What is the best electric guitar in the following price ranges?

This is my first electric guitar and second guitar ( I have an acoustic )

Best beginner guitar under 0?
Best beginner guitar from 0-0?
Best beginner guitar from 0-0?

Also, what amp do you recommend for each guitar?

Chosen Answer:

Hello there,

I know of no decent guitar that is priced new under 0. You can get a used Squier Strat for under 0.

Under 0 has some choice. You are probably looking a a Squier Strat in this price range. The Squier Standard is decent. The Squier Deluxe is better.

Under 0 opens things up more. If you want a whammy bar, you need a guitar with a tremolo bridge. It is not practical to add one to an inexpensive guitar. So decide if you want a whammy bar. If you do not want a whammy bar, then look at the guitars with fixed bridges. My first choice would be an Epiphone Les Paul. If you do want a whammy bar, then look at the guitars with a tremolo bridge. That means a Strat or Strat clone. My first choice would be the Fender Standard Stratocaster (MIM).

Amps? Most beginners under estimate the importance of the amp and speakers in how good they will sound. They want to buy a great guitar and think that any cheap small practice amp will do. You only sound as good as your speakers, no matter what guitar you are playing. I suggest a small practice amp (10 to 25 watts with a 6 to 8 inch speaker). Those speakers will make you sound thin and tinny. So no matter what price the guitar, I would never suggest any amp less than a 1×12 combo. A combo amp is where the amplifier and speaker are in the same cabinet. 1×12 means it has one 12 inch speaker. For a beginner my top choices are the Line 6 Spider 30 watt 1×12 and the Fender Mustang II 40 watt 1×12. Both have a little more power than a small practice amp and therefore will handle gain and distortion without running out of head room. The 12 inch speaker will give you a richer fuller tone.

Later,
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on: 6th May 11

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2 Responses to What is the best electric guitar in the following price ranges?

  1. Norm Jones says:

    Hello there,

    I know of no decent guitar that is priced new under $100. You can get a used Squier Strat for under $100.

    Under $300 has some choice. You are probably looking a a Squier Strat in this price range. The Squier Standard is decent. The Squier Deluxe is better.

    Under $600 opens things up more. If you want a whammy bar, you need a guitar with a tremolo bridge. It is not practical to add one to an inexpensive guitar. So decide if you want a whammy bar. If you do not want a whammy bar, then look at the guitars with fixed bridges. My first choice would be an Epiphone Les Paul. If you do want a whammy bar, then look at the guitars with a tremolo bridge. That means a Strat or Strat clone. My first choice would be the Fender Standard Stratocaster (MIM).

    Amps? Most beginners under estimate the importance of the amp and speakers in how good they will sound. They want to buy a great guitar and think that any cheap small practice amp will do. You only sound as good as your speakers, no matter what guitar you are playing. I suggest a small practice amp (10 to 25 watts with a 6 to 8 inch speaker). Those speakers will make you sound thin and tinny. So no matter what price the guitar, I would never suggest any amp less than a 1×12 combo. A combo amp is where the amplifier and speaker are in the same cabinet. 1×12 means it has one 12 inch speaker. For a beginner my top choices are the Line 6 Spider 30 watt 1×12 and the Fender Mustang II 40 watt 1×12. Both have a little more power than a small practice amp and therefore will handle gain and distortion without running out of head room. The 12 inch speaker will give you a richer fuller tone.

    Later,

  2. spidergoat2 says:

    I would stick with guitars in the $300-600 range. The reason is that you can get professional quality guitars, new or used, in that price range. The better the guitar, the more you will like to play it. And a good quality guitar will last your whole life if you want it to. All of my guitars except one have been under $600 and at least 2 of them are so good I’d never part with them.

    Brand new, I’d look at a Paul Reed Smith SE (Student Edition) guitar. These are extremely well made and fantastic playing guitars. A number of professionals use them. Also G&L Tribute series are in that price range.

    You may not be familiar with PRS or G&L but they are among the best made guitars in the world. If you purchase one of these, you might never need another guitar.

    If you are a beginner, I’d recommend getting a Fender G-DEC. It’s not exactly an amplifier but more computer with a speaker. they are not really suitable for gigging but they are the best practice amps made. The G-DEC has a number of built-in amp and effects and a variety of customizable rhythm tracks to jam with. It will make practicing fun.

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