Guitar players know there’s a big difference between acoustic and electric guitar. Two different dimensions of sound and experience of playing. Personally, my passion is for acoustic guitar though I own a sweet Matt Ballemy Muse Cort electric guitar. However, every guitar player knows there’s a time and place to get an electric guitar that meets the sound you are looking for. Recently, I came across some videos that convinced me that the time has arrived.
As you can see, we are not representing any guitar shop. And full disclosure, I am an acoustic guitar player myself trying to find the best electric guitar and unfortunately, did not have the luxury of playing all the guitars below. So our list is based on our experience, friends’ recommendations, and reviews online.
Hopefully, you can look through this list and find a guitar that will help you. If you have any electric guitar you think should be on the list, comment it below and we will add it.
Top electric guitars for acoustic players
Wow, the Taylor T5Z sounds amazing. It is the ultimate hybrid electric-acoustic guitar, first introduced in 2005. With the Taylor T5Z, there’s a wide variety of electric and acoustic tones and it is basically the perfect solution for guitarists who want to have an electric and acoustic sound in one guitar.
The good: You get a unique sound. Hybrid electric-acoustic guitar
The bad: It’s quite expensive
The Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar is one that made Epiphone a famous guitar brand. It is like the Beatle car of Hollowbody guitars and Ever since ‘The Beatles’ purchased three Casinos back in 1964, the Epiphone Casino has been one of the best electric guitars suitable for picking and strumming.
The good: Reliable, a great sound, and has a great value in the market whenever you decide to sell
The bad: None
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Another great guitar from Epiphone. The Epiphone Les Paul Standard has a body made from mahogany with a maple veneer top and a mahogany neck with the standard rosewood fingerboard. The Epiphone Les Paul Standard is very similar to the Gibson Les Paul though the Gibson is much more expensive. In terms of price and quality, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard is one of the best guitars for acoustic players.
The good: Great quality materials, not expensive
The bad: Some might say it is a copy of Gibson Les Paul
Gibson Les Paul Jr
The Gibson Les Paul is one of the best guitars in the market. Over the years, Gibson has developed a wide variety of models including the recent Gibson Les Paul Jr. It has a warm sound that enables acoustic players to strum and pick the same as they do on acoustic guitar.
The good: Warm sound, average price, great look
The bad: Lack versatility of sounds
Michael Kelly Hybrid Special
We came across this guitar and could not ignore it. The Michael Kelly Hybrid Special is a unique guitar with a beautiful design and a great tone. It feels natural for strumming and picking and has a feeling of mahogany and maple sound. It is also not so expensive compared to other electric guitars in the market.
The good: Reasonable price, beautiful design, a versatile and unique tone
The bad: has only one output