Best guitars for jazz: get stunning clean tones at any budget

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From smoky bars to world-renowned clubs and theaters, jazz music can be heard in venues around the globe and has been around for over a century. If jazz is your bag, and you’re deep in the world of complex chord voicings, polyrhythms, wild improv and ending every song on a major 13, then you’ll want to check out our guide to the best guitars for jazz.

Jazz has many different sub-genres and as such the guitar styles within it vary. Sometimes it’s more of a backing, providing some texture for other instruments and vocals to sit on top of, and other times it’s the lead instrument. With this in mind, the best guitar for jazz will depend entirely on what you need from it.

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.