The 10 Best Electric Guitars 2020: Ultimate Buying Guide

THE 10 BEST ELECTRIC GUITARS 2020: THE ULTIMATE BUYING GUIDE

If you have decided you want to become a rockstar, you better choose the right weapon. Electric guitars are more than ordinary guitars with a plug: prices may vary, as well as each one’s features, shapes, colors and materials used.

Do you prefer single-coil or humbucking pickups? A set-in or bolt-on neck? Fixed or tremolo bridge? Take a look at our review and find the perfect electric guitar for you!

And, when you are ready, find a pretty multi-effects pedal and move to the next level.

Model
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Firefly FFJR Solid Body
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Yamaha Gigmaker Electric Guitar Package
Our choice
EVH Striped Series
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Firefly FFJR Solid Body Electric Guitar (Green)
Yamaha GigMaker EG Electric Guitar Pack with Amplifier, Gig Bag, Tuner, Cable, Strap and Picks - Old Violin Sunburst
EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar Black with Yellow Stripes
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Model
Firefly FFJR Solid Body
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Firefly FFJR Solid Body Electric Guitar (Green)
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Alternative
Model
Yamaha Gigmaker Electric Guitar Package
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Yamaha GigMaker EG Electric Guitar Pack with Amplifier, Gig Bag, Tuner, Cable, Strap and Picks - Old Violin Sunburst
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Model
EVH Striped Series
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EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar Black with Yellow Stripes
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Squier by Fender Affinity Series Telecaster

Fender was established in Southern California by Leo Fender, who about 70 years ago built his first electric guitar. Now, Fender is a world’s leading guitar manufacturer.

The Squier Telecaster model of Fender’s Affinity Series is an affordable, lightweight electric guitar, very suitable for beginners. It has a straight neck and leveled frets that make it easy to play, producing a nice  sound in all playing styles.

The body is made of poplar, with a fingerboard of laurel or maple, depending on the color chosen. It also features a 6-saddle bridge to achieve an accurate intonation.

electric guitar fender

  • Left-handed model available too
  • C-shaped satin neck profile for more comfort when playing
  • Several colors to choose: arctic white, black, competition orange, butterscotch blonde, sunburst, race green, race red and slick silver

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Squier by Fender Affinity Series Telecaster

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Oscar Schmidt OE20G

The Oscar Schmidt company was founded in 1871 and produces all types of string instruments, from guitars to autoharps.

If you are looking for a nice, quality electric guitar, at a decent price, the OE20G is what you are looking for. With a sound and look that will remind you to the classic Les Paul, but for less money, the OE20G is also lighter and more playable thanks to its fretboard: you can even choose between rosewood or engineered wood material.

Despite of the price, this is not a guitar for beginners only: it is perfect for those advanced guitar players who want to enjoy a Les Paul without spending a lot of cash in it.

yellow guitar

  • Features humbucking pickups (double coil)
  • Fretboard available both in rosewood or engineered wood
  • Available in different colors: black, gold top, quilt tiger eye, tobacco sunburst, or flame transparent purple burst

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Oscar Schmidt OE20G

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Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro

For those who dream with a Les Paul however, they still have a decent-priced alternative to the classic (and far more expensive) Gibson: The Epiphone’s Standard PlusTop Pro, an excellent guitar that satisfies perfectly the needs of those players who buy on a budget.

The body and back of the Epiphone’s Standard Les Paul is made of mahogany, with a maple top and a fretboard of rosewood. It has an impeccable finish with smooth fret edges and excellent knobs. The result of this is a very rich and deep tone and great sound flexibility.

les paul guitar

  • Slim D-shaped neck
  • Beautiful triple AAA flame maple veneer top
  • Features excellent ProBucker pickups

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Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro

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EVH Striped Series

Have you ever dreamt of playing like Eddie Van Halen? Having his guitar may help a little, and that is why we have included the EVH Striped in our selection.

Based on Eddie’s legendary Frankenstein, the Striped is a lightweight and balanced guitar, with a basswood body based on the original Stratocaster model and a quarter-sawn maple neck that makes it stiffer and more stable than other plain-sawn necks. It is also surprinsingly fast and smooth to play, so it won’t disappoint you, specially if you are a hard-rock fan.

striped

  • Hand-Rubbed Oil finish
  • Features EVH’s locking tremolo system
  • Available in 3-color combos: black with yellow stripes, white with black stripes, and red with black and white stripes

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EVH Striped Series

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Firefly FFJR Solid Body

Firefly is a surprinsingly good option if you are a casual musician looking for a quality guitar at the lowest price possible.

The FFJR produces a surprinsingly good sound and has a nice construction, made of mahogany with a rosewood smooth freatboard. The neck is set-in connected to the body, as in Gibson models. With this construction we have a sustained guitar that gives us a better access to the top frets when playing it, producing a warmer sound than in bolt-on neck guitars.

The finish and colors used are also beautiful, as well as the hardware, very functional.

green electric guitar

  • Features FF90 single coil pickups
  • Set-in neck building, like Gibson guitars
  • Very good quality-price ratio guitar

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Firefly FFJR Solid Body

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Sawtooth Heritage 60 Series Flame Maple Top

Sawtooth is a company that produces musical instruments with a vintage touch that we love, as we mentioned in our best drum sets review.

Regarding electric guitars, the Heritage 60 Series is a quality option for this brand. Made of mahogany in body and neck, the flamed maple top gives this guitar a beautiful undulating pattern. Even the tuning keys placed in the African blackwood and ebony fretboard have a vintage style, resulting in a classic sound achieved with a modern playability.

electric guitar

  • Features 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Humbucker pickups and adjustable stoptail bridge
  • With 2 volume and 2 tone controls

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Sawtooth Heritage 60 Series Flame Maple Top

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Jackson JS22 Dinky Arch Top

Another poplar guitar in our list for a resonant and meaty tone is this Jackson’s model.

The JS22 has a very comfortable double-cutaway shape and weight, with elegant black hardware that includes a set of Jackson tuners and a dual-Fulcrum Tremolo.

The neck has a bolt-on construction that makes the guitar easier to control, achieving also a brighter tone. The finish is very nice, both on neck and body.

white guitar

  • Features Jackson high-output humbuckers with ceramic magnets
  • Compound radius fretboard with 24 jumbo frets
  • Maple neck for high-speed playing

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Jackson JS22 Dinky Arch Top

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ESP LTD EC-256FM

ESP has been producing musical instruments since 1975. Their guitars are known for their high quality and careful production, as they are inspected by quality control technicians before shipping. Besides, they all have a limited lifetime warranty, so you can invest your money in this brand as you will have some peace of mind.

The LTD EC-256FM is a versatile guitar that can fit many different music styles. Feel like James Hetfield from Metallica with its single-cutaway body and its 3-piece, thin U-shaped neck made of mahogany. The flamed maple top, available in different colors, and the nickel hardware will bring you the rockstar look you need while playing all kinds of genres with its Daddario strings.

blue guitar

  • Features the popular ESP Designed LH-150 humbucking pickups
  • Jatoba fingerboard with 22 extra-jumbo frets
  • Available in cobalt blue, dark brown sunburst, lemon drop and see thru purple sunburst

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ESP LTD EC-256FM

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PRS Paul Reed Smith SE Custom 24 Zebrawood

The PRS company was founded in 1985 in Maryland and since then they have been specialized in high quality guitars and amplifiers.

The SE Custom 24 has this vintage look that we love, in a zebrawood and mahogany body with a wide maple neck. The fretboard is made of rosewood and it has gorgeous bird inlays along the 24 frets, as well as nickel hardware.

You will get a good playability with this guitar, producing an versatile and vibrant tone, and all at a very decent price.

prs

  • Features the PRS patented molded tremolo
  • With 85/15 “S” pickups with coil taps
  • PRS SE gig bag is included

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PRS Paul Reed Smith SE Custom 24 Zebrawood

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Yamaha PAC012 Pacifica Series Package

There should be a Yamaha model in our list and the Pacifica Series is our choice, specially for those beginning to play the electric guitar.

Launched in 1990, the PAC012 is an already legendary guitar available in different colors. Its classic double-cutaway design is made of agathis with a maple neck and rosewood fretboard. This guitar won’t go out of tune easily, so you can play it and practice for long hours and get always a good sound.

We like the fact that you can include a fair 15-watt Yamaha amp bundle at a decent price, which makes it a perfect option for those who need the whole pack to start playing.

guitar set

  • Features a vintage tremolo bridge system
  • 5-position pickup switch for a broad range of different sounds
  • Different colors available: black, metallic blue, metallic red, and old violin sunburst

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Yamaha PAC012 Pacifica Series Package

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Our choice: EVH Striped Series

The rockstar look and the best playability in a decent-priced guitar. We love the EVH, designed by another rock legend and we love its price, bearing in mind that we are talking about a high-end guitar. Do not miss the chance to feel like an idol with this powerful weapon in your hands!

PROS
  • Accurate and stable Floyd Rose tremolo
  • Hand-rubbed oil finished neck
CONS
  • The oil finish needs maintenance every now and then
  • Only striped patterns available
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