Best cheap electric guitars under $500 2023: 10 epic electrics for smaller budgets (2023)

By Amit Sharma

Contributions from

Chris Gill, James Farmer, Matt McCracken

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These cheap electric guitars offer fantastic tone and great playability, all within a more wallet-friendly price range

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Are you looking for a bargain on a new guitar? The best cheap electric guitars under $500 might have you thinking that you’ll need to scrimp on quality, but you’ll actually be surprised at what you can get in this price range. With quality pickups, rock-solid hardware, and a whole range of different instrument types you can pick a gig-ready instrument from Squier, Epiphone, Schecter, Jackson, and many more major guitar brands for a lot less than you’d think.

It’s no longer the case that a cheap guitar automatically means it’ll play badly. Of course, you can still get some duds if you go below the unbranded, $100 mark, but if you’re willing to spend a little more, you can get yourself a guitar that’ll go from beginner right through to regular gigging workhorse. As the divide between foreign imports and American-made guitars blurs, you’ll find you don’t have to spend quite as much money to get a great playing and sounding instrument.

We’ve included some buying advice at the bottom of this page if you’d like to learn a little more about the instrument before purchasing. To see our top picks of some of the best cheap guitars available today, just keep scrolling.

Best cheap electric guitars under $500: Our top picks

If you want the absolute best in value for money, it’s almost impossible to beat the Epiphone Les Paul SL (opens in new tab). At this price, it’s truly a wondrous feat to pack in so much guitar. Despite the lack of dual humbuckers that you’d expect in this style of guitar, the two ceramic single coils offer a distinctive flavor all of their own.

If you want something that feels a bit more premium have a gander at the Squier Classic Vibe '70s Telecaster Thinline. It’s equipped with two Fender-designed wide-range humbuckers, a resonant maple semi-hollow body, and the build quality is absolutely fantastic. Definitely one to try if you want something that’s versatile.

If you want something a bit more metal, the Schecter Demon-6 (opens in new tab)is spot on for heavy riffs and fast lead work - with the finish to match its ethos. Coming with active pickups this shred machine excels at high gain, but thanks to the active electronics, has an articulate clean voice too.

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1. Epiphone Les Paul SL

A solid budget electric guitar with larger-than-life swagger


Body: Poplar

Neck: Mahogany

Scale: 24.75"

Frets: 22, medium-jumbo

Pickups: Epiphone 650SCR Ceramic Single-Coil (neck),Epiphone 700SCT Ceramic Single-Coil (bridge)

Controls: 3-way pickup selector, Master Volume, Master Tone

Left-Handed: No

Finishes: Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Pacific Blue, Sunset Yellow, Turquoise, Vintage Sunburst

Reasons to buy


Incredibly lightweight


Easy to play


Surprisingly muscular, clear pickups

Reasons to avoid


Not the typical Epiphone sound

A merger of the Les Paul Junior and the Melody Maker, the Epiphone Les Paul SL is one seriously kick-ass guitar. Its poplar body is light as a feather but still has all the substantial heft of a Les Paul Junior without feeling cumbersome. The SL features a custom single-ply pickguard that surrounds the two Epiphone 700SCT (bridge) and 650SCR (neck) ceramic single-coil pickups.

Aside from that though, the SL is a typical single-cut Les Paul Junior with no binding, a mahogany neck, a slim-taper D-profile neck shape, 22 medium jumbo frets, an adjustable intonated “wraparound” stop bar tailpiece, 'tophat' master volume and tone controls with a three-way toggle switch and premium die-cast 14:1 tuners.

Epiphone imbued the SL’s ceramic pickups with plenty of body and roundness, which gave these plump single coils a great deal of touch sensitivity. Even from a cranked amp, they still sound incredibly balanced and defined.

The guitar stands perfectly well on its own as an instrument that is poised for rock and blues, with a distinctive tone that cuts on its own terms. What’s even better is how flawlessly the guitar plays, thanks to Epiphone’s consistent textbook setup on its instruments.

Read our full Epiphone Les Paul SL review

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2. Schecter Demon-6

Unleash your inner shredder without breaking the bank


Body: Basswood

Neck: Maple

Scale: 25.5"

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Frets: 24

Pickups: Duncan Designed HB-105B humbucker (bridge), HB-105N (neck)

Controls: Volume, tone, 3-way selector

Hardware: Tune-o-matic bridge, Graph Tech XL Black Tusq nut

Left-handed: Yes

Finish: Crimson Red Burst

Reasons to buy


Smooth fretboard rewards a light touch

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Amazing high-gain tones


Great tuning stability

Reasons to avoid


Those looks aren't for everyone

Smooth, affordable, and ferocious all at once, the Schecter Demon-6 is perfect for unleashing your inner speed demon. The guitar's thin-C profile neck, cut from maple with a satin finish, is incredibly quick and rewards a light touch.

The bridge is simple but well-built, while the guitar's active pickups - powered by an easily accessible nine-volt battery - are absolutely terrific. Otherwise, the updated Demon-6 remains the same as its predecessors, with industrial black chrome hardware, burled tone, and volume knobs, and a Crimson Red Burst finish.

Tone-wise, the Demon-6 truly lives up to its name. The bridge humbucker is a workhorse with strong, growling mids and an absolutely diabolical amount of high-end - a gold mine for metal soloists, no doubt.

Those who don't wish to summon demonic forces with their playing will find that the Demon-6's cleaner tones are just as satisfying. Any punchy classic rock riffs are a breeze, while the cleanest settings yield startlingly articulate leads that are more than adequate for even the most subtle of parts. This electric guitar is - despite its maker's metal target audience - a true all-rounder.

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3. Squier Classic Vibe '70s Telecaster Thinline

The best cheap electric guitar under $500 if you want Thinline tones for less


Body: Maple, semi-hollow

Neck: Maple

Scale: 25.5"

Fingerboard: Maple

Frets: 21

Pickups: 2x Fender Designed Wide Range humbuckers

Controls: Volume, tone, 3-way selector

Hardware: Strings-through-body Telecaster bridge with six saddles

Left-handed: No

Finish: 3-Color Sunburst, Natural

Reasons to buy


Classic Tele Thinline look


Great attention to detail in the build


Airy Thinline tones

Reasons to avoid


Some players may prefer a satin neck finish

Squier's take on the classic '70s Fender Telecaster Thinline brings the guitar's iconic looks and sound to the table at an incredibly affordable price point. With a white pearloid scratchplate, finely carved f-hole, and Fender-embossed humbuckers, Squier's version of the guitar certainly looks the part. Though like most other Squier guitars, the Modified '72 Telecaster Thinline features a gloss-finished modern C neck, the guitar's performance, and tone - considering its price tag - are simply phenomenal.

The '70s Telecaster Thinline's cleans from the neck and middle positions are rock-solid. Reminiscent of the sounds produced by fat P-90-esque single coils, they pack plenty of punch, while the semi-hollow body makes for a woodier, less aggressive tone than you'd get from a straight-up solid body.

The bridge humbucker yields a much more formidable voice that would sound right at home coming from an overdriven, cranked-to-11 valve amp. The guitar's open midrange makes it ideal for both delicate fingerpicking and massive, in-your-face rock riffing. Like its Fender-produced big brother, the Squier Modified '72 Telecaster Thinline is a beautiful instrument that can wear any number of hats.

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4. Sterling by Music Man Cutlass CT30

A great, low-cost alternative to your standard s-type guitar


Body: Poplar

Neck: Hard Maple

Scale Length: 25.5"

Fingerboard: Maple/Laurel

Frets: 22

Pickups: HSS/SSS

Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone

Hardware: Diecast tuning machines, Fulcrum tremolo bridge

Left-handed: No

Finishes: Daphne Blue (SSS), Charcoal Frost (SSS), Fiesta Red (SSS), Vintage Cream (HSS), Stealth Black (HSS)

Reasons to buy


Easy to play satin neck


Well balanced pickups


Excellent build quality

Reasons to avoid


Single tone knob is a bit limiting

If you’re after something a little different from your regular s-type guitar then the Sterling by Music Man Cutlass is a top-quality option at a relatively low price point. The price of a full-fat Music Man is enough to make anybody wince, but this guitar embodies the same spirit at a much lower cost.

Played clean it’s got a lovely sweet tonality and the pickups are pretty hot, in the bridge position especially you’ll find it to be really bright. Add in some overdrive and it has got a healthy growl that’s great for power chords.

The satin finish on the necks makes this guitar really easy to play, with a curved neck join for great upper fret access. The two-pivot bridge takes a little setting up, but once you get it right, works really well to add some flutter and shimmer to your playing.

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5. Squier Affinity Stratocaster FMT HSS

Bag the versatility of a Strat for less


Body: Poplar

Neck: Maple

Scale: 25.5"

Fingerboard: Maple

Frets: 21

Pickups: Ceramic Humbucker/Ceramic Single-Coil/Ceramic Single-Coil

Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup) 5-way switch

Hardware: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Block Saddles

Left-handed: Yes

Finish: Sienna Sunburst, Black Burst

Reasons to buy


HSS pickup configuration


Flame Top


70’s style large headstock

Reasons to avoid


Some players may prefer SSS set up

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The Fender Strat has long been considered one of the most versatile guitars of all time, and when you throw a high-output ceramic humbucker into the mix, it gets even better.

The Affinity series may be the entry-level point into the varied catalog of Fender guitars, but it certainly doesn’t hold back on quality. Featuring an attractive flame maple top, a slim and comfortable C-shaped neck, and the iconic large 70s headstock, it’s hard to believe this guitar comes in under $500!

The ace up the sleeve of this budget-friendly Strat is the Squier humbucker and single-coil neck and middle pickups. This allows you to achieve any tone imaginable with a simple flick of the 5-way selector switch.

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6. Epiphone Coronet

A single pickup time capsule from Epiphone


Body: Mahogany

Neck: Mahogany

Scale: 24.75”

Frets: 22

Pickups: 1x PRO P90 Dogear

Controls: Master volume, Master tone

Left-Handed: No

Finishes: Ebony, Cherry

Reasons to buy


Super cool old-school looks


Single P90 sounds killer


Mahogany body offers warmth and sustain

Reasons to avoid


Bridge setup is quite minimalistic

The Epiphone Coronet, first introduced as a reliable and solid entry-level guitar back in 1959, is an icon of Epiphone’s solid-body guitar range. Reissued multiple times since the Coronet has proven itself to be a firm favorite. We can see why.

Equipped with a single Dogear P90 in the bridge position, the Coronet means business from first glance. You can expect gritty, abrasive-driven tones perfect for blues and rock, and with it being a fat single coil, the cleans are smooth, punchy, and prominent in any mix.

The Coronet’s hardware configuration continues the minimalistic theme, with a fixed wrap-over bridge and vintage-style machine heads adorning this straight-to-the-point axe. For under $500, this is ideal for anyone who wants to make a no-frills racket on a budget.

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7. Sterling By Music Man Albert Lee HH

Incredible tonal variety at a mouth-watering price


Body: Mahogany

Neck: Hard Maple

Scale Length: 25.5"

Fingerboard: Jatoba

Frets: 22

Pickups: HH

Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone

Hardware: Diecast tuning machines, Fulcrum tremolo bridge

Left-handed: No

Finishes: Trans Walnut, Black, Daphne Blue

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Reasons to buy


Amazing tonal variety


Adjustable solid saddles are a nice touch

Reasons to avoid


Styling may not be everyone's cup of tea

The Sterling by Music Man Albert Lee HH provides the eye-grabbing looks and the amazing buffet of tones supplied by its Ernie Ball Music Man-produced counterpart at a price that won't make you cringe when you check your bank account post-purchase.

Like the Ernie Ball Music Man version, the Sterling Albert Lee HH is built with an African Mahogany body and two humbuckers wired to a five-way switch. The vintage tremolo, optional on the Ernie Ball Music man edition of the instrument, comes standard.

Though it lacks the DiMarzios its big brother features, the Albert Lee HH's Sterling by Music Man four-conductor humbuckers certainly don't slouch themselves. From gorgeous, ringing cleans to chunkier single-coil sounds that charge forth with impressive clout, the Albert Lee HH punches well above its weight.

With its sturdy, player-friendly construction and dazzling tonal variety, you can see why Lee was convinced to abandon his signature vintage Teles to design his own standout mode - now available at an affordable price.

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8. Jackson King V JS32T

One of the best budget electric guitar deals on a metal guitar


Body: Poplar

Neck: 1-piece Maple

Scale Length: 25.5"

Fingerboard: Amaranth

Frets: 24

Pickups: Jackson High-Output Humbucking (Neck and Bridge)

Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone

Hardware: Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuning machines, Jackson TOM-Style Adjustable String-Through-Body Bridge

Left-Handed: No

Finishes: Ferrari Red, Gloss Black

Reasons to buy


Sustain for days


Equally great for metal rhythm and leads


Looks amazing

Reasons to avoid


More finishes would be nice

Sleek, and chock-full of visual and sonic attitude, the Jackson King V JS32T is simply one of the best bang-for-your-buck deals in the metal guitar market today. With Jackson's trademark pointy headstock and Sharkfin position inlays, this thing makes a hell of an impression before you even play a note.

The King V JS32T features a bolt-on, graphite-reinforced maple speed neck with 24 jumbo frets and a 12" to 16" compound radius. The guitar's two Jackson humbucking pickups are fitted with ceramic magnets.

The King V JS32T's tone is incredibly aggressive, while its sustain would please even the Nigel Tufnels of the world. The guitar's compound radius makes it incredibly easy to play. Sustained, steady riffage and hurricane-speed shredding both end up being a piece of cake as a result.

Its low action also lends a hand to the instrument's shredding prowess, while also paving the way for titanic string bends. Lean, mean, and incredibly easy on the wallet, the Jackson King V JS32T is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

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9. Ibanez S521

The look (and tones) of an Ibanez at a terrifically low price


Body: Meranti

Neck: Maple

Scale Length: 25.5"

Fingerboard: Jatoba

Frets: 24

Pickups: Quantum (H) (neck and bridge)

Controls: 5-way pickup switch, Master Volume, Master Tone

Left-Handed: Yes

Finishes: Ocean Fade Metallic, Blackberry Sunburst

Reasons to buy


Terrific sustain


Beautiful, classic Ibanez look


Great playability

Reasons to avoid


Clean tones do occasionally leave a bit to be desired

The latest evolution in Ibanez's S series, the S521 gets you the look (and a lot of the great tones) of an Ibanez at a terrifically low price. The guitar's rosewood fretboard is two-octave and features 24 jumbo frets, while its mahogany body is coated in an eye-catching burst finish.

Quantum pickups (in the neck and bridge) plus a five-way switch also come as standard. Overall, the Wizard III maple neck is well-constructed and reliable. The Cosmo black finish on the S521's hardware adds an elegant touch to the low-budget model.

The S521's fretboard is incredibly quick, and smooth as silk. Tonally, though the guitar's cleans aren't always top-notch, its mid-range is phenomenal. On the higher end, its articulation is quite good and expressive, with leads sounding lean but nimble. In addition to its rock-solid variety of tones, the S521's sustain stands out within its price range.

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10. Yamaha Revstar RSE20

Yamaha's stylish take on a classic design


Body: Chambered mahogany

Neck: 3-piece mahogany

Scale Length: 24.75”

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Frets: 22

Pickups: YGD-designed VH3 covered humbuckers

Controls: 3-way lever pickup selector switch, volume and tone (with pull-push Dry Switch high‑pass filter)

Left-Handed: Yes

Finishes: Neon Yellow, Black, Red Copper, Swift Blue, Vintage White

Reasons to buy


Very resonant


The Dry Switch is very handy


Tidy builds.

Reasons to avoid


Some players may prefer a Les Paul or SG

It's fair to say we've been massive fans of the Revstar series since their debut in 2015, and with Yamaha recently updating the guitars to improve their playability, comfort, and visuals, we couldn't be happier.

These stylish and well-crafted instruments now come with a lightweight chambered mahogany body, which Yamaha says is to "sculpt tone and reduce weight". The RSE20 is also loaded with a dual set of Yamaha Alnico V humbuckers, which, when paired with a 5-way selector switch and the Revstar's high-pass "Dry" switch, deliver endless tonal possibilities.

For us, the Yamaha RSE20 proves that you can get a reliable, great-playing, and stellar-sounding guitar for under $500. It's worth noting that the left-handed model costs slightly more than $500, but despite this, we still think it's worth it!

Read our full Yamaha Revstar RSE20 review

Best cheap electric guitars under $500: Buying advice

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Are guitars under $500 worth it?

In short - yes! To be honest, in this day and age, it's pretty difficult to track down a genuinely awful guitar. Advancements in technology have made high-quality instruments more accessible than ever before, with anyone being able to pick up a giggable guitar for well under $500!

While there is certainly an allure to expensive and premium six-strings, some guitarists just prefer to opt for a cheaper, more accessible model over a hand-crafted Custom Shop guitar at times.

For example, Biffy frontman and lead ax-slinger Simon Neil headlined Glastonbury playing his signature Classic Vibe Strat, andMike Rutherford of Genesis played arenas with a $200 Squier Bullet. So, if this doesn't reassure you that the best cheap electric guitars under $500 are worth their salt, then we're not sure what else to say!

What makes a great budget electric guitar?

It’s all well and good for a guitar to be cheap, but a guitar has to be more than just affordable for us to include it in this guide to the best electric guitars under $500. For starters, the guitar should be well-built, finished to a reasonable standard, and sound great. Each of the hand-selected guitars on this list certainly meets this criteria and offers bags of style and superb value for money.

When looking at guitars in this price bracket, it’s essential to check the common areas in which entry-level guitars tend to fall down.

Frets can make or break your new cheap electric guitar. Now, thankfully most guitar brands won’t let a guitar out of the factory with a bad fret job, but it’s always worth checking them out just to be sure. Are the edges a bit sharp? Do they protrude out from the edge of the fingerboard? If so, we’d take a visit to a guitar tech to get those sorted out. Sharp frets will stop you wanting to play the guitar - and that’s exactly what we don’t want to happen.

Hardware is another crucial factor in what makes a cheap electric guitar good. All of the guitars in this guide feature solid and durable hardware which, if cared for and maintained correctly, will see you through most of, if not all of your guitar playing career. If your hardware isn’t up to scratch, you’ll have problems with your tuning, intonation and the playability of your guitar will suffer - so we think it’s worth spending some money and getting a well-made instrument with good hardware.

The neck of a guitar - being the part you hold in your hand whenever you play - needs to be comfortable in your hands. Now, going to a guitar store is the best answer here, as you can hold a few in your hands and see what feels right for you, but if you’re buying online, there are a few things to take note of. Most of the time, online guitar stores will tell you if the neck is thin, fat, wide, narrow, gloss-finished, satin-finished in their product descriptions - but if that’s not the case, most guitar stores will be happy to take a phone call if you want to double-check.

Pickups and electronics are also important - but not nearly as important as how a guitar feels to play. Of course, it helps for everything on your guitar to be perfect from the get go, but if you love a guitar and hate the pickups, you can always swap them out. If that’s the case, it might be worth checking out our best electric guitar pickups guide.

What style of guitar should I choose?

The first thing to consider when choosing from among the best budget electric guitars under $500 is what kind of tone you hear in your head. Is it darker and warmer? Thinner and slinkier? Somewhere in between?

To get an idea, look into the specs of the guitars wielded by your biggest guitar heroes or the players you’re attempting to sound like.

Funk players inspired by Nile Rodgers might gravitate towards Fender Stratocaster style guitars because of their single-coil pickups and five-way tone switch. Most Strat-style guitars also use body woods like alder or ash that are perfect for cutting through above any rhythm section, whereas heavy metal guitarists tend to prefer the hellfire of mahogany bodies wired with hotter humbucker pickups, in some cases with active circuitry.

Jazz guitarists, on the other hand, might gravitate to the woollier sound of a semi-acoustic with flatwound electric guitar strings. It’s worth bearing in mind that all of these factors will affect the tone of an instrument before any further coloration from amplifiers or pedals.

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Guitars can come with a lot of different features that vary from model to model. For example, some come with a vibrato or whammy bar. If this isn’t something you see yourself taking advantage of, then it may be wise to avoid it. Likewise, a guitar with a locking tremolo such as a Floyd Rose requires a little more work to maintain and restring, so if you don’t need it, go for a fixed bridge guitar.

Then there’s the physical aspect of holding a guitar for hours on end. Do you prefer the sonic muscle of something heavy or instead like the idea of something less taxing on the spinal column? Ultimately, you should go with whatever feels most natural under the fingers. Try as many models as you can. See if you can remember what was different about the guitars you liked and the ones you didn’t, bearing in mind that action and string gauges can always be adjusted to suit each player.

Read more about our rating system, how we choose the gear we feature, and exactly how we test each product.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles likeTotal Guitar,MusicRadarandGuitar Worldfor over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences. He's interviewed everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handling lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).

With contributions from

  • Chris Gill
  • James Farmer
  • Matt McCrackenJunior Deals Writer


Which guitar is best in low price? ›

Guitars for beginners: Affordable choices for you
Guitars for beginnersKey highlightsApproximate price on Amazon
Kadence Acoustica Series Semi-Acoustic GuitarPrimarily made from rosewoodRs 7,500
Juarez JRZ-ST02 6-String Electric GuitarWith 18 fretsRs 5,800
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Are cheap electric guitars any good? ›

Most cheap guitars don't come with a decent setup out of the box. However, with a proper adjustment, they can perform well. It is the most cost-effective and affordable way to make the setup yourself, but you can also ask a shop for a reasonable price that would not exceed a higher-tier instrument.

Is a $500 dollar guitar good? ›

$500 represents the point where the guitars on offer change from being more beginner-focused to being suitable for intermediate players – although considering options like the Squier Classic Vibe and Epiphone Standard ranges, they're nothing short of great guitars for 'beginner' money.

What is considered a cheap electric guitar? ›

Entry-level Guitars: $180 or less

Entry-level guitars usually have a price tag around $99 – $180, or even less if it isn't a well-known brand (read that: cheap knockoff). You'll often find these guitars in those all-in-one guitar bundles that include a gig bag, strap, maybe an amp, as well as other accessories.

Which guitar has best sound quality? ›

  • Yamaha AC1M.
  • Fender CC-60S.
  • Gibson G-45.
  • Guild OM-240 CE.
  • Epiphone Hummingbird Pro.
  • Fender Newporter Player.
  • Martin D-28.
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Are cheap guitars worth upgrading? ›

If you own a super cheap guitar, something in the price range between $100 and $200, most upgrades won't be a good idea. However, guitars that are over $300, are worth upgrading. I would recommend getting a few new parts that will completely change the way you feel about your guitar.

Is it okay to buy cheap guitar? ›

Guitars that are very cheap also offer very poor quality. A good instrument is the one that is made out of good wood. The cheap guitars are made of recomposed raw materials that neither do have strength or durability. Imagine you want to buy a New phone and what are the features that phone worth 4000 is offering.

What's the easiest electric guitar to play? ›

Solidbody Guitars are the Easiest to Play

There are three types of electric guitars—hollow body, semi-hollow body, and solid body. Of these three, solid body electric guitars are the most recommended by experts in terms of comfort and playability.

What is the cheapest upgrade for a guitar? ›

Electronics. Often disregarded as an afterthought or something that's the same within all guitars no matter the price - the potentiometers, wiring, capacitors, and selector switches are among the best, cheapest and easiest upgrades you can offer your guitar.

How much should I pay for a decent guitar? ›

So, to sum up, good quality beginner acoustic guitars cost around $100 – $400, intermediates range between $400 – $1000, and professional acoustics are $1000 and more. But don't be scared that you aren't getting a high-quality acoustic if you are paying less than $1000.

Which guitar is best investment? ›

Gibson and Fender models from the 1950s and 60s are highly valuable. Guitars owned or played by celebrities can be valuable. There are many ways to invest in vintage guitars.

Is it worth buying a guitar from a pawn shop? ›

Yes!!! Buy a guitar from a pawn shop near you. Musicians are continually selling or trading in guitars so they can upgrade their gear. It is always a great idea to take advantage of their used guitars, which are typically in really great shape when they hit the shelf at the pawnshop.

How much should a beginner spend on an electric guitar? ›

A good ballpark cost for a decent, beginner guitar is anywhere between $200 and $800. Depending on your means, your previous experience, and your commitment to learning, this is different for every individual.

How long do cheap electric guitars last? ›

Most cheap guitars will have a maximum lifespan of 10 years if used regularly with average maintenance. You can even make an affordable electric or classical guitar to last up to 30 years if you maintain it well.

How much should I spend on a good electric guitar? ›

The cost of an electric guitar should range between $200 and $400, with a minimum of $200 required. If you want to purchase an acoustic or classical, you should spend at least $150 and no more than $250. Most electric guitars are priced between $600 and $900, with the least expensive falling between $200 and $2000.

What is the most popular guitar in the world? ›

Simply said, Gibson and Fender are the two most popular guitar brands.

Which company has best guitar? ›

  • Fender. Fender is one of the best guitar brands in India and also the world. ...
  • Yamaha. Yamaha is one of the best guitar brands in the world. ...
  • Ibanez. Ibanez is a Japanese guitar brand that originated in the city of Nagoya. ...
  • Jackson. ...
  • Cort Guitars. ...
  • Epiphone. ...
  • Scheter. ...
  • PRS Guitars.
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Which guitars stay in tune best? ›

No one particular electric guitar stays in tune the best. Any guitar that is set up properly will hold its tune. However, guitars with certain characteristics such as locking tuners, a high-quality guitar nut, a fixed bridge, or a locking tremolo system will hold their tune better.

Do smaller guitars sound better? ›

While tonewoods will affect overall tonality, smaller bodies will generally have less presence and a narrower dynamic range. The sound will often have more mid-range but is always precise and articulate, hence the desirability of a small body guitar for recording purposes.

Is it worth having 2 guitars? ›

So, on a very basic level, it's recommended that a guitarist should, at very least, own one electric guitar and one acoustic guitar. Playing an acoustic guitar is a very different experience than playing electric, and can help you to even improve your skills.

Does price of guitar matter? ›

The answer is yes, expensive guitars will most likely always be of better quality than cheaper guitars. The detail in which the guitars are made, the type of materials used and how well the adjustments are made is what increases the quality of a guitar, therefore the price.

How long do cheap guitars last? ›

So, what is the average lifespan of a guitar? The roughest estimation would be around 10 years for a cheap acoustic\classical guitar. On the other hand, even cheap electric guitars will be able to last a lot longer, 20-30 years.

What's the difference between a cheap electric guitar and an expensive one? ›

Some guitars cost as little as $150 while others cost over $3,000. But what separates a cheap guitar from an expensive guitar? Well, in short, the main differences between cheap and expensive electric guitars are the construction and workmanship, pickups, hardware, and aesthetics.

How much does a good cheap guitar cost? ›

A cheap electric guitar of decent quality can be purchased for around $300-350. Due to their more advanced design and need of electronic components, cheap electric guitars will be more expensive than cheap acoustic guitars. This price range still affords a good variety of options for players of all genres.

Which guitar has the easiest neck to play? ›

Answer: There is no certain answer, but the most common one or generally considered the easiest to play is the C shape guitar neck, found on many Fender Stratocaster type guitars.

What is the hardest thing to play on guitar? ›

Top 5 Most Difficult Guitar Songs
  • Joe Satriani – The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing.
  • John Petrucci – Damage Control.
  • Steve Vai – Juice.
  • Eddie Van Halen – Eruption.
  • Animals as Leaders – CAFO.
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What is the hardest type of guitar to play? ›

In many cases, the traditional steel-string Acoustic guitar can be the hardest to play. The strings tend to have a heavier gauge which makes things harder when first learning. The metal strings also means that your fingers will ache after playing while new to the instrument.

Which guitar is best for beginners in low price? ›

The Fender Acoustic Guitar is the best choice for both beginners and professionals offering a great sound and feel that will inspire you. The Fender Acoustic Guitar is the best choice for both beginners and professionals offering a great sound and feel that will inspire you.

What is a fair price for a guitar? ›

The price range for beginners is usually between $100 and $300. While it is possible to find something even cheaper, it would be a waste of money since most of the cheap models are unplayable. If you have experience playing music, you will have to invest between $300 and $800 for a better model.

Do guitars increase in value with age? ›

Age: While an older guitar will generally command a greater value than a newer one, there are many model-specific exceptions. Consulting price guides and checking the prices of similar models will help zero in on a value.

What is the lowest price of guitar? ›

  • ₹ 2,800Acoustic Guitar( price negotiable) ...
  • ₹ 2,100Brand new guitars wholesale price. ...
  • ₹ 5,900Acoustic Guitar with equalizer at best price. ...
  • ₹ 4,400Guitars at best price. ...
  • ₹ 20,000Guitar, Amp, Processor for sale - Price Negotiable. ...
  • ₹ 3,500guitar in cheap price. ...
  • ₹ 6,999Guitar at best price.

How many hours does it take to master guitar? ›

More Arbitrary Ratings of Proficiency
LevelHours NeededDaily Practice Investment
Beginning625156 days
Intermediate125010 months
Advanced25001.8 years
Expert50003.5 years
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What guitars go up in value? ›

Gibson. Gibson guitars are hands down the best guitars in terms of resale value. Everyone and their mother know the brand, so it's the first thing people think of when they're in the market for a guitar. Gibson guitars have several iconic guitar models such as the Gibson Les Paul and the Gibson SG.

What is best month to buy a guitar? ›

It is best to purchase a guitar during the months of November and December. Guitar sales are at their busiest this time of year as stores are in the black and have enough new inventory to fill out their shelves. In addition, the sale of used guitars is also more profitable due to higher turnover.

Which guitar model is best? ›

List of Best Guitars for Beginners
  • Kadence Frontier Series Acoustic Guitar. Kadence is one of the best guitar brands in India. ...
  • Fender CD-60S Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar. ...
  • Yamaha Pacifica012. ...
  • Juarez Acoustic Guitar. ...
  • Fender Squier Bullet Mustang. ...
  • Intern INT-38C. ...
  • Blueberry R-701. ...
  • Yamaha F280.

What's worth a lot of money at a pawn shop? ›

Items such as fine jewelry, collectibles, coins and firearms can be worth a lot of money at a pawn shop.

What percentage does a pawn shop give you? ›

How Pawn Shops Work. At a pawn shop, you leave your property and, in return, the pawnbroker typically lends you approximately 25% to 60% of the item's resale value. The most commonly pawned items are jewelry, electronic and photography equipment, musical instruments, and firearms.

What do pawn shops give the most money for? ›

What do pawn shops pay the most for? Pawn stores usually pay the most for jewelry like diamonds and gold, timepieces, coins, vintage sneakers, designer purses, and handbags. However, every pawn shop can buy high-ticket items, including vehicles, real estate, and jewelry.

What should I buy to start playing electric guitar? ›

The bare minimum is a guitar, an amp, a wire, and a pick. You'll probably want some extras, such as a strap, tuner, case, etc. But, to get started, those four fundamentals will enable you to begin playing the electric guitar.

How many hours a day should I practice electric guitar? ›

For most people, 30–90 minutes per day seems to be a good goal. Total beginners may see good results in just 15 minutes per day.

Which guitar is best for first time? ›

However, an electric guitar may be the best beginner guitar for learning, as it is usually a little easier to play since the neck is narrower and the strings are easier to press down.

Can cheap electric guitar sound good? ›

Yes, they can. If you are good enough, you can make any guitar sound good. Also, the amp and strings you are using have a huge impact on your tone. So if you replace stock strings with better ones and choose a solid amp, you can sound really good with a cheap guitar.

How long do electric guitar strings last? ›

The average lifespan of electric guitar strings is roughly 2-3 months. If they are well looked after – that means cleaning the strings regularly to remove the oils from your fingers, using string conditioners and keeping your guitar at the right temperature and not in humid conditions – then they may last longer.

Are old electric guitars good? ›

Most old electric guitars sound rubbish. Electric guitars, even cheap ones, are generally much better now than they were forty years ago. Technology has advanced, and manufacturing has improved. However, electric guitars that are old and are in music shops are generally much better.

Is a $300 guitar good? ›

You don't have to break the bank to get a great instrument. Despite many preconceptions, there are still plenty of gems to be found among electric guitars under the $300 bracket. While they may have imperfections in their build and tend to possess less than spectacular pickups, they're far from bad guitars.


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