“IT WILL be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.” No sentence in popular culture sums up the act of guitar lust as well as Wayne Campbell’s declaration from 21 years ago.
The Olympic White “Excalibur” Fender Strat in Wayne’s World may not have been a signature model per se, but it was a definite nod to Jimi’s Woodstock Strat, and that’s an important point to remember.
All guitar purchases stem from somewhere.
It starts with the idolising of your favourite player, continues with the beg-borrow-steal mentality of saving every last penny you can to cop a piece of their style, and ends... well, it never really ends. But what if it didn’t have to be quite as hard as this?
The good news is that it doesn’t. Thanks to progress, it’s now possible to buy extremely decent gear at extremely decent prices, and that extends to budget versions of your favourite guitarist’s iconic axe.
You might be wondering how we chose our list: firstly, the guitar has to be available as a current model; and secondly, it has to be ‘affordable’. Granted, that’s a pretty loose term, but we’re starting at a big fat zero, and setting a ceiling street price of around a grand.
Set your mouth to ‘drool’, and prepare to make a shopping list. Reading this is gonna cost you (an affordable amount).