10 Best Electric Guitars Under $300 in 2018 (Review)

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10 Best Electric Guitars Under $300 in 2018 (Review)

Electric guitars don’t have to break the bank these days, and if you’re an intermediate player, you might not be too eager to spend over $300 on a new instrument. Well, good news! There are a heap of great guitars under $300, which are perfect for learning and some of them are even gig-worthy. Even better news! We’ve picked out the top 10 for you, and compiled an informative list, so you don’t have to walk into the shops blindly.

Don’t have time to read the whole article? Here are our top 10 electric guitars under $300 in 2018, at a glance:

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Squier by Fender Vintage Modified 70's StratocasterSquier by Fender Vintage Modified 70's Stratocaster Electric Guitar
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
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Squier by Fender Stratocaster - Antique BurstSquier by Fender 321600537 Standard Stratocaster - Antique Burst
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
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Ibanez 6 string solid-body electric guitarIbanez 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
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Squier by Fender Bullet Strat Beginner Electric Guitar - Brown SunburstSquier by Fender Bullet Strat - Brown Sunburst - Rosewood Fingerboard
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
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Silvertone SSL3 Electric Guitar Package, Vintage Tobacco SunburstSilvertone SSL3 Electric Guitar Package, Vintage Tobacco Sunburst
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
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Epiphone Slash AFD Signature Les PaulEpiphone Slash "AFD" Signature Les Paul Special-II
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
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Schecter 432 C-6 Deluxe Solid-Body Electric GuitarSchecter 432 C-6 Deluxe Solid-Body
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
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Epiphone Les Paul 100Epiphone Les Paul-100
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
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Epiphone PPEG-EGL1VSCH1 Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Package, Vintage SunburstEpiphone PPEG-EGL1VSCH1 Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Package
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
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ESP LTD EC100AT Electric Guitar (Amazon Exclusive)ESP LTD EC100AT Electric Guitar
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
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Buyers Tips: Things To Look For When Buying A Guitar Under $300

When you’re spending less than $300, you might not be expecting too much. But the truth is, you can demand certain requirements.

A Rosewood Fingerboard

If you want smoothness beneath your fingers, and a warm tone coming from the notes you play, this is a must. Don’t settle for less.

How many Frets?

With $300, you can afford to be picky. Do you want 24 frets, so that you can get right up high and start shredding? Or do you want 21, like a classic strat?

Single Coil or Humbuckers? Or both?

Do you want a bright sound, or a thick, chunky sound? If brightness is your bag, single coils are your tools. If you want it thick and chunky, humbuckers are the way to go. Not sure? No problem. Some guitars have both, so you can experiment and enjoy versatility as you play.

Squier by Fender Vintage Modified 70’s Stratocaster Electric Guitar

Squier by Fender Vintage Modified 70's Stratocaster
Sound:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Build:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

This vintage modified strat has a slightly original look in that it’s all black, and it also has an edge in its pickup quality. The 3 single coils here are designed by Duncan, making them both reputable and reliable. There’s a bright tone here that beats some guitars North of $300, and this might be due to its maple neck and fretboard. No Rosewood here, but if brightness and high tones are what you’re going for, Maple could be what’s right for you.

Pros:

  • Very good looking and well designed.
  • Includes a tremolo, so you can play like your guitar heros.
  • High quality Duncan designed pickups guarantee a bright tone.

Cons:

  • The maple neck won’t suit those who are in love with the warmth of Rosewood.
  • Accessories need to be purchased separately.
  • Using the tremolo might cause the strings to go out of tune.

 

Squier by Fender 321600537 Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar

Squier by Fender Stratocaster - Antique Burst
Sound:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Build:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

This guitar uses jumbo frets for maximum playability and has a slim neck to make fretting even easier. There are no excuses not to rock out when guitars are this well made. It also has a Rosewood fretboard on a maple neck, which you can hear in the quality of the sound and feel in the comfort of your playing. This guitar also looks really, really nice.

Pros:

  • Rosewood fretboard on a maple neck – high quality, smooth and rich.
  • Strat shape makes playing high up the neck easy, and is suitable for a large amount of styles.
  • The neck is slim and has ‘jumbo’ frets, to make the playing experience a little easier.

Cons:

  • There are no humbuckers.
  • It might need setting up to eliminate fret buzz.
  • Accessories need to be purchased separately.

 

Ibanez 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Right Handed (GRX70QATEB)

Ibanez 6 string solid-body electric guitar
Sound:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Build:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

This budget-friendly axe is striking and sturdy. It combines single coil and humbucker pickups to offer a versatility of sound, and includes a tremolo to place dive-bombs and wobbly sounds in your hands. The neck is also slim, which makes it easy to play fast, and the Rosewood fretboard on a maple neck screams ‘quality’ and ‘warmth’.

Pros:

  • Slim neck for speedy playing.
  • Rosewood fretboard for a smooth playing experience and rich sound.
  • Has a combination of humbuckers and single coil pickups, for versatility.

Cons:

  • Using the tremolo might cause the guitar to go out of tune.
  • You may wish to replace the strings.
  • It might need setting up before you can get the best out of it.

 

Squier by Fender Bullet Stratocaster

Squier by Fender Bullet Strat Beginner Electric Guitar - Brown Sunburst
Sound:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Build:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Squier make life easy for guitarists yet again as they use a C shaped neck to make playing comfortable and easy. This guitar has a classic strat look and feel, and once again the Rosewood fretboard enables a smoothness. It’s pretty versatile, as all strats are, and although it doesn’t have a humbucker option, the 3 single coil pickups offer a wide range of tonal options.

Pros:

  • Rosewood fretboard on a maple neck – high quality, smooth and rich.
  • C shaped neck and 21 jumbo frets makes playing comfortable and easy.
  • Well built and ‘classic’ looking.

Cons:

  • There are no humbuckers, so it might not suit those who want a super-chunky sound.
  • There are also just 21 frets. While this is quite normal, some players might want to go for 24 frets.
  • Accessories need to be purchased separately.

 

Silvertone SSL3 Electric Guitar Package, Vintage Cherry Sunburst

Silvertone SSL3 Electric Guitar Package, Vintage Tobacco Sunburst
Sound:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Build:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

This guitar might not be a make you’re familiar with but they’re offering a high quality package at a very friendly price. The Les Paul style guitar, which isn’t quite the same shape as a Les Paul, has 2 tone and 2 volume controls for controllability, as well as a pickup selector. It comes with a load of accessories, so you can rock out straight away, at home or away.

Pros:

  • Good looking, well built guitar.
  • Humbucker pickups enable a chunky rock sound.
  • Superior sustain and high controllability with multiple tone controls.

Cons:

  • The fretboard is ebony, which is less popular than Rosewood, and less warm. Though it will suit those who prefer a brighter, maple-like sound.
  • It might need setting up to eliminate any buzzing.
  • Though it is great that it comes with accessories, some of these might need replacing as the quality of these isn’t very high.

 

Epiphone Slash “AFD” Signature Les Paul Special-II Electric Guitar Includes Gig Bag

Epiphone Slash AFD Signature Les Paul
Sound:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Build:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

If you’re a fan of Slash, look no further. This guitar is a Slash signature special and it even comes with a case with a cool Slash design on it. It’s made of Mahogany, giving it a warm tone and there’s a Rosewood fretboard to enhance this. The humbuckers give it the punchiness of Slash, and it’s a sturdy, well built instrument.

Pros:

  • Mahogany neck and body create a rich resonance.
  • Rosewood fretboard, for a smooth playing experience and warm tone.
  • Humbuckers enable a chunky, rock sound.

Cons:

  • If you’re not a ‘Slash’ fan, this set won’t appeal to you.
  • As it’s made in China, the quality control isn’t very high so your product has a higher chance of being faulty.
  • There are no single coil pickups, so there’s less versatility than in guitars which have both single coil and humbuckers.

 

Schecter 432 C-6 Deluxe Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Satin White

Schecter 432 C-6 Deluxe Solid-Body Electric Guitar
Sound:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Build:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

If you play heavy metal, and are keen to shred high up the fretboard, this guitar is bound to catch your eye. There are 24 frets on an Indian Rosewood fretboard, so playing fast and playing high is easier than ever before. Its humbuckers give it a rocky punchiness, and you’ll be able to make your pinched harmonics squeal with no problems on this stylish beast.

Pros:

  • Indian Rosewood fretboard on a maple neck – high quality, smooth and rich.
  • 24 frets make it great for shredding.
  • There are several stylish finishes to choose from.

Cons:

  • It’s not appropriate for all styles: this will mainly appeal to heavy metal players.
  • The narrow frets might make playing more difficult for those with larger fingers.
  • The switch and knobs are of lower quality than on higher end Schecters.

 

Epiphone Les Paul 100

Epiphone Les Paul 100
Sound:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Build:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

This guitar sounds great for blues rock and blues as its humbuckers offer a pleasing depth and the mahogany body gives it a richness. Of course, there’s a Rosewood fretboard, and there are also 2 volume controls and 2 tone controls, so you can experiment with a variety of options in your sound.

Pros:

  • Mahogany body and maple top enable a rich, warm and smooth tone.
  • Rosewood fretboard for a smooth playing experience.
  • 2 volume controls and 2 tone controls for superior controllability.

Cons:

  • Humbuckers only on this one, so it won’t necessarily suit those who like to twang.
  • It can be tricky to get this one to stay in tune, compared to some of the other guitars in this list.
  • You might need to get it set up to eliminate fret buzz and get the most out of this guitar./li>

 

Epiphone PPEG-EGL1VSCH1 Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Package, Vintage Sunburst

Epiphone PPEG-EGL1VSCH1 Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Package, Vintage Sunburst
Sound:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Build:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

This guitar also comes with everything you need to get playing, and even includes some downloadable guitar lessons. The humbucker pickups give it a chunky, rocky sound and you will really feel the power as you blast this through its small yet screaming amp. It has a classic Les Paul shape, and comes in a good looking, vintage sunburst.

Pros:

  • Comes as part of an impressive bundle, with everything you need to get playing.
  • Rosewood fretboard, for a smooth playing experience and warm tone.
  • Humbuckers enable a chunky, rock sound.

Cons:

  • There are no single coil pickups, so this guitar is less versatile than those which offer both.
  • It might need setting up to eliminate any buzzing.
  • You may wish to replace some of the accessories as the quality of those isn’t so high./li>

 

ESP LTD EC100AT Electric Guitar (Amazon Exclusive)

ESP LTD EC100AT Electric Guitar (Amazon Exclusive)
Sound:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Build:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

This good looking black, Les Paul-esque guitar is well built and of high quality. There are 24 frets, so you’ll have the edge of being able to get high with ease, and its Rosewood fretboard on a maple neck create a well balanced, smooth sound. Like most 24 fretted, humbuckered guitars, it’s most suited to heavy metal.

Pros:

  • Very stylish and original looking.
  • Rosewood fretboard on a maple neck – high quality, smooth and rich.
  • 24 frets, so you can get higher than on most guitars!

Cons:

  • You might need to get it set up to eliminate fret buzz.
  • There are only humbuckers here, so it’s not the most versatile guitar out there.
  • Accessories need to be purchased separately.

 

Our Favourite?


We love all of these guitars, for different reasons. Some offer super shredibility, some make the sounds of classics, and some exhibit some superior style.

However, our number one choice, for versatility, style, durability and ease of playing, is the Squier by Fender 321600537 Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar – Antique Burst – Rosewood Fingerboard. Its slim neck and jumbo frets make playing this a comfortable breeze, and the Rosewood fretboard just adds to that. It feels both naturally fitting and sturdy, and it sounds smooth and rich.

Our budget choice is the Ibanez 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Right Handed (GRX70QATEB). It’s extremely easy on the wallet, and is a great guitar to experiment on as it combine single coils and humbuckers so you don’t have to choose one or the other!

You might be keen on one of the 24-fretters: the Schector or the ESP, or you might have your heart set on the Slash signature special Les Paul!

Whichever guitar you decide is right for you at this stage, we hope that it serves you well as you take the next step on your rock and roll journey!

Happy twanging!

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