The Best Electric Guitars Under $500
These are what we recommend as the best electric guitars in the $130 to $500 price range - updated for 2014. 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. If you are looking for your first guitar then you might like to read this advice from experts.
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:
Epiphone SG G-400 Pro
You can buy it for only $349.00 online. For the complete specs, visit the Epiphone SG G-400 Pro page.
You can buy it online for only $399.99. For more info visit Sweetwater.
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Current Retail price is at $399. For more info, visit the Epiphone Les Paul Standard page.
Fender Standard Stratocaster
It is currently selling for just under $500. Visit the Standard Strat page for further info.
This guitar is retailing online for $499. Check it out at the Parker PDF35 page.
You can order this guitar online for just under $500. For further details visit the Ibanez S520 page.
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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