Nowadays, there are so many electric guitar brands and models that it becomes very easy for a beginner to get lost in them. The high end guitars from such companies as Fender or Gibson cost quite a bit (thousands of dollars).
However, there are also many cheaper, yet functional and stylish alternatives. Here is the list of three models that are, in my opinion, best for beginners.
These guitars were first produced in 1952 by Gibson (one of the leading guitar manufacturers in the world). These beauties are being manufactured for more than 60 years now. The name comes from a famous blues guitarist, Lester William Polsfuss (also known as Les Paul). There are a number of low-cost versions of these (produced by Epiphone company). This is, arguably, the best all-around electric guitar for beginners. These guitars have a thick body, which is good if you’re planning to play blues or jazz and their humbucker pickups result in a pretty good rock and metal sound.
Also originally produced by Gibson, these were meant to be a cheaper variant of the Les Paul (lighter too). They were first introduced in 1961 and gradually became the company’s most popular model. The SG guitars (now there are also cheaper variants being made by Epiphone) are built for harder sound, think heavy metal or hard rock. They are lighter and have more accessible higher frets. So, if you’re a fan of heavier sound, this is the model for you.
The Fender Stratocaster. Even if you are not familiar with guitars at all, you must have heard the name somewhere. It is considered to be one of the most popular guitar models in the world. The low-cost version is made by Squire and is widely available. They use the same design but are made using cheaper materials. These guitars are available in a variety of setups: humbucker pickups (for more classic sound) or bridge humbucker (for heavier, distorted sound), single or double coil and so on.
Remember, though, that there is no such thing as “the best electric guitar for beginners”; it all depends on your tastes and preferences. These three are, however, very popular and high quality models and will (most likely) serve your needs. Also, be sure to pick a proper amplifier to go along with your new guitar (or a pedal if you’ll be using your computer instead).