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5 Guitar Brands You Need in Your Collection

Updated on December 10, 2017
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National Guitar Competition winner, with over 15 years of playing and/or teaching experience. I know all the ins and outs of the guitar!

Guitars are Sexy...I don't care who knows it

Black and White Guitar
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Why Brands are So Important

Guitars come in many shapes, sizes, string numbers and brand names. Just like your favorite cereal, car, shoe company or whatever other kind of products you use...guitar brands play an important role in our lives as Guitar Players. There are Hundreds of Guitar Brands in world, and it can be a guessing game on which one will work best for what you are trying to accomplish musically.

There are a few things that come to mind when I am looking for a New Guitar.

  • Is the brand reliable?
  • Does the brand have multiple shapes and designs?
  • Is the wood they use good quality?
  • Do they have the option for 6 string, 7 string or 8 string?

well, luckily for you, I have compiled a list of the Guitar Brands you Need in your collection right now. Some of them you may have had in your collection at some point, but they need to be reintroduced. So put your previous bias opinions aside and enjoy!

My Guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am.

— Joan Jett

5. ESP Guitars

First on our list is ESP Guitars. ESP is a Japanese Company founded in 1975 by Hisatake Shibuya. These guitars comes in many different designs and shapes. Their quality it amazing and reliable. It's pretty amazing when a brand can last for 40 years. This shows an amazing testament to their customer service and quality.


Some Featured Artists are:

  • Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)
  • George Lynch
  • Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
  • Bill Hudson (Trans Siberian Orchestra)

ESP Guitars

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ESP GUITARS - Logo | Source

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Fun Guitar Fact #1

There is a Guitar-Shaped forest in Argentina. The 7000 trees were planted by a farmer in 1979 as a tribute to his late wife. He has never been able to see it himself from above, because he is terrified of flying.

4. Paul Reed Smith (PRS)

PRS (Paul Reed Smith) is an American Made Guitar founded in 1985 by founder Paul Reed Smith (go figure, huh?)
Over 600,000 followers on Facebook is a great way to show their support from their fans. These guitars are known for their amazing play-ability and outstanding craftsmanship.


Some of the featured Artists on PRS' Roster are:

  • Alex Lifeson (RUSH),
  • Carlos Santana,
  • Mark Tremonti (Creed/Alter Bridge)
  • Mark Holcomb (Periphery)

PRS Guitars

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PRS Guitars - Logo | Source

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Fun Guitar Fact: #2

Presently kept at the Archaeological Museum in Cairo, the oldest preserved guitar-like instrument is approximately 3,500 years old!

3. Dean

Dean Guitars is an American Made Guitar founded in 1977 by Dean Zelinsky. Dean has probably some of the most recognizable sponsored artists including the Late-Great Dimebag Darrell. They have roughly over 250,000 followers on their facebook page, which is pretty amazing for a guitar company.

Some other featured artists are:

  • Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
  • Michael Amott (Arch Enemy)
  • Vinnie Moore
  • Michael Angelo Batio
  • Rusty Cooley

Dean Guitars

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Dean Guitars - Logo | Source

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Fun Guitar Fact: #3

While Filming "The Hateful Eight" Kurt Russel mistakenly smashed a priceless 1870's Martin Guitar, that was loaned to the set by the Martin Museum. He forgot he was holding the original and before they had a chance to replace it with a replica, it was smashed. Their reactions on film were real. Martin Museum has been quoted "the company will no longer loan guitars to movies under any circumstance"

2. Schecter Guitar Research

Schecter Guitar Research is an American Made Guitar founded in 1976 by David Schecter, Herschel Blankenship, and Shel Horlick. Their fan base is pretty big, they are followed by over 310,000.

Schecter guitars pave the way for a more "metal" feel guitar that stands the test of time through reliability and craftsmanship.

Featured Schecter Artists are:

  • Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • Jeff Loomis
  • Chris Poland (Ex-Megadeth)
  • and Keith Merrow

Schecter Guitar Research

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Schecter Guitar Research - Logo | Source

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Fun Guitar Fact: #4

George Beauchamp and Adolph Rikenbekerom created the first electric guitar in 1931

1. Ibanez

There is so much to say about this company and their dedication to perfecting the instrument since the beginning. This Japanese Made Guitars are phenomenal. They have a huge customer base and fan following, in fact they have over 1 Million followers on facebook.

Some of the most well known guitar players have joined forces with this viking of the guitar world.

Some artists include (but no limited to):

  • Steve Vai,
  • Joe Satriani
  • Paul Gilbert
  • Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders
  • Paul Stanley (KISS)
  • Al Joseph
  • Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)

Ibanez Guitar Logo

Ibanez Guitar Logo
Ibanez Guitar Logo | Source

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Which Ibanez Artist is Your Favorite?

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Final Decision...

So...Which Guitar Brand Is Your Favorite?

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