Just as with people, every guitar is different. Each guitar sounds different, plays different, has different abilities, strengths and, yes, limitations.
That’s why when players get bit by the guitar bug, they start acquiring instruments—so they can get the sound they’re hungering after. It’s even got a name: G.A.S. or Guitar Acquisition Syndrome.
So here are three types of electric guitars you might want to consider adding to your collection to round it out some.
This is the modern Made in Mexico version of the guitar that Leo Fender first turned the guitar world upside down with in 1950. It’s a classic for a reason. It’s simple, rock solid and fun to play, with an alder body and a modern fast action C-shaped maple neck that lets you fingers do the talkin’.
These Tele beauties are timeless in both their looks and sound, with a signature twang that lets you handle country, rock, funk, blues—you name it. Her 2 single-coil pickups will handle it all. She comes in a variety of five gloss finishes to suit your mood, from the pictured Candy Apple Red to dark-as-night Black. She rates 4.8 stars on 44 reviews.
This ESP is a contemporary twist on a body type made famous by master player Les Paul. It’s an elegant look with some nice little perks, like a flamed maple top and some gorgeous inlays, including the classic LTD flag on the 12th fret. She also features a sharp cutaway that’s downright vicious. She rates 4.8 stars based on a whopping 340 reviews.
But don’t let her looks and light weight deceive you. This ESP LTD was born to crunch, with a mahogany body, genuine EMG 81/160 pickups (Seymour Duncan JB/59 set on the amber sunburst model) and a thin U neck with 24 extra-jumbo along her 24 3/4″ set neck. You can choose of one 5 awesome colors to suit your mood—or collect them all, what the hey!
Finally, here’s a USA made Stratocaster Artist Series model that bears the name of one of rock’s most esteemed legends, Eric Clapton. As you might expect, she rates 4.8 stars on nearly 100 reviews.
This Stratocaster is built to play—vintage Fender Noiseless pickups with active mid boost and TBX circuits, alder body with a comfortable 9.5″ radius V-shaped neck and a blocked vintage synchronized tremolo bridge. She’s good for what wails you. She even comes with a Fender tweed case to complete the picture.
She comes in four classic colors. But for the full Clapton effect, may I suggest black in honor of Clapton’s iconic guitar, Blackie? Rock your world.