From Keith Richards and Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison, so many of the greatest classic rock stars knew how to move music lovers by Making Their Guitar Gently Weep. Woody Guthrie’s guitar featured a label reading “This Guitar Kills Fascists” as he played and sang for social justice through the turmoil of the 1930s, inspiring Bob Dylan and the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movement in the 1960s. From Spain to Spanish Harlem, salsa and jazz, musical tradition and innovation, few instruments have left their mark on the past century-plus of music more than guitars.
Electric guitars, in particular, have left their mark on modern musical history. The right axe can help players slay, and that’s especially true of the best electric guitars on the market.
Fender Player Stratocaster
Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, both John Lennon and George Harrison – the list of famous Fender Stratocaster players reads like a who’s who of rock godhood. This modern take on one of the definitive guitars of classic rock offers quite a bit. While its tuners can be a bit stiff, it is nevertheless highly playable. With a classic appearance and modern toning, this is a great option for those willing to take up this blast from the past.
PRS S2 Standard Singlecut Satin
These guitars are made with mahogany wood, which in turn gives their sound an overall darker, some might say richer flavor. That being said, that’s hardly the only “rich” thing about them, as the price tag for this model is well over $1000. Even so, for experienced guitar players, that might well be worth it, given the richness of the sound, as well as the incredible tonal range offered by this electric guitar.
Yamaha Pacifica 112V
On the flip side, there’s this offering from Yamaha. It’s at the other end of the spectrum price-wise, costing only a couple of hundred dollars. For that price, you get a relatively sturdy beginner guitar. While it’s hard to imagine going pro with this model, it’s a solid choice with which to get your first licks without spending a fortune.
From beginner models to more experience-heavy options to retro throwbacks, there are plenty of great electric guitar options for those looking to keep rock alive.