How To Find An Electric Guitar That Won’t Break The Bank

How To Find An Electric Guitar That Won't Break The Bank

We’re all on the lookout for great electric guitars at prices that won’t make our wallet whimper. Even professional musicians serious about their music and looking for the best electric guitar out there become ecstatic when they find the same thing somewhere else, a little cheaper than they were expecting to pay.

You probably already have a ceiling price for a guitar - how about bringing that even lower so you can add to your savings or travel fund? Yes? Then follow these tips to find a cool axe at an awesome price.

Cross-check prices and shop around.


The exact same guitar can be priced differently by different retailers, so you have your work cut out for you when looking for the best deals. Educate yourself when it comes to different guitar models and guitar kits. Compare prices from different sellers and factor in the costs of delivery if any.

Go through Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, music forums, product review sites and read all you can about electric guitars to help you narrow down your selection according to your budget. The more you know, the more you’ll be able to determine if something is a good deal or not.

Buy used.

The guitar of your dreams probably doesn’t come cheap; the next best thing is to look for it (or something similar in terms of build and sound quality) in the “for sale” sections of music forums, online music stores and selling platforms. Even your friendly neighborhood music store may have something you’ll like that fits nicely within your budget. Do note that some secondhand electric guitars may be in need of minor repairs or a proper setup, so factor in the pro work when you do the math.

When buying a used electric guitar, check for structural issues like cracks in the finish and around the headstock, fretboard issues, and other problems that impact the guitar’s sound, durability and playability. Structural issues can be a tad expensive to repair - you might end up paying more for the repair work than the guitar itself. You will need to weigh the cost of having the guitar repaired against its market value (check out both new and used prices) to see if it’s worth the money.

Consider imports from major brands.


We need to let go of the belief that guitars made in countries not the brand’s own are defective or lousy in some way. Most big-name guitar brands offer models built outside their home country that deliver impressive quality for good prices. Electric guitars manufactured or assembled in China, Mexico, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and elsewhere usually make up the budget lines of famous brands, which is why you see “Squier by Fender” guitars among other value brands.

Other budget brands definitely worth considering are Jasmine (by Takamine), Maestro (by Gibson), Oscar Schmidt (by Washburn) and Bristol (by Blueridge).

Buy a refurbished guitar.

Electric guitars that have been sent back to the manufacturer for minor repairs or parts replacement are often resold as “used.” These refurbished guitars - repaired and restored like new - have a heavily discounted price, and are great choices if you’re looking for a high-quality brand name axe that costs much less than its non-refurbished counterpart. Refurbs are fixed so well that if it wasn’t for the “used” stamp at the back of the headstock, you wouldn’t know the difference!

We hope these money-saving strategies help you in finding a good electric guitar that will make your wallet happy. Do you have any more guitar-buying tips? Share your story with us!

Natalie Wilson

I've been an avid guitar fan for as long as I can remember and the day I embarked on my six-string journey at the young age of 5 truly defined the course of my entire life. I work as a professional musician, session guitarist, and guitar teacher, and would like to use this blog as a personal outlet to share my six-string knowledge with the world. Welcome to

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