Best Electric Guitars

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 23, 2017
Many people around the world like diffenrent rock music genres and want to play electric guitars. If you are one of them, you have to pick a guitar that fits your needs. We will review 5 best electric guitars and help you to make the right choice. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Body Shape
Pickup type
Pickup configuration
Number of strings
Body material
Neck / Fingerboard material
Neck fixation type
Number of frets
Bridge type
Sound controls
 
PROS
On buying this electric guitar, all the accessories are included: an amplifier, a chromatic tuner, a case for transportation as well as cables for connection and mediators.
CONS
Poor quality of connection cables.
OUR VERDICT
The kit will be good for everyone who wants to become a guitar player. Good for each style of pop music. A kit configuration may be different.
detailed parameters
Body Shape
Gibson Les Paul
Pickup type
Passive
Pickup configuration
2 humbuckers (HH)
Number of strings
6
Body material
Mahogany
Neck / Fingerboard material
Maple / Rosewood
Neck fixation type
4 bolts
Number of frets
22
Bridge type
Stopbar fixed system
Sound controls
Volume control, Tone control
PROS
This model is a bit thinner than the traditional Stratocaster that makes it lighter. This fact facilitates mastering this electric guitar.
CONS
A slight background noise can be presented due to three pickups.
OUR VERDICT
This electric guitar can be used well in genres such as blues and rock. A perfect choice for beginners.
detailed parameters
Body Shape
Fender Stratocaster
Pickup type
Passive
Pickup configuration
Combination: either 3 single-coils pickups (SSS) or a humbucker paired with two single-coil pickups (HSS)
Number of strings
6
Body material
Basswood
Neck / Fingerboard material
Maple / Rosewood
Neck fixation type
4 bolts
Number of frets
21
Bridge type
Adjustable bridge with 6-saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo
Sound controls
Volume control, 2 timbre controls, 5-way pickup toggle switch
PROS
The guitar is compatible with the up-to-date guitar software and game consoles. The humbucking pickup provides a pure sounding.
CONS
The pickup produces a slight static noise.
OUR VERDICT
This fully-featured guitar kit will be great for whizbang playing of heavy music such as metal, rock or punk.
detailed parameters
Body Shape
Stratocaster
Pickup type
Passive
Pickup configuration
1 humbucker
Number of strings
6
Body material
Basswood
Neck / Fingerboard material
Maple / Rosewood
Neck fixation type
4 bolts
Number of frets
22
Bridge type
Fixed bridge
Sound controls
Volume control, Tone control
PROS
The semi-hollow guitar body provides a special sound resonance, providing you and your listeners with premium sounding.
CONS
This guitar is not for playing heavy music.
OUR VERDICT
Oscar Schmidt is an excellent choice for playing rock and rock-n-roll music of 90s as well as for performing acoustic songs.
detailed parameters
Body Shape
Stratocaster
Pickup type
Passive
Pickup configuration
2 humbuckers
Number of strings
6
Body material
Mahogany
Neck / Fingerboard material
Maple / Rosewood
Neck fixation type
4 bolts
Number of frets
22
Bridge type
Tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece
Sound controls
2 volume controls, 2 tone controls, 3-way pickup toggle switch
PROS
The guitar is available in a huge variety of colors, so you can pick the one to express your individuality.
CONS
The neck is not adjustable.
OUR VERDICT
This ready-to-use guitar with an amplifier and all the necessary accessories will be quite the cheese for those who are just going to master playing.
detailed parameters
Body Shape
Stratocaster
Pickup type
Passive
Pickup configuration
1 humbucker
Number of strings
6
Body material
Maple
Neck / Fingerboard material
Maple / Maple
Neck fixation type
Jointed Neck
Number of frets
22
Bridge type
Fixed bridge
Sound controls
Volume control, Tone control

What is an Electric Guitar

Any electric guitar beginner faces a question: how to choose an appropriate electric guitar? Fans of rock, metal and blues give preference to buying an electric guitar. Naturally, everyone wants to look like their music idols and professionally master this beautiful music instrument. Unlike an acoustic guitar, the electric guitar works only with a sound amplifier. The electric guitar consists of a wooden body with built-in pickups and a fingerboard. The fingerboard is attached to the body, divided into frets, and has a “head” with pins for fixation and tuning of strings.

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What Features to Compare

Before you buy a guitar, you should decide on the style that you'd like to play. Electric guitars are all classified into two types: guitars with a solid body and guitars with a hollowed body (similar to acoustic guitars), so-called semi-acoustic electric guitars. The solid-body electric guitars are used to play heavy genres of music such as rock, hard rock and heavy metal. The semi-acoustic guitars are commonly used for playing blues and jazz.

Pickups

Pickups catch the vibrations of strings and convert them into an electrical signal, brought to the amplifier right after. In other words, pickups are the magnetic coils that serve as a microphone to produce a music sound. Pickups can be passive and active. Working off the mains, the active pickups amplify the sound, making it more powerful. The passive pickups don't amplify the sound, hence they are more reliable and popular. Now you can also choose between three pickup configurations:

Humbuckering pickup – the dual pickups (with two coils). The main feature of a humbucker is a rich, bright sound and a powerful output. It is perfect for heavy styles of music such as hard rock, heavy metal and melodies with the distortion effect.

Single-coil pickups – the pickups with a single coil. It provides a sonorous and clean sound. It fits well for both clean and distorted sounds and is perfect for solo playing.

Hum-cancelling pickup - these pickups are similar to a humbucker by the principle of work. They feature two coils too, but placed above each other. A lot of musicians use hum-cancelling pickups instead of single pickups in a recent time.

If you are a beginner and don't want to think about choosing a guitar, you should buy a guitar with a humbucker and a single coil pickup. You will be able to choose a pickup with a special switch on the guitar body. There are also volume and timbre controls to adjust the sound at the output of pickups and change the tone of high and low frequencies. The toggle switches allow a guitar player to set the guitar sound without touching an amplifier at all.

Shape and Material

The shape and material of body and fingerboard of electric guitar are also important. The guitars are made of wood - either maple, alder, mahogany or linden. The cover plates can be made of a different material and serve as a decoration or body protection. The fingerboard is usually either bolted to the guitar or just a neck-through. The options are available. By the way, it's commonly known that mahogany is more favorable for producing rich and low sound while alder is more suitable for producing clearer sounds. At the same time, maple and ash are good for producing aggressive sounds. For the matter, linden can become a golden mean for producing a mixture of sounds at an average pace.

There's a big number of electric guitars on the market, but only few would notice a difference in their shape. Manufacturers have been producing guitars of unique shapes and forms to achieve different sounding and vibrations, and named their products after their brands. 

The most frequently copied guitar is Stratocaster. More often than not, these electric guitars are made either of ash or alder. The fingerboard has got 21-22 frets and bolted to the body with 4 bolts. The pins for sound tuning are attached to the guitar and positioned abreast. 

Les Paul guitars are also very popular. They are mostly made of mahogany with a maple top. Glued to the body, the fingerboard has 22 frets, arranged 3x3 along the length accordingly. The cover plate is usually made of palisander.   

V-shaped solid-body guitars look like the flying arrows and are generally manufactured of mahogany and alder. The fingerboard can be made of  maple and contains 22- 24 frets and 6 pins arranged in a row. The V-shape guitars have changed over time, so “Explorer” model appeared. The solid-body guitars are usually made of mahogany. The fingerboard is glued to a body and features 22 frets and pins located 3+3. These guitars are supplied with 2 humbuckers. They are perfect for heavy music styles like metal and hard rock.

Bridge

Bridge is one of the main component parts of the electric guitar. Bridge affects the vibration of strings when playing. There are two types of bridge: vibrato and non-vibrato. The main peculiarity of the non-vibrato bridge is firm fixation of the strings to the body, with no whammy bar at all. Restringing can be done with only one hand. The advantage of the non-vibrato bridge is that it holds the tune better and considerably longer. 

The vibrato bridge includes the lever screwed into the bridge itself. A guitar player can change the tension of strings and the pitch tone accordingly. This bridge system is going to better suit more experienced musicians.

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Pickups

This guitar comprises 2 pickups which are also called humbuckers (HH). This electric guitar will be perfect to play different music styles, including heavy metal, rock, punk and even hard rock. In addition, you get an opportunity to switch between pickups (if you want to use one of them), using the handy switch located between the sound controls.

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Shape and Material

The body of this reasonably priced electric guitar for beginners is made of high-quality material which is used in expensive models — mahogany. The fingerboard is made of rosewood and is covered by palisander strip that makes the string sounding more sonorous. This guitar is made stylishly. A simple and well-known structure will allow you to reshape it into the Gibson guitar design with minor expenses.

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Bridge

The bridge is firmly fixed without an otion to make fine tuning adjustment. This makes it hold the tuning well, so that you can play it rather hard and achieve the best sounding. This guitar is surely a popular one. The guitar design was firstly introduced in 1954 on the Gibson Les Paul Custom and since then, it hasn't lost its popularity.

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Squier Strat Beginner

Pickups

There are two types of pickup configuration found in the Squier Bullet Stratocaster guitars. The first configuration features 3 single pickups which are perfect for soft music styles. The second configuration includes 2 single pickups and 1 humbucker; this configuration would be great for electric guitar beginners. This electric guitar is excellent to play alternative rock.

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Shape and Material

This electric guitar is made of durable materials: the fingerboard is covered with a palisander plate that affects the sound, making it more pleasant to the ear. It's also very nice to the touch so when playing it in a virtuoso manner, the fingers easily fly over the surface. The classic, recognizable shape of the Stratocaster guitar design is perfect for players with small hands. Most players who've ever played it agreed that it's super comfortable for playing and is good for all styles of music.

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Bridge

The main peculiarity of bridges with synchronized tremolo is that a player can increase or decrease the tension of strings using special tremolo. Pushing or pulling movement of tremolo changes the pitch of tone. This effect is widely used in blues and rock. Such well-known guitarists as Steve Vai and John Petrucci actively use tremolo during their play.

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Davison EB2350BKPK

Pickups

If you are a real music enthusiast, you will certainly appreciate this guitar kit by Davidson. It will be an excellent choice for playing any heavy music such as hard rock, heavy metal, and punk. The guitar is equipped with one passive humbucking pickup. The pure copacetic sounding provided by the pickup will allow you to play your favorite songs. Whether you play rhythm or solo parts, the output will mesmerize you and your listeners.

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Shape and Material

This electric guitar features the double-cutaway basswood body that reminds Stratocaster guitars. The body is polished and painted black, so the guitar looks austerely and magnificently. The fingerboard is attached to the body with 4 bolts, providing a highly reliable fixation. The guitar is full-scale, so it fits almost any user. The kit includes a carrying case with a handle for convenient storage and transportation and a strap for carrying the guitar over the shoulder.

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Bridge

Davison Guitars Black Electric Guitar features 6 strings held by the fixed chromed bridge. If the strings are out of tune, you can adjust their tension by rotating the pins on the guitar headstock. In addition, you have an opportunity to vary the tone and volume thanks to 2 controls on the guitar body. The guitar comes with an amplifier, cable, and a guitar pick, so you will have everything you need to start playing as soon as you get it!

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Oscar Schmidt OE30B CP

Pickups

This Oscar Schmidt electric guitar will certainly amaze everyone by clean and sonant sound. The OE-30 is the best for playing legendary rock or rock-n-roll hits of 90s. If you are a fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers, you will adore the sound of this guitar for sure. 2 humbuckers mounted into the body will generate an excellent tone and effectively reduce the unwanted noise. What is more, 4 controls will let you set the guitar tone and volume very accurately for every particular song.

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Shape and Material

Oscar Schmidt electric guitar is a semi-hollow model, hence it is best for playing jazz, blues, fusion, and rock-n-roll. The guitar is manufactured of high-quality materials, so you'll have no compunction after you'd have bought this super guitar. The double-cutaway body is made of mahogany and is bright-finished, having a stylish vintage look. The neck is connected to the body with 4 bolts and contains a truss rod for angle adjustment.

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Bridge

The guitar comes with 6 strings on the tune-o-matic fixed bridge with the stop tailpiece. Such design allows the bridge to hold the strings reliably when you pull or bend them during play. The tension of the strings is adjusted with the pins on the headstock. We are sure that Oscar Schmidt Hollow Body Electric Guitar will impress everyone with its sound and become a noteworthy item for any guitar player.

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Directly Cheap B0097BD7Z8

Pickups

DirectlyCheap Electric Guitar comes with a humbucker for a powerful cutting-edge rock sound. The body is fitted with the tone control that allows musicians to adjust the tonality for various songs. In addition, the guitar features the conveniently located volume control for loudness adjusting. All in all, this electric guitar will allow you to play various music including heavy metal, punk rock, grunge, and many more.

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Shape and Material

The guitar body and neck are made of a hard maple. The fingerboard is also made of maple, so the guitar looks very harmoniously. It should be noted that the manufacturer offers this guitar in a great variety of colors including black, blue, metallic blue, red, metallic red, pink, sparkle pink, purple, sparkle purple, silver, white, natural, sunburst. So you can choose the one you like best. Are you impressed? We are!

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Bridge

This Directly Cheap electric guitar features the chromed fixed bridge to align the strings. The strings are pulled through the body, so they sit firmly, keeping their tune well. The headstock incorporates 6 pins that allow you to set the string's tune according to any specific song. The guitar comes with an amplifier and accessories such as a connection cable and a shoulder strap. So, on purchasing this very guitar kit, you'll get a perfect musical instrument to play right out-of-the-box!

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1. Electric guitar, Wikipedia. November 14, 2016.

2. How to choose an electric guitar, wikiHow.

3. Dan Orkin The Reverb Guide to Buying Your First Guitar, Reverb. November 12, 2014.

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