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Best Electric Guitars Under $500 in 2022

Here you'll find the best electric guitars under $500.

We've found exactly 302 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. Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR EB

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR EB
Playability 77
Sound 80
Build quality 73
Value for money 87
Overall Score 77
  • From Harley Benton's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple Veneer top
  • Nyatoh body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell HAF-N Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover GH305 6L tuners
  • Retainer bar

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2. Harley Benton Fusion-III EMG HT Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-III EMG HT Roasted
Playability 82
Sound 78
Build quality 68
Value for money 86
Overall Score 76
  • From Harley Benton's 2022 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • WSC Hipshot style hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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3. Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR Roasted
Playability 77
Sound 80
Build quality 72
Value for money 86
Overall Score 76
  • From Harley Benton's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Ultra Flame Maple Veneer top
  • Nyatoh body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell HAF-N Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover GH305 6L tuners
  • Retainer bar

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4. Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH EB

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH EB
Playability 77
Sound 79
Build quality 73
Value for money 86
Overall Score 76
  • From Harley Benton's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Ultra Flame Maple Veneer top
  • Nyatoh body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Roswell S74-C BK Alnico-5 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell HAF-N Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wilkinson Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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5. Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH Roasted
Playability 77
Sound 79
Build quality 72
Value for money 86
Overall Score 76
  • From Harley Benton's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Ultra Flame Maple Veneer top
  • Nyatoh body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Roswell S74-C BK Alnico-5 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell HAF-N Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wilkinson Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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6. Harley Benton Fusion-III HSS Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HSS Roasted
Playability 77
Sound 79
Build quality 72
Value for money 86
Overall Score 76
  • From Harley Benton's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Roswell S74-M AlNiCo-5 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell S74-N AlNiCo-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wilkinson Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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7. Harley Benton Fusion-T EMG HT Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-T EMG HT Roasted
Playability 82
Sound 78
Build quality 68
Value for money 86
Overall Score 76
  • From Harley Benton's 2022 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG Retro Active Hot 70 (Humbucker/Active)
  • WSC Hipshot style hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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8. Harley Benton MR-Modern

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Harley Benton MR-Modern
Playability 73
Sound 78
Build quality 76
Value for money 86
Overall Score 76
  • From Harley Benton's 2022 Vintage series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Artec AHC-90 Soapbar (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Artec AHC-90 Soapbar (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Wilkinson VS-50 II Precision Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Stainless Steel frets
  • Kluson-style Wilkinson locking tuners

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9. Harley Benton MR-Modern Baritone

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Harley Benton MR-Modern Baritone
Playability 73
Sound 78
Build quality 76
Value for money 86
Overall Score 76
  • From Harley Benton's 2022 Vintage series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Artec AHC-90 Soapbar (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Artec AHC-90 Soapbar (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Wilkinson VS-50 II Precision Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Stainless Steel frets
  • Kluson-style Wilkinson locking tuners

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10. Harley Benton Fusion-III HH HT Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HH HT Roasted
Playability 78
Sound 78
Build quality 70
Value for money 85
Overall Score 75
  • From Harley Benton's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell HAF-B Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell S74-N AlNiCo-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Hipshot style HT bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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11. Harley Benton Fusion-T HH HT EB

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Harley Benton Fusion-T HH HT EB
Playability 75
Sound 78
Build quality 71
Value for money 85
Overall Score 75
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Sapele body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF-B-CR Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF-N-CR Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • WSC HPS-6 Custom hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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12. Harley Benton Fusion-T HH HT Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-T HH HT Roasted
Playability 75
Sound 78
Build quality 71
Value for money 85
Overall Score 75
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed maple veneer top
  • Sapele body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF-B-CR Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF-N-CR Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • WSC HPS-6 Custom hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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13. Harley Benton EX-76 Classic

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Harley Benton EX-76 Classic
Playability 78
Sound 77
Build quality 66
Value for money 84
Overall Score 74
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Tribute series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Purpleheart fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wsc Tune-O-Matic Bridge bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Slim Taper C Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover Locking Machine Heads tuners

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14. Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW

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Harley Benton EX-76 Classic GHW
Playability 78
Sound 77
Build quality 66
Value for money 84
Overall Score 74
  • From Harley Benton's 2018 Tribute series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Purpleheart fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wsc Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Slim Taper C Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover Locking Machine Heads tuners

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15. Harley Benton EX-84 Modern

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Harley Benton EX-84 Modern
Playability 78
Sound 76
Build quality 67
Value for money 84
Overall Score 74
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Tribute series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LZ51 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LZ56 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wsc Tune-O-Matic Bridge bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Slim Taper C Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Grover Locking Machine Heads tuners

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16. Harley Benton EX-84 Modern EMG

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Harley Benton EX-84 Modern EMG
Playability 78
Sound 76
Build quality 67
Value for money 84
Overall Score 74
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Tribute series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 60 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Wsc Tune-O-Matic Bridge bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Slim Taper C Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Grover Locking Machine Heads tuners

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17. Harley Benton Fusion-III HH EB

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HH EB
Playability 73
Sound 78
Build quality 71
Value for money 84
Overall Score 74
  • From Harley Benton's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF-B-CR Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF-N-CR Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wilkinson Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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18. Harley Benton Fusion-III HH Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HH Roasted
Playability 73
Sound 78
Build quality 70
Value for money 84
Overall Score 74
  • From Harley Benton's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF-B-GD Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF-N-GD Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wilkinson Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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19. Harley Benton Fusion-T HH EB

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Harley Benton Fusion-T HH EB
Playability 73
Sound 78
Build quality 72
Value for money 84
Overall Score 74
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Sapele body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF-B-CR Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF-N-CR Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wilkinson Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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20. Harley Benton Fusion-T HH Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-T HH Roasted
Playability 73
Sound 78
Build quality 72
Value for money 84
Overall Score 74
  • From Harley Benton's 2020 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed maple veneer top
  • Sapele body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Roswell LAF-B-CR Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Roswell LAF-N-CR Alnico-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Wilkinson Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • WSC staggered locking die-cast tuners

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