which are much more mid-range than Fender's single coil system. They are both great brands, and deserve to share the top spot. But if I had to choose, I would go with a Fender, simply because the range of tones you can get from the single coil combinations is much, much greater than Gibson's humbucking systems. I play a 20th anniversary Les Paul, an American Strat, and a Nashville Telecaster (My Preference). I love the Les Paul's deep tone and low action that make it so simple to play. But the Les Paul just doesn't get those bright tones a Fender can produce. That being said, I can adjust the tone of the pickups and use the 5-way switch on my Telecaster to get almost any sound. I can make my Telecaster sound like a ...more

Personally I absolutely LOVE all Fender products from their fantastic guitars such as the stratocaster (my first guitar and its so good I still play it all the time) a tele (also a great guitar but I think strats are better JUST MY OPINION I STILL LOVE TELIES) and I also think Mustangs are fantastic and they look really cool I also love their amps- I have a Frontman 15 and 30 G they are both great amps so that is why I think Fender deserves 1st but still I admit Gibson has some GREAT guitars and they have 2 VERY different sounds so I think they are about even in quality even though I prefer Fender products

I have been playing guitar all my life. 30 years worth of playing. I am 39. I have had all kinds of guitars. It depends on what style of music you play, the amp and effects you use, and what you want to get out of it. A telecaster is one of the most versatile of all guitars made. They are used all the way from country twang to blues, jazz, rock, Indy, hard rock and stops just short of metal. but for me I like the snap and the bite of my telecaster. It just feels right to me. I don't want to take anything away from a Les Paul they are great two, but for the argument of overall best they are a little bit limited and way pricier. I still play the heck out of mine from time to time to get that deeper smoother sound. oh and PRS is outstanding but excluded by me because of price. FENDER with a Fultone OCD pedal and a Cantrell Crybaby, I can move your soul with that sound! Oh and buy American. The quality diminishes greatly when they are imported.

The Fender Stratocaster is the greatest guitar of all time. Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Jeff Beck are just a few of the legends who play this beauty. With a crisp sound, it sounds fantastic in any kind of playing. A guitar that is great for beginners and experts alike, it's a nice instrument which you can learn technics easily. I own multiple Fenders and I prefer them over my Gibson. Whether it's a Strat, Tele or Jag, they stand above Gibson by a long shot.

I'm twelve, and my dad recently bought me a tres expensive fender squire stratocaster, and it is easily the best guitar I have ever played. My dad said, when I asked about the Gibson vs. Fender thing, he laughed and said: 'You can't compare them. It's like a mustang and a ferrari, they're good in different ways. The Gibson Les Paul is the king, and the Fender Stratocaster is like the more popular, better looking Prince. ' And I completely agree.

Much better quality, sound and versatility than any other brand, I played a Stratocaster and an SG, at guitar center, the Strat was a lot better in my opinion. I also bought a Telecaster that thing rocks, they may not be as popular or have as many designs as Gibson, but from the Fenders I have Played, I was really impressed. Nothing against Gibson though they are amazing too, just if I had a choice, I would always go with a Fender guitar.

You can make a Fender single-coil sound like anything with the right amps and effects. Can't do the same thing with a Gibson. I owned a couple Gibson and I sold them both. Don't like the necks, the body shape is uncomfortable and the quality is not as good as it should be given the price. Having said that - Fender is overrated as well. Don't pay for the name people! Musicman Silhouette Special is where it's at. Give me a modern guitar that's not trapped in the 1950's because of hype nostalgia.

I say Fender for a few reasons: comfort, tone, and iconic status.

Fender guitars have a knack for being some of the most comfortable guitars of all time. The Tele, the Strat, the Jaguar, the Jazzmaster, just about everything that they have is insanely comfortable to play when sitting down, as well as standing up. All of their models are a good weight as well, so I don't feel like I can shatter it from thinking about it too hard.

The Fender tone is the cleanest, most bell-like sound that you can find from single-coil pickus. The fender sound is used by several artists, and can be used in so many ways that I have yet to see a Gibson compete with.

What do Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Bruce Springsteen all have in common? They all pay a fender. Be it a Strat, Jaguar, or Tele, they all play one of Fender's master instruments. Three of the greatest guitarists and musicians of all time play a Fender something. Coincidence? I think not!

Fenders are durable, lighter, and versatile than their competition. What's more is that you can probably get them for a decent price. More? It has tradition. Fender's a proven company, and they shred Gibson by putting out guitars with better quality control at lower prices. You really can't want more than that.

Fender is the best in sound and quality. Look at how many famous guitarist use a fender. if you look at the classic guitarist they all played either a Fender or a Gibson. The guitars are well designed and play great. As an owner of a stratocaster I can tell you that this is an ideal guitar for ;players of all levels.

Fender produces high quality, classic guitars at a very reasonable price. There is no better clean tone than my 1956 reissue strat. I wish Gibson could take some notes from Fender on how to turn around their quality control issues. You can order a Fender online having never played it, and still be certain the one you get will be flawless. With a Gibson you would be playing Russian roulette (and probably pay 50% more than you would for a quality Fender).

Both the Fender Stat and Tele are incredibly versitile. The Strat was a revolutionary design and has stood the test of time and been copied by others in the guitar industry. The Tele, with it's slab design and single cut-away, is so simple, yet it screams "Rock n' Roll. " Simple, but great!

Between Fender and Gibson I find that the quality of the guitars is no question. Both guitars are fantastically built and play beautifully.

The Fender vs Gibson debate has nothing to do with quality. It's about the player. In my opinion you can't beat the Fender Jaguar tone for a clean or lightly broken up sound and yea you have to play a jag gently or you'll knock the strings off the saddles or push the bridge deeper into the guitar but it feels like the guitar works with you. You have to earn the tone by playing it right and I just love that little extra finesse my guitar requires of me to get that sweet sound I love.

The best thing about Fender is by far the value. When you buy a Gibson you have two options; buy a cheaper Epiphone and get aggrivated that you can tell that it obviously isn't a Gibson. If you buy a Fender however you have more options... instead of having to decide between a $500 Epiphone or a $2000 Gibson (both of which in reality have very inflexible prices), you can easily pick up a Mexican made Fender (WITH THE FENDER NAME ON IT! ) for $500 or less. Like I said the value is like no other. Trust me, Mexicans know how to make guitars.

Fender only has two guitars most people recognize. That said the list of their players is legendary.
Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Buddy Holly, George Harrison, George Lennon, Pete Townshend, Stevie Ray... (and those are only Strat players)
Syd Barrett, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Page (wrote his legendary Stairway solo on his Telecaster), Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Brad Paisley, and Keith ...more

And also Amelia, I would like to point out that I applaud you giving your guitar to your granddaughter, I started out using my moms guitar, but I am now using a guitar my grandfather gave me, I am very happy with it and also glad he was willing to give it to me, I am not working on an album right now, but I can understand that your granddaughter should be very happy. Sadly I do not have a fender guitar, or a guitar that I can give to you, but I would still like to thank you for your willingness to give.

For decades, Fender has created guitars which not only present guitarists with quality instruments, but also audiences with the splendor of the fine tones and beautiful colors. Do you wear socks? The sound of a Fender guitar will knock them off and replace them with better socks made with the finest materials.

Fender in my opinion has the best quality of sound and with every fender I have picked up and played I think that the wood is perfect and that if you are looking for a bad ass electric guitar that has great sound and looks sick a fender is the guitar you are looking for way better that Gibson

I have a vintage telecaster and it sounds great, has a good body and stays in tune for a long time I got it when guitar center was getting rid of them and it cost me 250 bucks no joke, I'm a bigger fan of fender than Gibson because Fenders tend to weigh much less but beside that both guitars are good but I do prefer fender

This company should be the best 'cause fender changed also every thing in music and in just about every rock/blues/jazz song you can see the guitar that the lead guitarist and the Fender Stratocaster is the most played by an artist guitar in the world. Gibson... I don't really know why the company in no. 1.. I mean its stupid their guitars arn't even good sure the les paul is one of the first electric guitar but it doesn't sound good and the sg doesn'e look or sound good. I think that Fender should be no. 1 their the best and everyone knows it!

Mmm I love how it plays like I don't know but when I hold a fender stratocaster it just feels great and the tone of it is crazy like the neck pickup is the Texas sound really nasty sound and like you can beat it up and man handle it and still sound great also it is just beautiful but like Gibson you kinda have to baby it nah I don't like that I like to abuse the guitar to make it sound like what I want it to sound like a fender can sound like a Gibson but a Gibson can't sound like a fender.

Fender is awesome but I would have to say squier classic vibe overpowers fenders standard model of guitars. If you want a guitar for lots of money fender over gibson I mean Jimi Hendrix used it a fellow lefty like myself and for those guitars not to go out of tune when jimi played them it means lots of work goes into them.

Fender is the best. But not just for guitars. Yes, I understand that Gibson makes very good guitars and I can't disagree with that. Fender makes great guitars, strings, and amplifiers. I mean how often do you see a professional guitar player use any other amplifiers than Fender or Marshall.

Tone is very subjective, but for me Fender Stratocaster tone is the best. Just ask David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Hank Marvin, and too many to count! Amazing Guitars, much richer and more dynamic tone than any Gibson could produce.