Ranking All Of The Guitars I Covered In 2022

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.

GuitarCostGrab Your Own
Moon Guitars Moon Burn$2000Moon Guitars
PRS SE Silver Sky$849Sweetwater
Sterling By Music Man Sabre$1500Sweetwater
Ibanez RG T1220PB Premium$1500Sweetwater
Fender Hitmaker Stratocaster$2600Sweetwater
Squier Classic Vibe Starcaster$410Sweetwater
Hagstrom ’67 Viking II$1350Reverb
Gretsch G5230T Electromatic Jet$700Sweetwater
PRS S2 Standard 22$1699Sweetwater
GTRS S800$599Amazon
Donner DST-400$290Donner
Orange Amps O Bass$549Reverb
Might Be Famous Guitar$200Might Be Famous
Donner DAJ-110$160Donner
Latitude Guitars SE-1819$380Amazon

Some thoughts on this year’s crop of guitars…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Check out previous lists:

2021 Guitar Rankings

2020 Guitar Rankings (under $1000)

2020 Guitar Rankings (over $1000)

2019 Guitar Rankings

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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