10 Cheap Guitars (That Still Sound Boss)

by Frederik Nielsen, Nov 6, 2018 . 4 min read

10 Cheap Guitars (That Still Sound Boss)

The holiday season is upon us. Not only will you get to see your beautiful family, but you’ll also see their smiling faces as they unwrap their presents. You will be smiling too, but mostly to cover up the anxiety of living off water and beans for the better part of January to restore your budget.

I feel your pain. That’s why I dug up a few affordable options for those of you who want to introduce the younger family members to the wonderful world of guitar playing. Serious players will know that you won’t get very far with less than $500 to spend. Professionals will say you need at least $1000.

But complete beginners don’t know anything. That’s what makes them beginners. As a seasoned player yourself, you already know what to look for in a budget guitar. For example, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the brand. Here are some brands you can’t go wrong with:

What can you expect from a cheap guitar?

All the brands listed above have some great affordable options ready to gift-wrap. Some of them are even nice enough to bundle the guitars with accessories like a bag, picks, spare strings, a strap, and a capo.

Beginner guitars will often feature a fixed bridge rather than a tremolo bridge, as the former help beginners stay in tune. Humbucker and single-coil are the two most common types of pickup in the budget range.

Guitar manufacturing is evolving at a rapid pace, so you’ll get much more for $200 today than you would just five years ago. The body will likely be made from basswood, and the neck will be maple (or, if you’re lucky, mahogany).

Finally, you’ll also want to look at some amplifiers. Having an electric guitar is great, but being able to hear it is even better. Fortunately, we’ve also covered electric guitar amps here on our blog (Read: It Goes To 11: Best Electric Guitar Amps).

10 Cheap Guitars That Still Sound Boss

1. Dean Solid Body Vendetta XM ($200)

Body Material: Basswood

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Guitar Bridge System: Tune-O-Matic

Guitar Pickup Configuration: Combination

Neck Material Type: Mahogany

Number of Strings: 6

 

2. Epiphone Les Paul SPECIAL-II ($200)

Body Material: Basswood

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Guitar Bridge System: Tune-O-Matic

Guitar Pickup Configuration: Humbucker

Neck Material Type: Maple

Number of Strings: 6

 

3. ESP LTD EC Series EC-10 ($200)

Body Material: Basswood

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Guitar Bridge System: Tune-O-Matic

Guitar Pickup Configuration: Combination

Neck Material Type: Maple

Number of Strings: 6

 

4. Ibanez GRGA120MGS GIO RGA ($200)

Body Material: Basswood

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Guitar Bridge System: Tune-O-Matic

Guitar Pickup Configuration: Combination

Neck Material Type: Maple

Number of Strings: 6

 

5. Jackson JS22 Dinky ($200)

Body Material: Basswood

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Guitar Bridge System: Tune-O-Matic

Guitar Pickup Configuration: Combination

Neck Material Type: Maple

Number of Strings: 6

 

6. Oscar Schmidt OE20WH LP Style ($240)

Body Material: Basswood

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Guitar Bridge System: Tune-O-Matic

Guitar Pickup Configuration: Combination

Neck Material Type: Maple

Number of Strings: 6

 

7. ESP 6 String LTD EC-256 ($400)

Body Material: Mahogany

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Guitar Bridge System: TOM & Tailpiece

Guitar Pickup Configuration: Combination

Neck Material Type: Maple

Number of Strings: 6

 

8. Stagg SES50M-SB Vintage ($180)

Body Material: Basswood

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Guitar Bridge System: Tremolo

Guitar Pickup Configuration: Single-coil

Neck Material Type: Maple

Number of Strings: 6

 

9. Squier by Fender Classic Vibe Stratocaster ($400)

Body Material: Basswood

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Guitar Bridge System: Tremolo

Guitar Pickup Configuration: Single-coil

Neck Material Type: Maple

Number of Strings: 6

 

10. Yamaha PAC012 Pacifica ($180)

Body Material: Agathis

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Guitar Bridge System: Tremolo

Guitar Pickup Configuration: Combination

Neck Material Type: Maple

Number of Strings: 6



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