“Once I had the Strat, I only used the Strat and I left the Gibson at home”: Robin Trower has spent his entire career almost exclusively playing Fender Stratocasters – here’s why

Robin Trower
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The Fender versus Gibson debate is nothing new – in fact, it’s one of guitardom’s most hotly contested topics of conversations, right up there with the tube amp versus amp sim conflict, and the disagreement over whether tonewoods actually make a difference to sound.

While many pro players dabble with both brands of electric guitars, there are those who almost exclusively subscribe to one school of six-string. Slash, for example, is a Les Paul player through and through.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

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.

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