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Gibson Les Paul vs. IbanezRG Premium: Put Their Tones to the Test

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Hey, guys. Today we have a new video by Darrel Braun, that gear-loving YouTuber who pits guitars against each other in head-to-head tone shootouts. This time, Braun compares the tones of two "icons of rock"—a Gibson Les Paul Traditional and an Ibanez RG Premium.

Braun admits that these are vastly different instruments, but he reasons that they're both rock mainstays that work—and are employed regularly—in a wide but similar variety of rock subgenres.

As always, Braun runs through the specs of each guitar before playing them (very tastefully, we might add) under what he feels are identical conditions. Check out the video below, and be sure to tell us which guitar sounds "more agreeable" to your ears!

For more gear videos by Braun, check out his YouTube channel.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.