Best "pro" Guitars Of 2021
Todd Simpson
Sep 29 2021, 04:03 AM
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From: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
I have talked previously about budget guitars, crackle guitars, various new lines of guitars, etc. Let’s take a look at some of the best choices for Intermediate / Pro Guitars for 2021. These are NOT cheap guitars. These are NOT intended as starter guitars. They are a bit pricey, and are intended for folks ready to make a larger investment. What makes a guitar “Best” means a lot of different things to various people. It’s really a bad term to use, but lets’ just use it as a shorthand. There are a huge variety of higher end instruments available. Of course, given the slowdown of global production due to the pandemic, you may have to wait a bit to get your hands on some of them. Let’s take a look.

Priced at $2500, classic Gibson features a mahogany body, maple top, 24.75 inch scale for a loose string feel, rosewood fingerboard (which is becoming more rare and may go away completely at some point), and 22 medium jumbo frets. The pickups are a pair of Burst Bucker 61r/61t with the traditional 4 knob control layout. Also, the traditional toggle switch is part of the build. Gibson claims the guitar is hand wired. The bridge is the usual tune o matic. Basically, yeah, it’s a les paul!!! Unlike some recent releases from Gibson and Fender, this one does not try to be “Modern”. This is a very traditional take on a traditional guitar from a traditional guitar company.
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Yup. It’s a strat!!! It runs about $1500 and features a alder body and maple neck with maple/rosewood fingerboard with 22 narrow tall frets. The pickups are 3 Vmod II single coils. The usual controls/switches are on deck. Also, the traditional 2 point trem is included. You can have it in a variety of colors. This is the new version of the “American Pro”. This guitar is Iconic to be sure. The Deep C neck now has rolled edges which Fender say make it more comfy. Like the les paul, this is a traditional guitar, from a traditional company. They are not trying to re invent the wheel here.
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If you are wanting something a bit “retro cool” you might want a Jazzmaster! For about $2,000 (ouch) you can have this one with an Alder body, maple neck at 25.5 scale with maple/rosewood fretboard and 21 medium jumbo frets. The pickups are the Ultra Noiseless Jazzmaster variety. It’s got the traditional trem/switches/knobs. You have a selection of color choices as well. Many indie bands and shoe gaze acts love this guitar. If that is your thing, this might be for you. Or if you just like playing jazz. There is a hidden “bleed circuit” to maintain high end sound at just about any volume and you can use the s1 switch to make the pickups act in parallel. This is a bit more modern take on a classic. All three of these guitars are in the “traditonal” side of things. If that is what you are looking for, these might be for you.
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