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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288 116
Fender Musical Instruments Cor... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing

2
258 111
Gibson Guitar Corporation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

3
153 71
C. F. Martin & Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing, Musical Instrument Manufacturing

4
117 69
Taylor Guitars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

5
133 88
Ibanez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

6
119 63
Paul Reed Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

7
104 66
Gretsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing, Musical instrument

8
132 82
Epiphone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

9
88 61
Rickenbacker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing

10
52 29
Martin Guitars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

11
81 59
Jackson Guitars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

12
40 36
Music Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Kechos added Manufacturing

13
52 45
Charvel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

14
58 52
ESP Guitars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

15
54 56
Schecter Guitar Research is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

16
73 60
Yamaha Corporation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing, Conglomerate, Musical Instrument Manufacturing

17
47 50
Takamine Guitars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

18
48 47
G&L Musical Instruments is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

19
26 23
Guild Guitar Company is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

20
46 56
Ovation Guitar Company is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Musical Instrument Manufacturing

21
23 25
Music Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

22
42 51
Washburn Guitars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

23
20 26
LTD/ESP is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

24
34 56
Dean Guitars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
CurtisBrown added

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34 36
Seagull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Musical Instrument Manufacturing

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33 41
Carvin Corporation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

27
14 24
Hamer Guitars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
horseplayer added

28
20 34
Maton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Manufacturing

29
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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6 21
Vaughan Custom Guitars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
Hank David added Yeppoon Qld Australia

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29 47
B.C. Rich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Guitar Brands

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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

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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 71
First Act is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Guitar Brands
gamedemon24 added Musical instrument