Best Electric Guitars Under $200

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Epiphone Les Paul Special II

Epiphone’s number one selling model LP Special II is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar while getting the feel and tone of a Les Paul. Seasoned pros also love the Special II because it’s a great-sounding workhorse of a guitar that allows them to leave their more expensive axes at home.

The Epiphone LP Special II comes with our famous Epiphone Lifetime Limited Warranty featuring Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service that warrants your Les Paul Special II against defects in materials or workmanship. 

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Squier by Fender Affinity Stratocaster HSS

Squier Affinity Series guitars are the best value in electric guitar design. The Affinity Series Stratocaster HSS delivers solid sound and style, and new for 2013 are a two-color headstock logo, single-ply “platinum sparkle” pickguard, and eye-catching Lake Placid Blue, Olympic White and Burgundy Mist finishes.

Other features include single-coil neck and middle pickups, humbucking bridge pickup, five-way switching, smooth-playing rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets, synchronous tremolo bridge and large ’60s-style headstock.

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Schecter C-1 SGR

The SGR series is designed for all those players that want to get the Schecter sound at an affordable price.

These guitars are straightforward, to the point and deliver the tone and power that players seek.

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Jackson JS22 Dinky

The Jackson JS22 Dinky solidbody electric guitar was made to create sonic mayhem. The amazingly affordable JS22 Dinky serves up massive tone and killer sustain courtesy of its arched basswood body, tremolo tailpiece, and two high-output ceramic humbuckers.

You’ll appreciate the playability of the maple speed neck and fat-fretted, compound-radius rosewood fingerboard that allows you to transition more easily between rhythm and lead playing. Whether it’s your first electric guitar or you’re simply looking for a great value, you’ll be impressed with the Jackson JS22 Dinky.

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Squier Affinity Telecaster

Now you can grab a Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Special even if you’re on a budget.

This limited-run axe is a Fender-designed honey.

It features the most famous of all Tele finishes atop an alder body joined to the rock-solid bolt-on maple neck with maple fretboard and dot inlays.

Also has a 25-1/2″ scale, medium-jumbo frets, and 2 single-coil pickups.

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Oscar Schmidt OE20

Most beginners and players wanting an affordable Les Paul will usually head for Epiphone – Gibson’s budget baby brother.

However, by looking around, they will also see the OE20 from Oscar Schmidt.

While the Washburn subsidiary doesn’t provide you with a big name, they do offer a worthy Les Paul which proves to be one of the best models you can find under two hundred bucks. Let’s check it out!

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ESP LTD EC-10

Even if you’re just getting started on guitar, there’s no reason that you can’t get into the ESP family right away with the EC-10. A great instrument for beginning electric guitar players, the EC-10 has a smooth, comfortable, thin U-shaped maple neck that will make it easier to get around to chords and scales all over the fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo frets.

It has a well-balanced and contoured basswood body that’s good for playing while seated or standing. When you’re ready to rock, the EC-10’s ESP Designed LH-100 pickups are great for any genre of music you like to play. It also includes a gig bag case, making it easier to get to lessons and friend’s houses. For learning, jamming, songwriting and more, the EC-10 is a terrific choice that you can afford today.