|Les Paul Guitars To Baker Guitars Comparison|
Les Paul / Baker Shootout
Comparison & Commentary By Ed Roman
Gibson & Baker Guitars are made on CNC Machines & by the way those
old original Gene Baker guitars that used to sell for $4,500.00 were
also made on a CNC Machine. Don't be fooled by photos of some guy in
a catalog carving a body. It really ticks me off when I hear some
know it all salesman tell a customer that "These guitars are hand
This paragraph is directed at a person who wants to pay more for the brand name.
These people could read these comparisons for the sole purpose of comparing the Gibson & the PRS.
I had to include this recommendation for these people.
If you spend the time to read both of these
comparisons, between the mid priced Baker & Les Paul, and the Baker & the PRS.
Unless you have been around guitars for a long time you might come
out thinking that the Gibson offers more than the PRS therefore it
There are certain things you must know about for that to happen.
I am available to discuss these things in detail with anyone who
wants to call & talk about it. I am especially interested in talking
to people who disagree with me and have constructive comments. I get
very few people who call me with any constructive criticism. I
get plenty of criticism but most of it is childish prattle and makes
no sense. I really am anxious to discuss these and other theories
with guitarists who feel I may have left something out of my
Ed Roman June 2007
Comparison Below Comparison Re Done 2010
I have come up against a
great deal of flak over my comparisons !!!
I just don't know of any other way to show a customer how something is a better value.
believe that I am wrong about anything or that I have left something of
importance out !!
If you think this is strictly a self serving article.
Please email me or call, I need something to make the Gibson look better.
I will gladly print any contributing article !!!
This Comparison Uses The Lowest Priced Mass Produced Baker Not The Handmade Ones
|Body||Baker B1||Les Paul|
|Archtop Maple Over Mahogany Both Use The exact Same Woods.||Yes||Yes|
|Body Binding Available Both Models Offer Body Binding.||Yes||Yes|
|Figured Top Low priced Baker standard top looks far better than the Gibson top.||Yes||Yes|
|Highly Figured Top Gibson offers it for approx. $1000.00 Baker offers it for $200.00.||Yes||Yes|
|Weight Comparison Gibson Les Paul is about twice the weight of a Baker.||Light||Heavy|
|Neck||Baker B1||Les Paul|
|Set Neck Gibson Neck Joint highly inferior to all Baker models.||Yes||Yes|
|Bound Neck Both guitars come with a bound neck.||Yes||Yes|
|Ebony Fretboard Gibson doesn't do ebony except on the custom.||Yes||No|
|Rosewood Fretboard Most Gibson's come with a Rosewood Fingerboard.||Yes||Yes|
|Ebony Overlay On Headstock (Gibson uses plastic)||Yes||No|
|Matching Headstock Available on the Baker only.||Yes||No|
|Bound Headstock New For 2010 Models Included In Price.||Yes||No|
|24 Frets Les Paul's only come in 22 Frets.||Yes||No|
|Custom Inlays Gibson Inlays are low cost plastic excepting for models priced over 4000.00 The Baker now comes with Real Mother Of Pearl and Abalone||Yes||No|
|Electronics||Baker B1||Les Paul|
|2 Humbucking Pickups||Yes||Yes|
|EMG Pickups Available Baker Will Install EMG Pickups||Yes||No|
|Duncan Pickups Available Baker Will Install Duncan Pickups||Yes||No|
|Jason Lollar Pickups Available Baker Will Install Lollar Pickups||Yes||No|
|Dimarzio Pickups Available Baker Will Install DiMarzio Pickups||Yes||No|
|PRS Pickups Available Baker Will Even Install PRS Pickups||Yes||No|
|Choice Of Colors Baker offers Black, Crème, White & Zebra Pickups free||Yes||No|
|Push Pull Coil Splitters Available only on the Baker.||Yes||No|
|Hardware||Baker B1||Les Paul|
|Tune-O-Matic Bridge Available||Yes||Yes|
|Tone/Pros Bridge Available||Yes||No|
|Gold Hardware Baker includes FREE gold hardware. Everyone else charges for it||Yes||No|
|Buzz Feiten System Available From Factory||Yes||No|
Here's Another No Brainer
The Baker Guitar is Much Less Expensive & it is Superior In Many ways. Baker Guitars Come With Real MOP Inlays, Gold Hardware, Tune-O-Matic Bridge, a Gorgeous Quilted Or Flamed Top, Fully Bound Body Neck & Headstock & A Two Year Full Parts & Labor Warranty.
The Gibson Doesn't Include Gold, it Cost Thousands Extra For A Figured Top & Only Comes With A One Year Limited Warranty.
The Gibson costs more and delivers less.
3/4 of Gibson's outlandish prices is for the name.