Les Paul vs. SG

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Tele-friend, Feb 24, 2021.

Which one do you prefer (if you could only have one)

  1. SG

    66 vote(s)
    37.7%
  2. SG Junior

    18 vote(s)
    10.3%
  3. Les Paul

    91 vote(s)
    52.0%
  1. Engine Swap

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    Bought this SG special new back in 1991. Comfortable to play and can cover a lot of stylistic ground. Definitely a different animal than a Les Paul. Hard to believe it's 30 years old.

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  2. Tele-friend

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    Yeah I have heard about it. If you have suede (leather) strap, you won't have the "neck dive" problem.
    And thank you. One day I will have Gibson guitar(s) ;)
     
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  3. Old Plank

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    I love Les Pauls ... but not for me. SGs feel much more natural to hold and play.
     
  4. drmordo

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    I voted SG, but my SG is a bit odd. It's a 90s 61 RI and it is my best guitar by a wide margin.

    Some of the SGs are made where the neck is set deeper in the body (helps with neck dive) and it isn't angled back.

    The result is like a cross between an SG and a LP. Like I said, mine is epic, much better than my LP.
     
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  5. voskarp

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    *Les Paul Junior, that is.
     
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    les pauls are classy guitars for grown ups when you get there :)
     
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    I prefer SG’s in every way. I just never really loved Les pauls. I keep one around because they definitely have a thing they do that no other guitars really do. But I just don’t love em.

    Having said that I’m having severe GAS for a TV yellow LP jr with the P90s. Weird.
     
  8. Electric Warrior

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    I think it makes sense. Slab bodies have a different feel than the capped bodies. Plus you get a pair of P90s and a very different look. Good options at different price points, too (the Epi TV Yellow, the various tributes and ltd editions, the Original Series).
     
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    I have always wanted to like SG’s but in my opinion they are butt ugly... And not in a cool way like many Teiscos. They look half assed.
     
  10. lmjmitchell

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    SG.

    Mainly because the upper frets of the LP are unplayable for me due to the design of the neck joint.
     
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    I have found SGs to be very uncomfortable, I can´t stand the neck dive, and I hate how the horns poke into my chest. I've found them to be too light and I personally don't like how thin they are. The Les Paul, however, is perfect, in an imperfect way. It´s inferior in many ways to most guitars, upper fret access is awful, they are too heavy, too expensive, too muddy sounding, get lost in the mix, but when you plug them into a Marshall or a tweed deluxe with no one around, it´s magical. Many guitars are this way, an imperfect amalgamation of old (and most times inferior) design, but somehow perfect in the right hands. We complain, we argue about why they are bad, but these guitars will never slip from our amazement and love for them. Even though they are all imperfect in some way.
     
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    Here's my SG. It started out as a robot but the robot tuners and dial had been switched for Gibson tuners and typical volume and tone pots before I bought it. I was on and off again about trying to sell it, or maybe replacing the pickups, until I got a BOSS EQ-200 equalizer. Humbuckers aren't single coils, but with the low frequencies rolled off and some of the high frequencies tamed I have a very useable tone for vocal accompaniment. Rolling down low frequencies gets me single coil like clarity and attenuating highs removes very high frequency harmonics that touch on feedback frequencies. The SG is a regular in my rotation since the equalizer.
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  13. PastorJay

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    Les Paul Junior. 1 pickup at the bridge.

    Or

    Les Paul Special. 2 pickups.

    Both Les Paul shaped, but smaller bodies.

    Personally, I love a Junior with a P-90. But I own a Special with 2 P-90s.
     
  14. Sax-son

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    I have both a Gibson SG and a Les Paul Standard and love them both. However they are completely different guitars both feel and sound. The only thing they have in common is the hardware and the pickups. Supposedly they have similar necks, but the design to the guitars make those necks feel different.
     
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    Each have their flaws but I'll go with the Les Paul on this one.

    I've been playing my Epi SG for the last 2 weeks, and remembered why I love that guitar. Very comfortable to play sitting down, bad neck dive standing. However, I did notice I bend chords out of tune really easily. It is a technique thing and I should work on improving that but I haven't noticed that on any other guitar really.
     
  16. blue metalflake

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    Had an SG early ‘70s but sold it when the first Tele came.
    Wouldn’t mind having one again.
     
  17. bonzo898

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    Have owned both. Right now the only Gibson I kept is a 2005 SG special faded which is broken in like an old baseball glove. It’s not perfect but it sounds and plays way better than any $500 used Gibson has a right to. It’s also the only humbucker-equipped guitar I own but meets all the needs there. All killer no filler.

    I guess that makes me an SG vote.
     
  18. saleake

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    I prefer the Les Paul. I never could get past the neck dive on an SG.
     
  19. burntfrijoles

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    I agree. The neck dive thing is not an issue for me and I think is overstated as a real issue.

    Duane and Dickey also played SGs.
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    I don’t find them ugly at all. Hell, Robben Ford called the Telecaster ugly.
     
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  20. johnnylaw

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    You really, really have to play some. Take a few road trips. Who cares if it takes a couple of years? The variance within each model is significant, but it will be worth the effort, unless you just have wads of cash and don’t mind unpacking, re-packing, and shipping guitars.
     
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