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Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster
Single-Coil Traditional

Want a classic look and sound from your guitar but you're on a budget? This is your best bet. For $400 you get a great feeling and playing Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar or Mustang based on the classic Fender models of the 50s. We don’t know how they manage to make guitars this good at this price point, but we’re glad they do.

Phil McKnight comparing Squier Classic Vibe with a made in Mexico Fender Stratocaster:

Andertons showing off the 2019 Squier Classic Vibe models:

Sunburst 50s Stratocaster
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PRS SE Standard 24
The Modern Double Cut

PRS takes a little bit of Fender and a little bit of Gibson vibe and marries it together while adding some mojo and a couple of frets. These guitars play well and can be quite versatile. They include coil splitting with both pickups so you can add some single coil tones to the mix.

Andertons Showing off the PRS SE range of guitars:

Darrell Braun comparing the Korean made PRS SE Custom 24 and the American made PRS Custom 24:

Tobacco Burst PRS SE Standard 24
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Epiphone Les Paul Standard 
The Traditional Les Paul

An affordable take on the classic Gibson Les Paul. It’s got the mahogany body & neck, maple cap, and 2 humbuckers. The essential parts of the Les Paul are all there. And because it’s the standard model you also get the traditional aesthetic perks which includes block inlays and binding on the top and neck of the guitar. 

PMTVUK gives some tones and specs for the LP Standard:

Marty Shwartz compares an Epiphone LP and a Gibson LP:

Ebony Epiphone Les Paul Standard
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Ibanez Artcore AS73
Semi-Hollow Sweetness

Semi-hollow guitars provide a unique sound and a different playing experience. There aren’t many manufacturers that make a playable and good sounding semi-hollow at this price point. Not only does Ibanez deliver a great semi-hollow experience, but they make it look good at the same time.  

PMTVUK gives some tones and specs for the Ibanez Artcore AS73:

Ariel & Pete from Andertons shootout 4 affordable semi-hollow guitars, including the Ibanez Artcore AS73:


Ibanez Artcore AS73 in Tobacco Brown
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