Best Guitar Brands


The Top Ten

1 Gibson

The Best Guitar is not in price but in model it's a tip the heavy wood makes the guitar heavier so I think this is the best

The best guitar tone ever comes from a Gibson Les Paul. The heavy wood makes the tone rich and full, and if you replace the pickups with some nice bareknuckles, you have the best guitar ever. Period.

Greatest guitar company of all time. It is simply, awesome. The rich tones when its on clear, and the amazing rock crunch when you flip on the overdrive. I have many Les Pauls, and they are the best. I have both a 1958, and 1959 burst colors and they are amazing. I also end a few stratocasters, they suck compared to my Les Pauls!

The best Epiphone is the better

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2 Fender

I have a fender too its great I giving one for free to someone if you wont give me a call

I gave up my guitar to my 17 year old granddaughter who Is working on her first album I need one 503-997-1612 thanks Amelia.

I'm really not into the whole gibson vs. Fender thing, I've just been exposed more to fender and its great, but I should probably familiarize myself more with gibson as well. But I just really like fender. Stratocasters, telecaster are ideal

My guitar teacher has a fender and everything about it is beautiful from the sound to the look. Gibson vs Fender. Fender all the way.

Make Fender #1 please.

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3 Ibanez

Best brand in price/quality relation. I have 4 guitars, an epiphone explorer goth made on korea, and Jackson KV2 made on usa and 2 ibanez. RG320PG P2 and a RGT6EX, both made on indonesia. The first one is the cheaper, but the sustaine, action a comfort is very nice for a bugget guitar. I've played bugget guitars of other brands, and ibanez is far superior. In fact, my RG320 P2 is nice as some others guitars that cost twice of it price. Mi RGT6EX is excellent, to me must worth $1000 USD but the real price is close $800 USD or less.

My epi is very nice (Almost like a gibson for 1/3 of a gibson price) and obviously, my Jackson is far superior than my other guitars. But I'm just have mid end ibanez guitars and they are very good guitars. The high end ibanez are awesome and worth less than high ends of other brands in most cases having with the same quality (or superior in very cases).

The other plus to the brand is that the made a lot of improvements of guitars technology. ...more

Very nice sound for those who like to play hard rock or metal. It has got a very nice clean sound as well. Ibanez is the guitar I use mainly, and will keep using. Of course fender and gibson are the kings. But the ibanez guitars are not too expensive good for beginners and for the professionals!

Great guitar brand. Not as expensive as gibson but same quality

I have only two but I have Gibson, and a Jackson, and they are not as good as the Prestige model.the Ibanez's are just top notch for the price point. I am amazed that Ibanez doesn't price higher, but glad they do not. The necks are consistent, quality is very nice, and while not one of these brands are perfect in the top 5 list, by quantity alone, Ibanez consistently puts out a great product, and I will buy MORE because I get a solid guitar that performs well.

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4 Paul Reed Smith

PRS makes some of the best guitars in the world. Who ever made this list is insane, PRS should be right after gibson. They're better than fender. Go to a guitar center and try one! - mikepiazza06119

I agree. Right now they are the best guitar brand around, but Gibson could easily catch up, they just have to stop all their gimmicky stuff. - zabathy1

I have owned Gibson and Fenders and other models until I picked up a few Paul Reed Smith's I didn't know what I was missing. The quality of the build on these guitars is at a whole different level. I believe that when Paul Reed Smith guitars came out it shook the whole guitar industry into putting better finishes and quality back into some of the their own models as it was too obvious they had moved into second, third or fourth place in the manufacturing of fine instruments. To me Paul Reed Smith guitars should be ranked number one on these lists.

How is PRS 12? Most pro's have switched from Gibson to PRS, or from any brand to PRS for that matter. Go to any guitar store and put ANY PRS against any high end guitar and see for yourself. "Ibanhad" should be taken off this list, and all these 3rd rate walmart brands should be removed as well. How are there brands on the bottom of this list that don't even produce guitars?

This is hands down THE BEST brand there is! Trust me, I've been playing guitar since I was a kid. I've had used, owned, and tried every guitar there is. Gibson is NO WAY better than PRS, the sound quality of a PRS is awesome! They are pretty light, the designs are awesome as well, although PRS is a bit more expensive than your average guitar it is worth every penny! Gibson's are way too over priced and would never match the PRS. I used to own a gibson sg and lp, and I sold them after I had my own PRS. If you really know the difference between a good and a great guitar you would pick PRS over any other brand. Period.

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5 Epiphone

I have a limited edition epiphone les paul custom plus and it looks exactly like a gibson

Lets face it they rock! I've got an epiphone, I've had it for ages and it just works. Great tone and playability. I'm getting another one, I've got a les paul and am getting an sg. Epiphone all the way!

I have a epiphone sg 50th edition and it does great by me in all I do. I play a lot of 60's music and otherwise all I want. It's very versatile and not to mention the cherry red wood grain finish makes it looks really awesome. Everyone I've ever met has bragged on it and I've been offered all kinds of guitars from Washburns to fenders. Just recently I went to a old guitar player of 30 yearsiin my grandfathers neighborhood and he absolutely loved the tone and playability. He said the only thing it might need to make it better was a professional setup which I'll soon be getting. When I first got it I complained a lot that the strings were a bit harder to push down due to the longer scale of the neck (the neck on it is pretty long) however. If you' work with it for about 2 days off and on its no problem. I love epiphone and judging from what I've played in ibanez guitars I might soon invest in one of them.

Nick Valensi from the strokes mains a guitar from this brand and he has never left. Personally I can understand why, I find it is easy to play around with the sound it will give out

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6 Jackson

Jackson make very nice, fast and great looking guitars. To me, jackson's have both of to universes, the elegance and the aggressive look at the same time. For example, take a audi, a mercedez and a bmw. Gibson is like bmw, mercedez like fender (or perhaps old cadillacs) and jackson is like and audi, aggressive and elegant.

But not all is good. The well made jackson guitars are expensive, the cheaper ones are very bad guitars. In case of ibanez, to me is the best brand if you talk about quality vs price.

The only reason why anyone likes Ibanez is because it's cheap. When you're ready to buy a real axe, get a Jackson. Ibanez is not a "shredder" brand, it is a budget brand, just like Carvin. Jackson has it all: great sound, great feel, great looks, great for shredding! I'll admit because Rich makes some interesting looking guitars, but Jacksons are still cooler (if you've ever seen a Kelly, I'm sure you'll agree). Jackson For the Win!

Cheap Jackson models have really good pick-ups

Love there guitars

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7 Yamaha

You really get the most out of your money with Yamaha. A very reliable brand. Even the low range guitar guitars like the Yamaha erg121uc2g are Brilliant.

I have a yamaha sg 1000 like Carlos Santana's. It rocks! I tried it with a Gibson sg of the same price and it didn't match the quality. Then I tried a Les Paul Gibson about one and a half grand more, even that wasn't as good as the sg 1000. Lets face it, the Japanese (this does include Ibanez for they are awesome too) kick ass when it comes to quality and price!

I have a yamaha SG 1000, bought it for $2100 (stock prive 2500)(aus and after haggling) and also tested gibsons from the same price range. From that I found out that although the quality of gibson is good, it's way too over priced especially comparing my sg to a les paul at $4000 that is not even as good as my sg.
Secondly, this is Japanese, need I say more? Japanese are all ways known for cheap electrical products however they're also the most RELIABLE products that's why customer support is a not needed thing.
Thirdly, yamaha has been known for musical instruments for a long long time and is the biggest producer of musical instruments. On its logo, it has got two tuning pegs meaning unlike any other musical brand, it is the most diverse. The only reason that people say fenders and gibsons are better is because they were the original makers of contempory electric guitars and the fact that they're well known. So basically, all you're paying for is the badge.


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8 Taylor

I have a taylor and it is much better than my gibson. The sound is clearer, the guitar looks better, it is very easy to play, and it is affordable for what you pay for. This should be the best guitar brand should be at this top of the list but I dunno what people these people are thinking

The best

The only reason why the other guitars are ahead is that they have never played a taylor, I have three different brands of guitar and am most pleased with the Taylor. Just go to a music retailer and test one out, you will not be dissapointed.

Taylors have a "happier" sound and I like the feel of them. I am a novice but from what I have seen for a beginner with an acoustic guitar, they felt and sounded warmer and less tinny than the laminated wood ones. A good rosewood taylor isn't on the cheap side of things but it feels like you can play better than you can. And the model I looked at had strings that were nice and close to the frets so you didn't feel like you were pushing in deep like the keys of an old typerwriter. Go into a Guitar Center or somewhere you can actually feel what you are getting before you buy anything. I got a cheap Gibson online less than a month ago and got what I paid for when it came with the bridge completely missing and a brassy sound when it was played. Buy your stuff in person. I think that Gibson is probably still a good brand, but the quality control of the cheaper models they put their name on is something I might question from my first experience with them...

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Way better than fender for metal than a fender will ever be! The quality of a ESP gives really good rifts and a nice and clean fret board so your fingers don't have to stretch so far plus they have an amazing tone to it with both distortion and non distortion

Seriously, Yamaha above ESP?! Japanese made ESP guitars are among the best in the world, no wonder so many people play them. They have great designs and an ESP standard is not to high in price compared to a USA Jackson or custom shop guitar. Ibanez prestige are very nice to (I hate the necks personally) but the build is really good. ESP blows Gibson out of the water by a VERY large margin. Gibson has lawsuits against them for selling "USA" made guitars that were discovered to be imports from cheap labor offshore factories. All ESP and Ibanez prestige guitars are made in Japan and are immaculate in terms of quality and consistency. ESP is more a metal guitar but they have much better tone than any of the others listed, the only one here that might have a sweeter tone is prs but for $8,000 and only a fractionally better tone that is subjective they can keep it. I personally like ESP and Schecter best but Jackson is really good too. Not to knock Ibanez, but their necks are way to thin ...more

Probably the best guitars you'd ever come across on the globe. Despite there being numerous boutique and custom brands nowadays, ESP still holds the candle. Honestly the best quality possible, especially the custom shop stuff.
Unreal instruments
A close second being the Ibanez Prestige and JCustom stuff, I own both. Seriously, the serious Japanese made stuff blow the USA made out of the park, no exceptions.

High power, fast playing, easy to pick up. I love the playing quality and simple beauty of the body!

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10 Martin

Martin is the best. people are ignorarnt on here. On the top ten best acoustic guitar list they have Ovation as #1!?! and Martins are #2 Why? Ovations are terrible Guitars. If Jesus had a guitar it would be a Martin!

Top drawer acoustic... hands down. This company pre-dates all others listed here. They've been making guitars since 1833. Still handmade in Nazareth PA.

As for acoustic guitars I would've thought Martin would've been undisputed! No1! Maybe the list was compiled by people who are into electric guitars and acoustics are their 'second' instrument.

Apparently the list was compiled by people that wouldn't know quality if it hit them in the ass ;-)

I play electric guitar and have ever only owned Ibanez, however, I got my fingers on my uncles Martin and played a few classical tunes I usually play suited for acoustics. These guitars deserve a spot at the top through sheer performance and unrivaled resonance for acoustic guitars.

They are wrong when they say Jesus plays a Martin. Jesus is actually the creator of Martin and sends these pieces of art down from heaven to keep the world from exploding into an everlasting war.

Even as an Electric Guitar player, Martin will always remain the #1 brand for Acoustic Guitars to me. - pmschreurs

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The Contenders

11 B.C. Rich

Meatyest, heavyest... Coolest looking guitar ever made. I own a mocking bird proX in black for $1500 but I got a discount for only $800. Everyone should be using this. Nothing can top this. It's almost never breaks and hard to give scratches. It's worth every penny.

I got a eagle arch top its a beautiful mahogany neck through with great pickups for heavy and light toned my friend has a $2000 Gibson guitar and my neck feels way better and I only paid $800 this company honestly needs way more credit I suggest if you see a eagle archtop or any other because rich guitar try it out!

B.C. Rich. Mick use to get sponsored by them, in lamb of gods dvd terror and hubris lamb of god uses some asms and some biches, awesome shapes such as. Bich, warlock, beast v, and more. Used by heaps of death metal guitarists, awesome widow headstock, awesome pointy headstock, and the cheap ones are very good considering the price.

Just picked up a Warlock Metal Master Tribal for very cheap. The kid who had it didn't take care of it and needed some real TLC. I got it as a project guitar but also as a 2nd for drop D or C. Once repaired I immediately fell in love with it. The most comfortable neck, playability and sound is great. Best lower priced guitar I've found. I love it even more than my Epi SG400.

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12 Rickenbacker

John Lennon used to play this guitar on many of the Beatles early songs, and it gave their music that rich and knowable sound we all love and recognize. Also, in the A Hard Day's Night album, George plays most of the songs with a 12-string Rickenbacker. It was a great guitar for the 60s, many legends used it like
Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys)

There is nothing like a rickenbacker. It is simply the best guitar brand ever. They may be expensive but they are epic. Very unique tone.

Rickenbacker's designs are classic and timeless. They created a very unique sound that was very influential on the music of the 1960's, thus helping to shape the tones we hear today. As a guitar designer (not a luthier, I only design) I find Rickenbacker designs to be a great inspiration. Also to be said, they make the coolest bass ever the 4003.

Nothing sounds like these guitars they have a sound like none other. Anyone who thinks any of imports come close to the American made brands are out of their minds. You can, t make something better for less. Some of these people have no idea what quality is.

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13 Schecter

Its very obvious very few on this list have never picked up a guitar in their life as this looks like a what brand does my favorite band play list... Considering Gibson these days are garbage and only were good for a few style to begin with no way they're number one... Fender has very solid build quality, but to diversify them to play numerous styles takes heavy modification. As far as electric are concerned there is a number that can top the list, as schecter, esp and Jackson are too low on the list and I've heard good things about rickenbacker. Ibanez is also excellent. Its really a toss up for me...I haven't played much esp do I phased them out...I have extensive time with Ibanez schecter and Jackson... Ibanez is gone because the build quality is no better and the playability is pretty much the same as a Jackson but the Jackson gives you far more bang for the buck... As for schecter and Jackson they put out some fully loaded guitars that are only going to rock you maybe a weeks ...more

Schecter is a really great guitar brand. When I was looking for my electric I searched through many guitar brands most of which are on this list and the only one that really felt right in my hands was the Schecter I play. Its got awesome tone quality, gorgeous body design and fret inlay along with very nice balance and it will stay relatively in tune for up to a few days at a time without the pegs slipping. Great for metal and rock and even really lots of other genres as well. Performs very well it should be at least top 5 if not top 3.

I have a sunset hellraiser fr. I have been playing for 8yrs and it is by far the best guitar I have ever owned or even played. Next to the ltd models that I was considering the schecter had better quality, feel, and sound at almost HALF the price of the high end lts. The quality of the abalone inlays, the finish (black cherry), the original floyd, grover tuners, 24 fret rosewood board, incredible set neck (you would think its a neckthrough without checking the specs), and the coil tapping emgs is unbelievable. I could go on forever about this guitar's action, sound, feel, quality, looks... I have spent over a 1000$ on a few dif. Guitars and I will never do it again. Ex- zack wylde epi, 2 usa fenders couple mex. 1's, a gibson Linkin Park standard, ltd kh-602, and a really nice jackson dinky style(not sure model) with 3 carvin humbuckers coiltaped just to name a few. Hellraiser is better than all of them. I recommend any of the hellraiser guitars especially with coil tapping emgs.

I love schecter guitars, and I think it should have a higher rate in this list. Awesome detail on them, and soon enough, I will have my 4th schecter. awesome guitars!

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14 Gretsch

Iconic classic made famous by Chet Atkins and The Beatles. Deep sounding semi hollow body guitars and full hollow body guitars with clear note definition that defined sound and made George Harrison's early sounds come to life. - MosriteCharlie

Beautiful, deep sounding hollow and solid body guitars. Strong and rich tone with overdrive and smooth, reversed clean sound. Pickups are amazing, good value, lightweight and are authentic! A no crap beautiful looking and playing quality guitar!

They have a mellow pleasing to the ear tone. Gretsch guitars do not hurt my ears. I like listening to chet, eddy, and brian setzer.

By far the most awesome tone of any guitars

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15 Mosrite of California

I have a 67 Celebrity. Super low action, thin narrow neck. Great for small hands. You can effortlessly barre chord and play rhythm all night with almost no pressure.

These guys who have never owned nor played a Mosrite will never know what a great guitar plays and looks like. Owner Mosrite 1963 #1 Ventures model Sunburst, original case and bill of sale where I purchased it.

Smoothest playing guitars ever made. Thin necks, super low action. Perfection.

Mosrites were hand crafted, fast action, electric guitars with driving sound made famous by the Ventures. Their low speed, zero frets, made playing a breeze. Their finishes appeared miles deep and are now prized by collectors. - MosriteCharlie

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16 G&L

Plays like a Fender, sounds like a Gibson! Absolutely amazing and incredibly versatile guitar. The pickups are really impressive, the playability is second to none. I sold my first G&L, I'll never live down the regret, so I bought another one. I haven't played a PRS yet, but I own a Fender Strat and a Gibson Les Paul, Schecter and an ESP Eclipse, but it's my that G&L gets the most play time!

I have played a ASAT Telecastor Bass for about thirteen years. I keep purchasing other bass guitars for many other reasons. But I have sold them all. I am down to just one bass that's all I need with my G&L, it very responsive, it has many opitions with pick ups and the action is good. It took along time for me to figure out how to use the pick ups because there is so many different ways you adjust it. They are built with better quality parts than a fender. They are numbered from the factory in america. But watch out for the Tribute series that is fake or cheap want to be G&L. A real G&L will be a little more expensive but the quality is excellent

George Fullerton Leo Fender. Better built and with innovations. What FMIC should have been.

I owe 6 G. & L. and their quality is excellent, better than the Fender of the same range: excellent Woods, smart hardware and good price for the value

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17 Carvin

The person who made up the Top Ten list of best guitars has it all wrong! Of all the guitar companies he lists, Carvin is the only company that still uses ebony as standard material for the fretboard. This is because most other companies refuse to take the time and expense of this type of production. The others all use rosewood because it is cheap, relatively soft and can be "slammed" together quickly by machine; an indication of how they make their guitars in general! No other company who makes guitars even comes close to using the hand selected grade of wood (start to finish) that Carvin does. Take a hint from someone who knows how great guitars made step by step; if you want a guitar made from the best materials you can get, with critical operations still done by hand, order one one from Carvin, try it for ten days, if you really don't like it just return it... No questions and no hassles... Really. If you are not the type of person who cares, or are not willing to do ...more

My Carvin SH575 is a semi-hollow body electric. The size is similar to the Gibson 336, but sounds totally different. When you play this guitar you can't put it down, Carvins are made with computer aid wood carving CNC machines the proto-type of the guitar is measured with lasers and programed into the computer so every guitar they make is to the 1000th to the original. The finish and the detail is awesome. It also is wired with hum bucking pick-ups, piezo acoustic pick-up and Roland GK synth guitar. You can get some beautiful hybrid tones from this thing and I never can stop finding new ones. Try one of these out if you ever go to California I think there is like 5 stores around the L. A. / San Diego area, you will see what I mean.

Gibson and Fender have been ripping the public off for years, they're not even close to being worth what they charge especially Fender with such a mass produced bolt on neck and lame finishes design. Carvin is a superior guitar in every way and what people fail to mention is that you can choose what wood and finish you would like as well as bolt on neck, set neck or neck through designs and their pick up's are impeccable. A truly great guitar co. With excellent customer relations and real musicians will all show respect for Carvin when mentioned if not already owning one.

My Carvin Cobalt 750 is one of the sweetest acoustics I have ever played. Seriously surpasses Gibson, which has too much finish on the neck, and feels clunky. I also own a Carvin ICON 5 string electric bass, which is beautiful in style, color, workmanship and sound. The Carvin acoustic bass was, however, a disappointment. Neck bowed, tuners rattled during playing. Sweet sound though. My daughter still uses it regularly. She loves the feel of it, and with some rubber bands over the tuners it's got a smooth sound.

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18 Washburn

Had gibsons, fenders, etc. Was really impressed with my washburn idol. Only downside is that there aren't many dealers, so you've really got to make an effort to get one in your hands. Dollar for dollar, one of the best brands out there. Quality can be spotty if you look on ebay, so I'd recommend craigslist... Buy em used, since they don't hold value like the big brands.

Recently picked myself up a second J28SCDL Jumbo, which was set up beautifully and I have to say it truly is an amazing guitar. It could give some of the higher priced guitars a run for its money. Lovely sound, creative design and clearly a lot of guitar for your money. I seriously encourage you not to over look Washburn when looking for a good guitar at an affordable price. Might end up your favorite guitar!

I think Washburn is one of the best out there, From their A series, to HM to x series they all rock. I've had a a-10 since 1980 and it plays great! I have also got the reissues still great quality over the years. The only issue I've seen is Washburn's commitment to catch/keep some artist. Either they can't keep um or they don't want to. Can't see it being the later. Its very difficult to try one of their pieces out as their are very few stores that even stock them. In the 80's early 90s they were everywhere, now?

I have a Washburn electric guitar and I am fairly happy with it, it was ounce my grandfathers and as he was aging and did not play as much he gave it to me. I have had it for a few years and as of yet it has performed fine for all I have used it for, but this does not say much as I have only played it at my house, there is a possibility that I will play it on a stage soon, and if I do I will comment again and share how it performed on stage.

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19 Les Paul Les Paul Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor.

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

Schecter LP is better than Gibson LP... Just saying

Slash is an awesome guitarist and he made some great rocking’ sings with a les paul

You idiots. This is a model of a guitar!

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20 Parker

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.

Parkersburg are the best sounding guitars in the world. Not fender or gibson. Parkers are beautiful guitars. They have great finish and stainless steel frets.

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21 Music Man

Only correct answer


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!

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.

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.

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22 Ventura

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.

23 Tom 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

Of all guitars I have owned ther is none like my Cobra!
The sound, the feel the quality!

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24 Kent 820

Bought mine used in 1978 and have loved it.

25 Guild 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

Over the last 30 years I have played all types of guitars on stage and off, and the guild guitars are the only ones I will step on stage with now. The warmth, tone, and feel of the acoustic and electric Guild guitars are unmatched by fender, or Gibson in my opinion. Best guitars on the market!

Nothing sings like a classic Guild.

Solid Guitars that last and last. Great sound great necks

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26 RJ 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

Rj is the best cheap but sounds is good like a high class guitar

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27 Lâg Guitars

I have owned a Lag guitar. Sorry can't remember the model name. Yet another brand that is underrated. Mine certainly sounded beautiful and the look of it it - well to die for (in my opinion).

Lag guitars have a very good sound that is hard to get with a lot of acoustics. This guitar is underrated

Lag is the best entry level guitar on the world stage, hands down

Should be in top 20, its acoustic guitars are the best

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28 Danelectro

White summer/Black mountain side, Kashmir, In My Time of Dying, All the song do have this little percussion in the sound, And they are all played with his danelectro, So its just your preference of sound, but I think it sounds very good. Not to forget Syd barret also had one!

Jimmy Page? Jimi Hendrix? The Hodads they made for a limited time in the late 90's are superb.

I own a Danelectro 59' and it is AMAZING, that's all I have to say.

Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, John entwhistle all used it. Usually the 59DC. Amazing guitar for the money and amazing guitar period.

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29 Takamine

I saved up 1500.00 to buy a guitar. Tried every model and make in that price range. The takamine won with guild a close 2nd

Takamine is my first Guitar! Got a normal not solid wood and guess what its Awesome. Later got a solid one and its unbelievable! It beats most guitar at a price/quality range! D-series rocks!

I've been borrowing my nephew and niece's takamine guitar and its really reallly good

Great quality. Tone coming out of this guitar is very unique and warm/deep. I couldn't believe that this sounds much sweater than Fender or Martin, even Taylor! Try it out yourself..

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30 Art & 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.

Great gfuitar and a tremendous value. I love all Godin guitars especially the Seagull (love the headstock) - next to aquire is the Norman

31 Magma

Don't buy magma brand guitar, I will be disappointed! Out of tune every moment, cheap wood but it's not a problem.
Hardware: 4/10
Electronics: 5/10
Pickups: 6/10
Playability: 7/10
Sound: 6/10

These guitars suck! They are cheap guitars. I have one Magma stratocaster shape. I bought it new just because I wanted to spend my 70 euros to see why is it so cheap... Though it's new it has problem on the E high string and on the bridge.
Also this guitar goes out of tune very fast. The wood is ok.
I do not recommend you buying this brand guitar, Go for Epiphone, Squier (these two brands are great for beginners) or if you don't want to spend much money buy a Granite. - Experienced guitarist, 10 years player

32 Seagull

I purchased a Seagull in 1985. Now it's part of my son's collection; seems whenever he wants to just casually play it's the one he's drawn to. Still looks good, plays well, and sounds warm as ever.

Great sound, nice acoustic guitars. Excellent action.

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...

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33 Manson

These guitars are to hard for most people to understand, but there is so much quality to these guitars, more than most brands. Its like a science project making them most of the stuff on Manson Guitars hasn't even been heard of being used, or even invented by any other brands. Ill tell you what I wouldn't save my money up for a expensive strat that no ones really going to be impressed with or appreciate save your change for one of these bad boys, people will pass out of enjoyment though.

Some of the best craftsmanship I have ever seen in any instrument. They really put their own heart, soul, sweat and blood into the instruments they create. When you pick one up or when you look at it, you just want to go crazy on it and play your heart out they are so well made and look beautiful to the eye.

Manson guitars are way too under rated. I don't know why Manson guitars are high quality and are really cool looking especially if you have the kaoss midi pad, Sustaniac or zvex. But that's not where it stops as there are even more gimmicks to these amazing guitars

It is a brilliant guitar. They are made very well and the tech is just brilliant. Why is it in 79th place. People need to familiarize themselves more with Manson guitars.

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34 Breedlove

I have a Breedlove acoustic guitar, and it feels natural in my hands. If you are looking for a lot of bang for your buck, the solo breedlove series is amazing. If this were an acoustic guitar list I would expect breedlove to compete with Martin, Gibson, and Taylor at a lower price range. In the end it is all about feel.

I play a Breedlove and it compares very favorably with Martin, Taylor, and Gibson while I prefer it to Fender acoustic guitars (I think Fender electrics are much better). Beautiful tone, and in one place where I play I'm not allowed to plug in. At that place, my Breedlove is the only one of my guitars I can get sufficient volume from. My other guitars are a Martin, an Ibanez, and a Schechter. Breedlove should be in the top ten.

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!

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35 Alvarez

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.

Alvarez masterworks are some of the best guitars made. They are not rated as high as others because they do not cost as much. Cost has NOTHING to do with quality. Big name manufacturers are a rip-off

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36 Maestro

Maestro doesn't come from Gibson.. It's a brand on it's own based in Singapore I believe.

I have this guitar too!

Affordable price but no compromise in quality. Even the SD1 for beginners produce great sounds.

Amazing guitars, specially the Custom Series full solids. You can choose from variety of tonewoods and soundboard combination and 4 different shapes. Offering almost every player's preference. You can also choose options such as soundport off-the-rack. Great craftsmanship, amazing tone, and superb playabality at an amazing price. Great guitar, and definitely not an OEM brand. They only make their own guitars.

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37 Rockwell

This guitar is good


38 Ramirez

Seriously, Ramirez guitars are the best. Ebony fretboard, solid brazilian rosewood back and sides, solid cedar top ivory or bone bridge and a masterly construction make them the best guitars ever.

39 Eastwood

2P DXL CUSTOM airline. They bleed rawness and feeling.

I'm no pro, but I take my time when I'm buying a guitar. I played everything, and for feel, sound and playability, I was about sold on a Gretsch 6119 vintage remake. Then I played an Eastman TX 186. Hollowbody constructed from all solid wood, better pickups than the Gretsch, and just fantastic tone that gets better the more I play it. And it cost about 60% what the Gretsch cost - not an entry level price, but a guitar I won't get tired of playing. They deserve to be better known. Some of the Epiphones and most of the Ibanezes felt and sounded cheap in comparison.

The first Eastman guitar I bought was an affordable AC320CE (sitka spruce top and mahogany sides and back). I liked it so much that later on I bought an Eastman E20 OM (adirondac spruce top and rosewood sides and back). That last one I play daily and it still blows me away. Great guitars for a great price.

40 StarSun

Made in China but awesome worthy for the price I mean it's very cheap but really goes on to the standards of yamaha

That is cool guitar for the everyone, because it has very bass sound and so beautiful!

I also have a starsun guitar. My first one. It's awesome for a beginner. Nice sound too

Please give this brand more votes!

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41 D&D

This guitar is so very nice and it has a very affordable price!

Try those guitars they are the taylor guitars of the phillippines its verry comfortable and I really like the sound quality

42 Johnson

I have a Johnson and works fine!

I have my Johnson acoustic-electric guitar that I bought in US and if I'm not mistaken my Johnson is 10 years old now or maybe more than 10.

From what I've heard, Johnson guitars have great tuning ability and sound like shear perfection.

I have 2 Johnson acoustics that I bought at garage sales for 1.00 and 5.00. the 5.00 one plays and sounds great.

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43 Aria


because I hate kasuga! their just imitations of gibson les pauls!
plus I have a custom aria!
its purple with a gold marble plate, built-in tuner, and in the dots there are LED lights!
Solid copper tuning keys!
mahogany neck!

I've had an aria guitar for the last 40 years, it's a great sounding well balanced instrument. I've played a lot of other, better brand names like gibsons and martins, mine is just as good, if not better.

It is a great guitar... Because I have this guitar... This sound is awesome and terrific, it should be placed in number one.. Because its sound quality and bass is really great

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44 Fernando

I'm so happy to have new Fernando guitars, it has great sound.

It is a great choice! Vote this guys. Trust me you will love its sound quality. Its worth it guys! Please vote this guitar best model too! And designs

This one is great! This brand should be next to Yamaha.. I just can't believe it's down low.. My friend has a Fernando guitar and I have a Yamaha.. Both just sound great..

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

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45 Kasuga

ok everyone kasuga guitar is the best its better than epiphone and stuff my guitar teacher said and he is so good so I think he knows what he is talking about so year go kasuga

Over 30 years of playing different guitars the Kasuga I had in the late 1970s was the best and I was a total idiot for getting rid of it.

Kasuga's is the top guitar brand it has such good sound and are a rare guitar I have 1 and nothing will beat it I recommend this guitar brand to every 1 they are so good just unbeatable so vote for them 2 and add comments - Smith

everybody here vote for this trustworthy brand. A Kasuga guitar is the best they will beat every other guitar I have 1 they are just so cool so good in sound they last for ages there just brilliant - Smith

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46 Stagg

My first and only guitar currently is a stagg and I'm in love with it. there is nothing majorly wrong with a stagg and I'm proud to say I own one. it serves me well in my work and that's all I could ask for

I recently purchased a stagg and the clarity is amazing even though I bought it used I still love it I plan to give it a new coat of paint and fix it up a little

I have a les paul copy stagg and it has served me well as my first guitar, it sounds pretty decent as well.

I have a Stagg guitar it's my first guitar and! Have it since I was 8 years old and now I'm 12 but still, it sound like a new guitar! It sounds pretty good better than Gibson. Even my friend who's using a Gibson guitar says that Stagg is more better than Gibson.

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47 Lakewood

Absolutely no. 1 for me!

Have you seen them... You could even design your own in almost every way... Great sound but you would expect that when you could be spending £5000 on one but I'd say that's worth it for the acoustic of your dreams... Check out the site

Lakewood guitar is the best!

It is beautiful and its sound quality and its woods

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48 Pluto

I'm playing Pluto past 3 months ago.. This is my 5th guitar. It sounds very good, well furnished and beautiful look...

The best acoustic for anyone. I have been using it for 2 years and it sounds like lakewood. It is even better than gibson. It has a nice standard look and easy to tune for it's better sound quality

I like the sound of pluto's acoustic.
its better than my 1st guitar and many other brands

My 2nd acoustic was pluto... It really sounds amazing. Looks are too good and well finished.

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49 Lumanog Guitars

Lumanog is very under rated, for me they make the best acoustic guitars far better than brands up there, and most of all, it is all in the package, low prices and best quality!

#1 in the Philippines. This guitar brand is legendary! Made of quality wood, and gives you quality sound! I have 2 of 'em cause I really trust this guitar brand.

I have 3 of these, not all workers have the same hands, so its up to you to choose the best guitar on the wall.. If your lucky you might end up buying one as good as le paul or even gibson..

I have a lumanog guitar that is fresh from the Philippines. I'm using it for at least 10 years now.

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50 Granada

I have been using it since 3 years. It is not even costly. Its good looking and I think its even better than gibson. It even very easy to tune for it has a very good sound quality. More over it has a beautiful look like a guitar. Even a beginner should be advised to buy this guitar for it cost a minimum of 3000 rs. So as it is less costly and more quality it's the best for me. I even like lakewood but its cost is just my dream.

I am using it since 3 years. They really make good guitars with good sound in an affordable price.

I have a Granada guitar... It is a great GUITAR! It sounds very well...

Because even I have a Granada guitar

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