Blog Gear August 29, 2016 Share Tweet Share IbanezGRX70QATBB $199 Check Latest Price Epiphone Les Paul Special $149 Check Latest Price SquierVintage Modified '51 $199.99 Check Latest Price SquierAffinity Strat HSS $199.99 Check Latest Price Epiphone SG-Special $179 Check Latest Price And the Winner Is... There are a lot of things to consider when buying your first guitar or a guitar for your kid. You don't want to spend a lot of money but you want to get the best quality. Each guitar has special features that suit it to different styles of music as well. In these reviews I took all of these things into consideration so that you can get the best value from a guitar under $200. Quite honestly, having built my own electric guitars and bought thousands of dollars worth of them this year, I'm very impressed with all of these choices but 2 of them really stick out as clear winners. * The star ratings are a combination of my feelings about these products and general consensus of people who bought them.1. Fender Squier Affinity Stratocaster HHS The Squier Affinity Strat features a HSS (humbucker, single coil, single coil) pickup configuration. That along with Fender's consistent quality gives this guitar versatility to play any genre of music. It features a rosewood neck with medium jumbo frets which is comfortable for small to large sized hands. One of my personal favorite features is the large 1960's style headstock. Check For Lowest Price Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS FeaturesAlder body with gloss polyurethane finishMaple neck with 9.5 in radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets2 Single-Coil Pickups and 1 Humbucking PickupSynchronous Tremolo BridgeMaster volume with 2 tone controls with 5 position pickup selector switch I am a serious guitarist (rock, country, blues). I bought this, sight unseen and unplayed, axe for a cheap summer camp guitar for my kid (who normally plays a Fender American made standard Tele, not a summer camp guitar). I didn't expect much for $200, just a workable axe that would play in tune and with good action and ok tone. Top Review 2. Squier Vintage Modified '51, 2-Tone Sunburst The Squier Vintage Modified '51 Telecaster is an interesting delightful guitar. I love that it includes a humbucker pickup on the bridge. That alone gives this guitar versatility that a normal Tele wouldn't have. Just one look at the Vintage Modified '51 and you're hooked. It's a beautiful guitar and Fender has done a fantastic job with this entire series. If you have $400 you should buy this and the Squier Affinity Strat. Check For Lowest Price Squier Vintage Modified '51 Tele FeaturesTonal versatility of HS pickup configuration Rotary pickup selector and a push/pull coil tapMaple satin finished C-shaped neck, 9; 5 fretboard radius21 Medium jumbo fretsHybrid Strat body shape, tele headstock and '51 style pickguard make this guitar as individual as your playing This review takes in to consideration the fact that this is intended to be an entry level guitar. Anything that performs at it's price level or for it's intended purpose in a flawless manner is a 4 start in my opinion. Anything that exceeds those expectations is a 5 star, and this is definitely a 5 star product. Top Review 3. Epiphone Les Paul Special The Les Paul has a been a staple in rock music for decades. The Epiphone Les Paul Special does not disappoint for those wanting to get that classic Les Paul sound. Keep in mind this guitar is less than $150! You get a lot of guitar for the price. This guitar comes with P-90 pickups. Epiphone is the "cheaper" Gibson alternative but that doesn't mean a sacrifice in quality. $149 on Amazon.com Epiphone Les Paul Special FeaturesP90R and P90T PickupsRosewood NeckMahogany Body with Gloss Worn Black22 medium frets I have to say that this guitar is without a doubt the one of the best I have ever owned. I have 11 guitars and have been playing for over 50 years. I can't believe it was only $150.00. The P-90 pickups have an amazing sound, much better than any single coiled I have ever heard. The finish is great, the neck is dead on straight, good tuners, and very easy to play. I've ordered a second to set as a slide and I am retiring my tele from that duty. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone. Bravo Epiphone, Bravo Gibson Corp. Top Review 4. Ibanez GRX70QATBB Any time I see an Ibanez guitar I instantly think Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Andy Timmons and Paul Gilbert. All shredders. Ibanez is synonymous with guitar shredders that make the guitar scream and play fast. This guitar priced to get into a high speed guitar. It comes with a tremolo but not locking tuners so if you plan on doing a lot of dive bombing with the whammy then you should probably pick a higher priced model. Check lowest price Ibanez GRX70QATBB FeaturesHumbucker, Single Coil, Humbucker Pickup ConfigurationPoplar body with quilted art grain topGRX Maple Neck with Rosewood fingerboardPearl dot inlays22 medium frets My son is 10 and recently began guitar lessons. He loves this guitar. Very easy to handle and stays in tune. His instructor said this is a good quality guitar. Top Review Awesome guitar love the colors the sound and feel but note the design on the guitar is transparent it's not like how you see in the pic but in sunlight it looks amazing whammy bar is nice but guitar goes outta tune once the bar is used but it's a great guitar Top Review 4. Epiphone SG-Special w/ KillPotTM The Gibson SG was made famous by Angus Young of AC/DC and is a great alternative to the super heavy Gibson Les Paul. This Epiphone version of the SG has had some mix reviews. You either love it or you don't. I love that it includes 2 humbucker pickups. I like the light weight as well. For under $180 you can get a cool look and great sounding guitar. Check lowest price Epiphone SG-Special Features2 Humbucker Pickup ConfigurationLam Alder/Maple BodyMaple Neck with Rosewood fingerboardTune-O-Matic bridge22 medium fretsClassic SG soundNew Epiphone technical breakthroughs such as the ProBucker pickup, series parallel switching, built-in KillSwitch pots, the Shadow NanoFlex and NanoMag pickup systems, and premier acoustic/electric guitars with the eSonic preamp have brought the historic name to a new generation. Even with everything stock, it sounds and plays great, and holds its tune well. The bueaty of this guitar is its price. For less than $200, you can have an SG styled guitar that sounds and plays great. Plus, due to the low price and bolt-on neck, it's a great project guitar. Nobody wants to drill on a $2000 authentic Gibson SG Standard, but drilling and soldering with this $170 beauty is no sweat. Top Review Question:Did you buy a new electric guitar under $200 that you think should be on the list? Leave a comment below.