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Jam like a Rock Star with One of these Awesome Electric Guitars That Cost Under $1000, $500 and $250 Dollars

Updated on December 7, 2015

Where You Can Get a Top Rated Electric Guitar for Under $1,000

Nearly every kid dreams about becoming a rich and famous singer or guitarist someday. You can probably remember what it was like to dance around the house screaming out lyrics from a top 40 song or pretending that you were a star guitarist performing a major concert in a huge stadium for thousands of adoring fans. Some kids let go of the dream, some end up turning their superstar fantasy into a real passion for music. While, the majority of us (including myself) will not reach that superstar status, it doesn't mean that we can't enjoy a hobby like playing guitar. It just means that we'll have to find an electric guitar under 1000 dollars that is quality made, great sounding, and will last.

The guitar is probably one of the most popular musical instruments around. It's like the default choice for the wannabe rock star. It's also a pretty basic instrument used in creating the actual music for a song. There's something about this 6-string hunk of wood that really gets musicians going.

There's more to choosing a guitar than meets the eye. It isn't just about getting something in your favorite color or choosing a popular brand that you keep hearing about. Getting a signature guitar developed by a famous musician also does not mean that it's the perfect piece of equipment for you. Guitars aren't all the same. They're made from different kinds of wood, cuts, pick-ups, and internal hardware-all these things affect the overall sound and feel of the guitar. You have to choose one that really suits you and your needs. And an expensive guitar doesn't mean that it's the best one there is. There are some pretty good selections that cost well under the $1,000 mark.

Gibson Les Paul 60s Tribute Guitar Review Image
Gibson Les Paul 60s Tribute Guitar Review Image

Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Guitar

**Best Pick** for guitars under $1000 dollars

Want a classic vintage looking guitar that was extremely popular from the 1960s until today? Gibson's Les Paul Studio 60's tribute guitar comes in at just under a grand. The MSRP on this Les Paul is $1399 but Amazon has it on sale for over 30% off with free super saver shipping (as of the time of this writing). If you're looking for a discreet way to listen to your electric guitar without making others nearby upset, get a pair of the Sennheiser RS120 on-ear wireless headphones.

Since 1983 when the Studio series emerged, Les Paul has been unveiling great quality guitars similar to the Standard series but for a fraction of the cost (a price point that most musicians can afford). You have a choice of three different styles: Worn White, Worn Honey Burst, and Worn Satin Ebony. This guitar comes with two P-90 single coil pickups (which are in line with the classic 1960s style vintage Les Paul guitars), a mahogany body, and a maple top.

The result of such quality construction, is a sound rivaled by none in this price range and includes a rich, deep and full tonal range. Owners of the Les Paul Studio note the incredible value and expert craftsmanship of this guitar. The balance and weight is perfect for this type of guitar. For a brand new guitar, handmade in the USA for under $1000, this is a real gem.

If you're like me, you probably want to see and hear what this guitar sounds like - Check out these videos of the Gibson 60's tribute....this thing makes some s

Fender Stratocaser Review Photo
Fender Stratocaser Review Photo

Fender Standard Stratocaster

**Top Choice** for guitars under $500 dollars

The Fender Stratocaster is the all-around must have rock and roll guitar. Most musicians, young and old, turn to the Strat for their musical instrument needs. This model has been around for a long time and has remained a top pick among superstar musicians such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Johnson, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more.

Strats come in a wide range of colors to suit its owner's personality and has a very versatile sound. The price for a standard Strat is just under $700 and while it costs more than the Yamaha package shown below, it's a worthwhile investment because you can grow with this guitar.


- Maple neck and fingerboard

- Three single coil pickups which producing incredible sound quality

- Includes gig bag for carrying and storing your Fender securely

Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar - If you prefer a 12 string, this is probably the best bet for under $500

Guitars typically have six strings but the more adventurous and experimental guitarist can try a 12-string guitar. This design setup is typically reserved for more advanced players who have a really good grasp of the guitar as an instrument, but I wouldn't say this is always the case. I played a twelve string guitar when I first started out, and it actually made learning a six string much easier. This Dean Boca 12-String is an affordable 12-string to start with if you just want to try it out.

Dean Boca 12-String Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Classic Black
Dean Boca 12-String Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Classic Black

This semi-hollow guitar goes for a little over $600 retail but at the time of this writing is on sale for around $400 and is considerably cheap compared to other 12-strings that can cost up to twice as much. And this fits in the under $1,000 budget quite comfortably.

It also has great reviews on Amazon. Here one of the reviews: "If you want to add a great 12 string to your collection, get this guitar".

yamaha gig maker guitar review
yamaha gig maker guitar review

Yamaha Gig Maker Electric Guitar Package

One of the Great Electric Guitars under $250 dollars

This guitar package is good for beginners because it includes a Yamaha Pacifica 012 guitar and a small 15-watt amp for practicing. First-timers will really get to enjoy learning how to play and enhancing their skills on this entry-level guitar.

This entire package definitely fits in the under $1,000 budget, in fact, it doesn't even cost half that amount.

This item tends to attract parents who are looking to get their teenage children their first guitar as well as individuals who just want to learn how to play.

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      Great lens. quality selections.


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