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.

The Top Ten

1 Gibson

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.

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.

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.

When you find the right Gibson for you, they are just incredible. The feel is amazing, like as you play them, they play you at the same time. (And they sound great, duh.)

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2 Fender

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).

Fender is the best

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3 Jackson

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. =)

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!

If you think Jacksons are crappy, get a USA Select Jackson - BOOGIE69

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4 Ibanez

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

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.

Good for beginners especially RG series.

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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 - gabi326jjk

Best guitars for heavy metal in the market.

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6 PRS - 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.

So good!

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7 B.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... - chewy

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 - mcl0v1n

If you can find a 80s because Rich, the guitar you get will easily match up and beat guitars 5 times its price (approximately $400 with hard case and strap) - BOOGIE69

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8 Hamer

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.

9 Schecter 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.

My schecter works way better than any crappy old strat!
schecter should be at number one! 1

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10 Martin

best acoustic guitar brand - richie4life

The Contenders

11 Dean

I like Dean a lot, partly because my dad works for Dean, but also because I have one and it sounds beautiful.

Deans are amazing, everything just feels right when you play them. Perfect for metal-Eddie Bryant

Because I own a dean. and I LOVE it. (i actually like gibson more but its too expensive. lol) - Floppypanda

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

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12 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.

Matt bellemy of muse plays it, it is a very technichal and great guitar.

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13 Rickenbacker

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.

The finest electric sound--6 or twelve. I can only think of four guitars that are arguably better than a Rick 360-12, but this was my "Excalibur" when I started playing. These need to be WAY higher on this list.

I have a 330/12. It has been with me for over 30 years. Never in my life have I touched it's equal.

Rickenbackers are the most amazing, unique sounding guitars available and are by far the best

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14 Epiphone

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!

Incredible guitar, I've had one for years and it still works.

Guitars near Gibson and Fender at 1/4 to 1/2 the price!

Epiphone SG all the way!
If you find the right model - they are as good as the Gibson's for just a fraction of the price.

Play an actual Gibson, Epiphone sounds inferior to my Gibson Les Paul. Having said that, they have more of an impact on guitar than Gibson or Fender as Epiphone is older than both. - BOOGIE69

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15 Gretsch

It's such a beautiful instrument just looking at it gives me a thrill, when I saw George Harrison playing his in the early/mid sixties I so wanted one but I could not afford one. Two years ago I bought the Country Gent and I just love the sound it makes.

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

Any type of music can be played on their guitars. They have flashy guitars and more simple guitars. Bo Diddley, joe perry, and many others have used them.

I have a white falcon by gretsch and no guitar would come close to it

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16 Taylor

From Baby Taylor, Academy, and Gemini - simply the most consistent bright and melodic sounds

They are so great! I recently received a Taylor and I instantly fell in love with it.

I just got a Taylor and it's the best guitar I've played in my life

The Taylor 714ce and the 814ce there's no better!

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18 Kramer

eddie van halen and richie sambora played kramer and they were right because the sound is great - richie4life

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!

19 Ibanez RG

It is the best guitar I have ever owned.
P.S. I am 12

The best investment I have ever made.
ps I am 12

20 Epiphone Explorer

i like Gibson but i generally like epiphone explorers more. - bde111223344

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