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Best Electric Guitars With Active Pickups in 2022

Here are the top electric guitars with Active pickups.

We've found exactly 312 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. ESP E-II Horizon FR-II

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ESP E-II Horizon FR-II
Playability 83
Sound 84
Build quality 84
Value for money 79
Overall Score 84
  • 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)
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
  • Retainer bar
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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
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Luminescent Inlay

2. Schecter Avenger FR SLS Elite Evil Twin

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Schecter Avenger FR SLS Elite Evil Twin
Playability 83
Sound 83
Build quality 85
Value for money 84
Overall Score 84
  • From Schecter's 2021 SLS Elite series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • 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 tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter Avenger FR SLS Elite Evil Twin
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Coil Split, Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock

3. Schecter C-1 FR S SLS Elite

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Schecter C-1 FR S SLS Elite
Playability 83
Sound 85
Build quality 84
Value for money 84
Overall Score 84
  • 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: Sustainiac (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 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 S SLS Elite
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Multi-Voicing, Sustainer Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

4. Schecter C-1 FR S SLS Evil Twin

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Schecter C-1 FR S SLS Evil Twin
Playability 83
Sound 85
Build quality 85
Value for money 84
Overall Score 84
  • From Schecter's 2018 SLS Elite series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • 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: Sustainiac (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 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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Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter C-1 FR S SLS Evil Twin
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Multi-Voicing, Sustainer Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock

5. Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 MK-III Artist

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Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 MK-III Artist
Playability 85
Sound 78
Build quality 88
Value for money 79
Overall Score 84
  • From Schecter's 2019 Artist series
  • Keith Merrow Signature
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Burl top
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Wenge/Maple/Purpleheart Multi-ply w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Keith Merrow Custom Humbucker (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Keith Merrow Custom Humbucker (Humbucker/Active)
  • Hipshot Ibby HM Guitar Bridge bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Ultra Thin C Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot Grip-Lock tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 MK-III Artist
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock

6. Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 MK-III Pro

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Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 MK-III Pro
Playability 82
Sound 80
Build quality 91
Value for money 69
Overall Score 84
  • From Schecter's 2021 Artist series
  • Keith Merrow Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple top
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Wenge 3-piece with purple heart and maple laminates neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Keith Merrow Custom Fishman Fluence (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Keith Merrow Custom Fishman Fluence (Humbucker/Active)
  • Hipshot Low Profilefixed bridge bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin fast C Bolt-On neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot open gear locking with Knurled Barrel adjustment tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6 MK-III Pro
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock

7. Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly

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Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly
Playability 83
Sound 78
Build quality 91
Value for money 69
Overall Score 84
  • From Jackson's 2019 Artist Signature series
  • Jeff Loomis Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Sandblasted Ash top
  • Ash body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Sperzel Die-Cast tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Locking Tuners
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock

8. ESP E-II Arrow

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ESP E-II Arrow
Playability 83
Sound 83
Build quality 82
Value for money 73
Overall Score 83
  • 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)
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
  • Retainer bar
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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
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Luminescent Inlay

9. Schecter C-1 FR SLS Elite

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Schecter C-1 FR SLS Elite
Playability 83
Sound 81
Build quality 84
Value for money 83
Overall Score 83
  • 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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Price Comparison

Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter C-1 FR SLS Elite
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

10. ESP E-II Horizon NT-II

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ESP E-II Horizon NT-II
Playability 85
Sound 79
Build quality 83
Value for money 72
Overall Score 82
  • 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)
  • Gotoh TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP E-II Horizon NT-II
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Luminescent Inlay