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Best Electric Guitars Under $1000 in 2022

Here you'll find the best electric guitars under $1000. Here you'll find the best electric guitars under $1000.

We've found exactly 760 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. Schecter C-1 FR SLS Elite

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Schecter C-1 FR SLS Elite
Playability 83
Sound 81
Build quality 82
Value for money 87
Overall Score 82
  • From Schecter's 2018 SLS Elite series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Maple/Walnut/Padauk Multi-ply w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Ultra Thin C Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover Rotomatic 18:1 tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter C-1 FR SLS Elite
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Retainer Bar
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

2. Chapman ML2 Pro

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Chapman ML2 Pro
Playability 85
Sound 79
Build quality 83
Value for money 87
Overall Score 82
  • From Chapman's 2022 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple Veneer On Maple Carved Top, Satin Finish top
  • Mahogany body
  • Roasted Maple – Dark Colour neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Pegasus (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Chapman String Through hardtail bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • C Shape Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot Grip-Lock Open (18:1 Gearing) tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Chapman ML2 Pro
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Strap Lock
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

3. Chapman ML1 Pro Modern

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Chapman ML1 Pro Modern
Playability 85
Sound 77
Build quality 80
Value for money 86
Overall Score 81
  • From Chapman's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash body
  • Roasted Maple – Dark Colour neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Pegasus (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Chapman String Through hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • C Shape Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot Grip-Lock Open (18:1 Gearing) tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Chapman ML1 Pro Modern
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Strap Lock
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

4. Chapman ML3 Pro Modern

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Chapman ML3 Pro Modern
Playability 85
Sound 77
Build quality 80
Value for money 86
Overall Score 81
  • From Chapman's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Basswood body
  • Roasted Maple – Dark Colour neck
  • Roasted Maple – Dark Colour fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Pegasus (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Chapman String Through hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • C Shape Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot Grip-Lock Open (18:1 Gearing) tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Chapman ML3 Pro Modern
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Strap Lock
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

5. Chapman ML3 Semi-Hollow Pro

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Chapman ML3 Semi-Hollow Pro
Playability 82
Sound 76
Build quality 84
Value for money 81
Overall Score 81
  • From Chapman's 2022 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Perupok body
  • Roasted Maple – Dark Colour neck
  • Roasted Maple – Dark Colour fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Vintage P90 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Chapman String Through hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • C Shape Neck-Through neck
  • 23 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot Grip-Lock Open (18:1 Gearing) tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Chapman ML3 Semi-Hollow Pro
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Strap Lock
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

6. Harley Benton Amarok-6

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Harley Benton Amarok-6
Playability 85
Sound 76
Build quality 79
Value for money 85
Overall Score 80
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Progressive series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed maple veneer top
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple, Mahogany, Maple, Mahogany, Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • WSC HPS-6 Custom hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Slim Modern C Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover Locking Machine Heads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Amarok-6
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

7. Harley Benton Amarok-BT

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Harley Benton Amarok-BT
Playability 85
Sound 76
Build quality 79
Value for money 85
Overall Score 80
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Progressive series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed maple veneer top
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple, Mahogany, Maple, Mahogany, Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • WSC HPS-6 Custom hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Slim Modern C Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover Locking Machine Heads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Amarok-BT
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

8. Harley Benton Amarok-7

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Harley Benton Amarok-7
Playability 82
Sound 76
Build quality 79
Value for money 84
Overall Score 79
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Progressive series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 7 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed maple veneer top
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple, Mahogany, Maple, Mahogany, Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • WSC HPS-7 Custom hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Slim Modern C Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Amarok-7
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

9. Schecter Avenger Blackjack

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Schecter Avenger Blackjack
Playability 82
Sound 79
Build quality 75
Value for money 84
Overall Score 79
  • From Schecter's 2021 Blackjack series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany 3-pc w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Lundgren M6 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Lundgren M6 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • TonePros T3BT TOM w/ String Thru Body bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter Avenger Blackjack
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

10. ESP LTD H3-1000FR

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ESP LTD H3-1000FR
Playability 80
Sound 81
Build quality 75
Value for money 84
Overall Score 79
  • From ESP LTD's 2020 H3 series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Pegasus (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose 1000SE bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP LTD H3-1000FR
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock