The Les Paul and the Fender Strat are both time tested icons of guitar design and I love them both, but for different reasons.
The flat face of the body of the strat has it over the carved face of the body of the Les Paul for me. However that thick humbucker sound from the Les Paul has it over the thinner chimey sound of the strats single coil pickups.
But strats are there to be used and abused, nothing looks cooler than a 60’s strat that has obviously had a hard life. The Les Paul puts me of as it sends out vibes about it being needed to be cared for in a revered and reverential way.
The shorter scale length of the Les Paul has it for me over the longer scale length of the stratocaster guitar and suits my playing style.
I never use the vibrato on the strat in fact I’m in the blocking of the tremolo camp with Eric Clapton. The fixed bridge of the Les Paul is were its at for me.
What am I going to do, perhaps it’s time to look out side Fender and Gibson for my next guitar.
Please post your suggestions in the comment section below.