Best Electric Guitar Brands for Starters

These are electric guitar brands that are the most AFFORDABLE, DURABLE, and SOUND THE BEST for a children's, beginner, or entry level guitar in my humble opinion.

The Top Ten Best Electric Guitar Brands for Starters

1 Ibanez

You can get an Excellent RG or an S series for a very reasonable prize and with care & love towards the instrument, you can definitely keep & play it for 20+ Years!

I don't have any Endorsement deals with Ibanez, but... For the Price, No Guitar Manufacturer gives the Best Components for the Given Price point like Ibanez does. All the Other Brands are Amazing! (Fender, Gibson, PRS, Jackson, ESP, because Rich, Charvel etc... ) but for the price you are getting the Best from IBANEZ! - Nirmal1991USA

I have an old ibanez from 1988, just a year after they came out and it still plays like its new!

2 Epiphone

I just love Paul Reed Smith! It's tones, quality and everything else! The performance is outstanding but all of them, even the SE edition is suitable for average guitar players not beginners. And they are not cheap also. So the best budget variants is either Ibanez, Epiphone or Fender Squire. Out of all of them I prefer Epiphone, which can maintain a great sound and performance thought long gigs and hours of practice. - artemgureev

Great tone, with or without distortion, durable, and are usally between $300-800 dollars. Could be considered a professional guitar, being almost up to par with Gibson. Good for all types of music/playing.

The Prophecy is virtually a Les Paul, and they can be found (after some searching) used for well under $1,000. You can't go wrong.

Basically a Gibson with less expensive cosmetics

3 Fender

You pay around $500-1,000 for a pro guitar that will last for years. Price is too expensive for most beginners. This earns it 7th place.

Has the best looks and a great if not the best sound. Worth every penny I spent on fender guitars

This is more versatile than Ibanez therefore this is the best starter brand

Really good I am grade 8 and still have my fender in good shape

4 Squire

My first guitar. Squire's sound great, are very affordable ($200-800), and are extremely durable. Good for rock, jazz, blues, hard rock, and pop.

The Best guitars for beginners! I have one of those, but I am getting a fender USA in a few days. So this is the first guitar for you!

First electric was squire. Sounded pretty good for the price. Quality was fair, but for a beginner, it was acceptable.

The price is quite cheap and it sounds quite good. My first guitar is also a Squier.


Great for shredding! Usually they have very hot pickups, so they are good with heavier strings (Regular-Heavy gauge). ($300-900) Great for metal.

You either love 'em or you haven't played one. Obvious way to go for metal. Really good quality. I love my Gus-600. - dragonzrmetal

6 Yamaha

Erg121c best starter guitR

The best starters guitar

Its cheap
Its versitile

Nothing can be campared to it

Its awesome
From soft rock to heavy metal you can play anything on it

7 Jackson

Price ranks it below Squire, but is overall a better guitar. Great for hard rock and metal.

8 Cort

Cort..durable yet cheap.. any model

9 B.C. Rich

Best I ever played the shapes given 2 dem warlock, beast, v, Virgo, virgin, etc. These guitars rock! How can someone keep them 7

Because Rich is an awesome brand... guitars have great look, sound and they are nice to play


10 Dean

Cool looking but bad quality unless you buy one that is $500 plus. Good for all metal.

Good looking with good tone

The Contenders

11 Paul Reed Smith

Amazing guitar, but pricy at $650-1,000.

12 Charvel

Quality rock guitar for around $700-1,000. Price is once again the killer

Very underrated. I wish they were around where I live... - ipehorta

13 Rick Hanes

Best Guitar for starter so far.. In my humble opinion

14 Gibson
15 Harmony
16 Avalon
17 Washburn
18 Tokai
19 Carvin
20 First Act
21 Lyom

This is a typo, it should be Lyon. Horrible guitars. - dragonzrmetal

22 Crestwood
23 Fiero
24 Starfield
25 Elevation
26 Peavey

I've never owned one, but I've played some and was really impressed with the feel and sound for a low end guitar. - dragonzrmetal

A lot of guitar players over look peavey guitar's I've had over 30 different name brands of guitars and out of thim all my peavey sc 1and my sc3 are my favorite. Try one for yourself and you will see

27 Kramer

You can get a good guitar (with a Floyd Rose) from Kramer with good sound for $300-500.

28 Starsun
29 Encore

All my electrics are Encore makes, all look great and the sound is pretty damn good too! For a beginner you couldn't get a better guitar!

30 Vigier
31 Eko
32 Rickenbacker
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