The Top 10 Most Underrated Electric Guitar Brands or Guitar Models

The Top 10 Most Underrated Electric Guitar Brands or Guitar Models

This is a list of the top 10 most underrated electric guitars that I have tried or owned. This list is a combination of guitars at all prices from inexpensive to very expensive.

For a guitar to be considered on this list it has to be considered far less mainstream from a regular run of the mill models from Gibson, Epiphone, Fender, or Squier, for example. This list comes from my own personal experience playing hundreds of guitars over the years.

►Epiphone Les Paul Special –
►Yamaha Pacifica –
►Reverend Guitars –
►MusicMan Cutlass –
►Vola Guitar – (my review)
►PureSalem Guitars –
►Eastman Guitars –
►Dean Guitars –
►Nik Huber Guitars –
►G&L Guitars –

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0:00 – About this video
1:18 – Guitar 1
2:38 – Guitar 2
4:50 – Guitar 3
7:13 – Guitar 4
8:47 – Guitar 5
11:43 – Guitar 6
14:08 – Guitar 7
15:59 – Guitar 8
17:14 – Guitar 9
18:51 – Guitar 10

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  1. mang313 on April 25, 2022 at 6:16 am

    Great video as always Shane! Can you tell me, where di you get the cool guitar art behind you? Love those!

  2. JON Gergeceff on April 25, 2022 at 6:16 am


  3. Robert Calvin on April 25, 2022 at 6:23 am

    I started on a nice Maton Alver and my first electric was a Maton Goldline but before I decided to pay off a Gibson Les Paul Custom I stressfully looked at all the copy options BUT the choice for beginners / advanced guitar players now is amazing . Cheers Shane.

  4. MartianMurray on April 25, 2022 at 6:23 am

    I just got a Reverend Kingbolt and I love it

  5. Brent Adams on April 25, 2022 at 6:24 am

    I have a wonderful G & L Legacy. Maple board….it is so much better than ANY Fender that I have ever owned or tried….and I’ve tried a LOT, really wanting to "like" one. The G & L is it for me. Better playability, feel, and trem system. Before I found this one I had one of their S500 models… I like the more "traditional" pickups on the Legacy and sold the S500 when I found the Legacy. But both were great guitars!

  6. vic on April 25, 2022 at 6:24 am

    Yamaha SG2000

  7. Donald S. Knight on April 25, 2022 at 6:26 am


  8. Lanaka on April 25, 2022 at 6:27 am

    The Hot Rod humbucker set is Seymour Duncan’s most popular set: the JB + Jazz. I have that set installed in several guitars I have. They’re great, but they’ve not my most favoured pairing.

    My current fave is the JB + 59. But, the Hot Rodded set has it’s place on axes where I need the hotter set, whilst the JB+59 can work for metal and hard rock in a pinch, but has a more flexible repertoire in the other genres.

    I still buy both pairing as needed.

  9. Mark Baum on April 25, 2022 at 6:30 am

    The schecter SLS elite is an underrated neck thru stainless steel fretted superstrat that plays like butter

  10. Joel Wright on April 25, 2022 at 6:31 am

    Seems like half were described as “the best I’ve ever played.”

  11. Glenn Michael Thompson on April 25, 2022 at 6:32 am

    I’ve had a G&L ASAT with MFD pickups since the mid 90’s and I absolutely love it. This coming from a guy who could never find a Fender that I’d want to own. The ASAT is a keeper. All the little issues I had with Fender T style guitars were fixed by Leo Fender and George Fullerton. Another great guitar manufacturer is Godin Guitars. They have a huge range of instruments… something for everyone at different price points. Don’t forget Godin’s other family of brands from Richmond, Art & Lutherie, Seagull and a few others. Great instruments brought to you from Robert Godin, all started in Québec Canada. Worth checking out.

  12. peter coen on April 25, 2022 at 6:32 am

    Fret King, Shergold or some Eastwoods? and of course the Yamaha Revstar-line

  13. Mark Norman on April 25, 2022 at 6:34 am

    Dream setup: 1 guitar, 1 amp, 1 Cabinet, 1 pedal! Line 6 USA JTV-89F, Line 6 Spider V Mk II 240w RMS Head (with 4 inch internal speakers at 40w RMS), Yamaha 2×12", Line 5 FBV3 floor controller. I have many others but my list above can literally do it all… Line 6 USA JTV-89F Guitar can be several different instruments including 12 string, Baritone, Sitar, Banjo, violin, piano, synthesizer, choir… anything you can download! Mk II Spider V amp can sound exactly like "all other" amps/cabs combinations and any effects you want, if not already inside, anything can be downloaded. The Line 6 4×12" is strained by the 200w RMS of head unit power (plus 40w RMS into built-in 4-inch speakers) so I got the Yamaha w/ mismatched “Eminence Legend1218” and “The Tonker 12" drivers, (switchable mono or stereo operation, you can choose which driver to partner with which amp). FBV3 footboard controls it all! The guitar costs more than the rest of the gear put together, and very much worth it (even if like me, you have to go with the foreign-made JTV90F Bstock, which is still my best guitar).

  14. Lanaka on April 25, 2022 at 6:34 am

    I agree about the Yamaha Pacifica as a great underdog. I had two before they both got stolen.

  15. D K on April 25, 2022 at 6:35 am

    Music Man/Sterling have replaced Gibson, Fender, PRS SE, David Thomas McNaught, Squier in my guitar rack.

  16. BlackHorse on April 25, 2022 at 6:36 am

    DeArmond Starfire IV is mostly underrated, some know, but definitely undervalued. I think the build quality from Korea is fab, and the pickups are legendary USA DeArmond Gold Tone hb. Owned one in early 2000’s paid 280 for it on ebay, then later sold it. Then had to get one again because I knew selling the old one was a mistake I had to rectify. Found one last year for 700 to restore the harmonic balance. I totally agree that godin and pacifica are highly underrated.

  17. Haroun El-Poussah on April 25, 2022 at 6:38 am

    I think Vigier, Leduc, FGN (Fujigen Gakki), WMI (World Musical Instruments, Korea), Lâg, Romain BELLIOT, Sebaston, Patrice BLANC, Jean-Marc PERRIN and Danelectro are underrated… FGN and WMI are ghostbuilders for many brands.

  18. SlyHikari03 on April 25, 2022 at 6:40 am

    I’ve played a vola guitar at namm 2020

  19. Infys One on April 25, 2022 at 6:40 am

    Have three G&L (two Tribute and one Special Edition)….so, i want more.

  20. Michael Diaz on April 25, 2022 at 6:40 am

    Godin stadium HT are amazing guitars.

  21. Toby Steele on April 25, 2022 at 6:41 am

    Try the Novo. Expensive but worth the $

  22. Kenneth Norris on April 25, 2022 at 6:42 am

    I own a 2015 Reverend Warhawk 3 with the 3 P90 pickups. It’s a phenomenal guitar. What’s cool is it does the Fender tone but with the fatter 3 P90s but the neck feels like one of my Les Paul’s. Plus, they are headquartered in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio, where they are set up, but besides that, they are just killer guitars that deserve more recognition.

  23. MosriteCharlie on April 25, 2022 at 6:47 am

    Another pair that seems to have fallen of the radar is Yamaha and Mosrite.

  24. Joe Davis on April 25, 2022 at 6:47 am

    Yamaha’s and G&L’s imo are underrated

  25. Edwin Wise on April 25, 2022 at 6:48 am

    The dividing line for me , is would i feel comfortable taking the stage with it…. It’s somewhat about trusting the guitar not to do all the stuff you dread in alive situation

  26. Hunter Bushell on April 25, 2022 at 6:49 am

    Godin should be on here. Incredible guitars

  27. Frank Taconelli on April 25, 2022 at 6:49 am

    after owning & playing everything including a ‘64 Strat, a ‘61 Les Paul Jr, a ‘65 Epi Casino, a ‘62 SG, and various Telecasters, my main axe, believe it or not, is a Peavey Generation Series Tele with a split pickup at the brass bridge that sounds like old Stones records…and the only guitar I can compare the awesome craftsmanship to would be a PRS

  28. rhino ranch on April 25, 2022 at 6:50 am

    Shane, have you reviewed SIRE guitars ? Agile 3200MC by Rondo Music ?

  29. Jean Marceaux on April 25, 2022 at 6:50 am

    I wonder if Lâg guitars will ever get some love.

  30. Rolley's Motorcycle Travels on April 25, 2022 at 6:51 am

    These are frankenstien Fenders and Gibsons. If they would come up with there own designs i might give these brands a look. This is probably what sells but those guitars are cringe god awful to look at. A Stratocaster should be a Fender and made well and made in USA. Same with Gibson. These hybrid or Strats all out of shape is an epic fail if you ask me. The G&L is a perfect example. Its a rip off of his own design, like, seriously?

  31. hollywood fats on April 25, 2022 at 6:51 am

    ok, since you insist, i tell you another story. it was the end of the 70s and maurice buys his quality guitar, a 25th anniversary fender. i’m thinking it was about 400 bucks at the time, maybe a little less. BUT, it was made in japan, which still carried some stigma back then. i ask him to justify what he has done and he says he doesn’t care where it is made as it is a completely sensational guitar, the best in his price range

    fast forward a couple of years when i am looking to get my quality guitar. i’m thinkin i need a gibson les paul to make that big "i am the king" splash, there was this tiny mom and pop music store near me and we agreed on a price. he didn’t carry such a high end guitar but he would order me one when i came up with the money. well, no matter how i tried, i couldn’t get that money together for the les paul. the owner says he’s got these great guitars in that are as good as anything andi could afford one. i was shortly to become an owner of a "westbury" and it really was nice and sert me back about 325 bucks. and, of course, made in japan

  32. MosriteCharlie on April 25, 2022 at 6:55 am

    Musicman was started by Leo Fender after he sold his company to CBS. Note the simnilarity.

  33. Jimmy on April 25, 2022 at 6:56 am

    It’s Music Man for me..👍🇦🇺

  34. Hamlet Fortinbras on April 25, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Thank you

  35. Mustafa Husin Baabad ♪ on April 25, 2022 at 6:57 am

    Newer Cheap guitar worth looking chinese made
    Xavier and
    EART (the best of all).
    Cheers from Indonesia.

  36. Phil Simmons on April 25, 2022 at 6:58 am

    As someone with small hands there is not one of these guitars that fits me. I wish guitar makers would wake up to the fact that there is a significant niche in the market that is not being served by any manufacturer. Slim necks and narrow nuts please.

  37. SMA. Paul Raudenbush Jr on April 25, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Yea G and L is good! A freind of mine works there and built a guitar for the "hey man nice shot’ cat whatever his name is and a few others..But what about those Nick cuba les pauls? Any links?

  38. triple5 on April 25, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Yamaha Revstar range is under rated. Nice Gibson style guitar with original styling

  39. Melonos on April 25, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Love your channel mate. I have an Eastman T486 and think it’s a phenomenal guitar. I bought it to see if I’d like a semi hollow. I ended up getting a Gibson ES335. Comparing the 2, I prefer the Gibson but think the Eastman is a great one.

  40. M Hoppy on April 25, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Gordon Smith guitars are made and assembled in England with hand wound pickups that are also done here in England. Any finish/equipment/mod is accommodates by prior arrangement and they sound AMAZING. I once borrowed a GS model from a mate for a week or so back in the days before the company changed ownership and the quality was a litttle more variable. Now they’ve gone into ownership with Auden acoustics the quality is superb abs they’ve still got the character that made them a very very popular instrument with discerning pros in the seventies and early 80s. Hope Shane can find time or / dollars to buy one.
    They start at around £700gbp and go right up to well over £2k if you go daft with the finish.

  41. hollywood fats on April 25, 2022 at 7:02 am

    so i had that epiphone les paul special. one day this girl says she wants one of my guitars. i’m thinking "no" is not the right play, so i say "this one is nice" and give it to her

    i never saw her again. in retrospect, i’d like my guitar back. 🙁

  42. James M on April 25, 2022 at 7:04 am

    if dean made their explorer models in lefty without that stupid looking headstock sales would double

  43. James Glacken on April 25, 2022 at 7:07 am

    schecter offers more lefty models than any guitar maker ive seen

  44. David Prince on April 25, 2022 at 7:07 am

    I’m guessing the G&L Tribute series are crafted in China? They seem like exceptional value.

  45. chase riggsby on April 25, 2022 at 7:07 am

    Personally to the guitarist on a budget. Laguna makes some great guitars

  46. Joe Matson on April 25, 2022 at 7:08 am

    Another underrated guitar is Carvin guitars.

  47. Jeff RoQ on April 25, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Great vid – I’m comment 666 🤘🤘🤘

  48. James Glacken on April 25, 2022 at 7:11 am

    you should check out schecter guitars extremly underated

  49. hollywood fats on April 25, 2022 at 7:11 am

    yamaha is criminally underrated, likely because they are associated with student instruments rather than what a guitar god plays

  50. Ben Carpenter on April 25, 2022 at 7:13 am


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