I dropped by Rocker’s Guitars here in San Francisco today. I’ve been wanting a solid body guitar since my guitars are hollow or semi-hollow. The two I’m thinking about are a Gibson Les Paul and Fender Telecaster. Very different guitars to say the least. I liked them both for different reasons.
The Les Paul was obviously louder and had a thicker sound and was able to push the amp to the point of distortion.The Telecaster was brighter and had a cleaner less muddy sound but couldn’t get any distortion out of the amp. For the overall feel, I preferred the Fender Telecaster. The neck felt better to me, but that could be because the Les Paul has the thicker 50’s neck. As for the looks, I’ve always loved the sunburst Les Paul.
The big problem is there are so many different models in each line. Even in the same price range you can find multiple models with different features. With my other guitars the buying decision was pretty easy… I wanted a Rickenbacker 330 and that’s what I got since there is only one Rickenbacker 330. Here, the options are nearly endless. It looks like I’ll have to do some more research before making any buying decisions.
Well, I went ahead and bought a 2009 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Korina Goldtop 1957 Reissue and I couldn’t be happier. It’s absolutely gorgeous. A nice Fender Telecaster is likely my next guitar though.