14 Best Budget Electric Guitars Under $200

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  1. Perfect Stranger

    Perfect Stranger Well-Known Member

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    Not sure I agree 100%...but makes some good points.

    https://guitar.com/buyers-guide-best-electric-guitars-under-200/

    Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3

    Epiphone Les Paul SL

    Yamaha Pacifica Series PAC012DLX HSS Deluxe

    Schecter C-1 SGR

    Dean MLX

    Squier Affinity Series Jazzmaster HH

    Mitchell MD200


    Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster

    ESP LTD EC-10

    Squier Bullet Mustang HH

    Dean Vendetta XM


    Epiphone Les Paul Special VE

    Ibanez GIO GRX70QA

    Jackson JS22 Dinky





     
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    I agree with your assessment.

    Thanks for posting.
     
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    Pretty much all big names. There are so many lower cost options now. There are probably some smaller name companies getting their product from the same exact factory, with the same exact specs and same exact parts... even charging a lower price, but not as many people have heard of them, so they don't make the list.
     
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    I agree on the Epi Les Paul SL. I bought two of them for $99 each. Epiphones' version of the Melody Maker, and it fits that niche perfectly. Both of mine punch far above their weight!
     
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    If i was in NY I'd be all over this one ..nice looking Hawker

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    for sale on FB "Guitars for sale or trade"
     
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    #1 for the Sterling Sub silo 3.
    The neck on the one I putzed around on was sweet and the body was ergonomic and comfy as hell.
     
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    Fun read. Our Asian bretheren are cranking out lots of really good sub-$200 guitars. Just think how many of the sub-$200 Rondo offerings I and many AGFers own and love, and the Firefly I love, and the Rogue fretless bass and resonator guitar I love, and oh yea, my Squire Mini-Strat, and then theres...

    Wish I were a kid again...
     
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    I got an SL too. Didn't know what to expect but that thing is solid. I love the Melody Maker vibe, and you are right, it's an Epiphone Melody Maker. I put a mini hum in the bridge and left the original single coil in the neck. I am amazed at how balanced that combination turned out. Got the push pull for the mini so there are a lot of cool single coil tones.

    Did you leave the original PU's in? What do you think about them?
     
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    I can agree with that list enough to make me want to check out the ones I dont know.
     
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    There's a reason why the Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 is at the top of that list. Great neck, excellent pickups, comfy body, stabile tuning, solid hardware, great looks.
     
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    That guitar is €277 over this side of the pond. Wheras the Epi SLs are just €99. Lot's of pricing variations between the US and Europe.

    Best value guitar I got recently was a new left handed Mustang copy (MS-60) from Harley Benton for €45. Supposedly decoration only although all it needed was an adjustment to the spring in the jazzmaster style trem unit.
     
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    How did you manage that? The link shows a price of 129 Euros and I've never seen a Harley Benton b-stock for more than about 25 Euros off the list price...
     
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    What does a "sweet neck" mean? Skinny, fat, wide, thick, narrow?
     
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    What is "great" about the neck?
     
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    Asymetrical profile, which feels very comfortable. Flatter radius near the heel, which allows low action without fretting out on bends. Maple fretboard. Medium sized frets, which I sometimes prefer. Truss rod adjust wheel at the heel, similar to a modern Charvel. These are some cool features at this price point.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Ah yes - it was one of the mystical 'Deko' (Decoration only') models that pop up from time to time. The lefties tend to hang around on the site a little bit longer than the right handed models (as in perhaps a couple of hours as opposed to 5 minutes). In the US you'll need to be up early to catch them though - they appear under Accessories/Decorative Instruments on the website. I snatched a PRS alike CST-24T for €90 recently too.

    But regarding the MS-60 - I reckon it's good value even at the regular price. The Roswell alnico pickups sound sweet and well where else will you get a left handed short scale offset with a JM type trem system for less than €200?
     
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    Thanks, that's the first I've heard of that part of the site. Something else to keep an eye on...
     
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    My best sub 200$ (all sub 160$) are SXs.

    Mahogany Hawk w/RN and p90s,
    Liquid w P90s,
    SX Furian Thinline,
    and SX Taurus 2 ( b-stock finish crack, sub 100$)
     
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