When it comes to electric guitar, the first thing that comes in my mind is the budget. Everyone is not rich enough to have a premium/signature series as their first electric guitar. For me, when i started playing electric guitar, what i used to search for was the best budgeting electric guitar & my range was always between 10k to 15k. Throughout this journey I had played tones of electric guitars & here I am with the list of top 5 electric guitars that you can buy between INR 10k to 15k. This is Indian pricing so, if you’re reading this from the US, you can check out, GeekStar‘s article on the best electric guitars under $200.
Here we have selected top 5 brands & their best guitar under the price segment.
1. Ibanez GART60:
Price: Rs. 14,044
|Neck type||GART Maple neck|
|Fretboard||Rosewood fretboard w/White dot inlay|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||Full Tune III bridge/tailpiece|
|Neck Pickup||Infinity R (S) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)|
|Bridge Pickup||Infinity R (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)|
Ibanez produces some of the best guitars in the word, when it comes in the budget segment. All the Ibanez “G” series are the entry level segment guitars. The GART60 is another entry level segment from the Artist Series. It comes with Poplar body & a Infinity R – HH setup. Having an poplar body, the guitar gives a warm sound, but if you want a much better sound, you can add the infinity pickup [INF] (Ibanez Stock Pickup) at cheaper price for a much better sound. The guitar comes with 22 medium fret & a slim neck profile that makes your playing faster. One of the best part of this guitar is the finish. It comes in a Walnut Sunburst finish that makes this guitar looks stunning.
2. Fender Squier Affinity Series Telecaster:
Price: Rs. 16,999
|Neck type||C-Shape Maple neck|
|Fretboard||maple fretboard /black dot inlay|
|Neck Pickup||Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele|
|Bridge Pickup||Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele|
If you are a big fan of telecaster shape & want a fender sound, this Fender Squier Affinity Series Telecaster is the perfect choice for you. The Squier series is Fender’s budgeting series that is build with an purpose to give the traditional sound at low price. It comes loaded with Squier’s stock pickup, which delivers the Telecaster signature sound for lower budget. The maple neck give the best feel for solo, whereas the alder body is the perfect choice for those who are looking for low profile, yet crunchy sound. This guitar is best for Blues, Jazz & alternative music.
3. Yamaha Pacifica (PAC 012)
Price: Rs. 13,299
|Neck type||Maple neck|
|Neck Pickup||Single Coil X 2 (stock pickup)|
|Bridge Pickup||Humbucking (Stock pickup)|
The Yamaha Pacifica PAC 012 is one of the best value for money electric guitar. This guitar comes in different color options that are: Black, Metallic Dark Blue and Metallic Red. The reason why it’s cheap because of the Agathis body, but the overall combination of the guitar helps to give the best tone. During my test with the Yamaha Pacifica PAC 012 I found that the stock pickups aren’t that great, but when swiped with the EMG’s this guitar sounds killer.
4. Jackson JS11 Dinky – MTR 6:
Price: Rs. 13,699
|Neck type||1-Piece, Bolt-On, Maple neck|
|Neck Pickup||Jackson High Output Humbucking|
|Bridge Pickup||Jackson High Output Humbucking|
The Jackson JS11 Dinky – MTR6 is another cool guitar for those who are into heavy music. The guitar comes with a basswood body knows to give heavier sound, but this guitar plays amazing blues & alternative music too. This electric guitar comes with 22 fret medium fret, whereas the high output Jackson stock pickup does the great work. This guitar comes with a volume knob & tone knob with 3 way switch. The basswood body gives this guitar a dark tone.
5. Schecter SGR C1
Price: Rs. 13,800
|Neck type||Bolt-On Maple neck|
|Neck Pickup||Stock Passive Humbucking|
|Bridge Pickup||Stock Passive Humbucking|
Schecter SGR C1 is another electric guitar for those who are into metal music. This is purely made for heavy distortion. The basswood body does the pretty good job with his dark tone for better distortion. It comes with 24 jumbo fret, with low neck profile for speed guitar playing. What i strongly suggest is to change the pickup, but the stock pickup does the pretty good job. What cool in this guitar is the gothic cross at 12th fret, which give the metal look for this guitar. So these were some of the best electric guitars that you could have for the price range from 10,000 to 15,000 INR. These guitars won’t be your last option as these guitars need some upgrade. All the guitars above need to change the switch controller & pickup for better output. If you still have any doubt regarding this, you cab feel free to ask in the comment below.