Best Guitars for Playing Rock & Metal Music

Rock Guitars

Whether you are a beginner or an expert guitarist, we have a guitar selection for everybody interested in playing rock and metal. We considered several factors when deciding on this list, including a guitar’s feel, tone, and construction.

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus

Introduced almost twenty years ago, the special-II is a great fit for rock guitarists, especially for beginners, with its smooth 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge. It’s one of the best rock guitars for the money because of its beautiful finish, and more importantly, the smooth sound.

One potential issue you may come across is related to balance. The body of this rock guitar is a lot heavier than the neck so it may sometimes feel as if the guitar wants to fall off your lap.

Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO

Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO

Another great choice for beginner and intermediate rock guitarists is the Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO. Available in three colors (cherry, Pelham blue, and ebony), this rock guitar is fun to play and also comes with a good feel and tone.

The hardware of this guitar is decent considering that this is a good fit for budget-conscious guitarists. The distortion of this guitar is absolutely packed so it can take you as far into the dark side as you desire. The coil-splitting also makes this guitar a true workhorse.

Fender Player Stratocaster

Fender Player Stratocaster

The Fender Player Stratocaster has a diverse range of sounds that helps define what an electric rock guitar should be, including high-end clarity and solid lows. It has a good feel too it. You won’t be bogged down by a heavy body and neck as this guitar offers the right balance.

The electronics of this rock guitar will do everything that you need it to do which makes this a perfect fit for guitar novices. The color and finish are breathtaking with popular style choices including the Sienna Sunburst and Blue Burst.

D’Angelico Premier Series EXL-1

D'Angelico Premier Series EXL-1

Are you looking for a hollow-body electric guitar? Look no further than the D’Angelico Premier Series EXL-1. Offered in three styles and finishes (Black, White, and Transparent Wine), this impressive guitar includes warm acoustic edges and punchy mids.

It’s a good budget-friendly choice for guitarists who like to play fusion music, including a mix of rock and jazz. The fact that is has excellent tones and pickup sounds means that this guitar will make a great complement to any rock band.

Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster

Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster

If you are ready to take your rock guitar game to the next level then consider the Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster. Available in two styles (white blonde and 2-color sun burst), this versatile guitar will be an excellent fit for rock music with its articulate pickups and balanced string response.

It’s the perfect guitar for those who are looking for solid tones with a classic feel. The neck of the guitar is really smooth and the notes run true. Go for this guitar if you are looking for something that produces great sounds with minimal effort.

Gibson Les Paul Standard 60s

Gibson Les Paul Standard 60s

Last on the list of best rock guitars is the one and only Gibson Les Paul Standard 60s. The Les Paul has grown in immense popularity over the years due to its classic mahogany design. In addition to its beautiful finish, this guitar also features an AA-figured maple top, and a slim taper ’60s-style mahogany neck.

Your jaw will literally drop as soon as you open up the case. The 61 pickup and hand-wired controls will produce a terrific sound with minimal hum and buzz.

John C

is the editor of CompressorHead. In this blog, you will find the latest reviews, guides, and tips related to playing rock music, as well as news on the latest rock bands.

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