Best offset guitars: enter the weird world of wonky guitars from Fender, Epiphone, G&L, Duesenberg and more

Best offset guitars 2023: enter the weird world of wonky guitars from Fender, Epiphone, G&L, Duesenberg and more
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For some players, the thought of conforming to the norm simply isn't an option. Luckily there is an entire subculture of guitars out there, ready-made for breaking the mold - the offset! Now, creating a guide to the best offset guitars is quite a daunting task. Not only do these lopsided guitars have a devoted following, but the term offset is so broad it can be used to describe everything from the classic Fender designs of the late '50s and early '60s to the futuristic Gibson Firebird and pretty much anything else with a crooked waistline.  

Over the years the asymmetric silhouette of these guitars would become the go-to option for those players not happy with the basic styling of the Fender Stratocaster or the dad-rock connotations of the Gibson Les Paul. It's somewhat poetic that this style of guitar - which has constantly had to fight to stay relevant - would go on to become the embodiment of counterculture and a symbol of the disenchanted and musical outcasts. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

As a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, I help create and maintain the site's 200+ buyer's guides, scour the internet for the best possible deals on a range of guitar products, and spend a lot of time getting hands-on with the latest guitars, amps, pedals, and more. My gear reviews have also been featured in many prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines and MusicRadar.com.

During my career, I have been lucky enough to talk to many of my musical heroes, having interviewed members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Creeper, Thrice and more.

In a past life, I worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, I advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

I also have a passion for live sound. I'm a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.