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September 27, 2021

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.

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!
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ESP LTD EC-1000 Deluxe Series

ESP LTD EC-1000 Deluxe Series Electric Guitar
Our Customers Say...

"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

Gibson SG Standard '61 Electric Guitar
Our Customers Say...

"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

Epiphone Les Paul Custom

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar
Our Customers Say...

"It is as bright and clear as my Gibson. The ebony fretboard is beautiful. Plugged in, wow. Sounds like a Les Paul is supposed to sound. I can't put it down."
- Troy

"The CTS pots, pickups, improved hardware, and ebony fretboard really make this guitar a pleasure to play. It also has a lot more weight and thickness to it more like a Gibson Les Paul. Out of the box I was able to play this guitar with ease."
- Brad in Middlesex, NJ

"A worth-every penny-type of axe, at oh-so-close to Gibson USA quality."
- Rodney in Kempner, TX

Ibanez RG652AHM Prestige

Ibanez RG652AHM Prestige
Our Customers Say...

"The Wizard neck is so comfortable and for someone who doesn't have giant hands it feels great when I play. I am officially an Ibanez Prestige believer. Incredible instrument!"
- Jeff in San Diego, CA

"The build quality is second to none. The fretwork and finish details are as good as it gets."
- Mike in Paola, KS

"The guitar is absolutely perfect & plays like a dream. Aesthetically, it's gorgeous and the birdseye maple fretboard is a jaw dropper."
- Matt in Trinidad, CO

Paul Reed Smith CE24

Paul Reed Smith CE24 Electric Guitar
Our Customers Say...

"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

Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster

Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster
Our Customers Say...

"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

ESP LTD SCT-607B Stephen Carpenter Baritone, 7-String

ESP LTD SCT-607B Stephen Carpenter Baritone Electric Guitar, 7-String
Our Customers Say...

"The sound is amazing. The EMG pickups offer a very tight and clear bass response and the high notes sing. When played through a clean channel the sound is very crisp, and the distorted channel is very clear and the notes come through very clearly."
- Jerry in Las Cruces, NM

"This thing pumps out some punishing lows and good cleans which I credit to the hefty alder body. You can not beat the sound and looks for the price. I have received more compliments on this guitar at shows then I have with any other instrument."
- Nathan in Reading, PA

"This is truly one of the best guitars I have ever had the privilege of owning. Right out of the box, this thing was ready to roll. Great quality, great sound, and just an all-around beautiful guitar."
- Chris in Justin, TX

Ibanez RG550 Genesis

Ibanez RG550 Genesis
Our Customers Say...

"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

Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT

Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT Electric Guitar
Our Customers Say...

"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

Schecter PT

Schecter PT Electric Guitar
Our Customers Say...

"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
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