Cheap Electric Guitars That Should Cost More, but Don’t.

There are many lists of cheap guitars on the web. Heck, I’ve even written a few myself. This is not one of those lists. This is a list of excellent guitars that should sell for more, but don’t. They are truly great guitars at affordable prices.

Many of these are the more affordable version of major guitar makers. For example, Epiphone is the affordable version of the Gibson guitar. Sometimes, the price difference is due to different components that are used, sometimes it’s a difference of where the guitar is assembled. Epiphone Les Paul guitars have different components than Gibson Les Pauls, but the difference is usually not noticeable to the novice or hobbyist.

Ibanez Artcore AF75

It’s hard to find a hollowbody electric guitar at this price, and harder still to find such a good quality one. The Ibanez AF75 is part of their Artcore series of hollowbody guitars, with a maple body and mahogany neck and ultra-smooth rosewood fretboard it has the look and feel of an old-fashioned jazz box. The AF75 comes with a pair of Classic Elite ACH humbucker pickups for everything from a warm jazz tone to classic rock growl.

Jazz Tones Demo:


Classic Rock Demo:


Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat

If you’re looking for an ax with a sense of style – whether you play blues, jazz, rockabilly or just plain rock – look no further than the Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Electric Guitar in Pearl White.

Epiphone has been a leader in archtop guitar design since the 1930’s, but they’re not afraid of a little innovation. The Wildkat Royale is just such a design. Epiphone’s WildKat is a beautiful blend of pearl white finish accented by gold sparkle binding, gold Hardware and a gold Bigsby tailpiece. Vintage style dogear P-90 pickups round out the Royale vibe and give the WildKat classic tone and bite.

The Epiphone Wildkat is a smaller body, semi-hollow guitar that provides great vintage sound and vibe at a surprisingly affordable price. The WildKat features a solid mahogany body that is routed to create an acoustic guitar-like body. It’s got plenty of tonal versatility too, with bridge volume, neck volume, master tone and master volume controls. The WildKat also has premium 16:1 Grover machine heads, likely to help offset the Bigsby’s tendency to mess with the tuning. But the Bigsby was never really meant for dive bombing solo’s anyway.


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Or watch this demo for more rock tones:


Epiphone LP Special II Les Paul

The Epiphone LP Special II is on this list because it is the Les Paul Electric Guitar that you can afford!

Epiphone was one of Gibson’s main competitors until Gibson bought the company. Being that Epiphone is now owned by Gibson, and they both make Les Paul style guitars, you can imagine that the differences other than price are such that the weekend warrior or hobbyist isn’t going to notice. (see the link at the top of this post for more on that)

So while the Epiphone LP Special II isn’t top of the line like the Gibson Les Paul, it is a very good guitar and it isn’t going to set you back $3,000 or more either.

The body and neck are mahogany, while the fingerboard is a smooth rosewood. It’s got 700T and 650R open coil humbucker pickups for long sustain and searing Les Paul tones. Also included are the LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop-bar tailpiece.


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Fender Telecaster

The Fender Telecaster solid body electric guitar has been around since the birth of Rock and Roll, and with good reason – it’s a work horse! Its simplicity of design and versatility make it an easy guitar to play, and an old stand by for seasoned players when that flashy new ax runs afoul of the tech gods and starts to glitch.

All the Fender guitars on this list are made in Mexico, which is why they don’t cost twice as much. Unless you’re a pro, you won’t notice the difference otherwise.

Fender Standard Telecaster

First up in the Tele line is the Fender Standard Telecaster, with Maple Fretboard. This is the classic, no frills Tele. Complete with 2 single-coil pickups (neck and bridge), C-shaped neck, 9.5″ fretboard radius and medium jumbo frets, master tone and master volume knob, and pickup selector. That’s it. Not a lot can go wrong here, but once you master the finesse of the tone knob and the appropriate playing style, you’ll be amazed at what you can play with such a simple rig.

The 6-Saddle string-through bridge provides superior intonation, sustain, and ease of adjustment. Because of this and its simple design, the Fender Telecaster has a reputation for keeping great intonation and staying in tune, even after the most abusive play.

Fender’s use of alder wood for the body provides a bright, balanced and resonant tone with pronounced upper midrange, excellent sustain, and sharp attack. It’s a great guitar for Blues, Rock and Jazz.


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Fender Modern Player Tele Plus

For those who like the standard Telecaster, but feel that something is missing – check out the Fender Modern Player Tele Plus.

The Modern Player Tele Plus features the same body, neck and fretboard as the standard Telecaster, but the pickups are different. The Player Tele Plus replaces the single-coil bridge pickup with a humbucker, and adds a single coil strat pickup in the middle. It also has a 5-way switch for selecting a much greater range of tones.


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Schecter Omen-6

Schecter-OMEN-6The Schecter OMEN-6 is a great hard-rock and metal guitar for anyone on a budget less than 4 figures. This guitar features a Maple neck and basswood body, Rosewood fretboard and Schecter Diamond Plus pickups in the bridge and neck position. The naturally bright tone of the maple balances the warmer tones of the basswood body, and the Schecter Diamond Plus pickups are over wound for aggressive high output pickup, to help give your  amp a friendly shove over the edge. The OMEN-6 also has high quality Schecter tuners for precise tuning and a tune-o-matic bridge with string-thru body tail for better sustain and clarity.


Schecter 431 C-6 Deluxe

The 431 C-6 is Schechter’s first “entry level” guitar to earn the “Diamond Series” name. That’s because it is built with more care and quality than many entry level guitars, but it still retains the entry level price. The Schecter 431 C-6 Deluxe looks cool, and plays great and all with an affordable price.

The Schecter 431 C-6 Deluxe comes in a very slick looking satin metallic light blue, black or white and features solid basswood body with a maple neck and rosewood fretboard. The 431 also has Schecter Diamond Plus humbucker pickups (which I think are actually produced by Duncan); volume, tone and 3-way pickup selector switch (neck, bridge, both).

Schecter 431 C-6 Deluxe

Gretsch G5425 Electromatic Jet Club

It’s not often you see a Gretsch in new condition for a price like this. To be fair, it is an entry level guitar – but it’s still a Gretsch for under $300!

The G5425 Electromatic Jet Club features a chambered basswood body and arched laminated maple top with slick gloss finish. The neck is maple with rosewood fingerboard and “Neo-Classic Thumbnail” inlays. The chambered body gives it more sustain when plugged in, and a more acoustic sound when strummed without an amp. This makes it a pretty decent practice guitar if you want to get some licks under your fingers late at night without disturbing the peace.

Speaking of plugging in, the G5425 has two humbucker pickups – both Gretsch dual-coil humbuckers, and 3 positions: Bridge, Neck and both Bridge and Neck.

The Gretsch look is complete with pearloid pickguard and “G-Arrow” control knobs.

The Gretsch G5425 Electromatic Jet Club has a great mellow tone but is also capable of darker metal or hard rock tone as well at an incredible price.


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Danelectro ’67 Heaven

The Danelectro ’67 Heaven is one of the most unique looking guitars out there. With its single coil lipstick pickups and offset body style it looks vaguely like a distant relative to a Fender Mustang or Jaguar. Rest assured, it is as unique as it’s gator skin finish.

This is a modern day reissue of the ’67 Hawk that first appeared back in 1967. The body is solid poplar, the neck is maple and the fingerboard is rosewood. The controls are about as simple as can be: volume knob, tone knob and pickup selector switch. The switch toggles between neck, bridge and a blend of both.

It’s unique, cool and surprisingly cheap. What’s not to love?


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Top Electric Guitars for Beginners Under $500

These guitars are suitable for beginners and more advanced players alike. They are middle of the road in terms of price, but the quality is top notch. They’re great for the hobbyist or even the weekend musician, or someone staring out in a more professional musical career. They touch on a number of styles and tones, and they’re attractive and fun to play.

Without further ado, here is my list of Some of the top electric guitars for beginners under $500.


The Danelectro company was founded in 1947 and still have a retro-futuristic vibe to their guitars. The look of these guitars conjures up science fiction visions of the atomic age, and they’ve got a distinctive sound too. If you’re the type of player who wants to get noticed for your guitar, a Danelectro is a great choice.

Danelectro D59MOD

Danelectro-D59MODThe Danelectro D59MOD is a double cutaway which features two single coil “Lipstick” pickups and vintage tuners. The Mod ’59 has basswood body and neck and a rosewood fretboard. The tone and volume knobs are dual, concentric knobs (one for each pickup).

At 6.4 pounds, it’s fairly lightweight too, which is good for the beginner or anyone who plays for an extended period of time.

The light weight and single coil pickups mean it doesn’t have the darker tonal qualities of a Les Paul, so it’s not well suited to the player looking for a more aggressive, metal tone.

Danelectro ’67 HeavenDanelectro-67-Heaven

The Danelectro ’67 Heaven is one of the coolest things out there. It’s got a classic, offset body style (similar to a Fender Jaguar) with an alligator finish, and “Souped up” single coil “Lipstick” pickups and an adjustable bridge. This is a 2013 re-issue of the 1967 classic.

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Epiphone has been making musical instruments since 1873, and has made instruments for just every style of popular music. They’re mostly known these days for making more affordable Gibson clones. Gibson guitars have name recognition, but they also have a premium price tag to go with it. The truth is that it doesn’t make sense for the hobbyist (much less a beginner) to fork over a couple thousand dollars for a Gibson when they can get a better quality for the price with an Epiphone.

Epiphone Es-333 Tom Delonge Archtop

Epiphone-es-333-tom-delongeThe Epiphone ES-333 Tom Delonge Signature archtop electric guitar is built to the specifications of the Blink 182 guitarist – and it’s less than $500!

The ES-333 features the best of archtop and semi-hollowbody designs, along with Gibson USA Dirty Fingers humbucker pickups. It has a laminate maple body and mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard.

One problem with hollowbody guitars is feedback caused by too much uncontrolled resonance. The ES-333 solves that problem with a mahogany center block. This also makes for amazing sustain. An instantly recognizable Tom Delonge “paint job” of Cream racing stripes on a Brown finish round out the signature look.

Weighing a solid 12 pounds and stocked with Dirty Fingers humbuckers, the ES-333 has a nice beefy tone that lends itself well to hard rock and rock-blues styles.

Epiphone Es-339 Semi Hollow Body Electric GuitarEpiphone-ES-339-Semi-Hollow-body

If you’re looking for versatility and sustain, then look no further than the Epiphone ES-339 Semi Hollow body electric guitar! The ES-339 is one of the smaller ES series from Epiphone. It features ProBucker humbucker pickups, push-pull coil tapping knobs, which lets you switch between humbucker and single coil tones for each pickup. The body is a laminate maple and the “D” profile neck is mahogany. The tune-o-matic bridge makes it easy to keep in tune

It weighs 8.5 pounds, which makes it middle of the road in terms of weight. Also available in Natural finish.

Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Pro Electric Guitar, TV Silver

Here we get to the Les Paul.

epiphone-Les-Paul-Custom-ProI’ve always found it somewhat ironic that the guitar that is loved the world over by hard rock and metal fans was invented by an iconic Jazz and country guitarist from the middle of the 20th century.

But be that as it may, Epiphone makes killer (and quite affordable, compared to Gibson) versions of Les Paul. Here is one such version.

The Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Pro electric guitar is slightly smaller – it weighs a paltry 8lbs – than a traditional Les Paul model, but the the fingerboard and body are exact recreations of the Les Paul Custom’s iconic look. It’s a solid wood body (no laminate) with rosewood fretboard, tune-o-matic bridge and mahogany neck. It’s decked out with a ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3 humbucker pickups. The volume controls allow for coil-tapping, which means you can switch between full humbucker or split single coil mode for a total of 6 different tonal possibilities.

Les Paul Quilt Top Pro Electric Guitar Faded Cherry Sunburst

Here’s an affordable Les Paul for all you Slash fans out there!

epiphone-Les-Paul-Quilt-TopThe Epiphone Les Paul Quilt Top Pro electric guitar, in faded cherry sunburst.

This beauty features a solid Mahogany body and carved maple top with a quilt design to the finish. It also has a set-in mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard. Equipped with 2 Pro humbuckers, each with coil-splitting (humbucker/single coil) and weighing a hefty 14lbs, this puppy is ready to rock when you are. Like the Custom Pro above, the Les Paul Quilt Top also has a tune-o-matic bridge and Grover tuners, so it gets in tune and stays in tune easily.

Wildkat Royale

epiphone-wildkatFinally, we have Epiphone’s entry to the Jazz/Rockabilly segment of the market. (Yes, I know, you can rock out on the Wildkat too but it just oozes Jazz Box looks..)

The Epiphone WildKat Royale is beautiful in a pearl white finish, with gold sparkle binding. The gold hardware and Bigsby tailpiece make for stunning accents as well. The WildKat is equipped with 2 vintage style dogear P-90 pickups which give it a hefty, bite to its tone. The gold B70 licensed Bigsby vibrato and tailpiece complete the look.

The WildKat is a limited production release, so they have a good chance of becoming moderately collectible, and at least holding their value a bit better than other mass-market productions. It’s got a semi-hollow mahogany body (with center block to dampen unwanted feedback), maple neck and
rosewood fretboard and weighs about 11 lbs.

It also features bridge volume, neck volume, master tone and master volume controls, and premium 16:1 Grover machine heads for more accurate and long lasting tuning.


Fender is one of the big players in the electric guitar market and they are well known for fine craftsmanship and innovative products. This craftsmanship extends to their budget (Squire) and Mexican made brands as well. Often times, the models made in Mexico use the same parts as American made, but with cheaper labor. The result is virtually the same quality guitar at half price.

Here are two classic models that feature the Fender logo, but are made in Mexico.

Fender Standard Telecaster

Fender-Standard-TelecasterLeo Fender’s game changing solid body electric guitar that launched the sound of Rock and Roll is still available largely unchanged today. Sure, there are artist endorsed and modified version for thousands of dollars, but you can still get a standard Tele for less than $500.

The somewhat corny history of the Telecaster is that Leo Fender wanted a modern sounding name for his modern, solid body guitar. Being the 1950’s and the heyday of the television age, he settled on “Tele” from television and “caster” from Broadcaster.

The Telecaster is still a preferred guitar for many players today (myself included). It’s simple feature set allows for a multitude of tonal possibilities from classic Tele spank and twang to classic rock crunch without any bells and whistle to get in your way. It’s a workhorse that rarely goes out of tune or out of style.

The Fender Standard Telecaster features:

  • 2 Tele single-coil pickups, great for Country, Blues, Rock, Pop and even Jazz.
  • A modern C-shaped neck, 9.5″
  • 6-saddle strings-thru-body Tele bridge allows for improved intonation and individual string height adjustment.
  • Shielded body cavities to limit unwanted feedback.

The Standard Telecaster is a simple, solid electric guitar. It has a 3-way pickup selection switch, volume and tone knob so you get excellent control over the sound, without an overly complicated control panel getting in the way. The 6-saddle string-thru-body bridge helps to keep the guitar in tune. In short, it’s simple and dependable, which makes fro a great guitar for beginners and experienced players alike!

The Standard Telecaster comes in more color and finish variations than I can really display here, but Additional Fender Standard Telecaster Models!

Fender Standard Stratocaster

Fender-Standard-StratocasterMade famous by the likes of Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, Gilmour and Vaughan the Stratocaster was Leo Fender’s follow up to the wildly successful solid body Telecaster. Once again, as with the Telecaster, Leo wanted to capture the modern futuristic vibe that the 1960’s had to offer and hoped his use of “strato” would make people think stratosphere and evoke the excitement of the newly born space race.

Whether people got the connection he was shooting for is open to debate, but what is not debatable is that the Fender Stratocaster is still one the preeminent guitar models 60+ years later!

Strats come in a host of varieties and player endorsed versions, but you can still get a basic strat for under $500.

The Fender Standard Stratocaster electric guitar features:

  • 3 Standard Strat single-coil pickups. This is the heart of everything from the Stratocaster squawk to creamy blues goodness.
  • A modern C-shaped neck, 9.5″ freeboard radius and medium jumbo frets. Playing fast, and string-bending like your favorite bluesman is a breeze on this neck.
  • Synchronized tremolo bar for everything from dive bombs to subtle vibrato
  • Shielded body cavities to prevent unwanted feedback

The Standard Stratocaster gives you legendary Fender tone with classic styling and weighs about 10 lbs. Additional Fender Standard Stratocaster models.


Godin is a Canadian guitar company and while some of their most popular models aren’t even branded as Godin (They make acoustics under the Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Norman, LaPatrie and Art & Lutherie brands), they are better known in electric guitar circles. They are typically favored more by studio musicians and touring players than frontmen, but the construction quality and tone are just as good as the big names.

Godin Redline HB

Godin-Redline-HBNext up, the Godin Redline HB electric guitar. The Redline is Made in North American (instead of China or Mexico, as is common with this price range) and features a double-action truss rod to help ensure a straight neck and proper intonation. The neck is made from Canadian Hard Rock Maple and features Godin’s “ergo cut neck” style for ease of play.

The Godin HB Redline weighs about 13.5 lbs, and comes with 2 custom Godin humbucker pickups – a GHN1 in the neck position, and a GHB1 in the bridge position.

Here are the full specs:

  • Rock Maple neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 24 frets
  • 16 ” fingerboard radius
  • 24 3/4″ Scale
  • 1 11/16″ nut width
  • Body has silver leaf maple centre with poplar wings
  • 2x Godin humbuckers (Neck: GHN1 / Bridge: GHB1)
  • 3-way switch, 1x volume & 1x tone
  • Fixed Bridge

With its double cut-away body and hot humbucker pickups, the Godin HB Redline makes a great hard rock or metal guitar and the price is just right for the beginner or hobbyist.


Gretsch-G5425-ElectromaticThe Gretsch G5435T Electromatic Pro is a very affordable and very versatile entry in the under $500 range. It features an arched top, chambered mahogany body with set maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. An Adjusto-Matic bridge with Bigsby B50 tailpiece and “Blacktop” Filter’Tron pickups complete the sound, making the G5435T a great way to own a piece of that Gretsch vibe.

I like the G5435T Electromatic Pro so much, I wrote a full review for it when it came out. You can read the full review here.


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The 10 Best Electric Guitars for Beginners Under $300.

What makes for a great guitar for a beginner?

In making this list of top electric guitars for beginners, I looked at 3 criteria:

  1. Quality vs. price
  2. Simplicity of design/use
  3. Versatility

My thinking is that it really doesn’t make sense for someone looking to start learning to play electric guitar to get a poorly made (cheap!) guitar – they don’t stay in tune, and they’re difficult to learn on. You really do get what you pay for, BUT there are quite a few good quality guitars for less than $300.

Simplicity and ease of use is also important because if you want to learn to play electric guitar, you don’t want to get lost in the bells and whistles of the device itself. The nice thing about this is that simpler designs are often cheaper too, because you usually pay extra for those bells and whistles.

Versatility is my own personal belief. I think if you’re going to be shelling out good money for something, you should get something you can use for a variety of styles, instead of a one-trick pony.

So without further ado, here’s my list for top 10 electric guitars for beginners under $300.


Epiphone has been making instruments for every style of popular music since 1873. They have a reputation for making affordable versions of Gibson model guitars, but they’ve been instrumental (pardon the pun) in jazz age guitars of the 1920s through through post-war pop, jazz, R&B, early rock n’ roll to grunge, and thrash.

Here are a few of the Epiphone models that make the top electric guitars for beginners, each for less than $300.

Epiphone Limited Edition “1966” G-400 PRO


The Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400  is a Gibson-authorized version of their great ’66 SG (the one made famous by the likes of AC/DC’s Angus Young, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, Paul Weller, Derek Trucks and others) with a solid mahogany body and slim-taper set mahogany neck.

Beside the price, there are a few other things that set the Epiphone 1966 G-400 PRO apart from the original vintage 1966 SG. Instead of the smaller pickguard, the Epiphone 1966 G-400 PRO has the larger pickguard so there aren’t any pickup mounting rings around the pickups.

Other features include:

  • high-output Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers (P-90’s on the original ’66 SG )
  • Separate volume and tone controls for each pickup (this increases the tonal possibilities and control)
  • A LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece (to provide better sustain )

The classic SG double-cutaway body of the Epiphone 1966 G-400 PRO lets you reach all 22 frets with ease. The body is solid mahogany and so is the Slim-taper neck. The Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers are set to coil-split, meaning you can switch them from full humbucker to single coil, increasing the tones available.

Longtime readers of this site know that I’m a huge fan of simplicity and versatility. The Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 Electric Guitar has both, and at a price which definitely makes it a top electric guitar for beginners.

Here’s Demo of the features and flexibility:

Epiphone G-310

Epiphone-G-310The Epiphone G-310 is built to the same dimensions as the vintage Gibson SGs of the 1960s, and with the same techniques as those used in the original Kalamazoo factory. It’s a well balanced guitar, unlike many cheaper clones that tend to be neck-heavy.

Like the Epiphone 1966 G-400 PRO above, the The Epiphone G-310 features a Mahogany body and neck, with a rosewood fingerboard. Where it differs from the G-400 is in the pickups. The G-310 does not feature coil splitting, so you only get the pure humbucker sound. Also, the G-310 features a 650R Humbucker in the neck and a 700T Humbucker pickup in the bridge, and a 3-way toggle switch for selecting neck, bridge or both.

The 700T humbuckers of the G-310 give it a warmer, Les Paul sounding tone, while the G-400 has Alnico V pickups and give it a more aggressive, punchy sound, typically found on Fender guitars.

The 700T humbuckers of the G-310 make it better suited to more metal tones, but make it less versatile than the G-400.

I actually wrote a review of the The Epiphone G-310 a while ago before I thought about what makes the best electric guitars for beginners. That’s because the G-310 is one of the best electric guitars under $300.. Period. So rather than re-write that review again, you can just read the full review here: The Epiphone G-310, An affordable SG.

The Epiphone G-310 is available in both Black and Red, and is available for about $250 at the time of this writing.

Clean demo:

Gain demo:

Epiphone Dot Studio

Epiphone-DotLast up for Epiphone’s entry into this list of the top 10 electric guitars for beginners under $300 is the Epiphone Dot Studio Electric Guitar.

The Epiphone Dot features:

  • Mahogany neck and body
  • 2 Alnico Classic pickups with a hotter bridge pickup
  • ever fashionable chrome hardware
  • classic vintage style tuno-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Mahogany center block (to limit unwanted feedback)

The Epiphone Dot is capable of producing a wide range of tone that makes it a very versatile electric guitar that’s great for beginners. It’s also a Semi-hollowbody, which means it has an acoustic element to it as well as electric, and has more resonance than a solid body electric guitar.

The Epiphone Dot is well suited to classic rock, country, blues and jazz styles.

The Epiphone Dot is Epiphone’s version of the Gibson ES 335 “Dot” (made famous by the likes of Eric Clapton, BB King, Albert Lee, Chuck Berry, Larry Carlton, Dave Grohl and Roy Orbison) and is one of the best deals today for guitar players who want the classic sound of an ES 335 at an affordable price.

Jazz/Blues/Rock Lead demo


The Squier name is known to many as a low-cost “value brand” alternative to the Fender name. Don’t worry, Squier guitars are made with the attention to quality and often with the same parts as Fender guitars, albeit lower priced parts. While you won’t find top-notch extras and hand-assembly in Squier models, you will find top-notch quality. Squier guitars can be viewed as simply Fender electric guitars under $300.

Squier Affinity Telecaster

Squier-Affinity-TelecasterThe Squier Affinity Telecaster is hands down one of the best choices for an electric guitar for beginners. It’ solid, simple and versatile. Because it’s a Squire (by Fender) you know it has quality built in and it can be yours for a great price.

The Squier Affinity Telecaster features:

  • Alder body
  • Maple neck, with Polyurethane finish
  • 2 single coil pickups – both vintage Tele single coils
  • Master Volume control
  • Master Tone control
  • 3-Position blade pickup switch:
    • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
    • Position 3. Neck Pickup

What makes the Fender Squier Affinity Telecaster Electric Guitar such a great choice for a beginner is its price, and simplicity. There’s no coil tapping, tremolo bar or pickup circuit switching.

The Squier Affinity Telecaster stays in tune and holds its intonation well. Basically, it gets out of your way so you can focus on learning guitar, be it blues, rock, jazz or country. Easily one of the best electric guitars under $300, for beginners or anyone, really.


detailed demo

Squier Stratocaster

Squier-Fender-Deluxe-StratocasterThe Fender Stratocaster is a musical icon unto itself. It’s taken center stage from the early days of rock-n-roll, through blues and even hard rock and metal. It’s easy to see why, with the comfort and features it has to offer.

The Squier Stratocaster is a value-priced version of the Fender Strat, which means not as many hand-styled appointments and less expensive pickups. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad guitar. In fact, it’s a really great guitar and saves you $700+ in the process!

Squier Deluxe Stratocaster features:

  • Basswood body
  • Polyurethane finish on the neck
  • Maple neck and fingerboard
  • 3 Duncan single-coil pickups; SC-101B (bridge), SC-101 (middle), SC-101N (neck)
  • 5-position pickup selector :
    • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
    • Position 3. Middle Pickup
    • Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
    • Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Standard Tremolo Arm

The Squier by Fender Deluxe Stratocaster is a great electric guitar for beginners and a great way to own a piece of iconic guitar history for less than $300.



Squier-Fender-Vintage-Modified-JaguarThe Jaguar was originally released for the Surf Music crowd in the 1960’s, but has been seen prominently in everything from Jazz to punk to alternative. It’s one of the few guitars on this list that don’t fit the simplicity rule, but it’s got such a great, unique vibe and it is one of the better electric guitars under $300 on the market today, so it made the list.

The Jaguar style is very similar to the Jazzmaster, but the tone circuit is where the difference really hides. The rhythm circuit is a simple, straightforward design that lets the player only worry about the tone and volume. The lead circuit lets you choose between pickups, turn off either pickup on or off and cut the bass frequency for treble heavy lead tone.

Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar features:

  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck with polyurethane gloss finish
  • Duncan JG-101B single coil bridge pickup
  • Duncan JG-101N single coil neck pickup
  • 3-way toggle switch for pickup selection – neck, bridge or both
  • Tortoiseshell pickguard
  • Chrome hardware
  • non-locking floating vibrato with vintage-style tremolo arm

The Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar is a unique and versatile guitar at a great price. It’s great for beginners and experienced players who are looking for something a little bit different, without breaking the bank.



A Gretsch guitar is a very special thing. They have a completely unique vibe. Unfortunately, they also have a Gibson-like price tag. Gretsch does have a few really nice budget friendly models. Only one makes the cut for top 10 electric guitars for beginners under $300 though.

Gretsch G5425 Electromatic

Gretsch-G5425-ElectromaticThe Gretsch G5425 is all you Gretsch fans out there who can’t afford the $2,500+ for most models. (me included!)

The G5425 has that real Gretsch sound and classic Gretsch style that just ooze jazz and rockabilly vibe. The  Jet Club Electromatic is well suited to country and rock too.

The Gretsch G5425 features:

  • Chambered Basswood Body with Arched Laminated Maple Top
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Maple neck
  • 2 Gretsch dual-coil humbucker pickups; 1 in the neck position,
    1 in the bridge position
  • 3-Position pickup selector toggle:
    • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
    • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Master Volume control
  • Master Tone control
  • “G” arrow knobs and white pearloid Gretsch-logo pickguard

The G5425 Jet Club Electromatic is all Gretsch, except the price.

It’s also a great electric guitar for beginners for the same reason the Squier Affinity Telecaster is – simplicity, quality and price (although the Gretsch G5425 is a bit more money than the Squier).

What sets the Gretsch G5425 apart from the Squier Affinity Telecaster is the Telecaster has more treble-y “spank” and twang to its character, while the Gretsch G5425 has a more mellow tone, and is capable of darker (more traditionally metal) tonal characteristics.

The Gretsch G5425: another great electric guitar under $300.



Ibanez is well known in jazz and rock circles, even though players of one genre may not be aware that they make guitars for the other!

A quick look at these two offerings for this list of top 10 electric guitars for beginners under $300 from Ibanez will show how diverse a company it is.


Ibanez-AS53TFThe Ibanez AS53 is a great electric guitar for beginners because it’s a semi-hollowbody guitar, which means it has acoustic guitar qualities of resonance – the best of both worlds! The AS53 has jazz box looks and vibe, but don’t let that fool you, it can rock with the best of them.

AS53 features:

  • Mahogany neck
  • Sapele body
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 2 humbucker pickups:
    • Neck:ACH-ST
    • Bridge:ACH-ST
  • 3-way toggle
    • neck
    • bridge
    • both

The ACH pickups create a nice, warm tone with quick response which makes it very well suited to jazz or clean style blues. It does give a nice classic rock crunch as well, but probably not enough for metal (without some serious distortion effect pedal…).

The ACH pickups and semi-hollowbody structure of the AS53 make for some great sustain characteristics, while the center block helps eliminate unwanted feedback. The Ibanez AS53 is one of the few hollow body or semi-hollowbody electric guitars under $300, and it’s a great buy if you dig the style.


Ibanez GRX20ZBKN

Ibanez-GRX20ZBKNThe Ibanez GRX20ZBKN is most definitely a hard rock/metal/80’s guitar. It always makes me laugh to think that the same company makes guitars like the AS53TF jazz box above and a shredder like the GRX20…

Anyway, where the AS53TF is built for comfort and groove, the Ibanez GRX20 is built for speed and power. It’s dual humbuckers are built to howl, not purr, and a tremolo on an ax like this is meant for one thing – dive bombs!

Yeah, I know… this one doesn’t quite meet up with the “versatility” criteria for top electric guitars for beginners, but it is a great buy and rounds out the list nicely.

Ibanez GRX20 features:

  • Maple neck
  • Basswood body
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 2 Powersound humbucking pickups
    • Bridge
    • Neck
  • Tremolo arm

The Ibanez GRX20ZBKN Electric Guitar is a great electric guitar for beginners, or anyone seeking that 80’s rock vibe.



Yamaha is well known for their keyboards, pianos and bass guitars, but they also have a number of very good electric guitars. Sadly, there’s only one with a price tag that fits the under $300 category. The good news: it’s definitely a top electric guitar for beginners!

Pacifica PAC112V

Pacifica-PAC112VThe Pacifica PAC112V has a very strat-like body, and like the strat, it is comfort-contoured. Unlike the classic strat, the Yamaha Pacifica Series PAC112V has 1 humbucker pickup and 2 single coils. This gives it a different sound than the Squier Deluxe Stratocaster further up this list, even though it has a similar look.

Here are the full specs:

  • Solid Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Vintage Tremolo with Block Saddles
  • 3 pickups:
    • single-coil neck pickup
    • single-coil middle pickup
    • AlnicoV Humbucker bridge pickup
  • 5-Position Pickup Switch with Coil Tap Function
  • Master Volume control
  • Master Tone control

The Yamaha Pacifica Series PAC112V Electric Guitar is currently selling at the high end of the price range to make this list of top 10 electric guitars for beginners under $300, but it’s a very good quality guitar.



No matter what style of music you prefer, I think we can agree that there is something on this list of top 10 electric guitars for beginners under $300 that suits the style, and fits the bill (budget-wise). They’re all great quality guitars and none is better than the other, just different enough to suit your personal taste.

Happy strumming!

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Comparison: Epiphone G-310 or G-400 (EGGPCHNH1)?

Both the Epiphone G-310 and the G-400 are great, inexpensive Gibson SG style electric guitars. They’re so similar thought that it can be difficult to decide which one to buy. They vary in price by about $50, and the features are about as even too. But here’s a quick review to help you make the comparison between the right Epiphone SG for you.

Epiphone G-310 or G-400



Epiphone-G-310-black-redThe Epiphone G-310 style is based on the Classic 1967 Gibson SG, but is much less expensive.

Known for its low frets and fast action, the G-310 features the classic “twin horn” cutaway body, and is well balanced for playing. (Cheaper copies of the Gibson SG style are known to be neck-heavy.)

The Epiphone G-310 is a perfect stand-in for the Gibson SG, at a much more affordable price.

You can read a full review here: The Epiphone G-310, An affordable SG.

The Epiphone G-310 is available in both Black and Red, and is available for about $250 at the time of this writing.

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Epiphone-g-400-brownThe Epiphone G-400 is also in the Gibson SG style, and largely similar to the G-310.

The G-400 also features a Tune-o-matic Bridge, all chrome hardware, mahogany neck and body. The biggest difference in the G-400 is the brighter Alnico V humbucker pickups that replace the stock 700T humbuckers in the G-310. Other than that, they are practically identical.

The G-400 is currently only available in Faded, Worn Brown finish and sells for about $300.

Epiphone G-400 Demo:

G-400.2 – EGGPCHNH1

The newer, updated version of the G-400, sometimes referred to by its model number (EGGPCHNH1), has replaced the earlier, cherry finish version of the Epiphone G-400.Epiphone-g-400-EGGPCHNH1-cherry

The biggest improvement of the G-400 (EGGPCHNH1) over its predessesor is the improved Alnico Classic Pro Pickups and Coil-Tapping. The push/pull coil-tapping let’s you split the humbucker into single coil mode for greater tonal possibilities.

The G-400 (EGGPCHNH1) also features a LockTone bridge and Stopbar tailpiece, along with a SlimTaper “D” profile mahogany neck and a 12″ radius rosewood fingerboard

The Epiphone G-400 (EGGPCHNH1) is available in Cherry finish and sells for $349 at the time of this writing.

G-310 vs. G-400

All three Epiphone guitars have the same scale length (24.75) and identical mahagony neck with rosewood fretboard.

The G-310 has an alder body while the G-400 (and EGGPCHNH1) has an all Mahogany body, so the G-310 is a bit lighter than the G-400.

The G-310 has 700T humbuckers, which give it a warm, Les Paul sounding tone, while the G-400 has Alnico V pickups and give it a more aggressive, punchy sound, typically found on Fender guitars. The G-400 (EGGPCHNH1) ups the ante on pickups with the coil-tapping push/pull design, which lets you split the humbucker into two single coils for greater control and tonal possibilities.

The Alnico Classic Pro Pickups make for cleaner, clearer tones with excellent sustain which makes the G-400 (EGGPCHNH1) great for classic rock/hard rock and blues.

The 700T humbuckers of the G-310 make it better suited to more metal tones, but make it less versatile than the G-400.

Since all three – the G-310, the G-400, and the G-400 (EGGPCHNH1) – are identical in body style, choosing the right one for you really comes down to your preference of finish and style of play. If you really just want an affordable SG body and plan on playing heavier sounding rock or metal, then the Epiphone G-310 is the way to go. Otherwise, the G-400 (EGGPCHNH1) is the best bang for the buck. But if Cherry finish isn’t your thing, then there’s the more natural wood look of the original G-400.

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Electric and acoustic guitars, amps, effects, pedals reviews and more!

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Middle8reviews is home to impartial reviews for guitars and guitar gear. We focus on gear for the hobbyist or amateur guitar player. You won’t find many reviews of $3,000 guitars and amps here. That stuff is for the pros, who know what they want and where to get it.

What you will find are reviews for the rest of us.

Electric guitars for beginners, acoustic guitars for the non-professional and plenty of guitar gear reviews make up the bulk of reading material here at

Here’s a sample of the reviews you’ll find here:

  • Looking for gift ideas for the guitarist in your life? Or maybe you’re looking for ideas to put on your gift list. Either way, here’s my list of the Best Gift Ideas for Guitar Players in the under $25, $50 and $100 price ranges.
  • 10 Great and Inexpensive Acoustic Guitars for Beginners. – This is an excellent resource for finding an acoustic guitar to start your journey, without breaking the bank. (Most models are less than $400, but play very well)
  • Top 12 Low Watt Tube Amps For Under $500.  Low watt tube amps are an awesome way to get pure tube tone in your bedroom, dorm room, or where ever you don’t want window shattering volume. This list is the 12 best low watt tube amps on the market today.
  • Cigar Box Amplifiers. This is one of those fun and funky reviews we do from time to time. Cigar box amplifiers are just a fun idea, and make for a unique – and functional- conversation piece or gift.

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The Epiphone G-310, An affordable SG. (Review)

Epiphone is known for crafting excellent affordable guitars that are often times inspired by pricier brands. The Epiphone G-310 is just such a case.

It’s styled after the Gibson SG, but sells as a fraction of the cost.

The SG is a signature guitar for the likes of Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, Paul Weller, Angus Young and Derek Trucks. The Epiphone G-310 is your chance to own a comparable guitar at an affordable price.

An affordable SG


The Gibson SG (“Solid Guitar”) was created as a replacement for the Les Paul in 1961. It was dubbed a “fretless wonder,” in reaction to its low frets and fast action. The SG’s twin horn cutaway design was unlike any other of its day, and would become an iconic fixture in future generations of hard rock players. \m/ – – \m/

Fast forward to new millennium, and Epiphone created the Epiphone G-310 for those who want real SG tone and style, but at an affordable price.

Epiphone G-310 Specs

The Epiphone G-310 is built to the same dimensions as the vintage Gibson SGs or the 1960s, and with the same techniques as those used in the original Kalamazoo factory. It’s a well balanced guitar, unlike many cheaper clones that tend to be neck-heavy.

The Epiphone G-310 features a mahogany, “D” shaped neck with 22 frets, a 12″ radius and 24.75″ scale. It also has a rosewood fingerboard with a 1.68″ nut.

While the body is vintage spec, the hardware is anything but. The Epiphone G-310 is as modern as it is retro. Among some of the modern day improvements, are the Epiphone G-310’s special red- hot open-coil humbuckers with Alnico magnets. There is a 650R humbucker in the neck position and a 700T humbucker in the bridge position. This gives you killer classic tone with modern punch.

The Epiphone G-310 is decked out in quality hardware too, from its volume and tone knobs (featuring full-size 500K potentiometers) to its all-metal 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, you know it will last.


The LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece ensure that the Epiphone G-310 has great sustain, without going out of tune.

  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Joint: Bolt-On
  • Scale: 24.75″
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper™ “D” Shape
  • Nut Width: 1.68″
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22 Medium/Jumbo
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12″
  • Neck Pickup: 650R Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: 700T Humbucker
  • Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: LockTone™ Stopbar
  • Controls:
    • Neck Volume
    • Neck Tone
    • Bridge Volume
    • Bridge Tone
    • 500K Potentiometers
    • 3-Way All-Metal Toggle Switch
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Premium Die-Cast
  • Colors: Ebony (EB), Red (RE)
  • Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime


If you’d like an SG but don’t want to drop 1500 bucks, or even if you’re just looking for a great guitar with classic style, the Epiphone G-310 will fit the bill.

It’s a quality guitar at a great price.

The Epiphone G-310 comes in Ebony (EB) and Red (RE) and sells for about $250.



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Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet Review.

Gretsch guitars have a long and storied history. They been in the hands of such diverse artists as George Harrison, Bo Diddley, Chet Atkins, Charlie Watts,Bono, Brian Setzer, Duane Eddy, Pete Townshend, Mike Nesmith and Billy Zoom (to name a few, in no particular order).

Gretsch has recently launched their new Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet guitar with all the style and distinction you expect from Gretsch at a very affordable price. ($499 at the time of this review).

The Electromatic G5435 is also very versatile and readers of this blog know I’m a huge fan of versatility (why limit yourself?). “Chime-like” is an adjective often used to describe the G5435, and it’s not far off. The bridge pickup can deliver a convincing twang or “spank” reminiscent of a Fender Telecaster. The neck pickup is warm, but still clear enough to avoid becoming “muddy.” Over all, it’s a well balanced guitar suitable for a multitude of styles.

The Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet

Gretsch-Electromatic-G5435-Pro-JetThe Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet is a chambered basswood bodied guitar with an arched maple top that resonates true to “That Great Gretsch Sound.”

The Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet is available is 3 styles:

Each features:

  • Rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and “hump block” inlays
  • Three-position pickup toggle switch
  • anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and stop tailpiece
  • “G” arrow knobs
  • white pearloid Gretsch-logo pickguard
  • threaded/knurled strap buttons


  • Body Back: Basswood-Chambered
  • Body Top: Arched Laminated Maple
  • Body Binding: Bound Top Neck

The Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet has a 12″ fingerboard radius, Maple neck and Rosewood fingerboard.


  • Bridge Pickup: Black Top Filter’Tron
  • Neck Pickup: Filter’Tron “Black Top”

The Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet features a 3 position pickup toggle for selecting between: bridge pickup, bridge and neck pickups or neck pickup. In addition, there are the standard Volume (Neck/Bridge), master volume and master tone controls.

With an MSRP of $700.00, you should be able to pick one up new for less than $500. (Amazon is selling them for $490 at the time of this review)

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4 Electric Guitar Kits for Beginners (under $200).

These electric guitar kits for beginners are a cost effective and great way to introduce children and adults alike to the world of playing guitar.

Each of these kits for beginners includes everything needed to start playing electric guitar right out of the box:

  • Guitar Amplifier
  • Electric Guitar
  • Guitar strap
  • Picks
  • Gig bag
  • Guitar cable

Some include instructional DVDs, pitch pipes or tuners as well.

Each kits is from a name brand and reputable guitar manufacturer: Rogue Guitar, Peavey and Epiphone

4 Electric Guitar Kits for Beginners (under $200).

Rogue Rocketeer Deluxe Electric guitar pack

Rogue-Rocketeer-Deluxe-Electric-Guitar-PackFirst up on the list is the Rogue Rocketeer Deluxe Electric guitar pack.

This electric guitar kit features the Rogue Rocketeer RR100 guitar and G-10, solid state practice amp . The RR100 is smaller and lighter than a Stratocaster, and offers great versatility and easy of play, both of which are great for beginners.

The G-10 is a decent powered practice amp that’s ideal for bedroom practice. It features a 3.5″ speaker, and boost switch for overdrive.

Peavey Raptor Backstage II Electric Guitar and Amp Value Pack

Peavey-Raptor-Backstage-II-Electric-Guitar-and-Amp-Value-PackThe next electric guitar kit for beginners is the Peavey Raptor Backstage II Electric Guitar and Amp Value Pack .

This guitar kit features the Raptor® Plus EX electric guitar and Backstage 10W Transtube electric guitar amp.

The Raptor Plus EX has the same pickup configuration as the Rogue Rocketeer (HSS), and a similar body style.

The Backstage 10W amp has a 6″ speaker, and overdrive channel for more rocking distortion.

A great guitar pack for the beginner with an ear for harder rock.

Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic/Electric Player Pack.

PR-4E Acoustic Electric Player PackThe Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic/Electric Player Pack. is the only acoustic-electric guitar to make this list, so if you’re not sure if you want electric or acoustic this kit would be ideal.

This guitar kit for beginners features the Epiphone PR4-E Acoustic/electric – with on-board EQ (treble, bass, mid), and the Studio-10 Acoustic amplifier, with chorus effect switch.

As it sounds, the PR4-E can be played acoustically, or plugged into the amplifier for a greater sonic palette. It’s a great introduction for the beginner to playing guitar and dealing with an amplifier, just don’t expect rock and roll style distortion.

Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee and Pee Vee Zakk Pakks Guitar Packs

Zakk-Pakk-Pee-WeeThe Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee and Pee Vee Zakk Pakks Guitar Packs are actually two slightly different electric guitar kits for beginners. They differ mainly by style.

Both offer the signature Zakk Wylde bulls eye pattern, but one is a traditional Les Paul style body while the other is a Flying V style.

Both come with the Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier, which features volume, gain, and tone controls combined with two speaker cabinets.


The Peavey Raptor electric guitar kit for beginners has a larger speaker, and delivers a more well-rounded sound than the Rogue Rocketeer.

The Pee Wee and Pee Vee electric guitar kits for beginners focus more on style than substance. The Micro Marshall looks neat, but can’t compete with the larger Peavey speaker for volume and sound quality.

Don’t get me wrong, the guitars are still quite good for the money, but suffer from the typical shortcomings of electric guitar kit guitars – i.e. they can be a little rough around the edges in terms of construction, and they tend to go out of tune more easily than a full size, or higher quality guitar.

Most starter packs will require a string upgrade to get the best sound, since they typically come with cheaper strings.

Can you get a better sounding guitar and amp? Of course, but not for this price. You could would have to spend $200 or more on both the guitar and amp to have a really good sounding rig, but these electric guitar kits for beginners are an excellent and cost effective way to get exposure to playing guitar, especially if the person doing the playing isn’t so sure they will stick with it.

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Rogue Rocketeer Deluxe Electric Guitar Pack.

The Rogue Rocketeer Deluxe Electric guitar pack is an excellent starter pack for the aspiring guitarist. It includes all basic elements to start playing right out of the box.

The guitar is a Rogue Rocketeer RR100, which is slightly smaller and lighter than a Strat. It comes in a HSS configuration with chrome covered Strat like Tremolo bar.

The amplifier is a G-10, solid state practice amp that’s just the right size and power for a beginner.

What’s included in the Rogue Rocketeer electric guitar pack


Here’s what you get in the Rogue Rocketeer electric guitar package:

  • The RR100 double cutaway guitar
  • Gig bag
  • Guitar strap
  • Guitar cable
  • 3 medium Picks

The Rocketeer RR100 double cutaway guitar

The Rocketeer RR100 is a classic design and built for ease of playability.

The body is made from lightweight paulownia and is contoured with a double-cutaway style.

It features an ultra-thin maple neck, with rosewood fingerboard. It’s easy to play and allows for fast transitions up and down the 22-fret fretboard.

The Rocketeer RR100 features 3 pickups in an HSS configuration (1 humbucker and 2 single-coil) and a 5-way switch witch allows for a wide-variety of tones.

A 6-screw vintage tremolo is also included for lots of whammy bar fun.

Rocketeer RR100 features


  • Style: contoured double-cutaway solid body
  • Body: paulownia
  • Neck: bolt-on maple
  • Neck profile: ultra-thin
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Fingerboard inlays: dots
  • Scale length: 25-1/2″
  • No. of frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.69″ (43mm)
  • Hardware: chrome
  • Bridge: 6 screw vintage tremolo
  • Tuners: die-cast
  • Neck pickup: single-coil
  • Middle pickup: single-coil
  • Bridge pickup: Humbucking
  • Controls: Volume, Tone, 5-way blade pickup selector

The Rogue G10 amp

Rogue G10 is a 10w solid-state amplifier that’s perfect for the novice. Why? Well because it has all the basic features of an amplifier (volume, gain, treble and bass controls) with a 3.5″ speaker.

You won’t be rattling the windows with this, but you won’t be getting angry calls from the neighbors either. It also has a headphone jack, so you can practice in silence, for late night or early morning sessions.

The Rogue G10 also has a Power boost select button, for a little extra oomph, when desired.

The Rogue G-10 is a great starter amp and will continue to serve as a practice tool for those that graduate to a larger amp.

Rogue G-10 Features

  • Compact size (weighs just over 7 lbs.)
  • Boost Switch for clean or overdriven sound
  • Master volume
  • 2-band tone control
  • 1/4″ Headphone out
  • Lighted on/off switch
  • 1 3.5″ speaker

What’s not included

About the only things not included in this starter pack are instructional books and dvds to learn to play guitar, and a guitar case. But the dvds and books are best purchased separately That way they will more closely match reading level (child vs. adult for instance) and musical interest (blues, rock, metal…).

And a case isn’t needed for a guitar that’s used primarily at home for practice. The gig bag is enough protection for travel to and from a friend’s house.

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Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee and Pee Vee Zakk Pakks Guitars.

The Epiphone Les Paul Zakk Pakk guitars make great starter kits for younger guitarists and come in 2 models: Les Paul Pee Wee, and the Flying V (Vee Wee).

Each is modeled after Zakk Wylde’s guitars and feature his signature bulls eye graphic. While both the Les Paul Pee Wee and Flying Vee Wee are geared toward younger guitar players, both can double quite nicely as a travel guitar for the player on the move.

Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee Zakk Pakk Electric Guitar/Amp Value Pack

The Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee has a full sized neck width and 21 medium-jumbo frets, so it doesn’t play like a child’s guitar. With a single 700T humbucking pickup, it doesn’t sound like a toy either. The body is compact, but has a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and an adjustable bridge.

Epiphone Les Paul Zakk-Pakk-Pee-Wee

The Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee Zakk Pakk Electric Guitar/Amp Value Pack includes:

  • A Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier
  • The Les Paul Pee Wee (naturally)
  • 10′ guitar cable
  • gigbag with accessory pocket
  • 2″-wide nylon strap with Zakk’s signature
  • three medium picks

Everything an aspiring guitarist needs to start rocking.

Epiphone Flying Vee Wee Zakk Pakk Electric Guitar/Amp Value Pack

Epiphone Les Paul Zakk-Pakk-Pee-Vee

The Epiphone Flying Vee Wee is the Flying V model of the Zakk Pakk.

Like the Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee above, the Flying Vee Wee makes for a great starter or travel guitar.

The Flying Vee Wee features a full-size neck width, Epiphone 700T humbucking pickup and 21 medium-jumbo frets. A rosewood fingerboard and adjustable bridge round out this tiny powerhouse body.

The Flying Vee Wee also includes the Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier.

Here’s what you get with the Epiphone Flying Vee Wee Zakk Pakk Electric Guitar/Amp Value Pack:

  • The Flying Vee Wee
  • the Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifiers
  • 10′ guitar cable
  • gigbag with accessory pocket
  • 2″-wide nylon strap with Zakk’s signature
  • three medium picks.


Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier


The Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier is a full marshal stack… only in miniature. This “mighty micro” features volume, gain, and tone controls combined with two speaker cabinets.

Nowhere near a real Marshall stack, but it packs a good punch for being only 9-3/4″ high!

The MS-4ZW also includes a tilt-back stand and a headphone out that doubles as a preamp out for driving an external power amp!

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