The majority of the tunes we hear on the radio include the electric guitar. This instrument paved the way for countless musicians in the Philippines to channel their talent and rallying ears to listen. As generations of bands and musicians crowd the charts, this humble instrument has become a great addition to create entertainment that never fades.
The sounds of different electric guitar types have conquered our airwaves since their inception in the '30s. If you wish to have an electric guitar, we have prepared a buying guide reviewed by sound engineer Jojo Ariola, and our 10 best list that includes known makers such as Fender, Gibson, Ibanez among others that you can check out before starting your rock and roll dream.
Here are some key points to consider:
For more detailed information, read through our buying guide below.
It’s best to determine the kind of music that you'll be playing with your electric guitar. Knowing this will help you select from the three common types of build that are widely available.
This specific guitar body is the most popular guitar build with lots of body styles to pick. It is also customizable according to your needs. It is the go-to option of guitar body type for beginners or if you are inclined to play modern music and has a generally bright natural tone.
Solid-body guitars rely on pickups and amplification to function best because it does not have sound chambers that produce acoustic sound. It is frequently used with sound modifications such as distortion and overdrive. These are the known aggressive sounds mostly heard in heavy music such as metal music or hard rock. Hence, it has no sound without the aid of an amplifier.
Without sound chambers, the soundwaves are not in the loop and go straight to the magnetic pickups out on an amplifier- making for cleaner sound output and long sound sustain. Sustain is the ability of the sound to be heard for an extended time duration.
This build has a big sound chamber and an external sound transmission made by its f-holes— a design borrowed from the violin family. Its hollowness diminishes any chance of a long sound sustain.
Most jazz guitarists favor this type of guitar for its prominent low end and warmer tone. Its acoustic property creates lots of feedback, you don't need to play it with a loud amplification volume. This guitar body type can double as an acoustic guitar because it allows you to hear yourself play even without any amplification.
It shares an overall warm sound and fair bright tone found in hollow-body and solid guitars respectively. This means that it offers a tonal versatility good for rock, jazz, and blues music. If used in a louder volume, acoustic feedback is slightly reduced compared to the hollow-body type.
Guitar pickup refers to an attachment comprised of magnets, copper winding, and series of wirings where the strings' sound travel and is later amplified. It receives and converts your string's vibration and audio signal into an electrical output via the amplifier.
This process allows you to achieve enough sound to cut through louder sounds produced by other instruments, especially in a live setting. In a sense, a guitar pickup serves as a "microphone" that pick-ups the vibration frequency of the string.
P90s are one of the improvements made for single-coil pickups to maximize tone depth while minimizing its "humming" tendency. Its six pole pieces are replaced with screws- instead of rod magnets and then integrated with two bar magnets beneath. These are wrapped with approximately 10,000 copper winding then encased with baseboards.
This type of pickup gives a darker tone and less bright twang. It handles distortion better, making it suitable for rock and punk music. Its clear and better tone articulation doesn't sound muddy nor bright, which is a middle ground for traditional single-coil and humbucker pickups..
This setting makes for a noiseless and thick low-end sound, clear mids, and stable highs when used with high gain and overdrive signal effect. This pickup is popular among guitarists that play heavy music such as metal or hard rock due to its feature.
Consider getting a guitar with a “C” shaped neck if you have a small hand to easily reach all six strings. It is rounded, thin, and allows you to play with your thumb. In contrast, if you have a big hand, the “D” shaped neck has a leveled back surface that sits well with most of your thumb to support rapid playing.
On the other hand, the “U” shaped neck has enough width to accommodate a large hand. This neck type also provides the right reach for long fretting fingers.
Squier by Fender
Squier by Fender
Sheraton II Pro Electric Guitar
Classic Vibe 50's Stratocaster
Steve Vai Signature Model
Classic Vibe 60s Custom Telecaster
SG Standard 2020
Les Paul Special VE Electric Guitar
JS12 Dinky Electric Guitar
HSS Stratocaster Woodstock Series
Vintage Custom Telecaster
A Classic Thin Semi-Hollow With a Vintage Look
Your Go-To Versatile and Classic Stratocaster
Your Wild-Looking Signature Guitar For Every Style
A Vintage Look and Sound Within Budget
Affordable “Gibson” Sound and Style You Can Rock
A Unique-Style Guitar For Fuzzy And Funk Tones
Your Budget-Friendly Les Paul From a Trusted Brand
Decent High-Output Tone for Heavy Music Guitarists
Your Budget-Friendly, Durable, And Trustworthy Stratocaster
A Gnarly Telecaster Without Breaking the Bank
|Price Starts at||₱34,450||₱26,950||₱27,990||₱29,950||₱22,250||₱13,500||₱9,999||₱12,840||₱8,599.97||₱5,500|
|Body Type & Material||Semi-Hollow Sheraton-II, Layered-Maple||Solid-Body 50s Stratocaster, Pine||Meranti Body||Solid-Body, Gloss Polyurethane||Solid-Body SG, Mahogany||Poplar||Solid-Body, Poplar||Solid-Body Dinky™, Basswood||Solid-Body, Basswood||Solid-Body Telecaster, Alder, Paulownia|
|Pickup Type||Epiphone ProBucker™ 2 Humbucker (Neck), Epiphone ProBucker™ 3 Humbucker (Bridge)||3 Fender-designed Alnico Single-Coil Pickups||Quantum (H) neck and bridge pickupPassive/Ceramic, and Quantum (S) middle pickupPassive/Alnico||Narrow Tall||Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™ (Neck and Bridge)||P90 Model (neck and bridge)||Epiphone 650R Humbucker; Open-coil neck pickup, Epiphone 700T Humbucker; Open-coil bridge pickup||Jackson® High-Output Humbucking (Neck and Bridge)||HSS Configuration 2 Tagima Single-Coils and 1 Tagima Humbucker||Clifton Single-Coil (Neck and Bridge)|
|Fret Size||Medium-Jumbo||Narrow Tall||Jumbo||Fender® Designed Alnico Single-Coil (neck and bridge)||Medium-Jumbo||Not Available||Medium-Jumbo||Jumbo||Not Available||Medium-Jumbo|
|Neck Profile||60's Slim-Taper "D" 5-PC Layered Hard Maple/Walnut||"C" Shaped Maple||Wizard III Maple||"C" Shape Maple with Tinted Gloss Urethane||60s Slim-Taper "D"||Not Available||1960s SlimTaper™; D profile||Speed "D", Maple||Not Available||"C" North-Eastern Maple|
The products we introduce below were carefully curated by the mybest team, from the best-sellers of E-commerce sites like Lazada, and using the points mentioned in our detailed and thoroughly researched buying guide.
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|Body Type & Material||Semi-Hollow Sheraton-II, Layered-Maple|
|Pickup Type||Epiphone ProBucker™ 2 Humbucker (Neck), Epiphone ProBucker™ 3 Humbucker (Bridge)|
|Neck Profile||60's Slim-Taper "D" 5-PC Layered Hard Maple/Walnut|
|Body Type & Material||Solid-Body 50s Stratocaster, Pine|
|Pickup Type||3 Fender-designed Alnico Single-Coil Pickups|
|Fret Size||Narrow Tall|
|Neck Profile||"C" Shaped Maple|
|Body Type & Material||Meranti Body|
|Pickup Type||Quantum (H) neck and bridge pickupPassive/Ceramic, and Quantum (S) middle pickupPassive/Alnico|
|Neck Profile||Wizard III Maple|
3 Tone Sunburst
|Body Type & Material||Solid-Body, Gloss Polyurethane|
|Pickup Type||Narrow Tall|
|Fret Size||Fender® Designed Alnico Single-Coil (neck and bridge)|
|Neck Profile||"C" Shape Maple with Tinted Gloss Urethane|
|Body Type & Material||Solid-Body SG, Mahogany|
|Pickup Type||Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™ (Neck and Bridge)|
|Neck Profile||60s Slim-Taper "D"|
|Body Type & Material||Poplar|
|Pickup Type||P90 Model (neck and bridge)|
|Fret Size||Not Available|
|Neck Profile||Not Available|
|Body Type & Material||Solid-Body, Poplar|
|Pickup Type||Epiphone 650R Humbucker; Open-coil neck pickup, Epiphone 700T Humbucker; Open-coil bridge pickup|
|Neck Profile||1960s SlimTaper™; D profile|
|Body Type & Material||Solid-Body Dinky™, Basswood|
|Pickup Type||Jackson® High-Output Humbucking (Neck and Bridge)|
|Neck Profile||Speed "D", Maple|
|Body Type & Material||Solid-Body, Basswood|
|Pickup Type||HSS Configuration 2 Tagima Single-Coils and 1 Tagima Humbucker|
|Fret Size||Not Available|
|Neck Profile||Not Available|
|Body Type & Material||Solid-Body Telecaster, Alder, Paulownia|
|Pickup Type||Clifton Single-Coil (Neck and Bridge)|
|Neck Profile||"C" North-Eastern Maple|
The short answer is yes. However, putting electric guitar strings on an acoustic guitar may produce a much brighter tone than acoustic strings. Though this is preferable to some, acoustic guitars are generally known and used for their warm tone. Also, if the electric string gauge (thickness) is too thin, your acoustic guitar may produce buzzing sounds!
No, the electric guitar will not produce any sound if it's not connected to an amplifier. Unlike an acoustic guitar, the electric guitar relies on its pickup to convert the vibration of the string into electrical signals—which are then transmitted and amplified by the amplifier. An acoustic guitar relies on its hollow body to amplify the strings' vibration.
Ideally, beginners should learn the basics of the instrument using an acoustic guitar. This entails learning the different strings, notes, chords, frets, and maybe learn how to play your first song. Since electric guitars are more complex, it is not recommended for beginners to use them. They can, but it may be overwhelming for someone who is starting.
There are plenty of musical instruments and other related supplies on the market. While you're at it, check out some of our top 10 lists that were carefully prepared to help you fulfill your dream of becoming a rockstar!
Author: Harvey M. Tolentino
Our buying guide was carefully researched and crafted by the mybest team of writers and editors, in collaboration with the expert featured in this article. We used the buying guide as a basis for choosing and ranking the product recommendations, and we looked at reviews and ratings from different E-commerce sites like Lazada, Shopee, and more.
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