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10 Best Electric Guitars Under $500



Okay, if you are a fan of my channel, Josh Levine Speaks, you know I do my best to build shows & series around things I hope you find interesting. If you know me, then you know I LOVE GUITARS. I've played since the age of 4, owned and operated a music store for 10 years, and gave guitar lessons for even more.


So I'm going to offer my opinion of the 10 Best Electric Guitars Under $500.



It's super affordable and a great "learner" as we call them. I believe the pack even Includes a Mini Amp, Gigbag, Tuner, Picks, Strap, and so on for $179.00.


When I had a store, a $179 guitar was not a "player" like this. Quality control has risen to such a level that even these entry-level instruments play like those played by professionals, or at least are far superior to what "we genx and baby boomers" had to learn. Absolutely amazing.




One of the best deals in the metal guitar market, well, metal-looking that is, and it plays like a pro!


It has 24 frets to shred and is built for speed. Randy would be proud. The $249.00 price is ridiculous and makes me wonder about natural resources, etc., like how can anything this amazing be made for this price! But, if you are new to the instrument and are planning to learn to play the guitar, then just know that this isn't really beginner-friendly.






More classic in its shape is the Schecter C-6 Plus.


It has excellent action, a Tune-O-Matic Bridge w/ String Thru Body so it will freakin' stay in tune, and at $349.00, if you are serious about learning or need a killer 2nd guitar, then this is a killer.




The Ibanez S521 can sustain for days, has a classic Ibanez look, great action, and 24 frets to work with.



At $399.00, it's an amazing buy. If you wanna check out more details, simply click on the image and you'll be redirected to where you need to go.




What an incredible variety of sounds and tones.


Starting at a ridiculously good price of $399.00, do you know how many music stores and gorilla research I had to do these past months to get you this info? I can't believe I wasn't kicked out of the shops!




It has the action of a high-end custom guitar for next to nothing.


It's got a fast 22-fret neck, and ESP-designed humbuckers, and all for $399.00. ESP may not be a household name to you, but to a guitarist it definitely is !



The Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT Single-Cut is an amazing, low-cost, twin-humbucker single-cut killer and classic Gretsch Look



For $449.00, I again worry about where do we get the natural resources and the skilled craftsman to make such a beast for this kind of money. I kid you not, when I had a shop, this would have been a $1000 guitar.


The Squier Vintage Modified '72 Telecaster Thinline with its 21 medium jumbo frets, super clean bending, classic tele feel, and big tone range, It’s a bargain.


AT $449.00, again, I don't know how they do it. I'll shut up now.

The Danelectro ’59XT bookem dano is a rock and roll beast; Coil Split Pickus, Wilkinson Tremelo, and tone for days.


At $499.00, ever since danos were reissued, they play great! They have super distinct sounds and make a great product!




Here's my number 1.


The PRS SE Standard 24 gets all those Paul Reed Smith tones for under $500. It has the PRS Patented Tremolo classic style and look plus the amazing 24-fret neck....yes, just YES!


An amplified Meg Ryan yes for $499.00? You'd be crazy to miss out on this!









So as I promised, I gave you my 10 Best Electric Guitars Under $500. Guitarists have opinions and if you are just thinking about playing the guitar or if you're already a veteran, then consider my list for when you purchase that sweet-sounding instrument.


Please let me know what you think by leaving your comments below!





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