Best guitar brands 2024: Whether you’re an acoustic or electric player, these are the guitar companies you need on your radar

Fender American Standard Stratocaster, Standard Telecaster and Gibson Les Paul Standard studio shoot
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It's hard to imagine a world without guitars – we'd be out of a job for a start. This simple instrument may be just made up of various combinations of wood and steel, but it's certainly more than the sum of its parts. A well-constructed six-string from one of the best guitar brands has the ability to transport the player to new worlds, creating music that soothes, exhilarates and entertains.  

Like an artist with a brush, each guitar brand paints a unique sonic portrait. Some draw from their rich heritage, choosing to focus on the traditional techniques from a bygone age, while others embrace the avant-garde, blending cutting-edge technology with boundless imagination. So, regardless of what musical masterpiece you'd like to create, you'll find a guitar brand with the perfect palette for your needs – and we're here to help you discover which guitar company is the best for you. 

You can trust Guitar World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing guitar products so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.