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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

No instrument stirs up as much passion among players as an electric guitar, and zZounds customers are no exception to that rule. With scores of you having taken the time to write glowing reviews on your favorites, we've handpicked a few of the highest-rated, best-reviewed electric guitars for our All-Star list. With picks fitting for rookies and pros, you're sure to find an instrument that inspires you.

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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 to its unique design and sound."
- 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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Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline

"I have had standard Mexican Telecasters, but by far this is my keeper. The guitar itself is beautiful; one of the easiest necks I have ever gripped. You can get crispy tones and also beefy tones."
- Tammy in Chapmanville, WV

"I absolutely love this guitar! It is so versatile. I have a good Marshall amp and this Thinline can deliver any sound I ask it to: country, rock, jazz -- it does it all."
- Rick in Houston, TX

"Looks and sounds awesome and it's really easy to play. Moreover, you can play it unplugged and still have a nice sound."

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Schecter C-1 Hellraiser

"Sound is whatever you desire, from insane to unexpected beautiful clean tone, and with the push/pull coil tap there's just no end of possible sounds."
- Freddy in Lincolnton, NC

"Push/pull coil taps, string-thru body, seamless set neck so well made, you'd swear it was neck-thru, locking tuners, active EMG 81/89 pickups. This is all crafted beautifully into an incredibly attractive package."
- Keenan in Weare, NH

"Great sustain and a lot of bite! Pinch harmonics come with ease and the overall appearance displays to audiences everywhere that you're ready to rock."
- Nate in Warner Robins, GA

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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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Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Standard

"Comfortable weight, sleek neck, nice frets and the classic solid body humbucker sound. Excellent guitar right out of the box for everything from classic rock to jazz, southern rock, modern rock, alternative...you name it."
- Archie

"The sound is true Les Paul. The quality is superb and the fit and the finish are what it is all about."
- Walter in Rex, GA

"It has very solid tone, amazing sustain, a groovy neck, none of that single-coil-tapping nonsense. It is simply stunning to look at. It is a straight-ahead rock and roll guitar."
- Stephen in Las Cruces, NM

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Fender American Pro Strat

"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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Jackson USA RR1 Randy Rhoads

"One of the most versatile guitars out there. People say it's hard to sit down with but after about 10 minutes it feels just natural. Plus the compound neck is a dream: fast, slim, and easy-to-use on the higher frets."

"This guitar is AMAZING! The quality and feel of it is beyond any other guitar I have played."
- Marcos in Ozone Park, NY

"The pickups were amazing; the neck is the best."

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Kramer 84 Baretta

"This is an '80s 'shred' tricked out pony! Killer tone & scream, attention to quality and detail are top notch. I expected a good guitar, but this thing exceeded all of my expectations!"
- Erick in Decatur, IL

"The Floyd comes back to 'zero' after dive bombing, and pulling up 2 whole steps. Real happy about that."
- Ernest in Riverside, CA

"Comes with a real Duncan JB, which was fairly stock on most real Kramers back in the day. The JB sounds great in this guitar. When jamming along to your typical '80s rock, it fits right in the pocket."
- Bill in Bedford, TX

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D'Angelico EXL-1

"The electric tone is sublime. Johnny Smith, George Van Eps-type tones spring forth effortlessly. This is a fine, fine working-pro-level jazz guitar. The case it came with is very well made and adds a lot of value to the overall purchase."
- Ed in New Orleans, LA

"This is a true old-style f-hole archtop. The pickup is mild, but adequate with a good amp and gives a nice woody tone. Workmanship is excellent."
- Michael in Georgetown, OH

"It plays beautifully, feels wonderful in your hands and is responsive plugged in or not. With my Fender Twin Reverb this guitar gives you that real jazz tone we all love."
- Bill in Holiday, FL

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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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