Best Guitars of All Time


August 2, 2015 - There are so many Guitar Makers/Models out there, itís tough to choose just one but there has got to be a top guitar. Whether itís Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, or anything else, there is a greatest guitar out there. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

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Gibsons might be good guitars, but considering that almost everyone who voted for gibson considers Slash "The master of guitars" they are not completely correct. The other top two: fender and ibanez make incredible guitars (I own both) and there are plenty of boutique guitar makers such as Tom Anderson who make incredibly badass guitars.
When you find that perfect Gibson, it sings to you. The neck feels heavenly, and the guitar just feels right. Fender makes great guitars. But when you find that one Gibson, there is nothing that can compare. The guitar comes alive and as you caress the strings, it caresses you back. Gibsons are amazing guitars.
Often go to my local guitar shop and their is always a number of used gibson acoustics. Each one as individual as people and each a great guitar with its own magic. Gibsons are great. They make you want to play more.
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The Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster are the greatest because there simply is no better guitar that translates all the emotions and feelings that you experience into the dynamics of its sound and tone. Hear a solo on a radio and you know it's being played with a Fender. That's how recognizable and ubiquitous it is in human music and in our psyche. I didn't realize it until I myself owned a great-sounding one. They are magical.
Fender give that twangy sound that makes you feel 'he can play' regardless of how good he actually is as it gives such a cool sound...Gibson is all crunch and grudge but fender is more versatile, I know I have said they are twangy but they can pull of kick ass blues, amazing jazz and some of the best heavier riffs ever, I prefer there indie sounds but fender make guitars for anyone
Fender guitars provide amazing sounds that can reach out to all kinds of genres, like Blues and Country rather than the same old rock or metal, like you get with Gibsons. Furthermore, Gibsons are ridiculously priced compared to Fenders, though having said that Gibsons do have really good guitars to offer, (my particular favourite being the Explorer).
[Newest]Nothing sounds as good as the sound of a tele. The rich snappy twang and the feel makes it my favorite
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Jackson is the best guitar I bought ever in my life which is good... In its sound quality.. The fingerboard... And more... I LOVE JACKSON GUITARS VERY MUCH =D
When it comes to quality and metal shredding. Jackson is the best.. PERIOD!
Jackson is the best, the build quality is superb! I love this guitar very much! Instead of it prices a little bit expensive, but it was worth it! The sound, the looks! Jackson RR5FR. =)

Amazing sound, brilliant look and wide diverse range of guitars all designed to suit your style of playing best. Never played a bad Ibanez guitar and AR325 and JEM are amongst the best guitars ever made with awesome tonality and feel to them which make you never want to put the Ibanez axe down!
JEM Series have an incredible fingerboard, especially for big handed - long fingered players, you have extra room for finger moves. The tone is incredible. The looks, the feel the touch is the best in it's class. Once you grab one of 'em, you will never want to leave again.
Gibson and Fender are the masters of the past and old school rock and roll but bring us into the present and the modern guitar is ruled by Ibanez. Well done to this company.. They've come a long way since when I first had a guitar from them when they were not well known
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Simply the best necks and quality for playing metal craftsmanship is perfect they seem to know what metal players want I like that they have 42mm instead of 43mm necks fits me like a glove
I bought an ltd version (esp student version) and it is epic. way out classes my fender and the gibson models I have been trialing. Also, metallica use them. Kirk Hammet!
you can help liking the guy that use ESP's I mean Syu is just too good and most of all my fav japanese musicans use ESP's


[Newest]James hetfield snake byte

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6PRS - Paul Reed Smith
An inspiring instrument. Flawless in every detail --and plays great right out of the case. Not only do they look good, they play great. Is like they guitar helps you be, the best you can be. I find that some guitars (like most Gibson and Fenders) you have to fight the guitar, to get your tone. Not with a PRS, just let your gingers free and the guitar will do its thing.
These are the best guitars out there especially their Custom 24 series though they are pricey but hey they can beat any Gibson or Fender any day any time any place.. Ibanez ESP or Jackson doesn't even come close to it. These are the most versatile guitars you can play any style from jazz, blues, rock, metal, anything... Speaking of tone there is no near match.. They are The Best...
gibson and fender feels great but you have to realise most guitarist play them because they're sponsored by them. I used to have a shop near me with a PRS on sale that I used to 'test' out every week, it just felt right.
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7B.C. Rich
I have a because rich, and I think it was my favorite guitar I ever had, because it was attracting, sounds very clean and good, and also because when I put all of these guitar brands in my head, all the guitars in my head, I start thinking, because rich was the thing for me...


I simply love the distinct shape of B. C Rich Guitars. This brand will ALWAYS be the best due to their affordability, awesome look, and great sound that will overall BLOW YOUR MIND.
i frawkin love this brand, but r3ally i love this brand because they are very good, and sounds clear, andlove them just the way they are no matter wat


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Very underrated, but VERY good. They make quality instruments and because of this, they aren't very prolific. Still, they are one of the best and they make the best novelty guitars too like the famous checkerboard, the five-neck and Rick Nielsen's "Uncle Dick" guitar.
My teacher has one and it is so much like my les paul. It plays like butter.

9Schecter Guitar Research
When I first got a shecter I knew It was the guitar for me! It offers a challenging playing experience, but the sound and quality is incomparable to any other guitar! This guitar is for the more advanced player! Plus there are an extra two frets for those of you who need a little more fingering room. It really brings a whole new meaning to the words Rock On!
Far higher quality, sound, playability, features, and affordability than any prs, GIBSON, or fender. to be honest, in the fact that gibson and fender have lasted in the past 30 years is nothing more than remarkable. but its only due to the name brand. production method, quality, sound, playing, and PRICE are all deplorable. go find some threads about it. schecter is the best, in every category, by light years.
I have the Zacky V blade custom. It is amazing, I would recomened it to anyone. It sounds great, and if you have a monster cable, and a Line 6 Spider Jam amp it is all around amazing.
[Newest]Got a used and its a great guitar for me.

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I like Dean a lot, partly because my dad works for Dean, but also because I have one and it sounds beautiful.
Because I own a dean. and I LOVE it. (i actually like gibson more but its too expensive. lol)


Have a dean boca 12 string converted to 6 strings nothing can compare to it

The Contenders

best acoustic guitar brand


Love manson because matt bellamy(muse)use it on live and it has a such great sound... Long live matt bellamy and MANSON!
Muse, great band. Manson, great guitars. They need all the effects that Matt's got though, like the fuzz etc.
Sound, Action and looks are just unmatched in these guitars. You definitely get what you pay for.

Some of the greatest songs ever thought of were written and played on a Rickenbacker. They have a sound that is hard to match. And they look like no other guitar, simply stunning.
Unique in all ways, tone, looks, evertything!

I've been a session guitarist for 10+ years, and have started two successful bands. I've played Epiphone les pauls the whole way! In my humble opinion they feel, sound, and play better then there Gibson counterparts and are my favorite guitars!
By the way gibson creates epiphone guitars
Epiphones the best bro do you even gift
[Newest]It's the best guitar in the world.. !

They are so great! I recently received a Taylor and I instantly fell in love with it.
The best I own one and the sound is just amazing!
I own a Taylor 914 ce. Lover everything about it

Nothing' Sounds like a Gretsch I will take my 6122 over my LP any day but I love them both, never had a Fender but like the sound of a good tele I also have a Kendrick "Tejes" which is a well balance Guitar with great sound but I like Twang so I keep coming back to my Gretsch. 40 years playing
Some of the best hollow body guitars of all time. Used by players such as Chet Atkins and John Frusciante. Amazing feel and sound.
Fantastic guitars. Truly beautiful sound and looks. The white falcon is a gorgeous guitar with the perfect tone.
[Newest]I have a white falcon by gretsch and no guitar would come close to it

eddie van halen and richie sambora played kramer and they were right because the sound is great


I have a American kramer with scalped fret boards plays like a dream. Wish I could meet the man George lynch. He is the guitar god. My Floyd rose trem double locking system stays in tune like no other. It's the bomb!


19Epiphone Explorer
i like Gibson but i generally like epiphone explorers more.


20Ibanez RG

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