Top 5 Electric Guitars for Beginners

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Top 5 Electric Guitars for Beginners
Squier beginner guitars are based on original Fender designs. (Guitar player #1 image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

The electric guitar is an instrument associated with many modern styles of music, particularly metal, rock, and blues music. High end professional instruments typically cost a few thousand dollars. Beginners learning to play guitar do not need the same quality instruments. Beginner, entry level guitars are intended to be built well enough for learning and practicing, but are not generally intended to be a performance instrument. It is important to remember that a guitar amplifier is required to properly use any of these guitars.

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Squier Standard Stratocaster

Squier specialises in making beginner instruments based on the same specifications as Fender guitars. This makes the Squier Standard Stratocaster a good choice for a beginner interested in eventually playing Fender electric guitars. This guitar is the same size and a similar weight to a Fender Stratocaster, which would make upgrading a painless process later on.

Fender Music Instruments Corporation 8860 East Chaparral Road, Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-596-7195 fender.com

Epiphone Les Paul Standard

Epiphone is a company owned by Gibson that manufactures entry level versions of Gibson guitars and basses. The Epiphone Les Paul Standard is a good choice for a beginner that wants to play a Les Paul style guitar. This model has a mahogany body, which is important because it allows the beginner to get used to heavy weight typical of a Les Paul. Some other beginner Les Paul guitars use lighter woods, like basswood and alder, which causes those instruments to be much lighter than higher end instruments.

Gibson Guitar Corporation 615-244-0252 gibson.com

Epiphone G-400

The Epiphone G-400 is a good choice for a beginner interested in the Gibson SG electric guitar. This is one of the few entry level SG models that has a mahogany body and set neck. This makes it a better choice for getting used to the feel of a typical SG guitar. The SG guitar has a slightly unusual balance when on a strap, which takes some time to get used to. A beginner that wants to eventually upgrade to a Gibson SG guitar would be well served using a similar style beginner guitar.

Gibson Guitar Corporation 615-244-0252 gibson.com

Ibanez RG350EX

The Ibanez RG350EX has some features not typically found on beginner guitars. Specifically it has a 24 fret neck, rather than the 21 or 22 fret necks most entry level guitars have, and a floating bridge. These features are not critical for learning, but can help a beginner get used to the slightly different feel that some lead oriented electric guitars have.

Ibanez Ibanez Sales and Service, Box 886 Bensalem, PA 19020 ibanez.com

Schecter C-1 Classic

The Schecter C-1 Classic is a discontinued guitar that can make an excellent beginner instrument. A used C-1 Classic will cost a little more than a typical entry level guitar, but offers a much higher quality. This instrument is actually well built enough to be used as a performance instrument. It can be a good choice for a beginner that is willing to spend a little more money for an instrument that can be a viable performance guitar.

Schecter Guitar Research 1840 Valpreda Street Burbank, CA 91504 800-660-6621 schecterguitars.com

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