Best Electric Guitars

Best Electric Guitars

A great looking axe is not always a comfortable instrument! Choosing by visual perception only is a common mistake we all could possibly make when looking to buy a guitar.

Yes, you have more stuff to work on. There are several things to consider when it comes to buying a new electric guitar.

Remember, there are wires and lots of metal parts in it and it should be combined with a proper amp, cable, and, eventually an effect pedal. So let’s get into it and dig a little deeper.

Part 1: Beginner Level Guitars

The good advice here is always choosing an acoustic guitar if you are a beginner guitar player. Don’t get it wrong, this rule is always having an exception. And it’s just because guitar playing means fun after all. So, if you want to start with an electric one – go for it! It’s that simple. Just mind the following factors:

Key factors:

  • Shape concept
  • Wood
  • Pickups
  • Bridge
  • Price

Top 5 Best Guitars for Beginner Level

Of course, you need to follow the good old rule of “test before buy”, translated to “invest little before make it serious”. There are zillions of options for a beginner guitar, but here’s the ones that mostly catch the eye:

1. Epiphone Les Paul SPECIAL-II

Epiphones are great! They just rock, even if they’re cheap. As a 130 USD electric guitar, this baby will serve you well for a long time. It’s that good, yes.

With its mahogany body and 700T humbucker pickups, you are have a strong guarantee that your career start will be HQ-supported.

It gives you all the essential elements of a Les Paul. Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece – as expected. Colors: black and classic sunburst variations.

Epiphone Les Paul SPECIAL-II


2. Squier by Fender Bullet Strat

The Bullet strat is an affordable and practical electric guitar designed for anyone’s budget. It has many of the ingredients that have propelled the Stratocaster to be one of the most iconic guitars ever made. And yes, it has a tremolo!

Squier by Fender Bullet Strat

3. Ibanez GRX20Z

Of course Ibanez! Go metal or hard rock!. The GRX series are always a good option to play some extreme music (or even blues!).

This one has 2 humbuckers, it’s black and it’s not an inferior instrument.

It has the quality and precision set-up as Ibanez most expensive models.

FAT6 bridge with tremolo, maple neck material and alder body: definitely deserves your attention.

Ibanez GRX20Z

4. Squier by Fender Affinity Telecaster

Fender again, and why not? The “teles” are usually the “killer country machines”, but actually these guitars are good for ANY kind of music. No joke. Just check John5 (Marilyn Manson guitarist), for example. Or even Johnny Depp (ups, wasn’t he an actor?).

Squier by Fender Affinity Telecaster

The Affinity has a slim body crafted from solid Alder and features a comfortable, 21-fret Maple neck with a fast-action fingerboard. Also well appointed with two single-coil pickups, three-way switching,die-cast tuners and true classic Tele guitar style.

5. Epiphone SG-Special

Start and finish this list with Epiphones: no, it’s not an ad! Just imagine how important is Angus Young for AC/DC and rock’n’roll music.

So, there is no sake need to miss the double cutaway red little devil.

An ultimate design for chording and solos giving players access to all 22 frets.

A bolt-on Hard maple neck with a classic SlimTaper “D” profile provides rigidity and durability and the 24.75″ scale rosewood fingerboard make it easy (and fast!) on your fingers.

Epiphone SG-Special

Part 2: Intermediate Level Guitars

Key factors:

  • Action
  • Shape concept
  • Bridge
  • Material
  • Price

Top 5 Best Guitars for Intermediate Level

1. Epiphone Les Paul STANDARD

This plain top Epiphone Les Paul Standard is an electric guitar that delivers all the signature sound of a Gibson Les Paul at a fraction of the cost.

The mahogany body provides superb resonance while the Alnico Classic humbucker pickups deliver loads of warmth.

The set mahogany neck with slim-tapered profile and rosewood fretboard give you the familiar feel and fast action that Les Paul players love so dearly.

Epiphone Les Paul STANDARD


2. Ibanez RG450DX RG Series

If Ibanez holds the most iconic name in metal, then the RG is certainly the guitar that built this reputation.

Every inch of this classic screams speed, fury and expression.

This RG’s mahogany body, dressed in a white pickguard, and sharktooth inlaid bound rosewood fingerboard, make for a clean, clear, visual statement with a touch of a throwback vibe.

All good, but this axe goes well beyond skin-deep beauty.

Ibanez RG450DX RG Series

3. Epiphone Les Paul STANDARD

Classic. Timeless. Legendary.

The mahogany body provides superb resonance while the Alnico Classic humbucker pickups deliver loads of warmth.

The set mahogany neck with slim-tapered profile and rosewood fretboard give you the familiar feel and fast action that Les Paul players love so dearly.

Epiphone Les Paul STANDARD

4. Ibanez JEMJRWH Steve Vai Signature 6-String

Steve Vai here. From the acrylic vine inlay to the instantly-recognizable “monkey grip” handle, there’s no doubt where the JEMJR Steve Vai Signature came from.

For tonal tenacity, you get two Quantum humbuckers and one Quantum single-coil pickup complete with five-way switching.

Factor in the double-locking tremolo bridge, and the Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature is ready to wail. One of Ibanez’s fastest necks to date, the Wizard III neck on the JEMJR Steve Vai Signature guitar is an absolute pleasure to play.

Ibanez JEMJRWH Steve Vai Signature 6-String

This slim and super-comfortable neck lets you pull off lighting-fast runs and arpeggios with ease, but still gives you the substance you need for grabbing chords when you need to.

5. Gretsch G5435T Pro Jet

Gretsch guitars are classy! Vintage look and rock and roll feel: love at first sight. Pro Jet model takes on a new voice and identity with its chambered basswood body and arched maple top

that resonates true to That Great Gretsch Sound, a two-tone body color scheme (Black top with Walnut-stained back and sides), dual Black Top FilterTron pickups and a Bigsby B50 tailpiece.You will steal girlfriends with this.

Gretsch G5435T Pro Jet

Part 3: Advanced Level Guitars

Key factors:

  • Action
  • Shape concept
  • Bridge
  • Material
  • Sound
  • Price
  • Color

Top 5 Best Guitars for Advanced Level

1. Gibson Les Paul Studio ’50s Tribute 2016

The Gibson Les Paul Studio ’50s Tribute is your chance to own an affordable, genuine, Made-in-the-USA Gibson!

The Gibson Les Paul Studio ’50s Tribute gives you a classic design that’s devoid of frills and frivolities that drive up the cost of other Les Pauls – and it’s loaded with a pair of alnico humbucking pickups for big fat tone.

The Gibson Les Paul is every bit as popular today as it was in its infancy, and the mahogany bodied beauty has been instrumental in shaping the tones of rock, blues, and country.

Gibson Les Paul Studio '50s Tribute 2016

As famous for the beautiful maple tops that frequently grace the Les Paul as it is for the sultry humbucker tone, the Les Paul has become a work of art that’s equally capable of rocking out.


2. Fender American Standard Stratocaster

Icon – Not a word to be used lightly, but the Stratocaster is just that.

The American Standard Stratocaster guitars are beauties to behold in sound, look and feel.

Fender American Standard Stratocaster

Features include hand-rolled fingerboard edges, Custom Shop Fat 50’s pickups, staggered tuners, improved bridge with bent steel saddles and copper-infused high-mass block for increased resonance and sustain, tinted neck, high-gloss maple or rosewood fretboard, satin neck back for smooth playability, thin-finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, aged plastic parts and Fender exclusive SKB molded case.


3. Fender American Standard Telecaster

Fender again, yes. The American Standard Telecaster has hand-rolled fingerboard edges, a “belly” cut for improved comfort and reduced weight, a Custom Shop Broadcaster pickup in the bridge and a Custom Shop Twisted Tele in the neck, staggered tuning machines.

Fender American Standard Telecaster

Improved bridge with bent steel saddles mounted to a stamped-brass bridge plate for increased resonance and sustain, tinted neck, high-gloss maple fingerboard, satin-finished neck back, thinner finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, and Fender-exclusive SKB molded case.

4. Ibanez JS24P Joe Satriani Signature

The Ibanez JS24P Joe Satriani Signature Electric Guitar has every premium feature that the guitar hero requires to unleash his talents, but at a price that the weekend warrior can afford.

It starts with the Satriani body made of American basswood and continues with a JS premium 3-piece maple/bubinga neck that’s been reinforced with KTS TITANIUM rods.

The stability and sustain are amazing with a taper and radius that make fingering all 24 frets a thrill.

The Edge tremolo bridge by Ibanez is tailored to provide extreme control and maintain rock-solid intonation with each use.

Ibanez JS24P Joe Satriani Signature

Soundwise, the JS24P delivers a huge range of tones. Wired to 2 humbuckers from DiMarzio is a Hi-pass filter on the volume knob(push/pull) and a Coil-tap switch on the tone knob (push/pull). The result of which is a total control over the sound that will inspire the best in those fortunate enough to make this Candy Apple beauty their own.

5. Dean Guitars DB SLEDGE

Dean Dimebag “Concrete Sledge” ML is the first ML with 6 in line headstock and one of the last Dime Custom Guitars not to be reissued by Dean Guitars.

With a limited production of 333 world wide its sure to be a collectors guitar. The custom “Concrete Sledge” Graphic on both front and back perfectly matches the original guitar from Dimes collection.

Top mounted Floyd Rose 1000 Bridge, Bill Lawrence L500XL Bridge Pickup and USA Dean “DimeTime” Neck Pickup, DBD Traction knobs just like Dime used, Rosewood Fingerboard and Pearl “Sledge” Inlays give the guitar everything needed to produce extreme sonic tones from highs to lows.

Dean Guitars DB SLEDGE

This guitar will bring tons of attitude for any playing style. Knowing exactly what you want means lot of researching experience and it comes with the time. So get yourself together and start playing. Don’t spend too much time on research if you don’t practice at all. The guitar could be adjusted with a luthier at a later stage. But precisely define your needs, your style and your wallet. Plug your cable and rock on!