Best Electric Guitars

The Top Ten
1 Gibson Les Paul

It's the most desirable guitar. Because it sounds great and the feeling of quality you feel when you put hands on the instrument. Not talking about other Gibson models, which could be great or not. Les Paul are nicer at an average rate than Fender Stratocaster, in which you need to try several ones to get with the right one.

I have a lot of guitars - Strats, Telecasters, ESP, Jackson, Ibanez, PRS, various Gibsons... SG, flying V,... I play them all. But my Les Paul is always in the rack at a gig, and played more than any other. It's heavy, uncomfortable and unweildy... but it's just simply the best in my humble opinion.

Definitely the best quality guitar, has a great sound. But you have to admit, the Stratocaster is by far the most practical. In terms of quality, Les Paul tops it, but the Strat is just super practical.

I feel this guitar is brilliant because the sound you get when you plug it in to that amp! Play anything. I personally believe the gold is absolutely beautiful. The models brilliant as well. It was either this one or the Gibson SG

2 Fender Stratocaster

C'mon. This guitar completely changed the very NATURE of music. It's versatile, it has a distinctive sound, it looks great (the les paul looks like a granddad's guitar, this looks like a true ROCK guitar) and it's probably the reason why Gibson's headed for bankruptcy. On top of that, even 60+ years of awesome rocking, it's still the world's best selling axe. Every played it from Buddy Holly to Jimi Hendrix to Iron Maiden's Dave Murray. The guitar itself is also very ergonomic and fairly lightweight.

I took up guitar at 12, and the strat was the first one I bought. It was the cobalt blue one, and damn it sounded good. Gibson ain't bad, it's just the strat sounds the way I like it to, and each Fender guitar (strat or not) sounds different, each one has a unique sound, and I like that. I now own 3 strats (Cobalt Blue, Black, and that dark red one, I keep forgetting it's name! ). I recommend this guitar for everyone and anyone! Cheers!

Fender Strats are a close second to a Les Paul. Again a very versatile guitar.. I find them to be lacking a little bit for the heavier hard rock guitarist. But in saying that, you can make any guitar something awesome with customization. I'm mostly basing my rating on "stock" guitars.

The Fender Stratocaster defines what an electric guitar is. It is truly the most iconic electric guitar in history. Other than that, the Strat has a sound and tone that is versatile and is unmatch by others. Truly an icon in music history.

3 Gibson SG

I was interested in the Electric Guitar, then I got more interested in the Bass Guitar, but if I get more interested in the Electric Guitar again, I would play the Gibson SG, it's the coolest Guitar of all time in my opinions

Best guitar ever made! All these guitars are great, and the Les Paul and the Strat are also up there for the top 3, but when you see the SG's devil horns, you think "rock on."

I've got the les paul custom and the sg vos. The sg is just that little bit nicer in my humble opinion. Sound and playability.

Best sound, best design

4 Fender Telecaster

Telecasters sound the way a guitar is meant to sound. Plays beautifully, very comfortable and a gorgeous looking instrument with the most crisp and distinctive pick ups. So many legends swear by the telecaster to this day. Always come back to my tele, like an old friend.

I have a 2013 American Standard Tele...with an noise cancelling pickguard (Illitch) use it with a SD pickup booster pedal...roll back the tone and you can achieve any sound, yet put the pedal on bypass and turn up the treble and you get tele heaven...if it is not the most versatile guitar known to mankind, I would like to play the guitar that can beat it...

Currently don't own a Telecaster... But it will be my next guitar. Amazing sound and beautiful clean and blues tones! A must have for any guitar player/collector!

How can the first solid body electric guitar ever made only be number five on this list? It' sounds amazing and it historical.

5 Gibson ES-335

Possibly one of the best blues/rock guitars of all time. Think Cream Crossroads. That sound says it all! Also as a variant, think B.B.King. Not to mention jazz and the thousands of Jazz guitarists who have made a living playing this gem. The solid mahogany bit through the body helps to make a semi acoustic into almost a solid body. So much character.

One of the greatest guitars ever made. Don't have to get an original, Epiphone es 335 is nice and washburn Hb 35 are great options when cost is an issue but make no mistake this is a very versatile guitar. Ask Dave Grohl.

Why on earth is this (currently) below the firebird? The 335 is a fantastic instrument, better than an SG and maybe even a Les Paul.

6 Gibson Firebird

Absolutely beautiful shape, great feel and tone, amazing variety, especially with the VII. In my opinion, the perfect guitar

Great guitar all around, the looks and sound will make you stand out on stage.

7 Fender Jaguar
8 Ibanez RG331M-YE
9 Gibson Explorer

The shape and tone of an Explorer literally screams (and growls) metal!

10 Jackson V

Ok, I'm Liam, and I'm a pointy guitaraholic...and I'm not going to rehab, bugger off...Jackson is Jackson, they do what they do, which is make everything about playing better...the compound radius necks, knob placement, the details nobody else catches. And nothing sacreams Jackson like the Vs, King or Rhoads, doesn't matter. Own both, will have more soon...this is the Ferrari of guitars..

The Contenders
11 Schecter Synyster Gates Special

Synyster Gates special! Doesn't matter how it sounds, any modern guitarist would dream to play a guitar on statge with this kind of amazing look!

12 Hamer Glenn Tipton' signature
13 B.C. Rich Mockingbird

There is no guitar design, before or since that rivals the Mockingbird's sexy and aggressive lines! Telecaster? Firebird? Are you guys smoking something? Even stoned, Mockingbirds deserve a Top 3 placement AT LEAST!

What the hell?! This is the best guitar. Must be over the Gibson Les Paul. This is so great, stunning design, awesome sound, also most of the mockingbirds come with a tremolo.

Seriously, you've got to be blind if it's not the best looking guitar model in the history of ever!

14 Gibson Flying V
15 BC Rich Warlock

Got the Kerry King Warlock and modified it with some EMGs and it sounds KILLER! One of the best guitars I've ever used! In fact, probably the best because I made it into my own custom weapon!

16 Fender Jazzmaster
17 Brian May's Red Special

This guitar was quietly revolutionary. Built in the early 60s, it features an individual; 3-pickup switching system, AND phase controls for each pickups. Not only this, but it has a knife-edge bridge, acoustic pocketing, and much more.

This guitar is a kinda magic!

This is so radical!

18 EVH Striped Series

Very nice guitars. made just like Eddie Van Halen's actual Frankenstrat, '78 Eruption, and 5150 Kramer. Beautiful paint jobs, and great sound.

19 Gibson Firebird X

Hey! This should be in the top five! Its just released and I bought one! It's feather light and sounds awesome! I can compare it to fender strat!

So awesome! Yiu can play so fast on it. Its really light and comfortable

20 PRS SE Custom 24

Bought a 30th Anniversary Custom 24 this year. It's quite simply the best, most beautiful guitar I have ever owned or played. I love noodling on my strat but whenever the record button is pressed it's always the PRS in my hands.

A guitar player's guitar. Quality control is unmatched. Impeccable attention to detail, can't believe it falls this low on the list. What a shame, and completely non-reflective of the instrument (and company) that PRS is.

21 Ibanez GIO GRG
22 Les Paul Standard Double Cut
23 Ibanez AXS32
24 Gibson Byrdland
25 ESP Ltd - F-400 FM
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