We go in search for the best beginner electric guitars and discuss a variety of electric guitars ideal for beginners that will appeal to a wide range of different musical genres
Today we’re going to help you find the best beginner electric guitars, ranging from great all-rounder options, to electric guitars ideal for Blues fans, Metal fans and more. Whatever your style, we’ll have some great beginner electric guitars that’ll help you on your musical journey and provide a comfortable playing experience so you'll want to play more often.
Here’s our top 11 best beginner electric guitars, all of which are fairly budget friendly, sound great and offer a great playing experience that beginner guitarists and old-hands alike, will appreciate.
1. Squier Mini Strat V2 Torino Red Electric Guitar
If you’re looking for the best beginner electric guitar for children or those with smaller frames, then the Squier Mini Strat V2 Torino Red Electric Guitar is a great option. This make a great birthday or Christmas present as it’s just over £100 but still offers a great playing experience. Don’t let the smaller price tag fool you as this features high quality tonewoods like a Laminated Hardwood body and Maple neck – both tonewoods found on higher-tier guitars.
You also have three single coil pickups which are capable of providing nice clean tones but can also handle heavier styles too – ideal for those just learning what type of sound they might like. The fretboard is also comfortable to play, which makes all the difference when you’re trying to learn how to play.
Finally, the ¾ size makes it easier for little ones to learn on. One of the best children’s guitar in terms of affordability, playability and comfort and easily one of the best electric guitars for beginners who are just starting out.
2. Epiphone Les Paul SL
The Epiphone Les Paul SL proves that you can get hold of a beginner’s electric guitar for under £100 that doesn’t suck. This is an incredible guitar from one of the worlds leading brands in music and features a stripped back, no frills design that just gets the job done. You have two Epiphone single coil pickups that are capable of providing a great sound straight out of the box and the ability to use them in isolation or in unison via the pickup selector.
The slim, lightweight design makes it easy to carry (ideal for little ones) and the 1960s SlimTaper D profile neck is comfortable to play, which is perfect for when you’re just starting out.
This is a great way to get hold of a Les Paul guitar without busting the bank.
3. Eastcoast GS100H HSS Electric Guitar Slick Silver
Again, Eastcoast have swooped in to our best beginner electric guitar list with ease here, this time with the full size Eastcoast GS100H HSS. If you’re fan of a fuller, fatter quality in your guitar sound then you’ll love this as it includes a humbucker in the bridge position which is perfect for adding that extra weight to your tone. This is a perfect all-rounder guitar that is best used with some distortion as the humbucker really shines when you add some grit via your amp or a distortion pedal. Although it’s still great for all genres thanks to the addition of two single coil pickups.
It’s full size, so you won’t have to upgrade your guitar for a long time and the sleek and smooth maple neck will provide a comfortable playing experience. Perfect for complete beginners as well as well as experienced players who need something reliable for around the home.
4. Jackson JS1X DK Minion Amaranth FB
If you’re a beginner guitarist or you’ve got a little metal music fan in the family that needs a guitar, then the Jackson JS1X DK Minion is a great option. This guitar is actually 2/3rd the size of a regular guitar, but is still used by pro level guitarists everywhere as it offers a more comfortable playing experience and easier manipulation of the strings thanks to the looser tension. So, although it’s great for smaller frames, it’s not a child’s guitar by any means.
Again, if you or your love done is a metal music fan, this is great as it features two High-Output Humbuckers that are just begging to be used with some distortion. You also have total control over your sound thanks to volume and tone controls as well as a pickup selector.
A great beginner electric guitar for the shredders out there.
5. Ibanez GAX30-TCR GIO AX Series Guitar
If you’re into your Rock or Jazz then you’ll love the Ibanez GAX30-TCR GIO AX Series Guitar. This features a cool double cutaway design and two powerful Ibanez Infinity R humbuckers that actually sound amazing whether you’re using them clean or with some added distortion. At just over £100 it’s not going to bust the bank but it’ll certainly help you bust out some serious riffs.
We think this is one of the best beginner electric guitars thanks to the inclusion of high quality hardware like a fixed bridge, reliable tuning machines and of course the solid body which allows for a more resonant tone. This is ideal for beginners as well as experienced guitarists who need another axe for around the home or on stage.
6. Squier Bullet Telecaster
Next up we have the Squier Bullet Telecaster pictured here in a Brown Sunburst. A Telecaster guitar is a great all-rounder and can be found in a variety of different musical genres including Blues, Rock and even Metal! So, you’re off to a good start with a Telecaster guitar and the Squier Bullet version is a budget friendly option that actually sounds good. These are actually widely known as some of the best electric guitars for beginners as the allow players to get hold of a budget friendly version of some of Fender's most iconic guitars.
The price alone makes it one of the best beginner electric guitars as it’s under £200, but it’s the quality pickups, comfortable neck and solid construction that makes it a great guitar to play. This isn’t just a cheap guitar you’ll want to get rid of after a few years, it’s a quality starter electric guitar that experienced players will love too.
Twangy, responsive pickups, high quality and reliable hardware and a very comfortable neck make it a joy to play. We highly recommend it as a beginner electric guitar or if you need something else to record with or gig with. There are plenty of other affordable Squier Telecaster.
7. Ibanez GRGM21M Electric Guitar Candy Apple
Next up we have a PMT exclusive guitar, the Ibanez GRGM21M Electric Guitar pictured in a Candy Apple finish.
This is another shorter scale electric guitar which makes it one of the best beginner electric guitars for children, but also those who just want a more comfortable playing experience. The short scale means less tension on the strings, which makes it one of the easiest electric guitars to learn on and wont make little fingers ache too much.
Infinity R Humbucking Pickups provide a great sound and the 5-way pickup switch means you have tonal options. A great beginner electric guitar that is comfortable, budget friendly and sounds great!
8. Squier Affinity Stratocaster
The Squier affinity series is an upgrade from the Bullet series, and is designed for players who are in need of a high quality first electric guitar that they could eventually gig with.
You have upgraded tonewoods and slightly better pickups, so it’ll sound great when you’re playing in a live venue. You can’t go wrong with a Stratocaster guitar as again, they’re great all-rounder options.
The Squier Affinity Stratocaster pictured here in 2-Tone Sunburst gives you the classic features of a higher-tier Stratocaster at lower prices. For way under £200 you get a gig worthy guitar that includes three high quality single coil pickups, Alder body and comfortable “C” Shaped Neck Profile. We’d recommend this as one of the best beginner electric guitars every day of the week. There’s not a lot this guitar can’t do!
9. Epiphone SG G-400 Worn Cherry
The Epiphone SG G-400 Worn Cherry is a classic guitar from the world class Epiphone brand. Ok, this is a little more pricey at £249, but if you’re serious about continuing your guitar journey and you don’t want to have to upgrade, ever, then this is ideal. You’ll often see pro-level musicians using these guitars as they have been modelled on a classic 1962 Gibson SG and come loaded with two Alnico classic humbucker pickups that provide a huge sound.
Blues, Rock, Metal – this thing can handle it all. A solid Mahogany wood body and a SlimTaper “D” profile Mahogany neck makes this thing really comfortable to play and encourages a lush response when you’ve plugged it in to an amp.
If you can stretch your budget a little further, this is highly recommended and definitely one of the best electric guitars for beginners who know the type of sound they want - ROCK!
10. Eastcoast GJ20 Electric Guitar, Cherry
If you’re a Blues, Jazz or Country fan and you want to get that classic full, rich sound, then we recommend the Eastcoast GJ20 Electric Guitar. Pictured here in a cool Cherry finish, you have a classic hollowbody shape and iconic Blues guitar design that really sings thanks to the two powerful humbuckers and lightweight Maple body.
If you like the style of Semi Hollowbody blues made famous by Joe Bonamassa and B.B. King or the sound of Kings Of Leon, then this is a great starting point for you and one of the best beginner electric guitars around. The slim body is comfortable to hold and the ergonomic design makes it easy to play even after those 5+ hour practice sessions.
11. Jackson Arch Top JS22 DKAM
Next up we have a full size monster of metal – the Jackson Arch Top JS22 DKAM pictured here in Red Stain. If you have a penchant for heavy metal or your loved one likes the big riffs and heavier side of music, then this is a great option. Easily one of the best beginner guitars for Metal thanks to its low price tag, powerful pickups and reliable construction.
The main reasons this makes our best beginner electric guitars guide (aside from the affordable price) comes down to the fact you get tonewoods and electronics that are usually found on guitars at least twice the price. You have two Jackson High-Output Humbucking pickups for tonal variety which is partnered with a quality Okoume body for superb resonation and tone. The neck is bolted-on with Graphite Reinforcement and Scarf Joint for reliability and comfort and the addition of a tremolo bridge means you can wail on the whammy bar with ease. A fantastic electric guitar for beginners who know exactly how they want to sound - HEAVY!
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