Best electric guitars in Australia

Need to buy an electric guitar? We've selected the top six electric guitars available in Australia for a variety of playing styles and budgets.

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The best electric guitars in Australia

How did we pick this list?

The products on this list are based on extensive research and real customer reviews. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below

Best overall electric guitar for beginners: Rise by Sawtooth Electric Guitar Pack ¾ Size Right-Handed Sunburst

Pros

  • By many accounts, well constructed and has nice action
  • Amp delivers respectable volume (but not enough to annoy parents/neighbours)

Cons

  • 9-volt power adapter not included
  • Scattered reports of damage in transit issues

Price (RRP): $191.59
Amazon pricing: From $162.36

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Why we chose it

Beginners out for a bargain really ought to set their sights on this Sawtooth Electric Guitar Pack as it comes with 4.2 out of 5 stars (after 604 Amazon reviews). The axe itself is quite decent – a 24-inch scale length that boasts a basswood body, fetching chrome hardware and a maple neck with dot inlays.

Better yet, this is a cost-effective collection of everything a budding guitarist will need in the long run. You'll be getting a reasonably powerful portable amp (sans batteries or power cord), a wire to hook up with, a guitar strap, a pitch pipe and a gig bag to keep it all safe.


Best electric-acoustic for beginners: Glen Burton GA204BCO BK Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar Black

Pros

  • Majority of reviewers report a pleasing tone for the price
  • This is quite a cost-effective, high-quality package deal

Cons

  • The odd reviewer reporting iffy connections with the onboard electronics
  • One reviewer questions the structural integrity (after dropping, mind you)

Price (RRP): $877.79
Amazon pricing: From $965.89

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Why we chose it

If you want to invest in a decent acoustic-electric but you don't wish to pay absolute top dollar, the Glen Burton is a standout option with a 4.4/5 star rating after 772 Amazon reviews. It's quite impressive in terms of build quality and looks (it comes with a flame top plus basswood back and sides). You're also getting a rosewood fingerboard and catalpa bridge and neck.

Better yet, it's sold in a cost-effective pack that includes all of the extras you'll need down the road. Along with the all-important soft case bag, you'll be covered for strings, picks and a strap. There's even a modest 10-watt amp as well as a handy clip-on tuner to keep you sounding spot on.


Best electric guitar under $1,000: Fender Player Stratocaster Electric Guitar Pau Ferro LH Fingerboard Sonic Red

Pros

  • The undeniable street cred of owning a Strat
  • Superior sound and build quality

Cons

  • Isolated reports of the frets being too sharp
  • Some string buzz reported for the top three strings

Price (RRP): $999
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Why we chose it

If you're not afraid to wade into the deep end for your musical craft, this Sonic Red Fender Player Stratocaster comes highly recommended with a 4.6/5 star rating (after 199 Amazon reviews). It has a striking Alder body with gloss finish, a 9.5-inch Radius fingerboard and a "Modern C"-shaped neck profile. Forget a case – this is the sort of guitar you mount on your wall when you're not using it.

Basically, if you want a good, playable, gig-friendly Strat for quite a bit less than the next step up (the much-coveted American pro/elite series), then pick one of these up.


Best electric guitar under $500: Ibanez GRG 7 String Solid Body Electric Guitar

Pros

  • Intonation is spot on
  • Comes in blue and black

Cons

  • Isolated report of a cracked body
  • Seven strings might intimidate a beginner

Price (RRP): $463.04
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Why we chose it

The Ibanez GRG 7 String comes highly recommended with a 4.3/5 star rating (after 56 Amazon reviews) and is a respectable mid-range option for enthusiasts who know their way around a fretboard. Why the seventh string? It's a luxury for the average guitarist and all but a necessity if your forte is a genre like progressive metal and math rock.

Build-wise, this is impressive for the price point. Expect a comfortable maple neck, smooth frets, good tone and quick action, all delivered in a stylish package.


Best electric guitar under $300: Rocktile Warhead MG3008 Electric Guitar

Pros

  • Amp is lightweight and highly portable
  • Added accessories represent great value for money

Cons

  • Scattered reports of input jack/connection issues
  • Isolated reports of chipped paintwork

Price (RRP): $277.79
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Why we chose it

For those of you about to rock with a modest budget, we think it's time you saluted the Rocktile Warhead MG-3008 Electric with its 4.4/5 star rating (after 91 Amazon reviews). Clearly built with the metal and heavy rock crowd in mind, this 24-fret beast is an excellent starter axe that can be easily modded (if you so choose).

You certainly won't need to. The average shredder will be more than happy with highlights that include a tremolo bridge and a rosewood fretboard and two humbucker pick-ups (which may be individually selected via a switch). An always appreciated side bonus: this also comes with a 2.5-metre wire.


Best electric guitar for kids: Stedman Pro 30-inch Kids Electric Guitar Pack

Pros

  • Ready to play out of the box and has the accessories you'll need
  • Lots of purchasers report it’s a well-made guitar for the price

Cons

  • Some reports of case zipper failures
  • Isolated reports of amp issues

Price (RRP): $116.43
Amazon pricing: From $126.62

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Why we chose it

The journey of a thousand licks must begin somewhere, and the Stedman Pro 30-inch Kids Electric Guitar Pack represents a good first step with a 4.3/5 star rating (after 290 Amazon reviews). What's on offer is a 30-inch guitar that's rocking a 20-inch scale with 21 frets – the perfect set-up for diminutive hands.

The build quality and intonation are quite decent for the asking price. Better yet, this is a complete package that equips your budding guitarist with everything needed to host a gig out of the box: guitar, 5W amp, cable cord, strap, picks, gig bag and extra strings.


Amazon prices last updated on 20 June, 2021 at 08:01 pm

Methodology

80+
Brands considered
600
Products compared
6
Best products chosen
  • Our editorial team compared electric guitars from brands found in major supermarkets across Australia as well as online retailers.
  • We examined hundreds of customer reviews and ratings as well as expert reviews.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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