Most Underrated Guitar Brands

The guitars that are so great yet so ignored. It may be electric or acoustic.

The Top Ten

1 Epiphone

Best guitars for the price and of course they are not Gibson Squier. They have a larger history than Gibson and Fender.

The oldest and most underrated guitar brand. Les Paul build his first guitars in the epiphone factory.

Awesome guitars, people just thin thy are the squire if Gibson, and they are not

I have an AJ-100 & an AJ-220S. Both are great guitars. They swing way above their weight.

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2 Ibanez

Why would some people look pass this? Why, is it because it is Asian? Please... Asian guitars are better than you think. - aeromaxx777

I use Ibanez Artcore 95 as Jazz guitar. Plays well and sounds great and looks great. Fraction of Gibsons which are over-rated. Gibson ES 175 and Es 335 I passed on years ago. They don't beat the Ibanez.

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3 Dean

What I like about Dean is that regardless of which model I pick up, the quality and sound is consistently good given its price point. I don't get that with other brands -- even Gibson and Fender.

Sorry dean was my Istanbul acoustic guitar and felt it had no life. Just a dull sounding acoustic guitar.

I had about 7 dead acoustic guitars in my life and a dean 12 string. They are amazing - Sabbath

I own 2 Dean USA guitars and 2 Korean models. I LOVE THEM... My USA Splittail is my favorite of all time. Try them you'll like them. The V neck is very comfortable.

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4 Washburn

I have a WASHBURN PRO SERIES and it's a beauty and sounds good! The only complaint is my right hand always seems to hit the control knobs!

Had an acousic washburn and it had the best tone I have ever heard, now I have an electric and after putting in some new pickups (the guitar was old and they weren't in usable condition) it sounds fantastic

5 Paul Reed Smith/PRS

I have a gisbson les paul standard, gibson herb ellis 165, fender clapton custom shop blackie, and a paul reed smith custom 22. Prs is definitely in the top 123 ranking

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6 Squier

The Classic Vibe series are consistently better than most MIM Fenders

Squires are like volkswagon beetles millions were made, but only one in a hundred is any good and one in a thousand is great the love bug effect

7 Crafter

I have a crafter guitar.
Sound 10/10
Looks 9/10
Quality 9/10
They are fabulous, handmade guitars, I wouldn't trade mine for any other guitar, but still very underrated

I've been playing for 42 years now, I tried a Crafter and was amazed! It's as good as all the guitars I've played through the years!

Yep even my Martin playing friends rate mine

I bought a Crafter TCO35 and was surprised. Superb sound for its price. Easy to play. My advice, play a Crafter guitar first before buying the Taylors and Martins. Will save you a lot.

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8 Fernandes

I have owned and handled several Fernandes. They were made in Japan at one point in the 1980s-90s and were rivals to Fender. Fernandes were not cheaply made. they were real quality in every way. Get one from Japan or Korea and you are getting a real guitar, well made with good pickups.

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9 Kramer

Duh? Should be number 2. Ibanez? Really? How are they underrated? They are very popular and most people like them. Kramer, however, isn't nearly as popular anymore, maybe they were in the 80s, but now, not so much. Seriously, they are great guitars, and super underrated.

It's better than u think

10 Martin

It all depends on what kind of player u are I'm a lead guitarist. Personally I will take a Taylor over Martin. Martins are great and have excellent lineage and long... They just don't have that punch and powerful sound in my opinion.

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The Contenders

11 Jackson

I bought a Jackson Model 6 and it is one of the easiest guitars to play! It is light and fast the tone wood is O.K. Nice electronics, Always smells new! I just don't like a floating bring, they are so temperamental for me I am always trying to find a balance between tuning and floating tremolo while staying in tune. The models after this one I have played uhh not so good, I don't even know If Jackson has anything to do with them anymore, I only had the one Model 6!

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12 Rickenbacker

Why are these so low on the list? Some of the greatest guitars out there. The only downside is how much they cost

I'm a 12-string player. Own 3, Talamine, Washnurn, and a 660-12 Ric. I also play a couple 6-strings. The Ric is the closest thing to the feel and playability of the 6-strings. I can play for hours with less fatigue. Lots of sustain. And of course Ric "jangle". (Vox AC15c1 helps) Works well for what I play most, (Gospel/P&W in a church setting). Sweet guitar. Well worth what it cost.

13 Godin

I'm talking electric guitars here. Originally entirely made in Canada (Quebec). Now assembled in the USA from Canadian made parts (to circumvent some trade restriction or something like that). These are beautiful, quality built instruments demonstrating craftsmanship and, for the money, exceptional tone. Even the Godin gig bag is one of the nicest on the market. Often overlooked, under rated and in my opinion way under priced. You owe it to yourself to check out the guitars your neighbours helped to build. You won't find a better value for your hard earned dollar!

These are not only underrated, but they are the best in my opinion, the tone you will get with a godin is far greater than any Gibson or Fender!

Without a doubt, Seagull are the best value for money acoustics out there. I am not saying that they compare to premium brands like Martin, Taylor or Collings, although some would argue that they do. For me, they play like butter, sound great and affordable to the man in the street.

These guitar aren't "good for the money". They are just good. Their xtsa model could be argued to be the most versatile guitar in the world, and is the best guitar I have ever played. a comparable guitar from any other manufacturer would be thousands of dollars.

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14 Danelectro

One of the guitar brands out there. Not a bad price for punch and beauty they pack in every model. With a Danelectro its hard to go wrong.

Don't look past this brand because of the affordability. The simplicity of these underrated guitars makes them great and distinct.

Very underrated brand. Basses have been used on countless recordings. Unmistakable sound to anyone who has played it whether loved or hated. Good for when people are tired of the p-bass sound!

15 Chapman

INCREDIBLE GUITARS, just Google the Chapman ghost fret and you can thank me later.

These guitars are the best ones that you can get at a really good price, their tonality is insane and you couldn't ask for anyrhing else, Google the ml-3 traditional in blue

16 Music Man

This brand has some of the best Guitars I've ever set my hands on (Especially the Music Man Majesty). It's such a versatile guitar that plays extremely smooth with amazing tone. I was completely mind-blown when I first got to play a Music Man. When playing a Music Man you'll fall in love with it. It's unlike any guitar that I've played, I have an Ibanez Prestige and it doesn't even compare to a Music Man. Definitely one of the most underrated.

If you ain't played a Music Man than you ain't played man! I mean lets get real a stock Music Man sounds better than any Fender or Custom Shop Fender that's been injected with steroids or any Gibson which I might add have lost all traditional sound and quality due to cost cutting in manufacturing. It's called profit margin at consumers expense. So get a MM and feel the music it'll drip from your hands.

I have never played a guitar that felt better than the Ernie Ball Music Man, and no one ever plays them or talks about them because everyone automatically goes to a Gibson or Fender, seriously try something new, these guitars are great!

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17 Agile

I have a few of these. The stock pickups need to be changed. Most of the stock pickups in guitars are not good. But for the money, I promise you... You will not find a better guitar for the buck!

Cheaper than an epiphone, as good as a Gibson (some say even better). The line AL-2000 outclasses epiphone, and the AL-3000 is the one that is as good or better than the overpriced Gibson.

Just got my Legacy 727 with Bare Knuckle Aftermaths already installed for $550.00. It plays sooo good. The look of it a rip off of an Ibanez Iron Label I've played before that cost over $1,000.00 and the pickups of a different Iron Label that is $1200.00. Best of both guitars at half the price. I have no idea why more people don't give them a try.

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I have been buying and playing these guitars since 2006. The prices will make your mouth water!

18 Reverend Guitars

Great tone and plays great. They are high quality guitars for reasonable price.

They make some quality guitars with an even better price tag. You should check them out! I own a Bayonet W and it rocks.

19 LTD

I have an upscale Korean LTD model that plays and sounds fantastic. I would put it second only to Epiphone as far as being extremely underrated for its quality to price ratio

In terms of tonewood, electronics, looks, and playability, they are easily the nicest guitars in their price range and even compare quite well to their Japanese made ESP counterparts.

Love me a good ec-1000 w 61,80's great shredder & comfortable

I have a LTD MH-1000 NT and it is on par with my PRS and my les paul, as my LTD has Seymour Duncan 59/JBs and I got it for $700

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