Cheap Electric Guitars - Play for Less
If your budget is tighter than a high E string, there are some
fantastic cheap electric guitars you should know about before you go
ahead and make that purchase.
Each electric guitar listed in this section has been selected because
consistently good reviews, materials and components you
would expect to see on higher end guitars, and of course the low cost
There are also video demos of many guitars listed (without the sales
spiel) so you can get a
taste for their individual sounds.
Every guitar is different, so take
your time! Browse by style, make or see how the
cheapies weigh up against the real deals.
Cheap Electric Guitars by Style
Use the links below to compare the best inexpensive electric guitars in
your chosen category.
The best value Les Paul style guitars in all their deep
and rich, mahogany bodied, humbucking glory.
There really is no need to shell out over a grand to get the "real
deal" these days, unless of course you're treating it as a collector's
investment. You don't even need $400 for a great
Originally an innovation of Fender, now instantly recognisable and
widely produced by a number of brands for a lot cheaper.
If you're after that unmistakable Strat sound, and the classic cut
that goes with it, check out these Squiers and Strat copies. You won't
miss the Fender badge (and price tag), I promise.
Another Fender classic gone mass-market. Thankfully, there are some
exceptionally good copies, especially in the Squier range, that stay
true to the quality and sound of the original Fender Standards.
If you love that Tele twang, find out which models experienced
guitarists are raving about, even more so than the Fender MIM models!
The Flying V is an electric guitar first produced by Gibson. Guess what
- it's shaped like a V.
Strictly speaking, only Gibson and Epiphone guitars can use the Flying
V name, but this section includes other V shaped guitars for those
after cheaper or slightly modified alternatives e.g. more suited for
Another replicated Gibson classic, spawning various incarnations
by makes such as ESP, Jackson and Dean that became popular among metal
players during the 80s and 90s.
Whether you want to stay true to the '58 original or want a more
radical, modernised version, take a look at the top 3.
Also known as semi-acoustic guitars, hollow bodies use a sound box to
help enrich the tone through the pickups. They tend to be favoured by
jazz and blues players.
There are some wonderful models below the $500 mark you should know
about before you part with your hard-earned.
A section devoted to the thrashers and shredders among us who need a
more specific setup.
These beautiful beasts deliver high output, great sustain and look the
part to boot.
Whether you need a well rounded heavy metal workhorse or a lightning
axe, see here.
Electric Guitars by Brand
I'm currently working on this section so please bear with me.
Eventually, I'll have all the major (and less known) brands listed here
so you can find the best budget electric guitars made by a particular
Looking for a cheap, American made Gibson axe? Does such a thing exist?
Yes, take a look.
Electric Guitar Comparisons
This section features direct
comparisons between similar guitars. Do you have an interesting
comparison, either between a cheap copy and the "real deal", or two
similar guitars in the same price range? We'd love to hear
what you thought.
Epiphone Vs Gibson Les Paul
is a difference, but $2000 worth of difference? Find out what makes the
USA Gibson a superior instrument and whether it's really worth selling
a kidney to buy one.
Squier Strat Vs Fender Strat
makes the Squier Strat nearly a grand less than its more prestigious
daddy? Plus, are the cheaper Mexican Fenders worth the extra
if you can't afford a MIA?
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