Sammy Hagar on why he doesn't play Fenders: “For me, playing a Strat is like trying to wrestle a professional wrestler”

Sammy Hagar
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Best of 2022: It’s safe to say the Gibson vs. Fender debate is one of guitardom’s most hotly contested topics of conversation. For every individual who prefers the double-cut of a Stratocaster, there’s another who favors the Les Paul. The same could be said for the SG and Telecaster.

Former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar undoubtedly subscribes to the Gibson school of thought, having built a reputation for himself as a staunch Gibson wielder, playing almost exclusively Les Pauls.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.