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Beginner guitarists and those on a tight budget have never had it so good. Whereas once the budget electric guitar market was awash with poorly made knock-offs, rising standards and production innovations have seen the big brands' Korea- and China-based factories turning out stunning models for the money.
Elsewhere, micro-brands like Chapman and Manson (the latter in alliance with Cort) have been putting Far East facilities to their own use, designing affordable instruments in response to players' feedback - offering great value for money, without the big name premium.
In this gallery, we've gathered a selection of electric guitars that we reckon offer the best bang for the buck in the sub £500 / $750 market. You may recognise some of perennial budget classics (hello - again - to the trusty Yamaha Pacifica), but there's a raft of high-scoring options out there for the more adventurous...