The most popular guitar brands are Gibson, Fender, Washburn, Ibanez and Epiphone. Over the decades, these brands have remained top-rated by music industry pros, including major recording and performing artists as well as songwriters.
Gibson guitars are known for their quality craftsmanship and consistency. Fans of Gibson say there is no such thing as a lemon. The brand's most popular models are the Les Paul, Flying V and SG. The most recognizable Fender models, meanwhile, are the Telecaster and Stratocaster, both of which are instantly identifiable by their unique appearances.
In the 1980s, Washburn guitars caught on among rock guitarists, including Paul Stanley, of KISS. While the company sells professional guitars, it also offers more affordable versions for amateurs who are just getting started as musicians. These models are made of less expensive materials, but strongly resemble the top-of-the-line models.
Ibanez guitars are generally less expensive than Gibsons and Fenders, but feature beautiful finishes and quality necks, making them respectable instruments for both amateur and professional musicians. The least expensive of the most popular guitar brands is Epiphone, which was once Gibson's primary competitor. Gibson eventually purchased the brand and continues to produce models under the name at relatively low prices.