Best Electric Guitars


The Top Ten

1 Gibson Les Paul

The Les Paul is perfect. Enough said.

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. - Macaius

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.

I love it. So much. It is also heavy, so it provides a good weapon of self-defense... Um, anyway, these guitars sound and play great.

2 Fender Stratocaster

Why. Is. This. Not. Number 1?!

Just felt right as soon as I started playing it

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!

Best guitar along with the Telecaster. Sharp and beautiful sounding. Top guitar, even if this poll says that Gibsons are better.

3 Gibson SG

Best solid body Guitar ever made

Sg is Gibsons best selling guitar and it has sold more than lespaul

This guitar was used by Angus Young (AC DC), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Daron Malakian (System Of A Down), Pete Townshend (The Who), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Frank Zappa we're also using one, EVERYBODY USED ONE, AND YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE ITS THE BEST GUITAR IN THE WORLD! - pwh589

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.

4 Fender Telecaster

The most versatile, best sounding guitar ever made. There isn't a tone the telecaster can't do.

Simple, practical, great tone, light, comfy, articulate.

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.

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!

5 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.

You should teach people to play it

6 Gibson ES-335

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.

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.

Larry Carlton’s favorite guitar. Enuf said!

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.

7 Fender Jaguar

Best because you can do everything with it

I love jags and strats

8 Ibanez RG331M-YE
9 Gibson Explorer

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

A great guitar made by dean and Gibson -

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..

Best Guitarist Ever "Randy Rhoads" Guitar

The Contenders

11 Schecter Synyster Gates Special

Didn't expect this did ya

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!

This guitar deserves top 7

14 Gibson Flying V

Very good mr mayuse it

'59 Custom Shop reissue...incredible tone and sustain

Made by Gibson and dean the flying v looks like a 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 Brian May's Red Special

Unique in every way look, sound & story

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!

17 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. - SharkDestroyer

18 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
- winner333

19 PRS SE Custom 24

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.

Best I've ever played sounds awesome and has coil splitters

Simply the best instrument

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.

20 Fender Jazzmaster

Any Jazzmaster is incredible. And if u want it even better get the Troy Van Leeuwen signature

21 Ibanez GIO GRG
22 Gibson Byrdland
23 ESP Ltd - F-400 FM
24 Epiphone Dot

Its a good guitar

25 Epiphone Les Paul Standard

I love Epiphone les Paul standard plus its soulds so good,is beautiful the mahony wood look so cool and not so expensive like Gibson Les paul.

Awesome guitar, its sounds and looks so damn close to the Gibson model but its only 1/10 of the price.

26 Ibanez Iceman

(S. O. A. D)Daron Malakian's Guitar
(KISS)Paul Staley's Guitar
JUST AWESOME, Amazing Sound!

27 Epiphone Casino

Very good for beatles-eshe sound

28 Fender Mustang

So good kurt cobain used it

29 Ibanez JEM7V

What the hell is this guitar doing at such a low position? This is the best Ibanez guitar ever!

I think this is the most confortabile and play albe gustar in the world

30 EVH Wolfgang

Top 10 for sure. Its easy to play, very comfortable and weighted like a Gibson Les Paul. Stays in-tune after many dives. My Wolf & Les Paul are the 2 I gig with.

TOP 10!

How was this not on the list?! Definitely the best. Much better than the Striped series which is rated number 14

31 Dean ML

Nice design and nice sound

32 Gibson Les Paul Jr.

A thiner cheaper older version of the Les Paul today Billy Joe Armstrong uses them -

33 Schecter Synyster Gates Standard

Synyster Gates Signature Model from Schecter guitar with Seymour Duncan Invaders really are ten times what they actually cost

34 Ibanez Artcore

Really Amazing Guitar, Amazing Sound, I Love It, If You Try It You'll Love It Like I Do, Best Guitar Ever For Playing Classic Rock Songs!

35 Squier by Fender

Best guitars for beginners

36 ESP LTD EX-50
37 Godin Signature

An amazing guitar made in Canada goden makes some of the best guitars for cording look like a les Paul with a full pickguardsg like and kind of like a tele -

I've heard about godin guitars and I love the look of them and they sound really rich and the only reason they are not at the top of the list is because they are made in Canada. if you are looking for a really good guitar like me try Godin's summit series

38 Yamaha Pacifica

This is a great guitar. I own one, have had it for a couple years, and never regretted buying it once! This is truly a better guitar than the Fender Stratocaster, because I played my Pacifica and a Strat when I bought mine, and when I compared them, I liked the Pacifica better.

39 Ibanez Rg 270
40 Sterling by Music Man Jp100

Great guitar for great players

41 Gibson Les Paul John Sykes Special
42 Ibanez Jem
43 Epiphone ES-339 pro

I have one and I love it. It's a small version of the gibson casino. I recomend it for beginners and just for jamming.

44 Fletcher Handcrafted Guitars

Fletcher is one of the best electric guitar brands with no doubt. - Tigomusic

I know this brand is from US but produced in Australia. - Tigomusic

Built The Old Fashioned Way...

45 Signature indie

A really Amazing guitar created by indie looks like a tele/jr mix really looks great feels amazing designed in 2008 -

46 Ibanez Gio Mikro
47 Ibanez XF350
48 Ibanez XG300
49 Ibanez MTM

This is Mick Thomas signature model, this is the best, Slipknot is the best

50 Goya Panther S-3
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Top Remixes

1. Gibson Les Paul
2. Fender Telecaster
3. Fender Stratocaster
1. Gibson Les Paul
2. Fender Stratocaster
3. Gibson Firebird X
1. Gibson Les Paul
2. Jackson V
3. Hamer Glenn Tipton' signature


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