So much amazing music has been made on the electric guitar. It provided the scream for the glam rock of the 1980’s. It provided the plodding ‘thunk’ for the country and early rock of the 1950s. It provided the shredding background for the music of the Clash. It provided beautiful solos for the music of Queen. It is an iconic instrument, and one that takes not much time to learn, but a lifetime to properly master. And it’s an instrument that has been around for nearly a hundred years at this point.
The original electric guitars were really just hollow body acoustic guitars that someone decided to slap a pickup on. They didn’t even look good when this was done, either; the wiring was exposed, the pickup was held there with various adhesives, it looked awful. As time passed on, getting into the early 50s, guitars began to be made commonly, designed around the idea that an electric guitar might be better off it was designed for such use from the ground up, rather than having such design implicated at the end, as an afterthought. That has led us to the world we live in today, where there are a myriad of choices for your guitar needs.
And let’s be honest here; there are many choices for your guitar needs. There’s something like a hundred variants on the Fender electric lines alone, based on a handful of body types. If you understand what you’re doing, the options are nearly endless for ways that you can put together your guitar. But let’s start by just looking at a few options that are in the running for best electric guitar on the market right now. And what better way to figure out what guitar may be right for you than by looking at a quick table that can show you some basic information about the guitars available?
|Name||Number Of Frets||Pickups||Pots/Switch Setup|
|Fender American Pro Deluxe Shawbucker Telecaster||22||2 Humbucking Fender Pickups||2 tone and 2 volume knobs, 3-way selector switch|
|2015 Gibson Les Paul Classic||22||Zebra Coil ’57 Classic and Super ’57 Humbucking Pickups||1 tone and 2 volume knobs, 3-way selector switch, turbo boost mini toggle|
|Gibson SG Standard 2016 T||22||Gibson 490R and 498T Humbucking pickups||2 tone, 2 volume, and 3-way selector switch|
|Fender American Standard Telecaster||22||Custom Shop Vintage-Style Tele bridge pickup and Custom Shop “Twisted’” Single-Coil neck pickup||Tone knob, volume knob, 3-way selector switch|
|Fender Classic Series ‘50s Stratocaster||22||MIM single-coil pickups with staggered magnetic poles||Volume knob, 2 tone knobs, 5-way selector switch|
|Fender Jaguar Kurt Cobain Custom||22||DiMarzio Humbucking DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary neck pickup and DP Super Distortion bridge pickup||2 tone knobs, 1 volume knob, 3-way selector|
|Gretsch G6120SH Brian Setzer Hotrod||22||TV Jones Hotrod Filter’Tron Pickups||3-way selector and volume knob|
|Gretsch White Falcon G6136TLTV||22||TV Jones Classic Pickups||2 tone knobs, 1 master volume knob, 2 3-way selectors|
|Gretsch G5191BK Tim Armstrong Custom Electromatic||22||Black Top Filter’Tron pickups||1 master volume knobs, 2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs, and 3-way selector switch|
|Guild Starfire IV ST||22||LB-1 ‘Little Bucker’ Pickups||2 tone knobs and 2 volume knobs, 3-way selector switch|
|Gibson Explorer 2016T||22||Gibson 496R and 500T humbuckers||2 tone knobs, 1 volume knob, 3-way selector switch|
|EVH Wolfgang Standard||22||Dual humbucking pickups||3-way selector, tone knob and volume knob|
Hopefully, this table will help you to make your decision, but let’s be honest here; it really doesn’t do the guitars that we’re talking about justice. Not even a little bit. So, now it’s time that we take a more in-depth look at the guitars in the running for the title of ‘best electric guitar’.