Best Offset Guitars With Active Pickups in 2024

Here are the top Offset style guitars with Active pickups.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. ESP LTD SD-2

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Playability 85
Sound 76
Build quality 74
Value for money 73
Overall Score 78

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  • Neck profile shape: C (6 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (10 votes)
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  • 5 Prices - New from $1,399.93 >
  • From ESP LTD's 2022 Signature series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 3Pc Mahogany neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Blackouts Metal (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • Floyd Rose 1000 SE bridge
  • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • LTD tuners
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  • From ESP LTD's 2022 Signature series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 3Pc Mahogany neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Blackouts Metal (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • Floyd Rose 1000 SE bridge
  • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • LTD tuners
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ESP LTD SD-2
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Jackson Pro Series Signature Rob Cavestany Death Angel

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Playability 80
Sound 81
Build quality 70
Value for money 77
Overall Score 77

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  • Neck profile shape: D (31 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (35 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (11 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (5 votes)
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  • 6 Prices - New from $1,019.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2023 Artist Signature series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG HA (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Special Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners
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  • 6 Prices - New from $1,019.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2023 Artist Signature series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG HA (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Special Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners
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Jackson Pro Series Signature Rob Cavestany Death Angel
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Coil Tap Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar

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3. Dean ML Select Fluence

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Playability 77
Sound 77
Build quality 64
Value for money 73
Overall Score 73

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  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (3 votes)
  • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (2 votes)
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  • 4 Prices - New from $1,125 >
  • From Dean's 2021 Select series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Tune-O-Matic (With V Plate) bridge
  • V Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover 18:1 tuners
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  • 4 Prices - New from $1,125 >
  • From Dean's 2021 Select series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Tune-O-Matic (With V Plate) bridge
  • V Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover 18:1 tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Dean ML Select Fluence
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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4. Harley Benton JA-20HH Active

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Playability 72
Sound 62
Build quality 49
Value for money 76
Overall Score 61

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  • Neck profile shape: C (15 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (9 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (3 votes)
  • Pickups power: Hot (5 votes)
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  • 2 Prices - New from €149 >
  • From Harley Benton's 2022 Progressive series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar body
  • Maple neck
  • Roseacer fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: HBZ Hi-Gain Humbucker (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: HBZ Hi-Gain Humbucker (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Hardtail bridge
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Diecast tuners
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  • 2 Prices - New from €149 >
  • From Harley Benton's 2022 Progressive series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar body
  • Maple neck
  • Roseacer fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: HBZ Hi-Gain Humbucker (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: HBZ Hi-Gain Humbucker (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Hardtail bridge
  • Harley Benton Modern C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Diecast tuners
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Harley Benton JA-20HH Active
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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5. Jackson USA Signature Gus G. Star

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Playability 82
Sound 68
Build quality 79
Value for money 61
Overall Score 76

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  • Neck profile shape: D (31 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (35 votes)
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  • 2 Prices - New from $4,799.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2017 Artist Signature series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Blackfire Pickups Proteus Humbucker (Active) (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Blackfire Pickups Proteus Humbucker (Active) (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • TonePros TOM-Style Adjustable with Anchored Gotoh Tailpiece bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast Locking tuners
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  • 2 Prices - New from $4,799.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2017 Artist Signature series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Blackfire Pickups Proteus Humbucker (Active) (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Blackfire Pickups Proteus Humbucker (Active) (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • TonePros TOM-Style Adjustable with Anchored Gotoh Tailpiece bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast Locking tuners
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Jackson USA Signature Gus G. Star
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Bone Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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6. ESP LTD XJ-1 HT

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Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 70
Value for money 73
Overall Score 73

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  • Neck profile shape: D (25 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (36 votes)
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  • 3 Prices - New from $1,499 >
  • From ESP LTD's 2024 XJ series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Swamp Ash body
  • 3Pc Roasted Maple neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Open Core Classic Humbucker Black *(Pull Volume for Voice 3) (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • Hipshot w/ String Thru bridge
  • Thin U Bolt-On neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • LTD Locking tuners
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  • 3 Prices - New from $1,499 >
  • From ESP LTD's 2024 XJ series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Swamp Ash body
  • 3Pc Roasted Maple neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Open Core Classic Humbucker Black *(Pull Volume for Voice 3) (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • Hipshot w/ String Thru bridge
  • Thin U Bolt-On neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • LTD Locking tuners
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ESP LTD XJ-1 HT
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Made in South Korea
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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7. Jackson Pro Series Signature Gus G. Star

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Playability 78
Sound 66
Build quality 62
Value for money 69
Overall Score 69

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  • Neck profile shape: D (31 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (35 votes)
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  • 5 Prices - New from $1,149.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2020 Artist Signature series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Blackfire Pickups Proteus Humbucker (Active) (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Blackfire Pickups Proteus Humbucker (Active) (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Jackson TOM-Style Adjustable with Anchored Tailpiece bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast Locking tuners
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  • 5 Prices - New from $1,149.99 >
  • From Jackson's 2020 Artist Signature series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Blackfire Pickups Proteus Humbucker (Active) (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Blackfire Pickups Proteus Humbucker (Active) (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Jackson TOM-Style Adjustable with Anchored Tailpiece bridge
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson Pro Series Signature Gus G. Star
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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