Best Guitars of All Time


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.

The Top Ten

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. =)

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


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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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6PRS - Paul Reed Smith
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.
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.
I've played Gibson, Ibanez, Fender, Taylor, PRS... Just about every brand of guitar, I've played. Got to put it out there that Paul Reed Smith is the most incredible guitar maker, and I love every single one of the PRS's I've picked up. Currently playing a Zach Myers SE, it's the best guitar I've ever played. Great work PRS.
In my opinon PRS are only guitars that can rival fenders and gibsons. You lay your money down and its a sure thing your getting a quality GUITAR!
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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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best acoustic guitar brand


The Contenders

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

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

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 got a classical, acoustic, and electric, these three models were insane
it's the best guitar brand ever. (with affordable price)
SA2200 semi hollow is to die for! Impeccable build quality. Extremely versatile. A joy to play. Absolutely gorgeous!
80's Yamahas were top production, rivaling the big names such as Gibson and Fender.

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.. !

I love my Washburn acoustic so much! It has great sound quality and it's just plain awesome

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!


21Ibanez RG

22Epiphone Explorer
i like Gibson but i generally like epiphone explorers more.



I'm Kirk Hammet the lead Guitarist of Metallica. I've used Godin guitars specially Godin freeway SA and it was Really amazing I think it should be in the top 5.

25Brian May
Red special ist the best guitar ewer made, and it is made from the best guitarist ewer... Brian May

What is with the Takamine? It also has a really good sound and is the perfect guitar on stage or just for playing for fun. You make a really good decision if you buy this guitar - it sounds that soft and you just dream if you hear the sound...
Exceptional quality for the price. Precise in sound like a samurai sword and delicate in timbre as a flamand painter. Very, very good...



Custom made, pick your own options, own colours, own wood type, and with an incredible quality. I have one, and it shreds like a beast while sounding incredibly amazing. Never had a better guitar than a carvin.
The best guitars that could be made today for the price, and even better than a lot of guitars way above Carvin's price range. Absolutely gorgeous guitars as well.
Playability, Quality, Value for what you get, Reliability. What more can be said!

30Ernie Ball Music Man
That this is not ranked number 3 is unbelievable. This is the guitar of choice in the past of Eddie Van Halen, Steve Morse and dozens of other all time great guitar players. Not to mention the EB MM Basses which are favorites worldwide.
This guitar has the potential to hammer Gibson. If the legendary progressive metal band Dream Theater approves of them, then this is a guitar to play. A flawless piece of craftmanship! They also make amazing basses.
I have an American Fender Strat, a Gibson Les Paul (robot) an Ibanez and my favourite, Ernie Ball Music Man (Petrucci ) love it best.

31Pimentel & Sons

32Merrill & Company

33Charvel San Dimas
I can't believe this one isn't in the top 5!

34Saint Guitar Company
A smaller and newer company... Saint Guitar Company makes some of the most amazing and kick ass guitars you'll find anywhere... Pick one up and your Gibsons, Fenders, and PRS's, ect... will most likely start gathering quite a bit of of dust...



Great sounding guitars they're cheap but they hold there own against ibanez and other good makes it was my first guitar and weirdly I've grown attached to my vintage sg its being squashed dented the truss rods come out the pickups have being dented and all it took was a touch of glue for the truss rod and some polish and it looks amazing and the action and fretboard are top notch the pickups are good no high pitched feed back or pick up buzz and the cavity isn't even plated the down side the tuners don't cope very well to awkward tunings and the pots come lose and so does the jack input but overall a great guitar should be number 1 for durability sound price and for replacing parts as its cheap for them






42Jack & Danny
Recently I bought a J&D ST Vintage Deluxe and hooked it on a Digitech Element XP Marantz 2x70 stereo amp to jam at home.





This guitar changed the 90's. Kurdt Kobain absolutely loved this guitar

48Double Neck

I think that's is a good guitar but the Les paul premium is the best in my opinion.



These are awesome. great les paul copies. got some alnicos, good mahogany and some grover tuners.

Cheap, really good guitars and though not the best definitely win for price over quality

54Maton Acoustics
I bought a Southern Star in about 1976-74... I forget now... The label inside has withered so much I can't make out the date. I still have it and play it more than ever... A few years ago I had it completely refurbished... It has never looked and sounded better! I would go to my grave with it... except I'm going be cremated! So whoever my favorite guitar player is at the time of my death... Will get something special in the post!
This guitar isn't at all 'environmentally friendly'. Real tortoise shell, African ebony, Bavarian spruce, rosewood, German nickel silver and Blackwood are just some of the materials which have gone into this masterpiece.
These things are incredible I have a mini Maton ems and em325c they last forever, hold their value well, are made of the finest Australian timbers and they look great. I shudder to think how their middle-high end instruments feel to play!

55Lichty Guitars
Off the charts - each custom acoustic guitar is handcrafted to order by NC luthier Jay Lichty. amazing tone and playability. One visit to the website and you'll be sold!

Mine is awesome! It should be way higher on the list


If it weren't for Torres' innovations in the 19th century, the modern guitar wouldn't even exist today.

59Flying V


61Gibson Les Paul Standard
The Gibson Les Paul is the best guitar ever made and is the most recognizable. It is all around fantastic.

62Fender Stratocaster American

63Fender Telecaster American
The Fender Telecaster is just ridiculously beautiful sounding.

64Gibson SG Standard

65PRS Santana

66Gibson X-Plorer

67Martin HD-28

68Taylor 812CE

69Gibson Firebird

70Fender Mustang

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This list was created 7 years, 130 days ago and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 2 times.

Updated Friday, April 17, 2015

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