Happy Friday y'all. Cool article about our beloved LP.
While the end result tone could be made to sound similar with enough tweaking, the subtle qualities of each guitar change the way and sometimes what we play. Tim Pierce often notes this in his videos, how different guitars bring out different characteristics in his playing, and I have to agree. The feel of a guitar, the tension of the strings, the response of the amp, are all factors that can change what is being played.The reasons listed also apply to a vast number of other guitars. ZZZzzz. I love Les Pauls and own and play a good one, but to be honest I'm finding that some of the sound that could (supposedly)only be delivered by a LP is easily available with a wode range of guitars depending on your rig and amp. Back when the guitar really had to generate the tone (with your amp) and the LP/Marshall combination was a "thing," now it just isn't, IMO. A new Collings with Jazzmaster pickups can readily drive "Beano" tones... or "Sultans of Swing" for that matter. So honestly, what I love about my LP is memories and familiarity, and not necessity at all.
Wow, is this ever the truth. IMO, player feel and approach are top of the list for tone, particularlyt now that we all can choose amps or pedals or swap pickups, etc. to get towards whatever sound we really want. Most people buy Teles because they are looking for an established "Tele-like" sound, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. But the range of sounds available from that guitar is huge (Beck w/ Yardbirds, Page, Frisell). Humbuckers are more limited, but even so, they're not just Beano-sounding.different guitars bring out different characteristics in his playing, and I have to agree. The feel of a guitar, the tension of the strings, the response of the amp, are all factors that can change what is being played.