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Top 10 Best Electric Guitars in the World

The best electric guitar isn’t one that just sounds good (however you may define good as) — it’s how it feels in your hands. We remember when we could barely start forming memories, going to our dad’s shows and him using his telecaster on stage. He had been playing since he was 5 years old (which we actually used his opinion for in this guide as well) and continues to play today 50 years later. As we grew up and learned guitar ourselves, it was more about what was comfortable and felt as natural as possible. Paired up with the sound and feel, there are a few more factors to take into consideration when you’re looking for the best electric guitar.

Picking the best electric guitar

  • Your budget – When it comes to the best electric guitars or really any real instrument in general, you’re going to have to pay a decent amount of money if you want a quality investment. Although we did find a few budget-friendly guitars to take a look at below, a lot of these will near the half-a-thousand mark and beyond. It all depends on you, of course. Do you want a beginner and starter electric guitar to begin those shredding adventures? Or perhaps the best of the best that the most famous artists use? Perhaps you’ll end up saving more than you already have as you’re reading this — it may be worth it to wait a bit longer.
  • Guitar body – When it comes to different guitar bodies, everybody is different in terms of preference. There are even more variations when it comes to the many shapes and sizes electric guitars come in, but we kept it simple with the three most common guitar bodies you’ll come across in your search.
    • Solid Body: This build is rather self-explanatory, meaning there is no sound box (as typically seen in other instruments, especially acoustic guitars) but instead relies on an entire electric pickup system to gather the vibrations of the strings to portray your sound. This typically dominates the preferred ‘guitar type’ category unless you’re aware of what the differences are in terms of sound (telecasters, Ibanez, etc.). The perks of this solid build include the ability to be amplified at very high volumes without feedback worries, giving us more combinations when it comes to shapes\designs, and are very responsive to the use of effects since it’s nearly entirely dependent on amplification. Preferred genres? Rock, punk, metal, classic rock, etc.
    • Semi-Hollow: As the name suggests, you’re getting a smaller type of sound box while some support of amplification at the same time. This allows us to use an amp (with proper adjustments — there will definitely be some feedback worries of course), but they’re a lot lighter in weight than solid bodies and people tend to say they’re more versatile than our previously explained type. The superlatives used when it comes to hollow-body sound usually include “warm”, “bright”, and nice overtones. Preferred guitarists? Jazz, rockabilly, vintage country, etc.
    • Hollow: Although a bit more rare than the previous two, it may be exactly what you’re looking for if it fits your style. Hollow body electric guitars sound a lot like acoustic guitars, giving us that brighter sound but having trouble with higher volumes since feedback is likely to occur (especially in medium to higher volumes). It has a round and full tone with great bass response, giving jazz players a big grin when they hear it.
  • Righty or lefty? Make sure the model you’re looking at offers either righty or lefty compatibility to be sure. Most should offer both.
  • Color styles – Is this important to you? We know it is for us to an extent, especially if you’ll be performing live regardless of venue size. Even if you’re going to your band-mates place to rehearse, the look of our guitar represents us and our own style. Luckily many of these have awesome options when it comes to makes, colors and designs. Although it wouldn’t necessarily steer us completely in a particular electric guitars direction since sound and feel are still most important.

The top 10 best electric guitars

If you’re just starting out, our new electric guitar for beginners may be more suitable for you. Otherwise, let’s get going on our picks (although it was tough to stick with only 10 models). If you want to practice or perform without wires, you can also look into a wireless system for guitars. Be sure to check out our best acoustic guitars article if you want a companion, or if you need extra gear, we have guides for those as well. How about your guitar pedals or guitar amplifiers?

We understand — this is a hot topic. Choosing just 10 electric guitars to appeal to a wide array of readers has been tough. We appreciate your debates in the comments.

Fender Telecaster

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To start off our list (albeit rather difficult to choose a specific guitar first), let’s take a look at the Fender Telecaster, a high-quality electric guitar for the musician out there who is looking to improve their amateur status to accomplished guitarist. With the clear tone and quality range that the Fender brand is known to famously provide, the Telecaster is equipped with shielded body cavities meant to limit reverberation and focus in on the individual notes. The dual single-coil pickups allow the musician to vary between sharp tones and strong treble, providing a unique sound to fit various genres of interest. The flat surface of the of the fingerboard makes it easy to switch between notes and chords, while the alder wood used for the body of the guitar provides and even and bright sound. With a ‘C’ shaped design meant for comfort for long wear use, the Fender Telecaster is one of the best electric guitars for the money. The sound? Very classic, biting, and clear. You’ll have to hear for yourself in this Telecaster video, since we can’t really find adjectives to truly portray this beauty.

Gibson Les Paul Studio

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Synonymous in the electric guitar industry, the Gibson brand continues to produce some of the best electric guitars on the market, including the Les Paul Studio. Designed with a classic look that maintains the appearance of a vintage quality, this electric guitar comes with a neck that is slimmer than most traditional models, allowing for ease and smooth transitions when switching between notes. The guitar utilizes an upgraded version of humbucker PAF to cancel out any outside interference that detracts from the quality of the sound, while maple and mahogany wood are combined to deliver both definition and sustainability. Other features include traditional tuners that can be manually altered, a Graph Tech Nut for precise spacing between strings, and a neck heel with the class Les Paul design. Well reviewed and great for the price, the Les Paul Studio is one of the best electric guitars available if your cash flow allows.

Ibanez Roadcore RC365H

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How are we supposed to choose an Ibanez model? Well, here’s what we went with. Made out of mahogany with a vintage look to appease the masses, the Ibanez Roadcore RC365H offers a retro feel with a modern sound. The f-hole on the lower part of the guitar creates a deep and rich resonant sound, while the neck contains an RC bolt that adds both warmth and depth to the notes. Due to the stringing throughout the body and an improved bridge, tuning becomes easier while switching through progressions, while the rosewood fingerboard presents both style and comfortability. The highly touted feature on this guitar is the custom designed Core-Tone pickup, reducing additional hum and reverberation for clarity in tone. With various tones provided by a three-way selector, this electric guitar offers high-quality features while maintaining a classic rock-and-roll vibe.

Squier Bullet Stratocaster SSS

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A simplistic design and an affordable price make the Squier Bullet Stratocaster SSS an ideal guitar for those who are just beginning their foray into the musical world. Here’s a huge drop in price and mentioned halfway in our list just in case you wanted to find a budget-friendly and cheap electric guitar to start with. With a basswood finish and a ‘C’ shape design, this electric guitar is lightweight and comfortable, making it ideal when just beginning to learn basic chord progressions and needing long periods of time to practice. The twenty-one frets that are included come in a medium-jumbo size, making it easier to learn the basics of strumming and moving from chord to chord. The string pickup is only a single coil, which provides an adequate sound and balanced tone when utilizing the 5-position pickup blade. With three different color options to choose from (Candy Apple Red, Sea-foam Green, and Lake Placid Blue) the Squier Bullet is one of the best electric guitars for those who are looking to begin their musical journey in style.

Fender Stratocaster American Standard

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Continuing to look at the well-known Fender brand, the Stratocaster American Standard is a higher-priced option with necessary features for the seasoned guitarist. This is another one of the most popular electric guitars ever. In terms of build, the body is a mix of ash and alder, creating a balanced tone for both the sharpness of the upper range chords and the dense resonance of the lower range progressions. The modern bridge has an upgrade of utilizing a block infused with copper and steel saddles for strong intonation and an ease in adjusting pitch. The tuners are placed at varying degrees and heights, with this staggered design creating a decreased in reverberation and excess hum so as to focus in on the clarity of the sound. This electric guitar also has a custom designed single-coil strat known as the “Fat ‘50s”, which is intended to create a fuller sound compared to other guitars. With a comfortable ‘C’ shaped design and durable finish, this 22 fret guitar offers desirable features for the guitar enthusiast. If you’re unsure whether to grab this or our previous Fender pick, read this Telecaster vs. Stratocaster sound article for some more info.

Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic

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If you’re looking for a unique sound that delivers an exaggerated twang, than the Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic is the best electric guitar to offer these features. Designed with wider frame and a hollow body, this guitar utilizes “Black Top” Filter’Tron pickups to deliver a dynamic sound that is both bright and focused in its tone. The toggle has three positions that allows the user to customize the balance of the tone, and all strings on the guitar are able to deliver strong intonation due to the Adjusto-Matic bridge. The vibrato tailpiece adds resonance and depth to the sound quality, and by utilizing maple for the body frame there is a clarity provided within the tone that is unique to that design. With a three position pickup, open-back tuners, and a rosewood fingerboard, this retro style guitar provides a high-quality option for musicians alike. Here’s a great G5422TDC video for some samples of that warm hollow-body sound.

ESP LTD EC-1000

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A well-reviewed electric guitar with a high-quality design, the ESP LTD EC-1000 is the best electric guitar for the musician looking to upgrade their sound and achieve an exaggerated tone associated with the world of rock-and-roll. Both the body and neck of the guitar are made from mahogany with a rosewood fretboard, making this guitar lightweight in feel and balanced in design. The 24 frets come in an extra-large size for ease and comfort in chord changes, while the tailpiece and locking bridge make tuning  both easy to achieve and maintain. Output of the sound is well controlled with the toggle switch, and the model comes with two volume controls for different modes of play. Designed for the musicians with years of experience and a desire to play with a harder edge to their sound, the ESP LTD EC-1000 offers high-end features for a reasonable price. We’re huge fans of their entire EC series.

Epiphone Les Paul Special II

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Providing all of the necessary features expected in a quality electric guitar at a budget-friendly price, the Epiphone Les Paul Special II is perfect for those just beginning their musical journey or the seasoned guitarist looking for an everyday guitar for practice. The 650R humbucker pickups combined with the open coil design deliver strong and sustained tones. As seen on all Epiphone guitars, the Special II has over 500K potentiometer for both tone and volume, and a toggle selector with a 3-way pickup to focus in on the clarity of the sound and decreased excess humming. The body and neck are made with mahogany, while the fretboard has dot inlays within the rosewood design. String changing is also made easier due to the stopbar tailpiece, which helps to add more sustain in sound when combined with the LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge. With all of these features at such a reasonable price point, the Epiphone Les Paul Special II is a strong contender included on this list.

D’Angelico EX-DC Standard

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Semi-hollow, slim, and designed with a comfortable ‘C’ shape exterior, the D’Angelico EX-DC Standard is a high-price electric guitar with professional grade features. Creating a more natural tone that delivers an organic quality to its sound, the Standard guitar uses Kent Armstrong Vintage humbuckers for a focused sound free of excess reverberation. The Super-Rotomatic tuners maintain their tuning accuracy for a longer time, due in part to the turning radius within the design. Strings remain at a comfortable tension due to the unique Stairstep tailpiece, creating both a strong resonant sound and assured sturdiness. A semi-hollow body designed with maple on the top and back, other features include a 3-way toggle that provides two modes of volume as well as two separate tones. Meant for use throughout various genres of music, the EX-DC Standard is an electric guitar to please the masses.

Ibanez Artcore AF75

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With a neck made of mahogany and a body of maple, the Ibanez Artcore AF75 is one of the best hollow body electric guitars included on this list. Due to its hollow body design, this guitar has the ability to play well in all genres, ranging from country to hard rock, and is known for its high-quality tone and ability to maintain tune through long periods of playing. This is possible in part due to the pickups at the neck and bridge, reducing excess humming for clarity in tone and pitch.  The knobs at the base of the body have a super-grip design, making it easy to change the volume and tone between the neck and the bridge and utilize the three pickup selector. A pearl block inlay is included on the rosewood fretboard, making this 20 fret electric guitar a strong option to conclude this list.

All About Indie Hip-Hop and the Culture

Indie hip-hop and its culture is an underground phenomenon of hip-hop. Although not as outwardly popular as mainstream, it has its own influences depending on the artist. However, to understand indie hip-hop and the culture, we have to begin with what hip-hop is.

The birth of the music genre known as hip-hop happened in the 20th century, specifically the late 1970s, in the South Bronx before moving to New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and other parts of the world. Hip-hop is often confused with the term “rap” or “rapping.” However, the genre is more comprehensive than that. Hip-hop does indeed include the written word combined with music, otherwise known as rapping, but it encompasses an entire culture of clothing, dancing, deejaying, graffiti painting and, of course, rapping. Therefore, hip-hop is more than just what you hear. It’s also what you see and how you feel.

Hip-hop began as an African-American phenomenon. You had pioneers such as Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, LL Cool Jay, N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Lil’ Kim and Notorious B.I.G. White performers such as the Beastie Boys and Eminem are also considered pioneers. Today, hip-hop is performed by people of all races and what these people wear, what they sing, how they move influences the people who follow what they do. They are considered mainstream performers, or entertainers who are well-known across the globe.

Indie hip-hop, as mentioned above, is underground. That means that it is generally independently made. But in some cases, an indie hip-hop artist may be signed to a major label. The culture of hip-hop usually follows the same rules. The style of the music is generally the same, except when entertainers choose to vary from the standard, such as Kendrick Lamar. The clothing – bagging clothing, lots of gold jewelry – are generally the same. Hip-hop performers may have background dancers on stage, but they usually walk across the stage and rap rather than dance. Hip-hop art has fonts and images that are standard. Indie hip-hop, however, is often different. It doesn’t stick to the basic hip-hop culture rules. Indie artists experiment and stray from the standard. Indie hip-hop culture is separated according to the artists as opposed to being a whole. Examples of indie hip-hop artists include Brian Brown, Sleep Sinatra, Moe Dirt, Lord Jamar, Jedi Mind Tricks, Donald Glover and many, many, many more.

The freedom of indie hip-hop’s various cultures is due to its independent and underground nature, particularly for those who are not on a major label. They don’t have to rely on a major record company and can, instead, promote their music through word-of-mouth and social media, such as YouTube and SoundCloud. Although they are indie, some of these artists, such as Macklemore and Mos Def managed to go from indie to mainstream. However, many indie hip-hop artists will tell you that going mainstream is not their goal. Making the music that is real to their hearts, not controlled by a record company, is their goal.

How Has Indie Hip Hop And Its Culture Changed In Recent Years?

Hip-hop, R&B, and Rap all have their ‘indie’ or independent cultures. The indie music scene is bigger than ever before nowadays. You can thank technology for that, allowing everyone a platform to showcase their musical talents. It is a great thing, as more and more artists are getting their music out there. What is Indie Hip-Hop and its culture like in 2018, and are you planning on jumping into the scene?

Do you remember the days when Indie music was handed out in person? You don’t have to be old enough to go back as far as mixed tapes. Those mixed CDs were always quite common, too, people producing digital content in the physical form and getting the word out. It was much harder for Indie rap and hip-hop artists to hit the scene then.

Currently, while I’m writing this article, there is a Bike Fest going on where I am located. Rap and hip-hop music is being blasted from the rooftops. A few years ago, I was given a CD by one of the artists present at the bike fest. This was just a few years ago. Nowadays, you’re not going to see that happen. There are artists here promoting their music, but they are going to do so using social media and other online tools.

Most artists aren’t even going to produce a CD of their music. Pretty soon, CDs will be non-existent, save for people’s personal collections. Okay, that’s enough about CD’s, and let’s get to more about the Indie music scene and its culture, particularly as it relates back to hip-hop music.

Just as the indie music scene has changed, so has hip-hop music in general. I was reading one blog post about how people 8 Mile, Eminem’s movie from years ago and aspire to be that person, realizing the tools and resources are now at there. That’s true, and it’s really cool how people don’t just have to settle for experiencing the culture. They can become part of the culture themselves.

That doesn’t mean that indie artists out there aren’t trying to get signed. There are plenty of them who would jump at the chance to be with a record label. You would be surprised, however, that there are also many who might not. It doesn’t hurt to have a big record label behind you, but it also helps to know that you don’t need one these days to make it in the music world.

Since there are many more artists hitting the indie music scene, it does make it more difficult to get noticed in ways, too. Yet more talent is showcased, and perhaps the wealth of the industry is more spread around. What do you think? As an indie author, I can tell you that it makes sense to me. It’s really cool in the first place that more people are able to pursue their talents and dreams, whether they make tons of money or not. They can be part of the indie hip-hop cultural scene in so many ways.

What is Indie Hip-Hop?

Hip-hop is a style of music that grew in popularity beginning in the late 1970s growing through the 1980s, 90s and on into the 21st-century. The style includes the written word along with a musical background, but it is more comprehensive than just referring to it as “rap music.” Hip-hop includes not only “rapping,” but also deejaying, a specific clothing style, breakdancing, and even graffiti painting. Hip-hop is originally African-American, launching out of the South Bronx area of New York City and is popular in various regions of the world such as Los Angeles and Miami.

To describe mainstream hip-hop is to look at the people who influenced it. They have been people like African Americans Run-D.M.C., LL Cool Jay, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., and the female Lil’ Kim. Whites have also been heavy influencers such as Eminem and a white group known as the Beastie Boys, for examples. Today, the heavy influences are people like Kanye West, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and the female Nicki Minaj. These influencers have a particular style and attitude that people who follow rap put forth in their own lives.

So what is indie hip-hop? This is hip-hop music that is seen as underground, and that is often independently made or not signed to a major record label. Although the style for hip-hop follows some general themes, indie hip-hop often does not adhere to all of the basic rules. Because it is underground, the artists are freer to experiment with the styles and make them more unique and individual. How they influence culture is with their individual tribes as opposed to worldwide influence.

Most indie hip-hop artists celebrate the fact that they have control over their style and image. They do not rely on the major record companies to get the word out, nor are they forced to follow the strict rules of major record companies. They can utilize social media, especially YouTube and musical platforms such as SoundCloud, to promote their work.

If a major label recognizes them, they may decide to join them. But when they do they realize they are trading individuality and control for the money that the major record companies provide.

Some of the indie hip-hop artists include Lord Jamar, Jedi Mind Tricks, The Perceptionists, and more. Despite the fact that they are indie hip-hop artists, some of these artists, such as Jedi Mind Tricks, have sold hundreds of thousands of records.

What You Need To Know About The Indie Hip-Hop Scene

If you love underground music and want to find out what the latest bands are, you are going to want to explore the indie hip-hop scene. Indie hip-hop is exciting and it gives you the chance to discover new bands. You can listen to different bands at clubs and you can also find bands you like when you have friends who are in the scene. There are lots of different ways you can find out about the bands and participate in the scene.

Listen to your local alternative radio station. When you do, you can easily start to identify the bands you like and see when they are playing. You are going to want to visit all the clubs that host indie hip-hop music so you can enjoy seeing the bands that you like love. The music has energy and you get to experience something amazing when you watch the music live.

You get to experience it with other people and the energy is palpable. Watching live hip-hop is totally different than listening to it on the radio and when you watch your music live you get to meet other people and see bands perform in person. You can’t beat the feeling of enjoying a night in the same room as your favorite band. If you hang out at the clubs long enough you are going to get to enjoy listening to all of the bands as they come through town.

You will meet lots of people when you start enjoying the scene and you can make some great friends when you start hanging out in the scene. There are lots of people to meet and you are going to have a great time when you start hanging out at the indie hip-hop scene. The bands that you are going to be watching are not going to have much coverage and not many people are going to know about them yet.

You get to watch all the up and coming bands rise up and that is an exciting thing to watch. You get to see all the bands before they become famous when you take part of the scene and there are going to be lots of interesting bands that you can watch. Hip-hop music has a thriving indie scene and there are lots of amazing bands that you can watch.

If you want to enjoy the best music and be part of new scene, the indie hip-hop scene is one of the best scenes to be part of. You can enjoy some amazing bands and there are a ton of different bands to enjoy watching. You can be part of a healthy and exciting scene when you start following the hip hop scene. It is fun learning all about the bands and helping them get started by supporting them when they are first starting out.

You get to be there right when the bands are getting started and it feels great being able to watch their journey. The indie scene is much different because the band isn’t famous yet. You can meet the bands and hang out with them and give them your financial support as they get started. Most cities have at least one hip-hop club and many cities have multiple clubs. You can find out who is playing by keeping track of the listings of each club and you can follow each band by keeping track of what they are doing. If you want to be part of something and you love hip-hop, you need to be part of the music scene so you can make new friends.

Indie Hip Hop And Its Effect On Pop Culture

How is indie hip hop influencing pop culture these days? A lot of artists now don’t have to work with the big name record labels. And, they do a lot of work as indie artists to create followings that love the music they make.

One thing that a lot of hip hop artists do that aren’t signed to big labels is that they come up with their own ways to market. They use things like social media to reach out to fans and put videos up on video sharing sites where people can view them for free. There are so many ways for someone to market that many artists never need to work with a big record label. They can influence pop culture on their own and that’s a lot of power to give artists because now they can better control their destinies.

With hip hop, it’s one of the most popular types of music you can find. There are so many different artists that make different kinds of hip hop. From music that does best at parties to music that is uplifting there are hip hop songs for everyone out there. That means that people are going to naturally work their way into finding artists that click with them and the way they think. You don’t have to like all hip hop, you can find sub genres in it that you can enjoy no matter what you like to listen to.

There are a lot of indie rappers that come up with clothing lines these days. They make a lot of money doing so, and they get their fans to wear their clothing which is basically like advertising. When you think about it, it’s a good way to make money and to influence pop culture without having to go through a big record label. Clothing lines include items that people enjoy wearing like shoes, hats, and shirts. There are all kinds of indie rappers that have their own style and they create clothing lines so other people can wear similar clothing.

A good amount of indie rappers like that they have the ability to do a lot of the work on their music without having to answer to a big record label. When you work with a large label, they generally tell you what kind of music you need to make for things like singles and they are going to make you work for them without paying the artist all of the money they are making for the label. When someone is an indie artist, they make most of their money that they earned and it doesn’t go towards what a large label wants to do.

With the internet, it’s super easy to create a persona and to then stick with it. There are a lot of great ways to get publicity, including doing interviews with people that have an interest in indie artists. You can start to get a following and then there are people you can work with that will help you grow that following little by little as time goes on. All someone has to do to make a name for themselves these days is to work hard enough to create a following that really enjoys the music and the persona of the artist.

Music is now easier to make from home or in a cheap studio than it was in the past. That means that a lot more people are able to start making their own music without having to put a big dent in their savings accounts. You can create a studio at home for a fraction of the cost of going to record an album at a professional studio. Lots of indie artists have started their careers in their homes and then have branched out to work with the more popular producers in hip hop today.

Indie hip hop has a big influence on pop culture. From the music they make the clothing lines they start, artists have a lot more control over their destinies these days. You don’t have to be signed to a big record label to get people to listen to your music these days.

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