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    Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar
    Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar

    With it's traditional Les Paul construction featuring a mahogany body with maple top and glued-in mahogany...

    $399.00
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    Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar
    Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric...

    The super-fast, slim-tapered, D-shaped neck, along with an Alnico Classic Pro neck pickup and high-output...

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    Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar
    Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar

    Unique design and deluxe features combine in one of the hottest rockers of all time!

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    Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar
    Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar

    The American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar incorporates evolutionary advances while retaining the look and...

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    Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar
    Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar

    Everything you want in an affordable American-made guitar is within your reach.

    $999.99
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    Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
    Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar

    The American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar incorporates evolutionary advances while retaining the...

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    Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar
    Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar

    Modern upgrades for this classic icon include N3 noiseless pickups; compound radius fretboard; high-mass...

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    Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar
    Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric...

    Updated version of the Clapton Signature Strat features a special soft "V" shape neck, Vintage Noiseless...

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    Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar
    Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s Electric Guitar

    Classic vibe with modern refinements. Featuring a 21 fret vintage tint gloss maple neck with the modern...

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    ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar
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    A total crunch machine! Pick up the ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar and you'll believe this lightweight...

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    Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar
    Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar

    Good things do come in small packages! The Squier Mini is a is ideal as a travel guitar for players of all...

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    Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe Electric Guitar Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe Electric Guitar
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    Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar
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    The Classic Player Jazzmaster Special guitar updates Fenders iconic Jazzmaster model with some thoroughly...

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    Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special HH Electric Guitar Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special HH Electric Guitar
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    Fender Deluxe Player's Stratocaster Electric Guitar Fender Deluxe Player's Stratocaster Electric Guitar
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    The affordable Deluxe Player's Strat is easy to play and has high-end features such as American-made Vintage...

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    Epiphone Les Paul 100 Electric Guitar Epiphone Les Paul 100 Electric Guitar
    Epiphone Les Paul 100 Electric Guitar

    An affordable, genuine Les Paul. The mahogany body with maple top delivers classic solid, heavy tone, while...

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    Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar
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    The American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar features include an alder body with gloss urethane finish,...

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    Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar
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    Serious SG Sizzle, Straight Outta The Gate. Now you can enjoy the classic style and killer performance of the...

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    Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar
    Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar

    Electric, acoustic and synth sound all in one.

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    Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar
    Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar

    Meticulous Custom Shop handwork features a one-piece mahogany neck, carved maple top, and warm-toned mahogany...

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The electric guitar is an instrument that took the world by storm. Rising from nonexistence to prominence in nearly every genre in just a few decades, it's had an impact on the music scene that no one can deny. If you're looking to follow in the footsteps of legends like Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana or modern guitar heroes like Dave Grohl and Tom Morello, then choosing a solid-body electric guitar is an important rite of passage. Solid-body designs are the most common type of electric guitar, owing to their outstanding versatility. Six strings is par for the course, but if you're adventurous you can also challenge yourself with extended-range 7, 8, 10 or even 12-string guitars. Under those strings are the pickups, which come in two major varieties. Single coils were the original style pickups, and they're still widely in use today. The second type of pickup is dual-coil, also known as humbuckers because they cancel out that hum. The two coils have a side-effect that results in a more powerful, heavy tone, making them the go-to pickups for distortion-rich genres like metal, grunge and alternative.

The tone is also affected by the wood of the guitar body, which has a subtle impact on the overall character of the sound. Poplar and alder are some of the most common tonewoods, since they create bright, balanced sounds that flatter precision playing. On the other end of the scale you have maple and mahogany, which yield a darker, mellower tone. Other woods, like basswood and ash, lie somewhere in the middle, providing a neutral character that makes them amazingly versatile.

Apart from the pickups and body material, one of the other factors to take into account when choosing your guitar is the neck style. It may seem simple at first glance, but there is a lot of difference from one neck to the next. For example, is the back C-shaped or V-shaped? What is the radius of the fretboard? Rosewood or ebony on top, maple or mahogany in back? All of these things distinguish one guitar neck from the next, and you owe it to yourself to do your homework here. It might take some thought in order to figure out for certain what works best for you, but it's worth the effort - a guitar that's the right "fit" will be a joy to play.

So, take your time and make your decision carefully. With your favorite guitar in your hands and plenty of practice to get to know its ins and outs, you'll be well on your way to earning your own place in music history.

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