5 Main Electric Guitar Styles Explained

5 Main Electric Guitar Styles Explained

If you are a professional electric guitar player, you already know that there are a lot of different styles out there. If you are a beginner, all of them may look the same to you. In reality, there are 5 main styles and all of them come from Gibson or Fender. Yes, there has been a lot of copied styles over the years and a lot of fakes, but these two brands made it all possible. Anyway, the most common styles are explained below.

  1. Stratocaster

Stratocaster is the most common style of them all and you will likely have your first electric guitar to be of this kind. Something you should check out is this example https://instrumentpicker.com/what-is-the-best-beginner-electric-guitar-ultimate-buying-guide-to-your-first-instrument/. This style is the oldest as well and the most common. It is recognized for the two ‘’spikes’’ on the left side and it generally has 3 single-coil pickups. These electric guitars are the most common choice for copycats as well.

  1. Telecaster

This style is also a very popular one. Luckily, it wasn’t a very popular choice of copycats so there won’t be a lot of replicas on the market. The biggest difference you can see with a naked eye is on the left side. This style has just one spike. Another difference is in the pickups. It has two of them. A more important difference is in the sound. These guitars provide thinner sound.

  1. Les Paul

This style may look similar to the other two we have explained, but it is far from that. While they are great for Indie and Country music, these guitars are more focused on rock and roll music genres. They are especially desirable by musicians who prefer heavier rock and roll styles. This is obvious if you hear the sound these guitars make. The sound is thicker and heavier, so they are the best for ‘’heavier’’ music genre types. Don’t forget that the neck of a guitar is wider, making it more comfortable to use. However, this is solely an individual preference and the matter can’t be generalized.

  1. SG Style

This style is known for the edges a guitar has. The similarity to other styles is obvious in the visual aspects, but the sound is completely different. The sound is more focused on warmth and accuracy. These guitars are more common among professionals and those who will know their true potential. In addition, they are smaller and thinner than other types.

  1. Hollow electric guitars

There are a lot of different hollow and semi-hollow models on the market. The main difference is in the body they have. You will see holes or cuts in the body that affect sound and weight. Some have massive holes shaped like a musical note while others have smaller, round holes.


Now you know all about the main styles regarding the electric guitars and you are ready to choose the most desirable one for you. You can try out all the styles of whatever you find perfect for you. If you like playing music, you will memorize the differences within seconds.

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