S Style Electric Guitars

No electric guitar design is more recognised than the stylish S-type. It is "the" industry standard body shape that most guitar brands have at least one model based on — and for good reason! It's comfortable, timeless & used by players of all genres!

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S Style Electric Guitars

Everyone needs an S-type guitar. In fact, if you're a seasoned musician who has gone through life without one — you're in short company! If you're new to the guitar game, an S-style electric guitar can be distinguished by its double-cutaway body — featuring "horns" that protrude from each of the neck join. One of the main advantages of this shape is that it allows for generous access to the instrument's higher frets; letting you to make use of its full note range.

Fender originally pioneered the "S" shape with their iconic Stratocaster model. This is arguably the first instrument that most people imagine upon hearing the phrase: "electric guitar". The venerable and versatile Strat has inspired countless guitar companies in the 65+ years since its introduction to create similar-looking instruments. Don't write these off as copies though, as many modern S-style electric guitars feature electronics and hardware appointments that differ completely from those on the classic Strat.

If you're looking for the best "bang-for-your-buck", we'd recommend S-type electric guitars from the likes of Sire, G&L and Chapman. These brands build high-quality instruments which come outfitted with forward-thinking features designed to improve tone and playability — such as low-noise pickups and rolled fingerboards. We believe that they make some of the best electric guitars under £500! Jackson, ESP, Schecter and Ibanez guitars are also good-value, but these are aimed more towards metal players and aspiring virtuosos who prefer high-output pickups, lean neck profiles and locking tremolo systems.