VOTE The Best Guitar Brands  

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List Rules Vote up the top companies that manufacture any types of guitars.

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List of guitar brands that include the most reliable models available. Guitar brands include those from major manufacturers of musical instruments, including Yamaha, Gretsch, Gibson and more. This list answers the question, 'What are the best guitar brands?' Users looking for a new guitar will want to research a variety of different brands to find the one that best suits their needs, based on function and features.

Guitars vary by type. Some are designed for beginners, while others are customized for professional guitar players. Most of the major guitar brands are available in a variety of different styles, each designed to best suit a customers' specific playing needs. Ease and sound are certainly big factors to consider when choosing a new guitar. In general, heavy wood makes the tone rich and full--the weight and quality of the wood makes a big difference when choosing which guitar you should purchase. The type of music that you will be playing will also have an impact. While Fenders may be the best for rock and metal, an Ibanez may be more well suited for blues and jazz.

What is the best guitar brand? That's subjective, and often based on a consumer's past experiences with a specific brand. This list includes a vast majority of the most recognizable guitar brand names that are currently on the market. This list includes those guitar brands that consumers might wish to learn more about, including electric and acoustic guitar types.
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303 123
Fender Musical Instruments Cor... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing

2
274 114
Gibson Guitar Corporation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

3
161 76
C. F. Martin & Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing, Musical Instrument Manufacturing

4
126 73
Taylor Guitars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

5
148 92
Ibanez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

6
130 65
Paul Reed Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

7
109 68
Gretsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing, Musical instrument

8
141 86
Epiphone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

9
91 65
Rickenbacker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing

10
59 31
Martin Guitars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

11
85 60
Jackson Guitars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

12
46 39
Music Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Kechos added Manufacturing

13
64 52
ESP Guitars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

14
55 47
Charvel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

15
58 57
Schecter Guitar Research is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

16
78 63
Yamaha Corporation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing, Conglomerate, Musical Instrument Manufacturing

17
49 51
Takamine Guitars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

18
50 48
G&L Musical Instruments is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

19
29 24
Guild Guitar Company is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

20
50 57
Ovation Guitar Company is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Musical Instrument Manufacturing

21
27 25
Music Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

22
24 26
LTD/ESP is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

23
44 53
Washburn Guitars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

24
37 56
Dean Guitars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
CurtisBrown added

25
35 38
Seagull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Musical Instrument Manufacturing