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The Battle For Electric-Guitar Supremacy

Fender or Gibson, can you tell?

Put on your guitarist face and get into air-guitar stance, we're going to talk about axes.  And not the kind that cut down trees. 

Electric guitars, specifically solid-body electric guitars, came into their own in the rock n' roll era.  And two companies battled for dominance in sales and prestige: Fender, with the Esquire/Broadcaster/Telecaster and later models, and Gibson, with the Les Paul model. 

The rivalry is portrayed in Ian S. Port's book The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll.  The author sits down to visit on axes.  Yes, guitars.  

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