Filmmaker Guy Hornbuckle describes it as a documentary, but it looks more like an appreciation. For the price of a couple of sets of strings, who cares? I’m sold.
The original difference between the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul guitars of the 1950s was not just look and feel, but pickup technology and sustain. Both were “solid bodies,” as opposed to hollow “box” guitars. Leo Fender came to this design for guitar and bass after producing electric Hawaiian guitars, which have no bodies at all. Gibson designers aimed at maintaining the company’s heritage of elegance. The electroacoustic differences were largely overcome by the 1960s, but look and feel differences remain, and both designs are American classics.
Closet guitar heroes, watch this movie and learn.
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