13 Best Solid Body Electric Guitars

List Updated October 2020

Bestselling Solid Body Electric Guitars in 2020


Archer SS10WHNEW Solid-Body Electric Guitar

Archer SS10WHNEW Solid-Body Electric Guitar
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Basswood body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Fixed bridge
  • String-thru body

Glen Burton GE47 Solid Body Electric Guitar, Camo

Glen Burton GE47 Solid Body Electric Guitar, Camo
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Solid Mahogany Body
  • Maple Neck and Rosewood Fretboard
  • Dual Humbucker Pickups
  • 1 Volume, 1 Tone Controls and 3 Way Switch

Sawtooth 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Vanilla Cream with Pearloid White Pickguard, Left-Handed (ST-ES-LH-VCP-BEG-KIT)

Sawtooth 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Vanilla Cream with Pearloid White Pickguard, Left-Handed (ST-ES-LH-VCP-BEG-KIT)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Sycamore Body, Maple U-Shaped neck
  • 25.5" Scale Length, 42mm nut width, 15" Fingerboard radius
  • 22 Medium jumbo Frets, 3 single-coil pickups, 5-way selector switch
  • Synchronous tremolo Bridge, 1 volume & 2 tone controls
  • Included accessories: portable beginner's 5 Watt batteries not included), power adapter, 4 Pick Sampler, Guitar strap, Guitar Bag, tuning pitch Pipe, instrument Cable, & online Lesson

Ibanez 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Right Handed (GRX40ZCA)

Ibanez 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Right Handed (GRX40ZCA)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Fast, slim Maple neck
  • T102 tremolo Bridge
  • High output Infinity R pickups

Schecter 430 C-6 Deluxe Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Satin Black

Schecter 430 C-6 Deluxe Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Satin Black
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Basswood Body with Maple Neck
  • Tune-O-Matic Bridge with String-thru Body
  • Schechter Diamond Plus Pickups
  • Rosewood Fret board
  • Graphite Nut

Godin LGX-SA Solid Body 3-Voice Electric Guitar (Trans Blue AAA)

Godin LGX-SA Solid Body 3-Voice Electric Guitar (Trans Blue AAA)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and offset dot inlays
  • Seymour Duncan SH II Jazz (Neck) and Custom III (Bridge), five-way switch, tone, volume
  • RMC transducer saddles with custom preamp and three-band EQ
  • Built-in 13-pin connector for Roland GR-Series synths and most other 13-pin devices
  • Mahogany body with carved, figured maple top

Yamaha Pacifica PAC611VFM CB Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Caramel Brown

Yamaha Pacifica PAC611VFM CB Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Caramel Brown
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Solid Alder Body with a Flamed Maple Top
  • Maple Neck with Tinted Finish & Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Wilkinson VS50-6 Bridge
  • Grover Locking Tuners & Graphtec Nut
  • Seymour Duncan SP90-1 & Custom 5 Trembucker w/ Coil Tapping

Sundown SD-100TB Limited Edition Guitars Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Vintage Tobacco Sunburst

Sundown SD-100TB Limited Edition Guitars Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Vintage Tobacco Sunburst
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Maple Body, neck & Fretboard
  • 3 single coil pickups
  • 5 way selector switch
  • 2 tone & 1 volume knobs
  • 3 spring floating tremolo with fully adjustable vintage top Loading Bridge

Ibanez 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Right Handed (GRX70QATEB)

Ibanez 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Right Handed (GRX70QATEB)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Fast, slim Maple neck
  • Beautiful quilted Maple art grain top
  • High output Infinity R pickups

Angel Lopez EC3000CBK Electric Solid Body Classical Guitar with Cutaway

Angel Lopez EC3000CBK Electric Solid Body Classical Guitar with Cutaway
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Angel Lopez Model Acoustic Guitar
  • Spruce Veneer top
  • Solid Spruce Back and Sides
  • Black Color
  • Matt neck/Highgloss body

D'Angelico Deluxe Bedford Electric Guitar w/ Seymour Duncan P-90 Pickups - Natural Swamp Ash

D'Angelico Deluxe Bedford Electric Guitar w/ Seymour Duncan P-90 Pickups - Natural Swamp Ash
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Mother-of-Pearl split-block inlays indulge in Art Deco decadence-a small but impactful aesthetic detail new for 2018.
  • The unique combination of our custom Seymour Duncan 59 single-coil stack in the neck position and humbucker in the Bridge makes for pristine, balanced tone
  • Push/pull tone knobs allow for easy coil-tapping, broadening your humbucker's range of tones to include spanky single-coil sounds.
  • An aesthetic nod to the hollow body designs that have defined our product line, the F-hole Pickguard brings a unique swag to D'Angelico solid-bodies, at once familiar and all new
  • A slim, unfinished maple neck guarantees playability. No sticky hands, no wrist-ache-all comfort.

Spectrum AIL 78CFM Solid-Body Electric Guitar

Spectrum AIL 78CFM Solid-Body Electric Guitar
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Features a flamed maple body with high gloss cherry burst finish
  • Features a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard with die cast tuning pegs and an adjustable truss rod
  • Includes three single coil pickups with 5-way selector switch, one volume and two tone controls
  • Includes bonus mini amplifier, adjustable strap, and picks

L'MS Clear Acrylic See-Thru Body Vintage Style Electric Guitar With LED Light (Blue LEDs)

L'MS Clear Acrylic See-Thru Body Vintage Style Electric Guitar With LED Light (Blue LEDs)
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

Solid Body Electric Guitars and What Makes Them Sound Different

There are many different types of electric guitars out there of all shapes, sizes and price ranges. They're all made up of electronics, wood, and strings. But what makes them all sound so different?

Many players believe that the man element in the guitar's sound (not counting the player) are the guitar's pickups. The pickups rest underneath the vibrating strings. They are essentially a unit that houses a microphone for each individual guitar string. Without pickups your electric guitar would have no sound when plugged into an amplifier. But there are many more parts of an electric guitar that influence the sound.

The Wood

Now you may not think that the type of the wood in an electric guitar makes much of a difference but it makes a BIG difference. Their are MANY different types of woods used. In this article, we'll discuss the most popular woods used in the most popular solid body electric guitars. Some of them make a dramatic difference in the sound and some of them make subtle differences. Let's discuss the types of woods electric guitars are made from and what kind of effect they have on the guitar's sound.

The Weight

Different types of wood have different weights and have a dramatic effect on the sound of the guitar. Heavier woods sustain well and have a bright and articulate sound making it ideal for electric bass guitars. A heavier wood can also make a decent regular, 6 string electric guitar if the player desires a sound that has a lot of bass and sustain. Some woods used in electric guitars are extra light. This can make a difference on how the player's back feels at the end of a 4 hour gig but these instruments may have a very muddy sound or a sound that doesn't really stand out among the rest of the band when the player needs it. A medium weight wood is VERY popular as it gives you a decent sound complete with sustain and the bite that is found in lighter weight woods.

Types Of Wood

The types of woods make a big difference in the solid body guitar's sound. In some guitars, the body may be made primarily of one type of wood but have a different type of wood layered on top of the instrument giving it sound characteristics of both woods.

Alder

Alder is very popular for solid body guitar bodies because of its lighter weight and its full sound. Alder has been the mainstay for the Fender guitar and amplifier company solid guitar bodies for many years. A Fender Stratocaster alder body weighs about 4 pounds.

Ash

Ash wood comes in two types. Northern Hard Ash and Swamp Ash. Northern Hard Ash is very hard, heavy and dense. It's density contributes to a bright tone and a long sustain which makes it very popular.

Basswood

This is a lighter weight wood that produces a nice warm tone. This wood goes well with the Stratocaster type guitars.

Maple

There are two types of maple. Hard and Soft Maple. Hard Maple is a very hard, heavy and dense wood. The tone is very bright with long sustain and a lot of bite. It is usually much lighter weight than Hard Maple. It has bright tone with good bite and attack. Some guitars may have a maple top which will influence the sound but provide a visual addition if the maple is flamed or quilted and has a clear or transparent finish on the surface of the guitar.

Poplar

Poplar wood is very popular as well. It is similar to Alder in tone and is often used in some of the more economical guitars.

Rosewood

Rosewood is warmer than maple, but the highs seem to be dampened somewhat by the oily nature of the wood. One plus of a rosewood solid body electric guitar is the beauty.

Pickups

The pickups come in 3 types. Single coil, Humbucking, and Soap Bar Humbucking. A single coil provides more highs and more bite but many of them have a hum associated with them. A humbucking pickup is essentially two single coil pickups next to each other wired in a way to "buck" the hum thus eliminating the unwanted hum. Humbucking pickups have a sound that has more presence and bass. They are generally louder than single coil pickups as well. Soap bar Humbucking pickups (or P-90s) give you a wide single coil pickups thus creating a sound that combines the sound of the single coil with the sound of the Humbucker.

The Nut

The "nut" is the small part on the neck at the top of the fretboard closest to the tuning keys. It provides a fulcrum for the string. Any string you pluck that is above the neck will sound very high like a violin. The material in which the nut is made of plays a strong role in the sound of the instrument. We'll discuss some of the materials that the nut is made of and how it influences the sound.

Nut Material

Bone

Bone is bright and clear, with a detailed sound and is most popular.

Graphite

Graphite provides a warm and even-sound for your instrument.

Brass

Brass nuts provide bright sounds with very good sustain.

Nickel

Nickel gives a very bright with excellent sound with articulation and sustain.

Tusq

Tusq is made of a synthetic material that gives a warm and even sound similar to that of graphite

Corian

Corian is a hard synthetic material that has a balanced, clear, and even sound.

The Bridge

The bridge influences the sound as well. A Graphite bride can give you more sustain and Brass or Nickel have a similar effect as they do as a nut material.

The bottom line is that all the hardware parts above in the right combination can produce a killer sounding solid body electric guitar. But there ARE differences and you obviously can't just throw any of these together and have a great sound. But KNOWING what elements make a great sounding guitar or what elements will give you the sound that you desire will enable you to achieve YOUR sound. Good luck.

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