The Best Guitar Brands of the World

Every product category has a brand which stands out head and shoulders above the rest in terms of prestige and quality. For cars, it’s brands such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. In watches, the names Tag Heuer or Rolex are the best known. When it comes to guitars, any enthusiast would immediately reel off the names of Fender, Gibson and Rickenbacker. The question of the very best guitar however still provokes extensive debate as each of the brands has their own strengths and weaknesses.


The Fender Stratocaster is probably the best known electric guitar in the world. It was invented in 1954 and although the design has been modified over the years, the basic structure and form have stayed the same. Fender only makes electric guitars however, so if discussing acoustic guitars, the brand doesn’t feature at all. With rock stars though the Fender Stratocaster is second to none, and famous people who have played the instruments include Eric Clapton, Edge from U2, George Harrison of the Beatles and Mark Knopfler. It is fair to say that this simple invention back in 1954 singly revolutionised the world of popular music.


Gibson are a long established company based in Tennessee, which has been manufacturing guitars for over a century. Gibson is the brand of choice for people interested in acoustic guitar music. The company also manufactures electric guitars alongside other related products such as banjos and amplifiers. Because of their history, Gibson guitars from the early years are popular with collectors, and some famous people known to have played the guitars in the past include Chuck Berry, Mark Bolan of T-Rex, Slash of Guns ‘n’ Roses and Paul McCartney.


Rickenbacker does not have as long a history as Gibson, but have been making guitars for around 80 years. As well as producing standard guitars, Rickenbacker is also known for making a comprehensive range of bass guitars, so if speaking to a bass player, Rickenbacker would come at the top of the list of who they considered to be best. Rickenbacker shot to prominence in the 1960s when the Beatles started using guitars, and the Rickenbacker 360 Fireglo model is similar to the guitar played by Lennon and Harrison in the Beatles. Other famous players include Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, John Taylor from Duran Duran and Pete Townshend of the Who.

Recreating the Sound

Beginners thinking about buying a new guitar often spend a lot of time thinking about what sort of sound they wish to create. Most learners start off with a basic acoustic guitar and then move onto an electric guitar later. The sort of model and make played by a guitar hero has a huge amount of influence on this decision, so a teenager who is heavily into the music of the Beatles would plump for a Rickenbacker 360 Fireglo and someone who prefers a heavier, rockier sound might prefer a Gibson. Many serious guitarists have many different makes and models, and switch which one they are playing according to the type of music.


For the iconic rickenbacker 360 fireglo model, head to the wonderful online store of Peterborough Music.


  1. Jobelle says:

    I heard about these guitars especially Fender. I just have some local guitars and it already sounds great. I wonder how much better these branded guitars could be than a local guitar. I just love guitars! 🙂

  2. plim_14 says:

    i really wanted to play guitar since i was a child. I always watching bands and some guitarist playing this and it really amaze me how skilled they are. Maybe now is the time to buy my own guitar and learn it. Thanks for the post.

  3. Evaristo Malbueso says:

    Definitely like the guitar brands that were mentioned here. These brands are not just build for professional musicians, particularly guitarists, but also for enthusiasts, and ordinary people. I believe that these what makes most musicians famous and will be remembered by music fans even if they are long dead.

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