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Gear Of The Year: Best Affordable Electric Guitar of 2021 | Guitar.com

WINNER: Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster

A substantial but still accessible upgrade to the popular Player series, the Player Plus range is designed to hit the right notes for modern guitarists with features and finishes optimized for today’s players. This Nashville Tele is the choice of the band, however, with its mix of a full assortment of Tele sounds and a compelling quack Strat at positions two and four, it’s a very versatile proposition.

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Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard

The Inspired By Gibson line had already raised the bar for Epiphone considerably, but this budget tackles the most legendary Gibson of all, takes things to another level. With all factory-supported upgrades, it’s not only a great guitar in its own right, but it’s a viable alternative to an entry-level USA-made Les Paul.

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EVH 5150 Standard Series

EVH 5150 Standard Series

Your ticket to the 1980s in a Neon Pink time machine! The Standard is a homage to the Kramer EVH used in the mid to late 1980s, but with a few modern tweaks including a 12-16 inch compound fingerboard radius and a deeper upper body curve. It’s real 1980s rock pedigree at an affordable price, and a lot of fun to boot.

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Starfire Guild I Jet90

Starfire Guild I Jet90

Guild’s Newark St collection has long been a destination for those with vintage leanings and a down-to-earth budget, and this guitar combines the classic single-cut Starfire outline with a center block, a Franz P- trio. 90 by Guild and a Bigsby-style vibrato tailpiece. There are plenty of affordable semi-finals out there, but few have as much character and charisma as this one.

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Cort G300 Pro

Cort G300 Pro

The G300 Pro is the flagship of the boutique-style G-series, and provides further proof that the company’s mastery of quantity has no detrimental effect on quality. With superb build quality, a beautifully full neck, and consummate sonic versatility, the G300 Pro is a must-have – whatever your budget.

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Gretsch G2622T-P90 Streamliner Center Block

Gretsch G2622T-P90 Streamliner Center Block

By adding P-90s to the center-locking model G2622, Gretsch has taken another step with its budget Streamliner line to demonstrate that Gretsch guitars can cover a wider range of tones – and it’s pretty daring at that. The result is an utterly sympathetic semi that excels in the mellow manish area where Gretsch and Gibson intersect.

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Epiphone inspired by Gibson ES-335 figured

Epiphone inspired by Gibson ES-335 figured

The Inspired By series from Epiphone represents a huge leap forward in both looks and build quality for Epiphone, and this ES-335 is a nice addition to the catalog. This is a completely enjoyable guitar with a build quality and level of finish that exceeds expectations at this very competitive price.

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Fender Noventa Jazzmaster

Fender Noventa Jazzmaster

At the head of Fender’s new original Noventa range, this three-pickup shift aims to blur boundaries. If you appreciate quirky styles but have never familiarized yourself with the complex tones or switching typical of vintage-style models, the Noventa Jazzmaster is well worth investigating.

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Jackson X Series Soloist SLX DX

Jackson X Series Soloist SLX DX

The soloist has been a staple in the shredding world for over 40 years, but in this affordable incarnation, it’s more than just a nostalgic journey. For modern tech players with fleet fingers, it provides the holy grail in terms of access to the upper frets, action, and playability, all without costing the earth.

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Cort KX300 engraved

Cort KX300 engraved

While the finish can polarize, the KX300’s huge selling point is its EMG Super77 pickups. These dynamically responsive premium pickups excel with distortion and are just as characteristic thanks to more vintage overdrives, but what’s really amazing is how Cort managed to squeeze these high end pickups onto an instrument under £ 500. .

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