Best Values in Electric and Acoustic-Electric Guitars

The most popular brands among electric guitar manufacturers include Fender, Gibson, Schecter, Jackson, Dean, B.C. Rich, First Act, Fernandes, Ibanez, Hofner, J. Reynolds, Silvertone, SX, and Steinberger. The instrument can be purchased singly or as a package where the paraphernalia include at the very least an amplifier and a gig bag.

Prices for electric guitars range from $60 to upwards of $10K for certain Gibson, Fender, and Ibanez models. Reasonable beginner guitars and kits start in the $150 range. Below are our best value picks among electric guitars:


ProductThumbnailBest PriceDescription
Squier by Fender BulletStrat$120Basswood body with gloss polyurethane finish. Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets, 3 single-coil strat pickups, synchronous tremolo with cast saddles, master volume with 2 tone controls with 5 position pickup selector switch. Excellent overall value – fret filing may be required on some pieces.
Epiphone LP Special II Les Paul Collection Electric Guitar, Vintage Sunburst$169Construction is a combination of Mahogany (Neck), Rosewood (Fretboard), and Basswood (body material). Authentic LP tone makes it a great beginner choice or as a workhorse guitar for pros. 1 tone and 1 volume control.
Yamaha Gigmaker Electric Guitar Package$260Excellent craftsman ship and playability in the PAC012 Guitar. 12Watt RMS Amp. Includes Gig Bag, Chromatic Tuner, Guitar Cable, Picks, Instructional DVD, Strap Strings, and Tremolo Bar. Cable and Strap are cheap and will need replacement quickly. Excellent choice for a beginners guitar package.
Epiphone LP Standard Les Paul Collection Electric Guitar in Ebony$400Mahogany body, Maple top, Alnico Classic Humbucker pickups, Rosewood fretboard. Epiphone’s flagship model – great alternative to the original Gibson Les Paul guitars that go for a few 1000s.
Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar in Worn Brown Satin$800Traditional Rounded Neck Profile, Mahogany Back and Maple Top, 22-Fret Rosewood or Ebony Fingerboards, Chambered Body for Perfect Tone Balance and Weight.

The most popular brands among acoustic-electric guitar manufacturers include Fender, Gibson, Washburn, Taylor, Takamine, Breedlove, Dean, and Epiphone. Again, the guitar can be purchased in itself or as a kit with accessories such as an amplifier, instructional videos, and a gig bag although options are fairly limited. Besides, many prefer to buy accessories separately as and when needed.

Prices for acoustic-electric guitars can push the $6K range for high-end models from Taylor and Gibson while the lower-end models can be had for as little as $75. Good quality acoustic-electric guitars suited for beginners are available in the $200 range. Below are our best picks among Acoustic-Electric guitars:


ProductThumbnailBest PriceDescription
Carlo Robelli W4103FCS Acoustic Electric Guitar in Flame Coffee Burst$150Excellent Value for Beginners. Flame Maple Top and Mahogany Back. 20-fret Rosewood fingerboard, 20-fret Rosewood fingerboard custom EQ-505R Preamp. Case not included.
Applause by Ovation AE148-RRB Acoustic Electric Guitar$250Super Shallow roundback design, multi sound hole, OP-4B Active Preamp.
Yamaha APX500 Acoustic-Electric $300System 55T - 3-band equalizer, 1-way piezo pickup. This lowest priced Yamaha APX model is a great value.
Yamaha SLG100S Silent Steel Acoustic Electric Guitar$560Maple Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, Matte Finish.


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