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All-Star Gear: guitars from Fender, Epiphone, Schecter, PRS and more!

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

"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

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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

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Epiphone Dot Archtop

"I was not ready for the warm beautiful tones that this guitar produces. The playability is smooth and has a nice fast action."
- Frank in Strasburg, VA

"This is one of the BEST sounding guitars I have ever played. I love the smooth soft and also loud sounds you can do with this Epi."
- Don in Casa Grande, AZ

"The quality of this Epiphone guitar left nothing to be desired. I basically got what I paid for times ten."
- Adrian in Bossier City, LA
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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

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Jackson Pro Series Soloist SL2

"The neck is by far the best feature. You can play twice as fast on this guitar than on other similar models/manufacturers. There's just something about this neck that makes playing that much easier."
- Thomas in Richfield Springs, NY

"The instrument itself plays like butter and the Seymour Duncan pickups are a fantastic combo whose tonal quality can cover many genres of music."
- Robin in Los Angeles, CA

"I love the pickup choice. The JB and '59 are a great combination. I like the punch and warmth the ebony fretboard gives it and the harmonics are crystal clear."
- Adam in Sherman, TX

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Fender American Pro Stratocaster

"This guitar has incredible Strat sounds from high screams to low growls. It is totally on the money and worth every cent. I love the natural ash finish."
- Richard in Ocala, FL

"The volume and tone controls are very responsive and you definitely need to use them. I can set my amp and cover a bunch of ground from the guitar."
- Scott in Las Vegas, NV

"I absolutely love this guitar! The V-Mod pickups are fantastic, the treble bleed circuit is a great feature. The bone nut brings the tone back out. I'm digging the deep C neck. It's a bit thicker but really comfy. Bending is so easy with the narrow jumbo frets."
- Andrew in Marana, AZ

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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
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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
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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

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Schecter PT

"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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