Best electric guitars under $1,000 in 2024: 8 killer options for beginners and pros

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When it comes to buying one of the best electric guitars under $1,000, you're not just buying a guitar. This move is a statement of intent. It's you, declaring to the rest of the guitar world that you're here, you're not a beginner anymore and that you're a force to be reckoned with. 

Once you reach up into this price bracket, you're buying an instrument which is an investment in you and your future ability. Any of the best electric guitars under $1,000 are going to take you far – with the right input, of course. These guitars are for those who've found their style, their niche – and want to commit fully to the guitar. It's like a marriage, but without the paperwork.

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James Farmer

James is a freelance writer and former Junior Deals Writer at Guitar World. Before writing, James worked as a guitar salesman at a local music store, so he knows a thing or two about matching people with their perfect instruments. James also has experience working in other areas of the music trade, having briefly worked for online music distributor, RouteNote. James is a guitarist, bassist and drummer and has also toured the UK and Europe with his old band Hypophora.