Every rock music fan has heard the war; every rock guitarist has fought in the battles.
The DVD documentary Solidbodies: The 50 Year Guitar War features players, historians, instrument dealers, and collectors expressing their views on the competitive influences of the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul electric guitars. Starting with their conception and design in the early 1950s, Solidbodies focuses on the 5-decade competition of sounds between the guitars that have been heard on more popular recordings than any other instruments during the rock era. The soundtrack and performance segments showcase guitar solos played on these guitars in the music styles representing the time periods discussed in the documentary.
Among the contributors are Joe Bonamassa, named Best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine's readership in their 2008 Reader's Choice Awards; Derek Trucks, famed slide guitar virtuoso who leads his own group and played with Eric Clapton's band during his 2006-2007 world tour; Henry Garza, guitarist and singer with the Grammy Award winning Los Lonely Boys; Gary Hoey, internationally acclaimed guitarist who has composed for ESPN's Summer X Games; George Gruhn, the owner of Gruhn Guitars who is considered to be one of the world's leading experts on vintage guitars; and Richard R. Smith, the author of Fender: The Sound Heard 'Round The World, which is often viewed as the definitive book about Fender guitars and Leo Fender.