Choosing a new guitar can be a lengthy process; we've all been there. Hours of research, so many options to choose from, the investment to consider - there are many things to think about.
Here at Andertons Music Co, we want to make this process as easy and enjoyable as possible so that you can spend more time playing and less time mulling over the decision. We caught up with our Guitar Department to get their top 5 recommendations for electrics under £200. Let's see what they chose...
Top 5 Electric Guitars Under £200
The Squier Bullet series is regarded as the industry standard beginner guitar range. A starting point for many aspiring players, this best-selling instrument lineup features a number of affordable guitars that are based on some of Fender’s most legendary designs. Priced between £110 - £150, these models combine incredible value with solid craftsmanship.
There is some variety in the Squier Bullet series, but the range is mostly comprised of Stratocasters. Considered as versatile all-rounders with their trios of single-coil pickups, Strats can be used for anything from rock to funk. In other words, they are perfect for players who are keen to learn a bit of everything!
Strats aside, the Squier Bullet series encompasses a couple of additional models that are slightly more niche in sound. The iconic Telecaster is one such guitar, which comes equipped with a dual-dose of single-coil pickups. Able to project bright and spanky tones, Telecasters are well-suited for country or indie styles. The Squier Bullet Mustang is a completely different affair, and is aimed at heavy rock fans with its powerful humbucker pairing that can handle thick distortion.
Squier Bullet Mustang Guitars on Andertons T.V.
We believe that EastCoast produces some of the best budget instruments around. Manufactured in the Far East, EastCoast guitars are built using locally-sourced woods and feature reliable electronics. It's also worth noting that our in-house guitar technicians QC (quality control) and set up these instruments before we ship them out, meaning that they'll play great straight out of the box!
EastCoast's beautiful GL series models are based on the iconic Les Paul guitar. With stylish single-cut bodies, they come equipped with pairs of bold-sounding humbuckers that sound brilliant with classic overdrive or searing high-gain distortion. If you want an affordable rock workhorse - an EastCoast GL guitar makes perfect sense.
The EastCoast GL series encompasses three models that accommodate different price-points. The GL20 is the cheapest option, which features a lightweight Poplar body adorned with a bright-sounding Maple top; much like the guitar that it takes inspiration from. EastCoast's GL120 and GL130 models offer a nicer aesthetic with their Flamed and Quilted Maple tops respectively, and also feature Mahogany-like Okoume bodies that deliver richer tones.
EastCoast GL120 & GL130 Guitars on Andertons T.V.
The Ibanez guitar catalogue is overwhelmingly vast, as the brand aspires to cater for all players and budgets. Their huge instrument range starts with the entry-level GIO series, which is made up of a collection of inexpensive, no-frills guitars. Perfect for inspiring novices with their cool looks and simple features, it's no surprise why these remain best-sellers!
In this day and age, beginners have plenty of choice when it comes to finding their very first guitar. But as little as 15 years ago, the options were far more limited. Ibanez was fairly instrumental (pardon the pun) in diversifying the starter guitar market with its GIO series, featuring a number of distinctive and modern-looking guitar shapes.
Ibanez's flagship RG and S models can be found in the GIO series, with their sharp and sleek designs giving metal fans a more suitable aesthetic. Fitted with thinly-shaped GRX necks that enable fast playability, these guitars also come equipped with Ibanez's propriety 'Infinity' pickups that are versatile enough for a raft of different musical styles.
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Although Squier's Bullet series is their most accessible, the slightly pricier Affinity range is considered as their flagship instrument line. There is a small cost increase, but guitars from the Squier Affinity series are still budget-friendly and primarily aimed at beginners - typically starting from £180.
So, why are Squier Affinity guitars more expensive than those from the Bullet range? Simply put, they have some minor spec tweaks that bring them more in-line with the genuine Fender models that they are based on. Crafted with better tonewoods such as Alder, Squier Affinity guitars also boast higher quality electronics that guarantee a sweeter sound.
The Squier Affinity series encompasses several classic Fender shapes; predominantly Stratocasters and Telecasters. However, more unique models like the offset Jazzmaster and even the semi-hollow Startcaster can be found, giving you greater opportunity to discover a guitar that you'll really fall in love with. There are also some really cool colours in the Affinity series!Shop All Squier Affinity Guitars!
The EastCoast range is vast, and if this was a Top 10 list then we'd include a lot more of their models! But for the sake of variety, we've included their extremely modern GV320 guitars to give metalheads something strong to consider. Boasting a sleek look, EastCoast's GV320 models are made for aspiring shredders with their thin necks, shark fin inlays and potent-sounding pickups.
Featuring Okoume bodies, EastCoast's GV320 guitars can project bold lows and have a punchy mid-range character for fiery riffs. These instruments also sport smooth carved tops made from Quilted Maple, which gives them a comfortable feel and premium look. EastCoast GV320 guitars boast deep, ergonomic cutaways near their bolt-on neck joints too; giving you unhindered access to their upper frets - even the 24th!
EastCoast GV320 Guitars on Andertons T.V.
Want To Learn More?
If you'd like to know more about the guitars featured in this guide, please don't hesitate to get in touch - we've got a full-time team of friendly, knowledgeable gear nerds who can answer any query you may have!
In the meantime, if you'd like to do a bit more research on electric guitars before you take the plunge, why not check out our Ultimate Guide to Electric Guitars?Shop All Electric Guitars!