Les Paul Compare And Contrast
Both the Les Paul and the Stratocaster were manufactured in the 1950’s and have remained the rulers of the electric guitar world since then. The stratocaster was designed by Leo Fender, Bill Carson, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares. The Les Paul was …show more content…
The Stratocaster has two cutaways on either side of the neck of the body of the guitar. The two cutaways make it easier to hit the high notes that are way up on the neck of the guitar, and also give it the classic Stratocaster look. The Les Paul has one cutaway which gives it the classic Les Paul look. Along with the cutaways, the bodies of these guitars are made very different. The Les Paul is made with a mahogany body and usually a maple top. This makes the Les Paul heavier than the Stratocaster, which is made one slab of wood that is usually alder or ash.
Along with the bodies being different, the neck and the scale length of the guitar are also.
The scale length of the Fender Stratocaster is 25.5 inches while the Gibson Les Paul is 24.75 inches. With the Stratocaster length being longer than the Les Paul’s it gives the guitar more of a brighter sound compared to the Les Paul which has a more warmer tone to it. Along with the length affecting the sound of the guitar it also affects playability. The Stratocaster, which has a longer neck makes it a little harder to play compared to the Les Paul’s