Top 10 Common Differences Between Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocasterzxm Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul are two of the most popular guitar models ever created. Both have been used by many great guitarists. Two of them are rivals of each other.
I am just writing about the very common differences that can be easily noticed.
Prominent Stratocaster players - Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Dick Dale, Mark Knopfler etc.
Prominent Les Paul players - Jimmy Page, Slash, Randy Rhoads, Pete Townshend etc.
The Top Ten
The biggest pro of Fender guitar. Fender telecaster also have this kind of feature. While les paul has three tuning keys on left and three on right. Which can be seen in most guitar. The straight lined tuning keys help the guitar to be more tuned than divided keys. - zxm
Easily noticeable. Look at Jimmy Page how he is holding his guitar and then Jimi Hendrix for example. - zxm
Or at least what you could see Les Paul has a fixed bridge. Stratocaster features the bridge like that so you could install your vibrato bar easily. - zxm
Les Paul is something like 24.5" and stratocaster 25.5. Which makes a major difference in tone. - zxm
Just under the bridge, les paul has four control knobs which could be seen easily. And stratocaster has three knobs. I have also seen two. Maybe that could be fake. But it has less than les paul. - zxm
Oops my mistake, its "cutaway". Which I already wrote for les paul but missed a for stratocaster. - zxm
Easily noticeable. - zxm
Stratocaster has three pickups, two straight and one slightly curved. While les paul has double straight humbucker pickups. - zxm
You could say that les paul has wider neck, but actually stratocaster' neck is kinda parallel. That's why the average width of stratocaster's neck is wider than les paul. - zxm
Someone mentioned that it's the body, not the frets. How a guitar's body can be close to each other if a guitar has only one body? Plus guitar scale means the length from bridge to headstock (nut). That means the strings also have to be longer. So, the frets much be more gaped. Its not the body but frets. - zxm
With the point 4, "Stratocaster has a longer scale than les paul". Les paul's frets are kinda closer, that's why it created a warmer/deeper sound. - zxm
By the way, frets may not impact on tone directly but it will impact indirectly. The more gap means less pressure on strings. Fewer gap will create more pressure on strings. That's why it'll create a warmer/deeper sound. What you could see in Les Paul. - zxm
The strat is not manly metal and rock. people like David Gilmour (pink floyd), mark knolfer (dire straits), eric clapton, etc, uses it in blues, country and jazz
Not necessary, but les paul is mostly popular in hard rock, while stratocaster is mostly popular for using metal. - zxm
This, combined with the fact that a Les Paul has a deeper headstock angle, makes the Les Paul more prone to breaking its neck. - Gg2000
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2. Stratocaster has straight lined tuning keys, les paul has divided tuning keys
3. Stratocaster has a built in vibrato (tremolo) bar, les paul doesn't have one