All-Star Gear: Electric Guitars
zZounds customers weigh in on their favorite gear
Few instruments say so much about their owners than the electric guitar. The body style, pickups, finish and features all combine into an instrument that expresses what the guitarist is all about. That's probably why so many owners are so passionate about their favorites.
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We've compiled this All-Star list of some of our top-rated electric guitars, and included real quotes from happy owners to illuminate what they love most. Shop our list to see if yours made the cut, or find your next model from our selection!
ESP LTD EC-1000 Deluxe Series
"The neck is a thing of beauty. It's thin, and the smooth finish of the matte black paint job allows your hand to slide up and down the neck effortlessly. The ebony fretboard is wonderful. I can't really describe it any other way, just absolutely wonderful. It plays effortlessly."
- Alex in Dothan, FL
"Lovely guitar with powerful and robust sweet sound. The sleek, smooth, and light body makes an easy playability that pleases your ears and fingers."
- Fernando in San Carlos, CA
"The EC-1000 is fantastic. The fit and finish are top notch. The extra-jumbo frets make playing so much fun."
- Jonathan in Bristol, TN
Gibson SG Standard '61
"Cosmetically the guitar is flawless and the sound is glorious. It plays like a dream. It just takes you along for the ride. Ted McCarty’s masterpiece!"
- James in Frankfort, KY
"Plays like a dream, super fast/comfortable neck, fantastic sounding pickups! Really nice case also."
- Doc in St. Louis, MO
"Great guitar. Excellent Setup! Haven't had an SG in over 25 years and am extremely happy with this purchase."
- T in Minneapolis, MN
Paul Reed Smith CE24
"This is one sweet-playing machine. The neck is butter. Three-way switch is smooth and I hear no noise when changing pickups."
- Douglas in Terre Haute, IN
"Sounds great. Such a versatile guitar that doesn't really compromise anything to get that Swiss Army Knife usability. I feel like most genres would be a dream on this guitar."
- Ernest in Riverside, CA
"Flawless feel and playability right out of the box. I play everything from blues to metal and I can dial it in."
- Jacob in Dickinson, ND
Ibanez RG550 Genesis
"Fit and finish are 100%. Plays awesome. Super neck, very fast. I purchased Road Flare red and it's a cool color. Very bright indeed."
- Leon in Mary Esther, FL
"This axe is the total beast. Absolute tone machine. Fab fit and finish in purple, great pickups and edge tremolo. Outstanding Japan build, and came out of box perfect. No setup needed!"
- Rueben in Katy, TX
"This guitar is by far the best-feeling Ibanez I've played! Super skinny neck and super thrash sound from the V7/V8 pickups."
- Daniel in Phoenix, AZ
Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster
"Tuning keys stay in tune VERY well and the pickups sound amazing in my opinion. Also the fretwork on my guitar is absolutely astonishing for the price."
- Mark in Murfreesboro, TN
"It feels great in my hands and is gorgeous to my eyes. The neck is smooth and the fretwork is very good."
- Stephen in Santa Fe, NM
"Awesome is the best definition. The sound from these alnicos rates up there if not better than some of my custom shop pickups."
- Johnny in Oak Grove, LA
Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT
"The craftsmanship is something you would expect on guitars double this price and the setup was perfect out of the box."
- William in Kuna, ID
"Fit and finish are much better than I expected, sounds amazing, pickups are phenomenal, especially if you like the heavier stuff!"
- David in Charleston, SC
"The binding on the body, neck and headstock are well done. Hardware feels top notch and I’m really digging the selector switch."
- Vic in Houston, TX
"Pickups roar, yet have the perfect sound for any style of music. Looks are both beautiful and rocking. They come with 10s. I changed strings to Ernie Ball Pure nickel...just amazing."
- Ernie in Miami, FL
"The maple neck and fingerboard feel great, it is not a super slim 'fast' neck like you may think, it's just like a Telecaster. The Grover 18:1 tuners do their job perfectly as always and the guitar stays in tune great."
- Joe in Bel Air, MD
"The pickups are very expressive and have incredible gain for passives. I was a little skeptical since they didn't have height-adjustable pole pieces but honestly I don't think I'll ever swap these out."
- Matt in Overland, MO