The Best Electric Guitars Under $500
These are what we recommend as the best electric guitars in the $130 to $500 price range. Although it is possible to find some that are cheaper if you look hard enough - we haven't found any below this price range that are of good enough quality for us to recommend them.
The models below are listed in order of price - not the manufacturer's suggested price - but the lower prices you can actually buy your electric guitar for at online music gear stores.
Best Electric Guitars Under $200
For the best in the budget price range, suitable for beginners, there is a clear leading brand - Epiphone. They produce budget versions of some of the more famous Gibson guitars like the 'Les Paul'. The other big name brand here is Squire, and they make affordable versions of Fender guitars like the famous Stratocaster.
But they're not the only good guitars in this price range, so here's our recommended Top 5 electric guitars under $200:
Squier Bullet Strat
Look around and you'll find this selling for a little under $130. Go to the Squire Bullet page for more information.
Epiphone Les Paul Special II
It usually sells online for $149. Go to Sweetwater for complete specs.
The street price is $199.99. Go to the Ibanez GRX70QA site for full specs.
Best Electric Guitars Under $500
There are some great guitars in this price range, including actual Fender model. Here is our pick of the Best 5 electric guitars under $500:
You can buy it online for only $399.99. For more info visit Sweetwater.
You can buy it for only $249.00 online. For the complete specs, visit the Epiphone G-310 page.
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Current Retail price is at $399. For more info, visit the Epiphone Les Paul Standard page.
Schecter Damien Elite-6
It sports active EMG 81/85 humbucker pickups and 24 jumbo sized frets to let you shred with the best of them. The abalone fret inlays and the shiney finish on the quilted maple top are things you'd usually expect in a more expensive model.
It's listed online at $499. For full specs, visit the Damien Elite-6 page.
Fender Standard Stratocaster
It is currently selling for just under $500. Visit the Standard Strat page for further info.
Thank you to Sweetwater for their sponsorship and providing the full specifications for the guitars above where possible. You can see more electric guitars at www.sweetwater.com/shop/guitars/electric-guitars/
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