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Buying an Electric Guitar -- Body Styles

Don't forget about the way the guitar looks! Since many of us are influenced by other musicians, we tend to see ourselves with a guitar like our heroes. So you'll want to choose a body style that you are comfortable with, whether it's the class of a Strat or Les Paul, the sinister look of an SG, the glam of a V, the Carlos-Santana cool of a Paul Reed Smith or the aggressiveness of a Rockwell. Whatever you choose, know that looks don't affect the playability of a guitar.

Strat Shape

Strat Shape
Designed by Fender, this shape is used by many other manufacturers. Great players include Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bonnie Raitt.

Les Paul Shape
Designed by Gibson, this shape is used by many other manufacturers. Played by Jimmy Page, Slash, U2's The Edge, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and others.

Les Paul Shape

Telecaster Shape

Telecaster Shape
This is Fender's second most common shape. It's a must-have for the electric country player or anyone looking to be the next Keith Richards.


SG Shape
This is Gibson's second most common shape. Famous players include Pete Townshend (The Who) and Angus Young (AC/DC).

SG Shape
Other Popular
Body Styles
Rockwell Shape
Paul Reed Smith
Paul Reed Smith Shape
"V" shape

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