Fender vs. Gibson: What’s the Verdict?

We asked you: Which of these two highly-accredited guitar brands do you prefer? Fender vs. Gibson?

Based on a Facebook poll that reached nearly 14,000 people, Fender takes the cake with 59%, compared to Gibson’s 41%.

This Fender vs. Gibson poll had the same results as our Martin vs. Taylor poll!

All of the feedback we received in addition to the votes helped us better understand each’s strengths. These strengths helped identify the types of players that each brand tends to cater towards. No two guitars are alike, just as no two players are. So what did #TeamFender have to say vs. #TeamGibson?

Team Fender

The overall consensus was that players who preferred Fender did so because of the attention to quality control, versatility, and overall value for their dollar. There were also a handful of people who pointed out the fact that Fender also has a robust selection of amps and effects, as well as a larger variety of price points. Here’s what some people had to say.

“Fender has always felt like home to me. I love the feel, the action, and the spirit of my Strat!” – David S.

“I love both but Fender makes more versatile instruments and their QC is A LOT better.” – David A.

“Fender. Way more versatile and dynamic. More variety of tone and only the best guitarists in the world play Fenders.” – Stephen M.

“Fender is usually a better value for your money.” – Adam V.

Team Gibson

The general response from those who were #TeamGibson was that iconic instruments such as the Les Paul are, well, just simply that – iconic. There were also several comments about the tone and playability of Gibsons, such as never-ending sustain and structural robustness. The sentiment of a Gibson Les Paul to those who treasure Rock ‘n’ Roll and all its history is undeniable.

“I love Strats, but the Les Paul wins me over every time, because of the overall look.” – Jason G.

“I like the sturdier feel of a Gibson, and that warm pure rock tone. Also, in my opinion, Gibsons are much more versatile.” – Kyle D.

“I vote Gibson because it’s so iconic in Rock & Roll history. Not that Fender isn’t, but in my kind of music Gibson wins!” – Jason J.

“I love the way a Gibson feels and sounds through a Marshall. Sounds like rock and roll.” – Tim B.

Team BOTH!

We are not biased towards one or the other, so we knew that would be the case for some of you, too. Many people said they love both brands, with the main reason being that they each have their own application.

“It depends on the sound I want. I love both brands!” – George L.

“Both! Gibson’s sound great for some songs and Stratocaster’s sound great on other songs! 😎🎸” – Pete M.

“Totally different animals that have their own applications. I’ll take 5 each. 😂” – Tom C.

“I like both. I own a USA Fender Strat and a Gibson Les Paul . I use them to play different songs. I play my Fender Strat through a Fender Hot Rod Deville and my Les Paul through a 40 watt Marshall.” – William C.

One more question…

What do you think are the most important things to consider when choosing an electric guitar in particular? What’s most important to you as a player? Sound? Playability? Value? We’d love to hear more opinions!

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4 thoughts on “Fender vs. Gibson: What’s the Verdict?

  • August 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    “…and only the best guitarists in the world play Fenders.”

    Balls. Our rhythm guitarist plays one. He’s good, but best in the world? Well, almost on a par with, er… Bruce Welch I guess.

    Me, I prefer shorter, wider necks. Gibson. I prefer humbuckers. Gibson. I like guitars that look like traditional guitars. Gibson again.

    And that’s why most of my guitars are Gibson clones… I suppose the Epiphones and the Frankenpaul are sort of real Gibby.

  • August 18, 2019 at 7:15 am

    My first electric guitar was a Memphis Les Paul Custom copy. I’ve always had off brand name Gibson Les Paul guitars. My oldest Les Paul Custom copy guitar is a ’72 Hohner Les Paul Custom copy Limited Edition. It’s the best guitar I’ve got in my arsenal. I’ve always had Strats… USA, MIM, Squier & now China Starcaster… my last surviving Strat. It’s in the middle of being totally customized. Plays awesome! I’ve mostly used Jackson’s or Charvel’s & now ESP LTD’s… acoustic, Tele-style & Eclipses… LP-style. Oddly enough, the Starcaster Strat saved my bacon this weekend. My other guitars flaked out on me but the Strat stayed true & saved the weekend. I was a Jackson/Charvel guy but could always rely on my Gibson-esk guitars. The ’72 Hohner is my oldest & truest guitar I own.

  • June 30, 2019 at 4:05 am

    I think the biggest things for me personally when it comes to picking out instruments are the quality of the hardware, the type of wood, and the shape. If it’s not going to hold tuning and have consistent moisture content to hold it’s neck/fingerboard shape/size with the vast climate differences I have living in northern Minnesota by lake Superior I may as well not own it. The rising popularity of roasted maple necks is a blessing and I hope that it’s not just a fad as every instrument I own with a roasted maple neck and fingerboard are SUPER stable and I don’t think I can go back to any other wood choice.

  • June 26, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I like them both. One thing I do know is I love doing business with you especially since all the guitars I have purchased from you have arrived in perfect playing condition. IF I have a question, you take care of me. Thanks for all the tings you do to make RC something special.


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