The public's perception of 'electric guitar'

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by PonyB, Sep 14, 2021.

Pick the most common shape.

  1. Stratocaster

    77 vote(s)
    82.8%
  2. Les Paul

    9 vote(s)
    9.7%
  3. SG

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Telecaster

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  5. other

    6 vote(s)
    6.5%
  1. rocknrollrich

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    Steinberger gls4 with trans trem.
     
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    Quite a few of the non players do not even know what song they are listening to.

    Once out band was asked to play a certain song. A few songs later, as we were playing it for her, she approached the bandstand and requested the song we were playing at the time. I said we're playing it right now. Then the cloudy expression faded and she awoke to her environment and thanked us.

    No the performance of it wasn't that bad, but she neither recognized the lyrics or the melody.

    I have no idea of what people who do not play an instrument are actually listening to in a song. mostly the bass and drums I would guess.

    They certainly wouldn't know the guitar model that is being played.
     
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    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Once i was going through airport check...
    Guy says
    Is that a real Fender?
    Made me open it...
    "NICE"
    Guy was just curious...
     
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    The Stratocaster is the most iconic electric guitar shape, hands down. I think if you asked 100 random people to draw a picture of an electric guitar, about 90 of them would draw a guitar with two horns by the neck.
     
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    I used to work on French horns. Although I spent seven years making and repairing them, I can't actually play a brass instrument. I remember the day, I looked down at the bench and thought: "Yes of course, you can see from the length of the slides that the first valve introduces a drop of a tone (step), the middle valve is a semitone (half step) and the third valve brings in a tone-and-a-half drop, then the thumb lever valve..." Until then, if you'd have asked me to draw a French horn, you'd probably have got something that looked a bit like a giant gold snail, which is about the best most people could do.

    So, I agree that most non-players might achieve an outline that is some kind of unholy alliance between a Strat, a Precision bass and a 335, but there's no chance of it being dimensionally or 'anatomically' close to correct! I have seen some fairly comical renditions from professional artists, some on whom have noticed the tremolo/vibrato arm, but clearly have no idea how it works, so attach it to some random part of the body. As for what the pickups are... :D:D:D

    This is from a YT instructional video. Not bad, although I'm not sure that neck pickup is the right side of the strings...

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    Had something similar in the 90s returning to work in the Middle East, I had bought a nice new Gibson Black Beauty RI in London (I had money then) and decided to take it back to the ME.
    As I had a residence permit in Bahrain I could claim back the 17.5% Value Added Tax, the customs officer insisted on viewing the goods and upon opening it just rolled his eyes and said "lucky bastard"
    Think he may have been one of us:D
     
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    Ruscio Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    That's actually pretty good, some good observations. Naturally we can quibble over some fine points, like the omission of a couple/few frets, but I'm impressed with things like the location of the 12th fret and the correct placement of the dot markers.
     
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    Unless they're reporting a crime. Then they miss the color.
     
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    This is a Stratocaster forum... ;)
     
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    Heathrow and Gatwick airports always have guitar experts on hand. A friend and I each brought a miniature LP-type guitar into London from New York and tried to go through Nothing To Declare. Got a pull, and the Customs guy called over the expert. "Ah, little Gibson gold tops!" "Are they real?" asked his colleague. "Nah!" he said, walking off, but he turned round and said: "Worth more than Fifty Quid though." (£50 value being the limit before Duty applies.) Because they're weren't real Gibsons, he just couldn't be bothered.
     
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    Googling "guitar t-shirts" reveals Les Pauls to be the most popular design.
     
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    Interesting line of thought. This design is apparently called 'Vintage Guitars'. The Strat is fairly accurate, then we have 'essence of Gibson Les Paul', along with an OK acoustic guitar and another that apparently has a round sound hole and F holes too...
     
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    The one on the right looks a little like an old Melody Maker maybe?
     
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    Those guys know their stuff. 1984 I brought two 335's back with me.
    They wanted a look and called the expert. I didn't pay anything on them but the guy told me the tuners weren't the original grovers on the walnut one! :eek:
     
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    When people hear that I play electric guitar the normal question is 'Gibson Les Paul ?'

    I think if you ask people over the age of 40 what a Gibson Les Paul or a Fender Stratocaster is, most would say 'electric guitar '. Same for Telecaster I think.
     
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    “The public” is a category that doesn’t actually exist. As an abstraction it has extremely limited usefulness. People are and continue to be indivisible units of one.
     
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    I was thinking "Brian may" when I saw that, but yeah, melody maker.
     
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    LOL I suspect that the poor girl was getting played by her friends.... Sort of : You`re a cute girl go ask the band to play this song... and when you started, "Hey, go ask again, it`s a really good song!"

    That`s actually a funny trick to play to a friend !
     
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    Yep, its suddenly become a dark car... that`s pretty much it...