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Best Electric Guitars Made In Japan in 2022

Here are the top electric guitars made in Japan . You should expect a high-quality guitar with excellent quality control. It can be compared to guitars made in the US, which is why they're also expensive.

We've found exactly 190 guitars like this in production this year. You can see them all by clicking on 'Load More' at the end of this list. You can use our filters to the left to see only the exact types of guitar you want. You can also click on "Compare" to get a deep spec comparison between two guitars of your choice. This list is updated daily automatically as we add new guitars to our database. We'll show you first the best ones according to our automated scoring system, which takes into account dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money and more.

1. Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature MJ San Dimas SD24 CM

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Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature MJ San Dimas SD24 CM
Playability 80
Sound 82
Build quality 92
Value for money 75
Overall Score 85
  • From Charvel's 2021 Artist Signature series
  • Guthrie Govan Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash top
  • Basswood body
  • Caramelized Maple neck
  • Caramelized Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Charvel Custom Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Charvel Custom Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Charvel Custom Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Recessed Charvel Locking Tremolo Bridge bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Charvel Speed Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature MJ San Dimas SD24 CM
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Tap Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

2. ESP E-II Horizon FR-II

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ESP E-II Horizon FR-II
Playability 83
Sound 84
Build quality 85
Value for money 74
Overall Score 84
  • From ESP E-II's 2021 Horizon series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilted Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 57TW (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 66TW (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
  • Retainer bar
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ESP E-II Horizon FR-II
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

3. ESP E-II Horizon-III FR

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ESP E-II Horizon-III FR
Playability 83
Sound 84
Build quality 85
Value for money 74
Overall Score 84
  • From ESP E-II's 2021 Horizon-III series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Custom-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jazz SH-2 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP E-II Horizon-III FR
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

4. ESP E-II Arrow

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ESP E-II Arrow
Playability 83
Sound 83
Build quality 82
Value for money 73
Overall Score 83
  • From ESP E-II's 2014 Arrow series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 85 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP E-II Arrow
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

5. Ibanez AZ2204N Prestige

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Ibanez AZ2204N Prestige
Playability 77
Sound 82
Build quality 90
Value for money 78
Overall Score 83
  • From Ibanez's 2021 AZ series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 9" to 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Fortuna (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan Fortuna (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Fortuna (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Gotoh T1702B bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • AZ Oval C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh Magnum Lock w/H.A.P. machine heads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez AZ2204N Prestige
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Series Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

6. Ibanez AZ2204NW Prestige

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Ibanez AZ2204NW Prestige
Playability 77
Sound 82
Build quality 90
Value for money 78
Overall Score 83
  • From Ibanez's 2022 AZ series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 9" to 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Fortuna (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan Fortuna Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Fortuna Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Gotoh T1702B bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • AZ Oval C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh Magnum Lock machine heads w/H.A.P. tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez AZ2204NW Prestige
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Series Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

7. Ibanez AZ2402L Prestige

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Ibanez AZ2402L Prestige
Playability 80
Sound 81
Build quality 87
Value for money 73
Overall Score 83
  • From Ibanez's 2020 AZ series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Hyperion (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Hyperion (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Gotoh T1802 Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • AZ Oval C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh Magnum Lock machine heads w/H.A.P. tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez AZ2402L Prestige
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Tap Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

8. Ibanez AZ24047 Prestige

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Ibanez AZ24047 Prestige
Playability 77
Sound 82
Build quality 89
Value for money 73
Overall Score 83
  • From Ibanez's 2021 AZ series
  • Made in Japan
  • 7 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Hyperion 7 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan Hyperion 7 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Hyperion 7 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Gotoh T1872S bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • AZ7 Oval C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh MG-T locking machine heads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez AZ24047 Prestige
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Series Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

9. Ibanez JCRG2103 j.custom

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Ibanez JCRG2103 j.custom
Playability 80
Sound 83
Build quality 85
Value for money 68
Overall Score 83
  • From Ibanez's 2021 RG series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 17" Fretboard Radius
  • Exotic Maple & Gold Resin top
  • African Mahogany body
  • 3pc Wenge/Purpleheart neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio The Tone Zone (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio Air Norton (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Edge bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • RG j.custom Wizard Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Gold frets
  • Gotoh machine heads tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Ibanez JCRG2103 j.custom
  • Gold Frets
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

10. Ibanez LB1

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Ibanez LB1
Playability 77
Sound 82
Build quality 90
Value for money 73
Overall Score 83
  • From Ibanez's 2021 LB series
  • Lari Basilio Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 9" to 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash body
  • 1pc Roasted Birdseye Maple neck
  • Roasted Birdseye Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Lari Basilio (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan Lari Basilio (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Lari Basilio (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Gotoh T1702B bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • AZ Oval C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh Magnum Lock machine heads w/H.A.P. tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez LB1
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Series Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock