TOP 5: Best Electric Guitars from NAMM 2018 under £500

Posted on 8th February 2018 by

Looking for your next guitar but on a bit of a budget? We’ve seen a lot of the latest guitars coming through from NAMM last week. At Rich Tone we’re dedicated to finding you the best deals out there, so here’s a list of our top bargains from the show. Whatever style you’re after, there’s something for you. You can see the full list of Electric Guitars from NAMM Under £500 here.

PRS Mark Tremonti SE Standard – Black

First up we have the PRS Tremonti SE Standard. This is a brand new PRS at under £500, which is already something to shout about! It’s designed for players on a budget looking to upgrade to their second guitar, or even for a beginner who wants an instrument that will stick by them. This guitar packs top features with dual humbuckers and tremolo bridge. None of the PRS quality is lost though, as it features a mahogany body and birds inlay. No compromises, and at a great price.

Squier Contemporary Active Stratocaster HH – RW – Olympic White

Part of Fender’s new Contemporary Squier range, this quirky Strat certainly looks the part. The combination of reversed headstock, fully-licensed Floyd Rose bridge and twin active humbuckers, make this like no Strat you’ve seen before. Definitely one for the shredders; those who love the classic lines of the Fender Stratocaster but needing that extra bite for heavier music. Available from Rich Tone Music for just over £400, this is a cinch!

Ibanez RG Standard RGMS7-BK Multi-Scale 7-String Electric Guitar – Black

A big development we’ve seen at NAMM this year is the prevalence of multi-scale guitars. No longer a novelty item, these guitars manage to combine a baritone scale for low notes with the standard scale length for higher strings. One guitar that’s perfect to chug and shred. Ibanez have brought this 7-stringed fan-fretted metal monster to the show. So if you fancy a challenge and want to take your playing to the next level, it won’t break the bank to have a go.

Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT Single-Cut with V Stoptail – Deep Cherry Metallic

One of the most iconic and recognisable guitars out there, here we have a modern take on the classic Gretsch Jet. They’ve been making these great-looking guitars since the mid-1950s, and now that Gretsch sound is very attainable. With all new Broad’Tron pickups and the upgraded chambered mahogany body, this guitars oozes with class and dignity. It plays great, looks great, and most importantly, sounds great. Grab yourself a slice of history with the Gretsch Electromatic Jet!

Ibanez Artcore AS73-OLM Electric Guitar – Olive Metallic

The cheapest guitar on the list, this is certainly worth more than a look. Ibanez are legendary for their semi-hollow body guitars, and they’ll bring their pedigree to new players with this offering. Mahogany set neck, classic scale length, and a bound maple body and top, all set off in a groovy olive metallic finish. This is one for the rockabilly types, or perhaps venturing out if you’ve only played solid guitars before. It’s certainly a bargain and you’ll have a lot of fun with this head-turning guitar.


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