22 Oct 16 Best Electric Guitars under £1000
Got up to £1000 to spend on an electric guitar? Then your choice is immense as every manufacturer seems to have a number of quality guitars in the £750 to £1000 price range, which features solid, semi and hollow body models.
- PRS S2 Singlecut Standard
- PRS SE Custom 24
- Fender American Standard Stratocaster
- Gibson Les Paul Studio Tribute
- Gibson SG Tribute
- Godin Session Custom
- Schecter Reaper – 6
- ESP LTD MH-400
- Gretsch Electromatic G5622T
- Yamaha Revstar RS720B
- Ibanez RG570 Genesis Collection
- Charvel Pro-Mod DK24
- Chapman Pro Series ML3
- Jackson Pro Series DK2
- Reverend Double Agent W
- Gordon Smith GS Deluxe
For £1000 you can get the ‘real’ mojo as the US makers have some home grown instruments available and plenty of Mexican or Far East made models, but if you shop around you will find a US made Strat, Tele, Les Paul, SG or PRS for under a grand.
And if you want to go homegrown take a look at Gordon Smith; hand made in the UK and with a great pedigree.
In this sub £1000 bracket you can find a large range of rock, blues, indie, jazz, metal and shred machines so whatever your taste you will get a quality instrument for your money. In this range there is thankfully something for everyone.
These are our choices, in no particular order, from across a number of shapes, sounds, genres and finishes:
PRS S2 Singlecut Standard £999
Solid mahogany body, set neck, twin humbuckers and plenty of versatility. Satin charcoal or satin walnut finishes. A bargain.
More info: PRS Guitars/S2
PRS SE Custom 24 £799
A more affordable PRS from their far east factory, but still great. A modern classic with maple top, mahogany back, maple neck and rosewood fretboard. 24 frets hence the name. Comes in a range of great colours/finishes.
More info: PRS Guitars/SE Custom 24
Fender American Performer Stratocaster £900
Made in California, this delivers tone and feel in spades. Alder body, three Yosemite single-coils, jumbo frets, choice of four finishes. You can also get a Telecaster, Jazzmaster and Mustang from the same series.
More info: Fender/American Performer
Gibson Les Paul Studio Tribute £999
Captures the vibe, feel and tone of a traditional Les Paul. Comes in four finishes. Mahogany body with maple top, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Twin humbuckers.
More info: Gibson/Les Paul Tribute
Gibson SG Tribute £899
With a traditional mahogany body and maple neck and open twin humbuckers this is a great SG. Available in vintage cherry satin or natural walnut satin.
More info: Gibson/SG Tribute
Godin Session Custom £899
A versatile solid body made in Canada with a humbucker and two single coils. Basswood body and maple neck. Comes in black, cream, cherry, blue and red.
More info: Godin/Session
Schecter Reaper-6 £749
You just know this thing will shred! Swamp ash body, maple ply ultra thin neck, Diamond Decimator pickups and some cool finishes including satin charcoal burst.
More info: Schecter/Reaper
ESP LTD MH-400 £699 – £850
Neck though body for fantastic sustain, mahogany top, fast maple neck, 24 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan pickups and great looks. What more do you need?
More info: ESP LTD/MH-400
Gretsch Electromatic G5622T £789
A centre block double cut with Bigsby for that essential Gretsch sound without the potential feedback at volume. A classy and versatile guitar with great quality.
More info: Gretsch/G5622
Yamaha Revstar RS720B £879
A great addition to the Yamaha range, the Revstar has had some fantastic reviews. This one comes in a vintage Japanese denim, wall fade, ash grey, white or black finish. Complete with Bigsby and you can have P-90’s or humbuckers. Take your pick.
More info: Yamaha/Revstar
Ibanez RG570 Genesis Collection £629 – £899
No line up would be complete without an Ibanez. Fast Super Wizard neck, locking bridge, hot pickups and sharp looks. Black for us…
More info: Ibanez/RG570
Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 £799
Modern high performance with style and tone for the shredders out there. HSH pickup combination with Seymour Duncan pups, bolt-on neck and some cool finishes.
More info: Charvel/Pro-Mod
Chapman Pro Series ML3 £769
Chapman just keep on getting better and better. Tele style guitar with a lightweight ash body and bolt on neck. Lovely blue or black finish.
More info: Chapman/ML3
Jackson Pro Series DK2 £699 – £799
Ash body, ebony fingerboard, charcoal grey finish for the ultimate shred experience! This is a metal machine with Seymour Duncan pups and locking bridge.
More info: Jackson/DK2
Reverend Double Agent W £799
Original shape, maple bolt on neck, P-90 and humbucker pickups, korina body and classy hardware. Definitely one to try if you haven’t come across Reverend before.
More info: Reverend/Double Agent
Gordon Smith GS Deluxe from £900
Hand made in the UK. Maple cap, one-piece maple neck, coil tapped humbuckers and a choice of colours. You even get a hard case for this price too!
More info: Gordon Smith/GS Deluxe