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Best Electric Guitars Under $300 in 2022

Here you'll find the best electric guitars under $300. Here you'll find the best electric guitars under $300.

We've found exactly 146 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. Fender Squier Classic Vibe Starcaster

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Fender Squier Classic Vibe Starcaster
Playability 75
Sound 76
Build quality 62
Value for money 81
Overall Score 71
  • From Fender Squier's 2019 Classic Vibe series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Wide Range Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender Wide Range Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 6-Saddle Adjustable Bridge Fixed bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Narrow Tall frets
  • Vintage-Style tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Starcaster
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

2. Harley Benton DC-LTD Gotoh

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Harley Benton DC-LTD Gotoh
Playability 73
Sound 74
Build quality 65
Value for money 81
Overall Score 71
  • From Harley Benton's 2021 Deluxe series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 10" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Tesla VR-2 AlNiCo 5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Tesla VR-2 AlNiCo 5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Gotoh Tune-o-Matic bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Kluson tuners tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton DC-LTD Gotoh
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

3. Harley Benton TE-90FLT

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Harley Benton TE-90FLT
Playability 75
Sound 73
Build quality 64
Value for money 81
Overall Score 71
  • From Harley Benton's 2017 Deluxe series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Sungkai body
  • Maple neck
  • Sungkai fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell FLT-B FilterTron Style (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell FLT-B FilterTron Style (Humbucker/Passive)
  • WSC BG2002D with string guide through the body bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Wsc Diecast Kluson Style Machine Heads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton TE-90FLT
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

4. Fender Squier Contemporary Stratocaster HH FR

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Fender Squier Contemporary Stratocaster HH FR
Playability 77
Sound 73
Build quality 59
Value for money 80
Overall Score 70
  • From Fender Squier's 2021 Contemporary series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Squier SQR Atomic Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Squier SQR Atomic Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose by Floyd Rose Double Locking Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Sealed Die-Cast with Split Shafts tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Squier Contemporary Stratocaster HH FR
  • Locking Nut
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

5. Harley Benton MS-60

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Harley Benton MS-60
Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 60
Value for money 85
Overall Score 70
  • From Harley Benton's 2015 Vintage series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Purpleheart fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell STA Alnico 5 Vintage Style (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell STA Alnico 5 Vintage Style (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Tune-O-Matic And Dlx Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Deluxe Die-Cast Machine Heads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton MS-60
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Phase Out Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

6. Harley Benton ST-57DG

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Harley Benton ST-57DG
Playability 73
Sound 75
Build quality 62
Value for money 80
Overall Score 70
  • From Harley Benton's 2017 Tribute series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell SK52 True Vintage Staggered Alnico-5 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Roswell SK52 True Vintage Staggered Alnico-5 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell SK52 True Vintage Staggered Alnico-5 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Harley Benton Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Harley Benton C Bolt-On neck
  • 21 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Style Machine Heads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton ST-57DG
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

7. Harley Benton TE-69 Hot Rod

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Harley Benton TE-69 Hot Rod
Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 60
Value for money 80
Overall Score 70
  • From Harley Benton's 2022 Vintage series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash body
  • Caramelized Canadian Maple neck
  • Caramelized Canadian Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell TEK-B AlNiCo-5 Stacked TE Humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell THE AlNiCo-5 Vintage TE Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Fixed bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • C Bolt-On neck
  • 21 Vintage frets
  • Kluson style tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton TE-69 Hot Rod
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

8. Harley Benton CST-24

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Harley Benton CST-24
Playability 78
Sound 73
Build quality 55
Value for money 79
Overall Score 69
  • From Harley Benton's 2017 Deluxe series
  • Made in Vietnam
  • 6 strings
  • 25"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Jatoba fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell HAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell HAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Harley Benton bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton C Set neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Dlx tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton CST-24
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

9. Harley Benton CST-24HB

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Harley Benton CST-24HB
Playability 78
Sound 71
Build quality 57
Value for money 79
Overall Score 69
  • From Harley Benton's 2015 Deluxe series
  • Made in Vietnam
  • 6 strings
  • 25"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Jatoba fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Harley Benton bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton C Set neck
  • 24 Medium frets
  • Deluxe Diecast tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton CST-24HB
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

10. Harley Benton CST-24T

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Harley Benton CST-24T
Playability 77
Sound 73
Build quality 57
Value for money 79
Overall Score 69
  • From Harley Benton's 2015 Deluxe series
  • Made in Vietnam
  • 6 strings
  • 25"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Jatoba fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell HAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell HAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Harley Benton Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton C Set neck
  • 24 Medium frets
  • Machine Heads: Dlx tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton CST-24T
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock