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Best Electric Guitars Under $3000 in 2023

Here you'll find the best electric guitars under $3000. Here you'll find the best electric guitars under $3000.

Out of the more than 2000 guitars in our database, these are the best ones with these features, according to our algorithm. 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. Ibanez LM1

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Ibanez LM1
Playability 77
Sound 82
Build quality 87
Value for money 72
Overall Score 82
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  • From Ibanez's 2022 LM 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)
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Fortuna (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan Fortuna (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Fortuna (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Gotoh T1702B bridge
  • AZ Oval C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh MG-T locking machine heads tuners
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Ibanez LM1
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

2. Jackson American Series Soloist SL3

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Jackson American Series Soloist SL3
Playability 83
Sound 83
Build quality 82
Value for money 73
Overall Score 83
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  • From Jackson's 2022 American series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3-piece Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • Jackson Standard Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh MG-T Locking tuners
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Jackson American Series Soloist SL3
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar

3. 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 88
Value for money 73
Overall Score 83
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  • From Charvel's 2021 Artist Signature series
  • 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)
  • Bridge pickup: Charvel Custom Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Charvel Custom Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Charvel Custom Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Recessed Charvel Locking Tremolo Bridge bridge
  • 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

4. ESP E-II Horizon-III FR

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ESP E-II Horizon-III FR
Playability 83
Sound 84
Build quality 80
Value for money 72
Overall Score 82
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  • 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)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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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
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar

5. ESP E-II Horizon FR-II

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ESP E-II Horizon FR-II
Playability 83
Sound 84
Build quality 80
Value for money 72
Overall Score 82
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  • 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)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
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
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar

6. Ibanez TQMS1

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Ibanez TQMS1
Playability 77
Sound 80
Build quality 88
Value for money 72
Overall Score 82
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  • From Ibanez's 2022 TQM series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 9" to 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple(4mm) top
  • Alder body
  • 1pc Roasted Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Custom (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Magic Touch-mini (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Gotoh T1802 Tremolo bridge
  • 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 TQMS1
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Parallel Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

7. ESP E-II Arrow

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ESP E-II Arrow
Playability 83
Sound 81
Build quality 77
Value for money 70
Overall Score 80
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  • 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)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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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
  • 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
  • No Retainer Bar

8. Ibanez MM1

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Ibanez MM1
Playability 80
Sound 81
Build quality 85
Value for money 72
Overall Score 82
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  • From Ibanez's 2018 MM series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • African Mahogany body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Hyperion (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Hyperion (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Gotoh T1802 Tremolo bridge
  • 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 MM1
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Tap Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

9. Ibanez LB1

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Ibanez LB1
Playability 77
Sound 82
Build quality 87
Value for money 72
Overall Score 82
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  • From Ibanez's 2021 LB series
  • 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)
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Lari Basilio (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan Lari Basilio (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Lari Basilio (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Gotoh T1702B bridge
  • 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

10. Ibanez AZ2402L Prestige

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Ibanez AZ2402L Prestige
Playability 80
Sound 81
Build quality 84
Value for money 72
Overall Score 82
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  • 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)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Gotoh T1802 Tremolo bridge
  • 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