Top 10 Guitar Brands of the World

Music is a passion for many people around the world. There are possible over 3000 musical instruments in the world, right from the most traditional ones to the highly sophisticated modern ones. Guitar is one of the most stylish modern musical instruments known to man. A lot of young stars are actually inclined towards playing a guitar. The guitar is an instruments which produces sound on the strumming of strings attached to the strand, which is like a long bar on the upper portion of the guitar. There are a number of manufacturers who manufactures these amazing instruments. But question is which the best are? Here is a list of top ten brands of guitar to choose from:


1. Fender

Fender guitars are the most popular and are considered as one of the best brands in the world. Fender guitar is manufactured by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation of Scottsdale, Arizona. They are specialized in making stringed instruments and are best in making the solid body electric bass guitars. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation was incorporated in the year 1946 and is a relatively new company, but with the quality of products they make and the success they achieved, Fender is easily the best guitar manufacturer in the world.


2. Epiphone

The Epiphone Company is a musical instrument company which was founded in the year 1873. Epiphone is specialized in making Guitars and are one of the largest producers of guitars in the world. Epiphone has several ranges to choose from, as they brand them in different groups. Few of the Epiphone ranges of guitars are, Epiphone Sheraton, Epiphone Casino, Epiphone Texan and The Dot etc. Besides guitars Epiphone also manufactured upright basses, banjos and other forms of stringed instruments.


3. Jackson

Jackson is a renowned guitar manufacturing company. It is named after its founder, Grover Jackson. Jackson Guitars was founded in the year 1980 and has its headquarters in the State of Arizona, United States. Jackson guitars are considered as one of the best guitars in the world. Jackson Guitars are known for its slender and elegant designs. Jackson Guitars are popular for their typical pointed headstock which is similar in design with the “shark fins”. This design is most popular and has inspired many other guitar brands to shape themselves as the Jackson’s.


4. Ibanez

Ibanez is a Japanese guitar manufacturer which was founded in the year 1957. Ibanez was the first Japanese company to gain a foothold in exporting guitars to United States and Europe. They were the pioneer to produce the seven- strings guitars. Ibanez has produced several guitar models including the Electric Guitar Models, the Signature Models, Bass Guitar Models, and Acoustic Guitar Models etc. The Ibanez guitars are one of the best in the world.


5. Gibson

Gibson guitars are the produce of the Gibson Guitar Corporation which produces guitars and other musical instruments which sell under a variety of brand names. Gibson Guitar Corporation was founded in the year 1890 by Orville Gibson in USA. It is a mass producer of the Guitars and is the most widely used guitars in the world. Gibson guitars are exported all over the world and are considered as one of the best guitar brands in the world. Gibson Guitars actually are the giant guitar company which also owns other brands of guitars. Some of the popular brands which are owned by Gibson are Baldwin, Epiphone, Kramer, Maestro, Slingerlands etc.


6. Ovation

Ovation Guitars are the produce of the Ovation Guitar Company which is a holding of the Kaman Music Corporation. Ovation Guitars are popular with the studio musicians rather than the stage performance. The Ovation Guitars are specialized in producing the acoustic guitars and they primarily manufacture various acoustic guitars. The first Ovation Guitar was developed by the founder of the Kaman Music Corporation, Charles Kaman in the year 1966. Ever since then, the Ovation Guitars are the best acoustic guitar manufacturer in the world.


7. ESP

ESP Guitars are also among the top guitar brands in the world. The company was founded by Hisatake Shibuya in the year 1975 in Tokyo, Japan. The ESP which stands for the Electric Sound Products was just a shop which was run by Shibuya to supply high quality custom replacement parts for guitars. They gained a lot of reputation as a supplier of the best quality replacement parts for musicals. Later in 1976 Shibuya started developing his own guitars and ever since then the ESP guitars are known across the world for its quality and service.


8. Squier

Squier is a brand of guitars which is a subsidiary brand of the Fender Guitars. Squier was acquired by the Fender group in the year 1965. Before the accusation of the Squier, Fender use to manufacture low priced guitars but after Fender got Squier, it stopped manufacturing the low price guitars. Squier is one of the best brands of guitars and is a high priced brand of Fender.


9. Yamaha

Yamaha is a huge multinational corporation which was established as a piano and reed organ manufacturer in the year 1887. Yamaha is a conglomerate and are into several businesses. But the oldest and the most popular are the musical instruments. Yamaha has grown over the period to become the world’s largest music instrument company which produces almost every possible musical instrument. Yamaha Guitars are also one among its many popular musical instruments. Yamaha guitars had a great demand in the market but recently faced a tough competition from other popular counterparts. However, Yamaha guitars are still one of the most popular guitars in the world.


10. B.C Rich

B.C. Rich is a manufacturer of guitars and bass guitars which was founded in 1969. B.C. Rich is considered as one of the most stylish electric guitar manufacturer. Lately they are more into manufacturing their guitars in Asia. However, after the Rico family, who were the founder family this brand of guitar is almost losing its charm and popularity. But definitely the B.C. Rich guitars were the better ones among other popular brands of guitars.


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6 Responses

  1. glue

    Fender makes some great guitars, but you need to be careful because they have no shame and will put their name on any piece of crap.

  2. Luis Gonzalez

    ESP Is simply the best brand you could ever use, from it’s awesome quality ESP too their good quality/price realtion with LTD. You can use an LTD distressed series for playing classic rock, for blues also, and the Xtone series make their work too, and from their LTD standard and deluxe series to their ESP standard and signature series for the best and widest range of metal you could ever imagine, with them you can from Black Sabbath or Ozzy Osbourne, to Metallica and Children of Bodom. (Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Alexi Laiho, Henkka, Michael Paget, Gus G, Tom Araya, Jeff Hanneman and almost any japanese guitar and bass player that is considered good [Seriously, without exagerations or lying] endorses ESP guitars and basses).

  3. Samantha

    I wonder if this list shouldn’t be renamed as Best Electric Guitar Brands, since there does seem to be a strong focus on electric guitars in this list. Yamaha does make a very good line of acoustic guitars, and Ibanez and Epiphone also manufacture acoustic guitars, and the Gibson Hummingbird would make any top 10 list of acoustic, but it’s the only one on this list that seems world class for an acoustic manufacturere(other manufacturers on the list may also make acoustics, but I’m not familiar with them) I doubt if they would be considered the best guitars or the most highly respected brands.

    I don’t have a list of 10 top acoustic guitar brands, but I certainly think Martin would have a place on it, with a focus on their steel string instruments). Wechter may be the foremost manufacturer of resonator guitars. I’ve mentioned Gibson, and would like to add Breedlove as well. I’m quite certain that there are others equally worthy of an acoustic guitar list and I rather hope somebody more knowledgeable than I am will compile one.

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