Best high-end electric guitars: the finest guitars money can buy

Fender Custom Shop Telecaster
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A big birthday, a graduation present, retirement, a tax rebate, a lucky day at the races – what better way is there to celebrate a special occasion than by investing in one of the best high-end electric guitars?

There’s so much joy to savor. That wow moment when you open the case for the very first time; the weight in your hands as you pick it up; the glossy smoothness of the thin nitro lacquer; the allure of the select tonewood top as it catches the light; the tactile feel of the perfectly finished neck. Then there’s the tone…

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Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for Guitar World and MusicRadar. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.

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