It's no secret guitar players are easily addicted to buying new guitars and gear. What's more, most of them are attached to their instruments and pedals and amps, so much that they only sell something if they need money for new guitar-related stuff. No matter the level of their musical skills, players ranging from amateurs to professionals always feel like they need more guitars, even if they've already filled their home with an enviable collection of instruments. But if you're already planning to spend so much money on this, then why not do it the right way and buy some great guitars that you'll be satisfied with? Having this in mind, we'll go and take a closer look at some guitars every guitarist should own. Just make sure not to spend your entire life savings.
Timeless. Revolutionary. Versatile. These are three words to describe this musical icon. Released first as the Broadcaster, followed by the Esquire (one pick-up version), and then eventually the Telecaster in 1951, this guitar can do it all - country, rock, and even funk. It's a must-have for any collection.
Over the years, there have been many iterations from 2 pick-ups, to 3 pick-ups (Nashville), to 2 humbuckers (Deluxe). The tonal options are endless with this legendary guitar.
PRS SE Series
Paul Reed Smith introduced a bit more affordable SE Series back in 2000, a new line of instruments manufactured in Korea. But despite their lower prices, these guitars still offer great PRS experience. All of them feature two humbucker pickups, standard tremolo bridge, 3-way selector switch, and additional push and pull knob options for some more versatility. Most of the models are pretty similar with some of them featuring 24 frets or even semi-hollow bodies.
They're pretty comfortable to play, with easy access to higher frets, and offer amazing tones. The PRS SE guitars are rounded up with the simple yet amazing design, also featuring the bird inlays on the fretboard.
Ibanez RG Series
The Ibanez RG guitars are some of the best super Strat types of instruments that you can find on the market these days. Although mostly aimed at the lovers of shred-style of playing, they come in handy for a whole variety of genres due to their versatility and the fact that most of them feature humbucker-single-humbucker combinations.
In addition, they mostly have 24 frets and there are some 7-string versions for the lovers of extended range guitars. The more affordable RG models are sold under the Gio brand but they still offer good playability and sound despite the lower prices. The regular and some more expensive RG models feature Floyd Rose tremolo bridges and attractive finishes and color patterns.
Fender Stratocaster (or any Strat-style guitar)
What else is there to be said about one of the most revolutionary guitar models of all times that hasn't changed much since its inception back in the 1950s? For decades now, Fender Stratocasters have been seen in the hands of countless guitar players, ranging from beginners and amateurs all the way to professionals and guitar heroes of all different genres.
The well known double cutaway design is something that countless other guitar manufacturers have copied over the years. Most of the Fender Strats feature three single coil pickups with the classic 5-way selector switch, although there are some humbucker-single-single and other versions out there. It has many variants, ranging from cheaper models to some exclusive higher end variants. There are even some really cheap Strats made under the Fender's Squier brand that you can get some great tones out of and that feature great playability.
Whichever one you decide to buy, you just can't go wrong with the classic Fender Strat.
Gibson Les Paul
Designed by Mr. Les Paul back in the 1950s, the guitar model bearing his name has pretty much changed the course of music history. This single cutaway guitar with two humbuckers or two P90 pickups, the mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany set neck, the classic tune-o-matic bridge - these are the main features that remain the same even to this day.
Although originally aimed at jazz players back in the 1950s, the Les Paul became popular among rock 'n' roll players and eventually heavy metal guitar heroes in the 1970s and the 1980s. They've often been praised for their raw and slightly darker sound as well as their longer sustain. There have been countless different models, but one thing's certain Les Paul is a must in every serious guitar player's collection. Yes, they might not be the cheapest ones, but they're certainly worth it.
Those are a few that we think are must-haves in any collection. What are your personal favorites?