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Best Electric Guitars Under $500 in 2022

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

We've found exactly 315 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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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR EB
  • 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

2. Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR Roasted
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
  • 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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Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR Roasted
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

3. Harley Benton Fusion-III EMG HT Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-III EMG HT Roasted
Playability 82
Sound 78
Build quality 69
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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Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Fusion-III EMG HT Roasted
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • 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. 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
  • Compare Specs >

Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH EB
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • 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

5. Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH Roasted

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Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH Roasted
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
  • 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
  • Compare Specs >

Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Fusion-III HSH Roasted
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • 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 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
  • Compare Specs >

Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Fusion-III HSS Roasted
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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 69
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
  • Compare Specs >

Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Fusion-T EMG HT Roasted
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • 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

8. Harley Benton MR-Modern

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Harley Benton MR-Modern
Playability 73
Sound 78
Build quality 77
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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Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton MR-Modern
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Tap Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • 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

9. Harley Benton MR-Modern Baritone

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Harley Benton MR-Modern Baritone
Playability 73
Sound 78
Build quality 77
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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Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton MR-Modern Baritone
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Tap Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • 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

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
  • Compare Specs >

Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Fusion-III HH HT Roasted
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock