7 Best Electric Guitars Under $1500 (2020 Reviews)

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PRS S2 Custom 24 with 85/15 Zebra Pickups Electric Guitar Violin Amber SunburstTesting
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Schecter BANSHEE ELITE-7 FR Sustainiac 7-String Solid-Body Electric GuitarTesting
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Ibanez RG Premium RG1070PBZ Electric Guitar Charcoal BlackTesting
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Schecter Hellraiser C-7 Floyd Rose-Sustainiac Black CherryTesting
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Schecter 6 String SYNYSTER GATES CUSTOM-S, Satin Gold Burst (1743)Testing
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Vintage looks
7-stringer
Great design
Similar to the Banshee Elite
Beautiful design
Professional pickups
Clean design
Clean sound overall
Sturdier and stronger
Sounds are top-notch
Sounds great
Sturdy construction
Great for almost all genres
Cheaper than the Banshee
Great stability
Recommended for veteran players who seek uniqueness
A guitar great for Schecter fans
A hardy option for the consumer looking for an upgrade
Another guitar great for Schecter fans
A great choice for experienced players
Our #2 Rated
PRS S2 Custom 24 with 85/15 Zebra Pickups Electric Guitar Violin Amber SunburstTesting
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Vintage looks
Professional pickups
Sounds great
Recommended for veteran players who seek uniqueness
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Schecter BANSHEE ELITE-7 FR Sustainiac 7-String Solid-Body Electric GuitarTesting
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7-stringer
Clean design
Sturdy construction
A guitar great for Schecter fans
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Ibanez RG Premium RG1070PBZ Electric Guitar Charcoal BlackTesting
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Great design
Clean sound overall
Great for almost all genres
A hardy option for the consumer looking for an upgrade
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Schecter Hellraiser C-7 Floyd Rose-Sustainiac Black CherryTesting
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Similar to the Banshee Elite
Sturdier and stronger
Cheaper than the Banshee
Another guitar great for Schecter fans
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Schecter 6 String SYNYSTER GATES CUSTOM-S, Satin Gold Burst (1743)Testing
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Beautiful design
Sounds are top-notch
Great stability
A great choice for experienced players

OUR #1 RATED BEST GUITAR UNDER #1500

The electric guitar is one of the main components of a band – the instrument proved to be very useful for most genres, and Here’s the situation: you’re either a newbie who wants a high-end guitar to make sure that you’re playing with the best or an experienced player looking for an upgrade.

Either way, you need a guitar badly and you need some help. Look no further, for here are 7 of the best electric guitars available on your market, handpicked by yours truly.

The Best Electric Guitars Under $1500 (review)

Ibanez RG Premium RG1070PBZ

Ibanez RG Premium RG1070PBZ Electric Guitar Charcoal BlackTesting
  • Wizard 11pc Wenge/Bubinga/Maple/Purpleheart neck Poplar Burl (7mm) top/American Basswood body Wenge fretboard w/Mother of Pearl off-set dot inlay Luminescent side dot inlay Jumbo Stainless Steel frets w/Premium fret edge treatment DiMarzio Air Norton (H) neck pickup DiMarzio True Velvet (S) middle pickup DiMarzio The Tone Zone (H) bridge pickup Gotoh MG-T locking machine heads Edge-Zero ll tremolo bridge w/ZPS3Fe Cosmo Black Hardware Case included
  • "Designed to Inspire," all Ibanez Premium series are manufactured with select tone woods, high-profile electronics, hardware and dedicated skills of craftsmanship and care in details for your musical journey

Topping the list is Ibanez’s RG Premium RG1070PBZ, a very cost-effective but exquisite guitar. It’s a solid ax body made of basswood with Mother of Pearl fret inlays on the hybrid neck. It comes in two unique colors (Charcoal and Cerulean Blue), and they both look great, all at a price that your pocket may enjoy. I’d recommend this for Ibanez players looking for an upgrade – look no further than the RG Premium RG1070PBZ.

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Pros
  • Premium quality body
  • Unique design Well-rounded pickup

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Cons
  • There are cheaper alternatives

 

PRS S2 Custom 24

PRS S2 Custom 24 with 85/15 Zebra Pickups Electric Guitar Violin Amber SunburstTesting
  • S2 Custom 24, Maple Top, Mahogany Body and Neck, 24 Frets, 25" Scale Length, Pattern Regular Neck Shape, Rosewood Fretboard, Bird Inlay, PRS Tremolo Bridge, PRS Locking Tuners, Nickel Hardware, 85/15 "S" Pickups. Controls: Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Blade Pickup Switch
  • The S2 Custom 24 takes the original PRS guitar, the Custom 24, and re-imagines it with stripped-down features and a new aesthetic

One of the more expensive products on our list, the PRS S2 Custom 24 is a very robust guitar. Its Mahogany body and Maple neck are very sturdy, and the body design looks fantastic, not to mention the pickups which are of premium quality, making this guitar sound like an angel. If you have the money and you’d like something unique, I’d say go for the PRS S2 Custom 24.

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Pros
  • Intricate body design
  • Sounds great
  • Sturdy construction

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Cons
  • Not everyone will appreciate PRS
  • There are cheaper alternatives

 

Schecter Banshee Elite-7 FR S

Schecter BANSHEE ELITE-7 FR Sustainiac 7-String Solid-Body Electric GuitarTesting
  • Floyd Rose Trem system with Sustainiac Pickup
  • Schecter USA Supercharger Mach7 and Sustainiac Pickups

Up next is a beautiful guitar from Schecter, the Schecter Banshee Elite-7 FR S, a 7-stringed guitar composed of a Swamp Ash body, hybrid pickups, and a clean sound, and what you have right here is an instrument that almost everyone will appreciate. Just don’t get carried away by its looks – be carried away by its price tag.

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Pros
  • Clean sound
  • Great for lead
  • Looks professional
  • Hybrid pickup

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Cons
  • Relatively pricey 7-stringer

 

Schecter Hellraiser C-7 FR S

Schecter Hellraiser C-7 Floyd Rose-Sustainiac Black CherryTesting
  • Mahogany Body with Quilted Maple Top
  • 3-Piece Mahogany Neck

Up next is another Schecter guitar, the Schecter Hellraiser Hybrid C-7 FR S. Quite similar to its distant brother, the Banshee Elite, it features a hardy Mahogany body with a Maple neck instead of the Banshee’s Swamp Ash. When compared with the Banshee, they sound the same thanks to their similar pickups, only that this is a bit cheaper.

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Pros
  • Cheaper than the Banshee Elite
  • Great sound quality
  • Looks professional

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Cons
  • Similar to the Banshee
  • Also a 7-stringer

 

Schecter 1743 Synyster Gates Custom-S

Schecter 6 String SYNYSTER GATES CUSTOM-S, Satin Gold Burst (1743)Testing
  • Schecter USA Synyster Gates Humbucker Bridge Pickup
  • Sustainiac neck pickup & control system

And here we have yet another Schecter guitar, the 1743 Synyster Gates Custom-S. It’s a very intricate guitar, sporting a Mahogany body with a beautiful Satin Gold Burst body design, along with the FR bridge as well as an ebony fretboard. It’s a classic choice for a veteran player.

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Pros
  • Very intricate
  • Clean sound
  • Great for solos
  • Ebony fretboard

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Cons
  • Costly
  • There are cheaper alternatives

 

ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature

ESP LTD KH-602 Signature Series Kirk Hammett Electric Guitar with Case, BlackTesting
  • Offers nearly everything of its higher-end cousin, the ESP KH-2, at a price that more musicians can afford
  • Features neck-thru-body construction, a comfortable alder body, and a 3 pc. extra-thin U-shaped maple neck

Coming up next on our list is the ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett, a signature guitar that rocks an Alder body, a Rosewood fretboard, a tremolo bridge, a Maple neck, with a glossy black finish to make it stand out. It’s worth considering given its price tag compared to other guitars on this list. Perfect for beginners who’d like to upgrade early.

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Pros
  • Cheapest on the list
  • Great quality construction
  • Sounds amazing

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Cons
  • Looks quite basic

 

Ibanez JEM70V Steve Vai Signature

Ibanez JEM70V Steve Vai Signature 6 String Solidbody Electric Guitar in Sea Foam Green with Case, Clip On Guitar Tuner and Guitars CableTesting
  • Enter the Ibanez Steve Vai JEM70V solidbody electric guitar, designed to keep up with the fastest and most intricate players
  • The JEM70V pays tribute to the incredible musical versatility of Steve Vai, sporting a basswood body for a classic tone that handles your lead and rhythm work equally well.

The last guitar spot on our list belongs to the Ibanez JEM70V Steve Vai Signature. I’m serious when I say that this is one of the most aesthetically pleasing guitars I’ve ever seen. Its a Basswood body along with a Maple-Walnut neck, with the beautiful colors on the body and fretboard to make it stand out. Its DiMarzio Revolution pickup will surely give you tones that only angels’ harps could make.

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Pros
  • Professional
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Sounds great

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Cons
  • Pricey
  • The hole on the body takes a while to get used to

 

Buying Guide

If you’re in the market looking for a guitar, chances are you’ve come across a multitude of models and brands. All these guitars have certain strengths and weaknesses when it comes to their playability – some will excel in a specific set of genres, while some are well-rounded and can perform well in most genres – The Hub explains this all in perfect detail. But all guitars are different in one way or another, and these tips will help you find the perfect guitar for you.

Best Electric Guitars Under 1500

Your “own” sound

If you’ve played the guitar long enough, you may develop a certain kinship to a specific sound or style. This sound may be unique to you in the sense that you are very familiar with it when you hear it. When testing a guitar, try adjusting the modules as much as possible to determine if the guitar can make “your” sound. Different factors will also apply such as the amplifier used, the place where you play, and so on, but the tip remains clear: Check if the guitar can handle “your” sound.

Used VS. Brand-New?

When looking for your guitar, you may ask yourself if you should buy a used model from a person instead of a brand-new model from a shop or the internet. For quality assurance, I’d stick with buying brand-new products. Used products are a bit risky in the sense that they may be broken or modified. But if you choose to look for a used model to save money, make sure to test the guitar in person and to inspect the guitar for anything inconspicuous.

Editor’s Choice

It’s none other than the Ibanez RG Premium RG1070PBZ If you’re into quality and value for your money, this guitar will suit you. It’s got all you need: premium neck and body, professional pickups and strings, and a classic design finish.

This guitar will complement most genres with its classy and harmonious tones, and it’ll be okay for your wallet as well. I’m telling you – if you need a guitar upgrade, look no further than the Ibanez RG Premium RG1070PBZ.

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And that wraps up our list. Keep in mind that I’m recommending ALL the guitars on this list, mainly because they all have their own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s up to you to decide which to buy and take home. That’s all, good luck and happy playing!

OUR #1 RATED BEST GUITAR UNDER #1500

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