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

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 $1000 USD and under, with the following article to rank all guitars over $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: Schecter Ultra III – Buy Here Read Full Review

Best Mod Project Platform: Squier Paranormal Super-Sonic – Buy HereRead Full Review

Most Versatile: Sterling by Music Man St. Vincent – Buy HereRead Full Review

Best Guitar For The Price: Glarry GTL Semi-Hollow – Buy HereRead Full Review

The Top 10:

#1 Schecter Ultra III

#2 Fano Omnis MG6

#3 Epiphone Les Paul Modern

#4 CMG Guitars Mark

#5 Goldfinch Guitars The Painted Lady 2020 (Don’t support this brand!!)

#6 Fender Player Series Lead III

#7 Fender Player Series Mustang 90

#8 Howl Guitars Sirena 3

#9 D’Angelico Premier Mini DC

#10 Gretsch G5622T Electromatic

Model Rating Cost Find Your Own
Schecter Ultra III 9.4$699.00Reverb.com
Fano Omnis Series MG68.9$849.00Reverb.com
Epiphone Les Paul Modern8.8$649.00Reverb.com
CMG Guitars Mark8.6$799.00cmgguitars.com
Goldfinch Guitars The Painted Lady 20208.6$399.00Goldfinchgeetars.com
Fender Player Series Lead III8.5$599.99Reverb.com
Fender Player Series Mustang 908.4$599.99Reverb.com
Howl Guitars Sirena 3 8.4 $879.00Reverb.com
D’Angelico Premier Mini DC 8.4$799.99Reverb.com
Gretsch G5622T Electromatic 8.3$799.99Reverb.com
Sterling by Music Man St. Vincent8.0$599.99Reverb.com
Fano Omnis JM68.0$849.00Reverb.com
Kramer The ’848.0$799.00Reverb.com
Guild Starfire I SC7.8$599.00Reverb.com
Squier Paranormal Super-Sonic 7.6$349.99Reverb.com
Squier Classic Vibe Jazzmaster 7.5$399.99Reverb.com
Vintage V65 ICON7.1$349.00Reverb.com
Vintage V120 ICON6.9$329.00Reverb.com
Stadium NY Strat 6.6 $225.99Pelicanbeachmusic.com
Grote GT-150 6.5$149.00Amazon.com
Harley Benton TE-90QM HH 6.3$171.00 Reverb.com
Glarry GTL Semi-Hollow5.4$119.99Glarrymusic.com

As expected, the spread is far more linear than the premium guitars ($1000+) which indicates you get what you pay for in this sub-$1k category. However, you may notice a huge cluster in the $400-800 category, which for about 2 years now seems like the best spot to get value for your money.

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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