Best Beginner Electric Guitars

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Published on March 22, 2008 with No Comments

squier fat stratocasterChoosing your first guitar is probably the most daunting task you’ll face in your journey of learning how to play the guitar. You need to buy a good guitar to facilitate your learning, as well as ensure that you really maximise your money’s worth. Listed below are a few recommendations of good electric guitars and value packages that you can consider.

Top 3 Beginner Electric Guitars

Squier Black and Chrome Fat Strat Electric Guitar Black Rosewood Fretboard

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Squier Black and Chrome Fat Strat Electric Guitar Black Rosewood Fretboard 9.21

Squier Black and Chrome Fat Strat Electric Guitar Black Rosewood Fretboard

The Squier Black and Chrome Fat Strat Electric Guitar is the ultimate fashion accessory a sleek, gloss black and chrome Stratocaster that looks great under the lights. It’s also an electric guitar that screams, thanks to a hot bridge humbucker, while 2 single-coils cover the traditional Strat sounds.

This is the best guitar ever. I have been playing for as long as I can remember, and this is the best guitar I have ever owned. The looks on this axe are the best, but it plays even better. I have not had one problem with this guitar, and I don’t think I will either. The quality of this guitar is outstanding. It definitly gives you the most bang for your buck. There is unlimited amount of tone varities also. If you are a beginner, or have been playing all your life, it dosn’t matter, this guitar is for you.
- Active Musician from Eau Claire, WI


 

Epiphone G-310 SG Electric Guitar Vintage White

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Epiphone G-310 SG Electric Guitar Vintage White 9.01

Epiphone G-310 SG Electric Guitar Vintage White

The Epiphone G-310 SG Electric Guitar is an axe that delivers everything from warm distortion to all-out scream. Crafted with select hardwood body, bolt-on mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay. Also features tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and chrome tuners. Limited lifetime warranty.

I bought this guitar from Musician’s Friend around 9 months ago or so, and I can say that this is a brilliant buy. I bought it as my first decent solid body electric (I have a no-name thing from the late 60′s which cannot stay in tune), and it’s never let me down on anything major. The tone is good, it’s nice and loud even through my cheap amp, and it looks fantastic. Mine’s red, which looks marvelous. It was worth every penny. The only thing I can complain about is that my cable jack has fouled up a few times, but with a little soldering, the problem ceased to be. Its got that classic SG look, which is still amazing 40 years after it was designed. If you’re a little short on cash, and are interested in picking up the electric, YOU MUST BUY THIS GUITAR.
- Sean the Über-Person from Katy, TX


 

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar Black

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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar Black8.51

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar Black

What’s so special about the Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar? The super-low price for starters and that’s not all. Made with a mahogany and rosewood neck, alder/maple body, smooth 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays, and chrome hardware, this baby is every bit as handsome as its uptown cousins. (The wine red version has black hardware.) Features 2 humbucking pickups that deliver long, singing sustain and true Les Paul tones. Limited lifetime warranty.

I was looking for my first electric guitar. I wanted it to be a good-looking, hard-rocking seller. It was. It was the most satisfying axe I tried out there. Still rocks even after 1/2 a year. Good sustain too. Although I recommend you change from the factory strings as soon as you buy it. The strings are so cheap it makes the guitar look(/sound) less than a quality Les Paul… Which is exactly what it is.
- FretSurfingFreak87, Active Musician


 

Beginner Electric Guitars Value Packs

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Player Pack Ebony

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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Player Pack Ebony8.48

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Player Pack Ebony

What’s so special about the Les Paul Special II Player Pack? The super-low price for starters, and that’s not all. The Epiphone Les Paul Special II is made with a mahogany and rosewood neck, alder/maple body, smooth 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays, and chrome hardware. This baby is every bit as handsome as its uptown cousins. Features 2 humbucking pickups that deliver long, singing sustain and true LP tones, and a limited lifetime warranty.This package also includes an Epiphone Studio 10 amplifier; rugged gig bag; instructional video; super-accurate quartz tuner; plus a strap, cable, and picks to put it all together. Everything you need to get going!

For any beginner this really is the ideal set up. When you’re just startin out you want to get decent equipment that will allow you to improve, but not spend a ton of cash. Epiphone did a great job with this pack. The guitar was surprisingly good for the money. By no means was it going to compete with other, more expensive, Pauls, but for a beginner it has alot of quality features to learn on. The amp was also surprising. It packs alot of punch for a little ten banger and has a decent little boost control for added distortion. Epiphone takes alot of pride in their gear, and this was no exception. The company goes to great lengths to make a repeat customer out of you, and this players pack will start you out on the right foot. As time goes by you will out grow this set up, but the gear is of good quality and it will be easy to find someone else who can put the gear to good use. The features are great, the quality was great for the price range, the value was second to done, and overall it was a good little warm up rig. Epiphone is a sister company to Gibson and they dont cheap out on any product, whether its a $2000 Les Paul or this pack. They want your business, and this was no exception. Highly recommended for any beginner.
- Maverick from Midwest


 

Squier SE-100 Electric Pack

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Squier SE-100 Electric Pack7.99

Squier SE-100 Electric Pack

The Squier SE-100 Electric Pack includes a black Squier Stratocaster guitar, gig bag, Squier SP-10 practice amp with switchable distortion, electronic tuner, strap, cable, picks, and The Fender Guitar Method book.

This was my first guitar ever. i still play it. ive had it for about 3-4 years. i LOVE IT! the strap wasnt all that great so i did get a really nice one. the amp is awsome. i use it in church. the tuner is blah. i found a cheap tuner at a garage sale for 5 buks. over all i would buy this guitar again. its awsome for a begginning guitar player!
- Jkub D. from Frankfort MI


 

Epiphone SG Special Electric Guitar Player's Pack Ebony Chrome Hardware

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Epiphone SG Special Electric Guitar Player's Pack Ebony Chrome Hardware8.46

Epiphone SG Special Electric Guitar Player’s Pack Ebony Chrome Hardware

The Epiphone SG Special Electric Guitar Player’s Pack is everything you need to turn yourself into the hottest guitar star ever. Pack includes SG Special electric guitar, 10W mini-amp, strap, electronic tuner, cable, picks, and instructional video.

I recently purchesed this guitar, and I absolutly love it. Yes, the strings that come with it are crap , but with new strings this is easaly the best starter guitar on the market. I deffinently intend on keeping this guitar for a long, long time. Also, if you’re not sure of the quality, remember, Gibson owns Epiphone, and Gibson does not put just anything in their guitars and slap their name on it, like *cough* some companys do. All in all, at its heart this is a Gibson for beginners, labeled as an Epiphone.
- Rolamoto from Haslett, MI


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