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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by T Bone, Aug 11, 2019.
Not to troll your point but the Tele(Esquire then) was introduced in 1950, the Strat in 1954.
Mr. LP echoes my take on the SG. I never embraced the horns of an SG or a dilemma.
No worries, good to have the right info out and I didn't read thoroughly enough; strat was supposedly designed beginning around 1952, and released in 1954 as you say.
They seem designed to pluck out eyeballs.
In the end it is nothing aöout "pointyness". It is a matter of weight. That`s the true big difference. In Les Paul´s world he would rather use a n heavy steel rail to make his vision happen. That`s all. He would use a railroad to meke it sound the way he intended it to sound right.
I had a chance to play a 60's SG.. the neck was glorious... the pickups, although Im not a humbucker guy, it was super nice, clean. driven, you name it! although I loved it when the tubes were cooking and I was blasting away.. but I hate the shape.. LOL
Actually, the Telecaster was first introduced as the Broadcaster ('48 I think?). Gretsch sent Leo a letter telling him he was infringing on the name of their drum line the Broadkaster. So they stopped, and for a short time (around 50-51) produced the guitar without a model name on the headstock (later known to collectors as a "Nocaster") before renaming it the Telecaster.
Love my SGs (including the neck bend pitch change, which I also used to do with my 67 non reverse Firebird). But I love my Les Paul's more.
And for above, Strats pointy? Nah. Just a nice graceful flowing shape. Maybe the most perfect shape for an electric guitar ever.
The earliest Proto snakehead was '49.
Esquire(1PU) definitely the first production guitar in '50, with Broadcaster(2PU) following right after.
The Telecaster as we know it was born in '51.
DSCN1762 by new6659 posted Jun 27, 2019 at 11:57 PM
I've always loved a good SG. I've got four right now and had several more in the past - mostly SG Specials like commonly seen at Woodstock 50 years ago this week!
Marc Knopfler described his Strat as looking like a spaceship!
After posting above, I got out an ebony black SG Standard for a bit of a spin. It's been too long. If I had to describe it, the SG is a natural as a lead guitar. I think the thing many people don't appreciate, however, is the range of styles that can come out of one. Think, especially, jazz. My white Custom excels at that.