Another year, another list of guitars I’ve had the pleasure of judging online.
It’s that time of the year again. We’ve already covered all of our pedal rankings for 2022, which was quite the labor of love. Now let’s turn our attention to the guitar side of things. It’s still been relatively slow to get guitars in for review, partially because of the slow buildup to normalcy post-covid. Things really picked up late this year, with new releases and guitars flowing in. It has set a lot of positive momentum for 2023 that I hope to build on and get back to 20+ reviews a year.
But what we did have in 2022 was lots of high quality guitar releases. I got the chance to check out some brands I’ve never worked with before like Moon Guitars, Hagstrom, and Ibanez. We also revisited old friends Fender, Gretsch, and Sterling by Music Man. In total, across this site and Ultimate-Guitar, we covered 15 guitars this year, 13 electric, 1 bass, and 1 acoustic guitar.
Same rules as last time, click on each guitar’s name to link to the original article review, and please considering using my affiliate links to grab your own guitar or bass to help support my work.
And lastly, remember these rankings are meant to be a bit more subjective, and opinionated than my very objective, Ultimate-Guitar rankings.
Some thoughts on this year’s crop of guitars…
- We’re starting to see a return of the smaller guitar company to the mainstream market. Brands like Latitude and Might Be Famous entered the fray this year, alongside return to form from EART, 10S Guitars, Aria, and many others who are now able to produce instruments again.
- Guitar prices are rising. The Sterling Sabre is highly ranked for good reason, but a lot of these high end import guitars are getting expensive. They are still fully worth the money, but we’re starting to move away from $500 getting you a really, reallly impressive guitar the way it did in 2020. Call it inflation, call it greed, I just hope it is temporary.
- 2023 will hopefully feature more mid-priced guitars, products under $1000 as I feel this is where the best value is. Look at the Gretsch Electromatic G5230T, GTRS, Donner, Starcaster, and SE Silver Sky on this list. Those were all objectively great instruments that I would take on stage anytime, even if they just require a quick tweak or setup.
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