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This list is an amateurish joke. Many guitars listed are pure cheap junk I'd toss in the garbage even if they were free. Take it from a 45-year Pro, Parker & PRS are the 2 highest quality. Fender, Ric and Gibson, along w/ brands that have stood the test of time, plus a few hand-made (custom) brands are the only ones you can seriously depend on. The rest are mostly pathetic attempts at copying a major brand and cutting the price by REALLY cutting back on quality. As they say: "You get what you pay for. "

I can't believe Parker is this low. I can't say it surprised me to see the top ten. I understand Gibson, Fender, Ibanez, PRS, and other companies that have stood the test of time should be in the top ten list, but for those that have played a Parker, there's no going back to any other guitar.

Best guitars on this planet... And maybe others. Best neck in the business. Stays in perfect tune without a locking nut. Don't believe me... Go play one with a carbon neck & stainless frets.

The style and quality in these guitars is unbeatable not to mention versatility, play ability, options, and color. - edweird64

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22Music Man

Of all the guitars in the world, this ends up as number 42!?! OK, amateurs, time to tell the truth, these guitars are the best, simply flawless and amazing. Don't talk about your Yamahas or your Ibanez or even Fender for that case! Those are just decent guitars. You will fall in love with the John Petrucci models; they have clobbered, I mean nearly humiliated Gibson. Try these, then think again.

Music man make the best regular production (i.E. non custom shop) guitars on the planet. Nobody else comes close. This is the quality that everybody else should be reaching for. The fit and finish and playing comfort are second to none. And the oil finish on the necks is to die for! These guys don't just churn out minor variations on the same 60-year old theme, they actually innovate, they challenge, they dare. Wonderful new designs, made for real players. The results are outstanding. Roasted maple and all-rosewood necks, new chambering and tonewood construction ideas. They are so far ahead of the game it makes you wonder why the rest of the industry stays so stagnant. Music Man are the only guitars I will buy now. I'm so proud to support them!

These guitars have the smoothest necks. Their oiled and waxed naked necks are the most comfortable necks I have ever played on. They offer a lot of great options, but they especially accommodate those of us with smaller hands. Every Music Man is fully loaded with ergonomic and functional features. No fatigue, they stay in tune well and set up easily.

Great clean tones, but if you want metal, grab a John Petrucci model or throw in a new bridge pickups to make them scream. All of their guitars can work across genres.

I own vintage Gibson and Fenders from the 50's and 60's both solid and hollow body as well as many jazz guitars. I have to say however, that after all is said and done the best guitar in this category that is commercially made is the Music-man by Ernie Ball. I have played a lot of their models and they blow away the Fenders and Gibsons by far. Their necks are superior, their bodies are perfect and their tone will knock your socks off both clean and dirty. So sorry to be the killer here but go see for yourself.

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I have played most of the top name guitars and I have yet to find one that measure up to my 1982 Ventura Jumbo Acoustic. I have a 1969 Standel Jumbo that comes pretty close. As far as a solid body, Telecaster is the sweetest I ever got hold of. I, also, have a '60s Kent 820 that I love to play. The sound and action both were great.

A good basic Japanese made brand that's lasted over 30 years in my hands.

24Tom Anderson

It's a really nice guitar, nice sound, great weight, lots of features :) 25 years old and still works. Great quality!

Outstanding quality and the neck plays like butter

Is the best of guitar ever

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25Kent 820

Bought mine used in 1978 and have loved it.


USA Made Ovation Guitars are still built by hand using only the best materials and guitar building techniques. The difference between them and other guitar manufacturers is that Ovation has mastered the art of combining traditional guitar bulding techniques with modern technological advances in materials and proven scientific research. The result is an instrument that equals or surpasses any of the other top named brands (in tone, playability, reliabilty, and awesome looks), while keeping prices down below their competitors... AND keeping the the work and workmanship here in the USA. - bvince

I've been playing basic acoustic Fenders, Gibson's, etc etc my entire life. And just recently I purchased my first Ovation! It is the way different feel of having the electric guitar feel while at the same time have an acoustic sounding guitar in your hands! If your trying to switch to acoustic from electric then this would be a great guitar for you! Its also (to me) the greatest show guitar! Because they look great on stage! New favorite brand!

Ovation have some really amazing acoustics. People like Eddie Van Halen, Bryan May, Yngwie Maalmsteen, Adrian Vandenberg, Bob Marley, Paul Simon and even Mick Jagger played one. Those are all crazy cool legend rock god guitarists! Their bowl shape body amplifies the sound beautifully. My entire family who have been in the music business for a long time have used Ovations. Ovation guitars are easily played without effort nor difficulty. In my opinion they are probably as good as a Gibson or maybe a Taylor, take into account that many people don't like the way the guitar sound is amplified, however, Martin are still next level to any other acoustic guitar out there.

I have an 82 and 91 collector series and a celebrity. Preferred over any other guitars that I have.

Ovation sound best when run through the amp, however what you prefer is entirely up to you.
- Nicolas Vandenberg

I've been playing guitar since I was 4 years old. I'm now 62 and still playing (& still learning) every day. My favorite two guitars that I own are both Ovations. I play both a 6 string and a 12 string. I love my Ovations, and have never played anything I like better.

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27Guild Guitars

Guild is the most underrated American premium guitar brand. Almost as good as a Martin & way better than most Gibsons, Guilds are typified by clear, crisp, even tone. While lacking the full bass & tinkly top end of a Martin, the evenness of tone is a selling point for many artists, along with the clarity. The maple models are especially bright & brassy in tone, making Guild a popular brand among rock stars in the 70s, their heydey, when some of the finest American guitars came out of their West Waverly Rhode Island plant. Top-end Guild acoustics are graced with an ebony fretboard more typically found on jazz models, slightly curved and beautifully inlaid with abalone fret markers. The Guild jumbo 12-string has been an especially prized instrument, and was for many years considered the best mass produced American 12 string available.
Guild acoustics have been seen in the hands of Eric Clapton, George Strait, Graham Parker, Bonnie Raitt, Doyle Dykes, the Monkees, Bruno Mars, Avril ...more

Nothing sings like a classic Guild.

Solid Guitars that last and last. Great sound great necks

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28Les Paul

Les Paul is the Model not the Brand. Les Paul guitars are made by Gibson - number 1 in this list. - shaunmurphy

This is the best by far. They don't know their guitars

Everyone knows this is the creme de la creme of guitars. I can't believe this is rated so low!

You idiots. This is a model of a guitar!

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The guitars are affordable and better than ibanez for low ranges.

I have Cort Earth Ground Acoustic with Fish Man pick-up. My opinion, I have played Gibson, Yamaha, Pluto, Hoffner etc. Cort is better than all other acoustic guitars.

I have Cort X2, costs about 150 euros, it's light guitar, about 3 kg, great clean tone and playability. Great for Rock and Metal music. The best for beginners.

I have a Cort and the body is mahogany and it gives a great sound

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30Art & Lutherie

It's probably the best you can get for the price. Beautifully handcrafted, great tone-woods as well as a nice finish and most of all a crisp and clear sound that you would normally get only for a few hundred bucks more. It is definitely a high-quality product for a moderate price - you really see and feel that it is a Godin brand!

It has a good and deep and clear sound that awkens my soul any time that any one strums each string while holding down a c or g or a minor chord. It creates music that is high quality. Ha I'm saying all this so the goodness bar fills. It's the max now!

I have an A&L folk guitar, and the sound is great. Super for fingerstyle picking. Best acoustic I've owned for the price.

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31Godin Guitars

Seagull Artist, by far the best I have ever played, followed by the Art and Lutherie

I feel sorry for this brand. It deserves a better place in this evaluation. These guitars are more then fine and their price is more then accessible for this quality. Moreover they are wonderful for concerts: the sound is clear, rich, warm and balanced; especially when the top is made of cedar wood. Alain Godon. Romania.

High quality, rich sound, seriously professional guitars. When you play, it makes you feel like it was made just for you. I own Godin A6, it's simply sounds Great in a band or when you play unpluged. This list doesn't give a real picture

Love the looks and sound of the Seagull - the headstock is beautiful and unique.

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32RJ Guitars

Great guitar produce great sounds and affordable not like gibsons and ibanez the prize is only high

Price and quality very good.

Sad thing sometimes RJ doesn't have originality.

BUT still great guitar THUMPS UP!

Best guitar brand from Philippines. It is good in quality and it is an affordable guitar

Looking forward with rj guitars

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My first real guitar was a Seagull S6 and it was hand made at an entry price level. Truly an amazing guitar with a very warm sound. I tried a few others and finally got myself a Mini-Jumbo Maritime Seagull because nothing compared for the price. I'd highly recommend Seagull for sound, build quality and style. Simply beautiful!

I have owned a seagull guitar for about 2 years and it is just amazing. It has good sound quality and is a great acoustic guitar! They have fair prices too...

I have owned a Seagull for four years and it still plays like it did when it was new. It isCanadian made and has a very good sound I would highly recommend this brand.

Own two - nothing better for the price

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Amazing! Wonderful workmanship, and sound. From there passport series to there custom series, every guitar is worth having.

Most awesome music machine I've ever owned. Sound quality is pure and smooth. Monitor sound not just a fad, it really works!

Playability, craftsmanship, beautiful sound, and American made. Best guitar I've ever owned.

Best thing is, you can get a GREAT one for UNDER a $1000. No need to overpay for "greatness".

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A Charvel is the best guitar for the best price. The Floyd rose on it is killer, it is always in tune and I've never had any problems with it. The neck is smooth and totally made for shredding. Charvel guitars are the holy grail.

Without a doubt the best guitar made for the money. Compound radius next, floyd rose, light body with a great feel. Adjusting the volume knobs gives you a softer tone if you want. Fantastic guitar!

Charvel is so awesome! Very light and lasts a long time. Has a lot of power like a gibson. Strings are easy to bend and my charvel has emg automatic pick ups and they are really good. Very good for its low price. I have a Charvel Desolation DC-1-ST.

Exactly what the first comment says. "they're the Holy Grail. " I have a Les Paul and I love it, but there is just something about the 'Vel. The play quality is outstanding.

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Why is this all the way down here.. You people are insane.. It's the same as a esp.. They are amazing when it comes to metal and rock... Ill shred your faces off

Very under rated! LTD should in my opinion be in the top 15

I am not a pro musician but I know when an instrument sounds great or not and I must say Fernando is a great buy. The price is cheap but the sound is awesome. You will never regret buying one especially their acoustics.

This is good too, what

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My 5222 from 1988 still plays great, looks beautiful, and just keeps sounding better and better--and the 5222 was a reasonably inexpensive guitar. Really rich tone. The only thing upgraded are the tuning machines and nut from the plastic to bone.

Alvarez has always been an under-rated brand. Beautiful workmanship, great sound- an excellent value for the money. I have one of the old six string "dove" guitars and a Yairi 12 string: both are close to forty years old and both still sound and look great and have never needed any repairs. I also have an old Martin six string. I have done the "blindfold" test with friends to choose the best sound between the alvarez and the martin - alvarez wins every time.

I own 15 Guitars, including Gibson, Martin, and Fender. My Alvarez Yari is by far the better overall guitar than all the rest. Playabiity, sound, looks and overall quality of workmanship, and the lifetime warranty.

There great, plain and simple.

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Wow! You guys have no idea at all! (probably Americans! )

Maton is the true winner here people!

Doesn't matter what anyone tells you, put a Maton next to Martin, Taylor, Cole Clark or any of the above and Maton will outperform them in Tone, looks and character!

Each has their own preference - mine will always be Maton

Best guitars in the world
Their just not well known as relatively few guitars are made and it is hard to get in the us
I tried many guitars and a maton blows them away
The good thing a bout maton is that even their lower end models are real maton's made with the same luthiers who make the high end models. unlike fender, gibson, martin, etc who sell you a cheap Chinese knockoff fooling you into thinking you have the real thing

I love my Maton. The tone is incredible! They are made from great wood and are quality Aussie guitars. Highly recommended for beginners and serious players alike. They are also good value for money and should last you a life time.

The Queensland maple is really something!

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Its A Good Guitar Brand... Thier Hollow guitars are good

This is my first guitar an I think its better than all the guitars I have seen till date, if you r a beginner you blindly go with this brand... , jimm rocks!

Awesome Guitar in Low budget... Sound quality very good...

My Second guitar...Sound's Quality is awesome

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