Admit it, musical instruments are expensive - from keyboards, workstations, accessories, and more so on guitars. Good quality guitars can range from a good PHP20,000 to as much as PHP50,000 - enough to get you through a couple of semesters in some state universities or even a downpayment for a motorcycle. Guitars are expensive and musicians are flat broke.
To give you a more achievable price range of PHP10,000 (it's still a lot btw), below are some great guitars that would rock your socks off for the price.
ESP LTD EC-10
Perhaps one of the most affordable on the list, the ESP LTD EC-10 is a guitar with attitude. Steering clear from the standard strat, this guitar has a body similar to a classic Les Paul. It has a basswood solid body which makes it very light. Because of its affordable price range, it is a great electric guitar for beginners. Check out other guitar models from ESP below.
Epiphone SG Special
If SG was a girl, she'd be Audrey Hepburn - classy with a sultry side. This Epiphone model features the standard SG asymmetrical horned body made from mahogany, a SlimTaper D-shaped neck of the same material, and a rosewood fretboard. It's internal components is made up of two passive open-coil humbackers (700T and 650R) at the bridge and neck. Check out other Epiphone guitars below.
Dean Vendetta XMT
Another entry-level guitar that would blow your mind in terms of form and style, the Dean Vendetta XMT is a bold and minimalist. It's body is made from paulownia with its signature Dean double-cutaway shape and winged headstock. Though it doesn't have that much internal features, it's enough for beginners to rock and roll. Here are other Dean guitar models to choose from.
Oscar Schmidt OE20
The classic Les Paul design always has a way of attracting Filipino musicians, and this guitar is no exception. The Oscar Smidt OE20 is an exceptional guitar in terms of style, and performance minus the hefty price tag. It features the classic LP mahogany body with a maple neck set. This guitar is also fitted with two passive humbackers at the neck and bridge that provide a wide range of sound that would suit, not only beginners, but also professionals. Take a quick look on other Oscar Schmidt models below.
Kramer Baretta Special
If you're an Eddie Van Halen in training, then this guitar's sound would make you pay attention. It's simple and sleek but very much effective for heavier genres like metal. This guitar features a double-cutaway solid mahogany with a shredder-friendly 25.5" scale length as well as a rosewood fretboard and 22 medium-jumbo frets. Though it only has one high-output Alnicko V humbacker, it is great for headbanging riffs and leads.
From the brand alone, you can tell that this guitar is going to be amazing. Known for creating quality guitars, the GRX20ZBKN is a special one, primarily because it's affordable with a price range of PHP7,000 to 9,000. Just because it's cheap, it doesn't mean you don't get amazing features. This guitar features the popular double-cutaway RG-style shape with rosewood fretboards and 22 medium frets. It has two Ibanez-designed infinity humbackers at the neck and bridge that offer a lot of options for both beginners and professionals. Here are other guitars models from Ibanez that you would surely love.
Jackson JS22 Dinky
If you are looking for an upgrade without shelling out your food money for the month, the Jackson JS22 Dinky would definitely fill your need. It is a flexible guitar that can go from soft metal to thrash with the right equipment. The guitar's body is made from arched-top basswood with a double-cutaway design. It is also fitted with two high-output jackson-made humbackers that suits clean and distorted tones. Get the best Jackson guitar below that would suit your budget.
Yamaha Pacifica Series PA012
Going back to the classic stratocaster, the Yamaha Pacifica Series PA012 is one of the best budget-friendly guitars in the Philippines. From a reputable Japanese brand, there's no doubt that this guitar would deliver utmost performance and durability. The PA012 is known for its well-defined yet comfortable double-cutaway body made from solid Agathis, a maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. It is voiced by two single-coil pickups and humbacker, as well as a five-way pickup switch and tone controls for versatility. Check out these Yamaha guitars below.
Squier by Fender Affinity Stratocaster HSS
With Fender taking the reigns for Squier, there's no denying its quality. Squier is well known for entry-level guitars and the Affinity STratocaster HSS is no exception. This guitar is made from double-cutaway stratocaster body finished with a selection of colors as well as a bolt-on maple neck and fretboard with 21 jumbo frets. The name "HSS" is derived from the guitar's internal setup meaning "Humbacker, and two single coils" which makes it a flexible guitar that can play light and heavy distortions. Below are other Squier electric guitars that you should check out.
Epiphone Les Paul Special II
There's no doubt about it, Epiphone is one of the best guitar brands in the business. In classic Les Paul shape, this guitar is solid mahogany body, bolt-on SlimTaper D-shaped neck of the same material, a rosewood fretboard which houses 22 frets. Inside, the guitar is fitted with 650R humbacker at the neck and 700T humbacker at the bridge. It also has a 3-way pickup selector switch with individual tone and volume controls.
New blood musicians are having a hard time coping up with the demands of the industry, unless, of course, if you're rich AF. New blood musicians are having a hard time coping up with the demands of the industry. Hopefully, this list would shed some light on what guitars you should get for your next jam session.