Best of 2020: Ranking All The Guitars We’ve Reviewed Over $1000

2020 held so many guitar reviews that we had to split our end of the year roundup into two separate articles! This will show all our rankings for guitars over $1000, with the previous article ranking all guitars under $1000. If you need a reminder, here is how we review guitars, and here is a important note on how to differentiate between the ever crowding guitar market.

Some other reminders:

  • Each review was hands on, which means the guitar arrived at my house, in my hands, plugged into my rig each time
  • I get paid exactly zero dollars to do these reviews, so no financial bias on my end
  • Sometimes I am fortunate enough to get to keep a guitar, but 95% of the time these guitars all go back to their original manufacturers
  • All the guitars reviewed here are new, and currently available
  • And lastly, to go read the individual review just click on the highlighted name of each guitar in the table!

Superlatives

Best Overall: PRS Silver Sky – Buy Here Read Full Review

Best Value: Fender Vintera Road Worn ’50s Telecaster – Buy HereRead Full Review

Best Boutique Build: Morifone Quarzo – Buy HereRead Full Review

Most Versatile: Ernie Ball Sabre – Buy HereRead Full Review

Top 10:

#1 PRS Silver Sky

#2 Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Ball Family Reserve

#3 Fender Vintera Road Worn ’50s Telecaster

#4 Ernie Ball Sabre

#5 Morifone Quarzo

#6 Knaggs Keya J Relic

#7 Reverend Rick Vito Signature Soulshaker

#8 Fender American Professional II Telecaster

#9 Yamaha SA-2200

#10 Stanford Crossroads Thinline 30

Full List

Model Rating (out of 10) CostFind Your Own
PRS Silver Sky 9.8$2299.00Reverb.com
Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Ball Family Reserve9.8$5299.00Reverb.com
Fender Vintera Road Worn ’50s Telecaster9.4$1099.99Reverb.com
Ernie Ball Sabre 9.4$3199.00Reverb.com
Morifone Quarzo 9.3$3999.00Morifone.com
Knaggs Keya J Relic 9.1$3200.00Reverb.com
Reverend Rick Vito Signature Soulshaker9.1$1599.00Reverb.com
Fender American Professional II Telecaster 9.1$1499.99Reverb.com
Yamaha SA-22009.1$1999.99Reverb.com
Stanford Crossroads Thinline 309.0$1099.99Stanford-guitars.com
Eastman SB598.9$1915.00Reverb.com
PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo 8.9$1549.00Reverb.com
Gibson Les Paul Studio 20208.6$1499.00Reverb.com
Knaggs Kenai J H2 Semi Gloss 8.6$2800.00Reverb.com
RWM Guitars Semi-Hollow Double Cut 8.6$1500.00rwmguitars.com
Harmony Rebel8.6$1299.00Reverb.com
Harmony Jupiter 8.6$1299.00Reverb.com
Harmony Juno8.4$1199.00Reverb.com
RWM Guitars Semi-Hollow T-Style8.4$1500.00rwmguitars.com

While I don’t generally believe that higher price means higher quality, it is always interesting to look at the spread of scores in relation to price. Likely, this is an artifact from higher quality control associated with higher costs of guitars, especially with boutique builds. The lower side of the rankings are also skewed by the fact that all 3 Harmony guitars were phenomenal but priced the same, ranked the same, and generally played/felt the same.

Published by Matt Dunn

Guitar and music journalist for Ultimate-Guitar.com and Guitarsforidiots.com as well as a contributor for Guitarniche.com and Stringjoy.com. Reach out to talk about guitars, commission a partscaster, or ask for a review.

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