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Below are listed 2013's 10 best affordable six string guitars, as voted for by MusicRadar readers
1. Chapman ML-1
Created by Youtube sensation Rob Chapman, Chapman guitars has been a phenomenon, and it was the ML-1 that led the charge.
The first run was an almost instant sell-out, but now it's back and in more demand than ever. The runaway winner of our poll, Chapman guitars is making serious waves and proving that you don't need to be one of the big boys to make great, desirable guitars that people desperately want.
Described as a 'Swiss Army knife' of a guitar that will give you everything from shimmering clean tones through to brutal riffage (thanks in no small part to the Chapman-designed pickups), expect first-rate build quality and stand out playability. A worthy winner.
"The ML-1 is a worthy competitor to similarly spec'd guitars from the likes of LTD and Schecter. It's beautifully put together and finished, and represents some great ideas, well executed."
2. Squire Classic Vibe ‘50s Telecaster
This is one of those guitars that it's almost entirely impossible for guitarists to resist.
The classic Telecaster, complete with black pickguard, butterscotch blonde finish, vintage tuners and brass barrel bridge - how could anyone with a decent grounding in rock 'n' roll history not want on?
"It has timeless looks and modern playability and tone, and if you shop around enough you'll find one for less than £300. Bargain."
3. Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Ah, the glorious Epiphone Les Paul Standard, the answer to every cash-strapped guitarist's prayers.
It's got the knock-out looks, the reassuring weight, the all-important tones, and all for a considerable amount less that its American-made big brother. In fact, its borderline irresponsible of Epiphone to make a guitar that comes so close to replicating the Gibson classic.
"The Epi Les Paul has power but sounds a bit veiled in the high end, and there's no mistaking the dark largeness to the sound. So long as you don't want your sounds too high-gained, where it becomes a little indistinct, this is a great sounding, if a little dark, Les Paul."
4. Yamaha Pacificia PAC112V
One of the longest-standing, all-out brilliant budget guitars out there, the Pacifica remains one of the guitars to beat at this price point.
A brilliant player with a tone that sparkles finished with attention to detail and wrapped up in a very pretty looking package, it's essentially the perfect beginner guitar. Don't make the mistake of not trying one.
"The Pacifica 112V remains not only the perfect start-up guitar for the serious student, but also a solid, reliable choice whatever your age or ability."
5. Vintage V100 Icon Lemon Drop
Styled on Peter Green's legendary '59 Les Paul, Vintage has really gone to town on the Lemon Drop.
Reliced to perfection and boasting a gorgeous flamed maple veneer and reverse fitted humbucker for that authentic bluesy honk, this is a guitar that simply has to be played to be believed. Worth every penny.
"This is a proper instrument and, irrespective of your stance on the whole ageing concept, the price of £299 compares favorably indeed with the Epiphone LP100."
6. Squire Vintage Modified Cabronita
The most distinctive and popular new design Fender has turned out for years; it was only a matter of time before there was a Squier Cabronita.
We weren't expecting it to be so damned good, though. Authentic Cabronita vibe - the bridge, the Fideli'Tron pickups, the vintage style tuners, the simple tuners - and all at a price that is basically impossible to resist.
"While you aren't treated to the Mexican Cabronita's chime, this Vintage Modified version possesses a warmer, bassier quality that's well suited to extended chords and clean leads, but can still deliver plenty of snap with overdriven tones."
7. Epiphone The Dot
Probably the best semi-acoustic around for the money, The Dot is becoming a legend in its own right.
Taking the ES-335 formula and making it an affordable reality for players who can't get enough f-holes in their lives, The Dot, simply put, needs to be played to be believed. A beast of an instrument with a veneer of respectability.
"So a blonde '59 Dot-neck 335 will set you back around £20,000; a brand-new version of the same, somewhere around £2,000; and this Epi will leave you plenty of change from £300. The cost-cutting measures are the right ones, as they affect neither playability nor the sound of this cool guitar to any great extent. It looks fine, sounds great and plays great. To our minds, that's value for money indeed."
8. Squire Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom
What a corker. We'll never cease wondering at the marvel of Squier taking classic, vibey Fender looks and repackaging them in the instruments that we can all afford.
This Vintage Modified Custom is a case in point: a beautiful guitar that sounds ace and will give you a direct line to Telecaster tonal nirvana.
"It sparkles when clean, and gets throaty when the dirt is piled on. A Tele makes for a great rock guitar - just ask Jimmy Page. He used a whole lot of Tele single-coil power in the early days of Led Zeppelin
Flicking the switch, the Wide Range pickup doesn't match the original's famous punchy clarity, but it does work OK for dirty bluesy noodling and clean rhythm.
Thanks to that fantastic neck, the Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom doesn't feel like a budget instrument."
9. Squire Vintage Modified Jazzmaster
Desirable, busting with alt-cred and quality tone, it's hard to believe that you can now get your hands on a Jazzmaster that will stand up with the best of them for so little cash.
"It's vibrant, easy to play and comes loaded with great sounding pickups. Yes, Fender has squeezed an incredible amount of juice out of its old classics, but when the result is an instrument that plays and sounds a step above its price bracket as this does, few will be complaining - big knobs or not."
10. Ibanez GRG140
A killer s-type that has been precision tooled to cause maximum aural damage, the GRG140 is the sort of guitar that makes standard Strat shapes look, well, safe. A mahogany neck, a ton of switching options and a Fat-10 bridge that's aching for some serious whammy action, there's a reason that this is one of Ibanez's most recognizable guitars.