VOTE The Best Guitar Brands  

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

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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276 114
Fender Musical Instruments Cor... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing

2
249 109
Gibson Guitar Corporation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

3
151 67
C. F. Martin & Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing, Musical Instrument Manufacturing

4
112 69
Taylor Guitars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

5
128 86
Ibanez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

6
116 63
Paul Reed Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

7
98 66
Gretsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing, Musical instrument

8
128 81
Epiphone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

9
86 61
Rickenbacker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing

10
51 29
Martin Guitars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

11
76 59
Jackson Guitars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

12
38 35
Music Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Kechos added Manufacturing

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51 45
Charvel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

14
57 52
ESP Guitars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

15
47 48
Takamine Guitars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

16
52 55
Schecter Guitar Research is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

17
48 45
G&L Musical Instruments is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

18
70 59
Yamaha Corporation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing, Conglomerate, Musical Instrument Manufacturing

19
26 22
Guild Guitar Company is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

20
45 55
Ovation Guitar Company is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Musical Instrument Manufacturing

21
42 48
Washburn Guitars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

22
20 24
Music Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

23
19 25
LTD/ESP is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

24
33 35
Seagull is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Musical Instrument Manufacturing

25
31 54
Dean Guitars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
CurtisBrown added

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33 40
Carvin Corporation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

27
20 33
Maton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing

28
14 24
Hamer Guitars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
horseplayer added

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31 41
Kramer Guitars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

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2 0
Brian May Guitars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
GraemePeterson added

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2 1
Chapman Guitars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
GraemePeterson added

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1 1
Vox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
GraemePeterson added

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3 8
Suhr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
RichieBohr added

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29 47
B.C. Rich is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

35
6 21
Vaughan Custom Guitars is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Hank David added Yeppoon Qld Australia

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9 16
Duesenberg Guitars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
CarlosSuperhuerta added

37
5 20
Ormsby Guitars is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Hank David added Thornlie WA Australia
Personally handmade custom guitars

38
15 34
Mosrite is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

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3 19
Benincaso is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Alextre added

40
7 70
First Act is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
gamedemon24 added Musical instrument