The Best Guitars for Punk Rock

There are many great guitars available for playing punk rock music. Many of the best guitars for punk are very inexpensive but still have great sound quality. This makes them ideal for beginners who want to get into playing punk rock music.

Make sure you do your research before buying a new guitar. You need to make sure that any two guitars are comparable in price because you should avoid buying the most expensive guitar if you only need one for learning purposes. Additionally, make sure to try out any guitars you are thinking of purchasing before making a final decision.

Gibson Les Paul Junior

The Gibson Les Paul Junior is a solid-body electric guitar that was first sold by the Gibson Guitar Corporation as part of its Les Paul series in 1952.

The Les Paul Junior is generally considered to be one of the earliest mass-produced electric solid-body guitars, along with three other Gibson models: the Les Paul Goldtop, Flying V, and ES-335.

The Les Paul Junior was originally called the “Les Paul TV Model,” as it first appeared in a 30 second TV advertisement that aired on August 31, 1952, during the New York World’s Fair. The guitar featured two P-90 single-coil pickups, one volume control knob with a “tone” knob on the lower bout. It was available in Sunburst, Goldtop (1953–1969), cherry (1954 only), and Wine red (in 1958). The sunburst finish is known as “TV Yellow.” Gibson produced around 8,000 Les Paul Juniors between 1952 and 1969.

The Les Paul Junior is a much simpler design than the original Les Paul and was cheaper to produce. Its body is solid mahogany with a carved maple top (unlike the one-piece mahogany top of the regular Les Paul). The simplified design made production easier and cheaper, but the absence of a maple top layer meant that the Les Paul Junior’s tone was not as bright and crisp as the more expensive models.

The original models had two P-90 pickups, but some reissue Juniors have one or more Gibson humbucker pickups instead. The original wiring did not support coil splitting, which allows the guitarist to use only one of the two coils in a humbucker. However, Gibson’s Dirty Fingers wiring modification accomplishes this on some reissue Juniors, and most modern versions have a push-pull switch to enable coil splitting. The Les Paul Junior has a single volume control with tone on the lower bout and was available in sunburst (which is more of a yellow color), wine red (1958–1960) cherry finish.

The Les Paul Junior has been used by many influential guitarists, including The Who’s Pete Townshend, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, The Strokes’ Nick Valensi and Julian Casablancas, former Nirvana member David Grohl (who has used several Les Paul Juniors on tour with the Foo Fighters) and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme.

Gibson Firebird

The Gibson Firebird X or X-Bird is a Gibson model that was produced in the mid-1990s. It combined the visual style of several earlier Firebird models with elements of other designs from Gibson’s catalog to produce an entirely new guitar. The Firebird X has become highly collectible in recent years among serious players and collectors due to its distinctive appearance, excellent build quality, and the fact that only 4,095 units were produced.

The Firebird X is essentially a re-imagining of the original 1967 “reverse” Firebird III with elements from several other Gibson models. It features an offset double-cutaway mahogany body which is carved into a pointed, aggressive “X” shape. The depth of the body increases towards the lower bout to accommodate humbucker pickups, which were included with all Firebird X models. A single-cutaway version was introduced in 1994 but only ten were produced before being discontinued due to poor sales.

The headstock is unique to the Firebird X in that it features a “modified” reverse angle headstock, which Gibson used on its other X-shaped guitars of the time. The original Firebird’s double cutaway design was based on Les Paul Juniors of the 1960s and this visual element is reinterpreted by the Firebird X as a pointed “X” shape.

The distinctive headstock is mirrored by the bridge, which has two cutaways on each side to allow easier access to the upper frets. Other visual elements from other Gibson models include an inlayed pearl Gibson logo and white truss rod cover (seen on the Gibson Melody Maker), black speed knobs (similar to those used on the Les Paul Junior) and pointed three-and-three headstock (seen on Gibson’s 335 series).

The Firebird X was produced in two distinct versions: Series I, which were built from 1993 until 1995; and Series II, which were built from 1995 until 1996. The Series I was available in three versions: the Firebird X Standard, with two humbucking pickups and a stopbar tailpiece; the Firebird X Deluxe, which had one single-coil pickup in addition to the humbuckers and a tune-o-matic bridge with a floating tremolo tailpiece; and the Firebird X Custom, which had two single-coil pickups instead of humbuckers. A four-string version was introduced in 1994, but only ten were produced before being discontinued due to poor sales.

Fender Telecaster

The Fender Telecaster is a solid-body electric guitar introduced in the early 1950s. It was originally offered as a separate model, but became widely adopted as the “Telecaster” pickup (and later, “Fender Stratocaster”) were combined into one unit. In 1954 it was renamed the Fender Broadcaster and from there on until the early 1970s, the Telecaster and Stratocaster were essentially identical twins.

The Telecaster was originally offered in sunburst or natural finishes. In later years Fender introduced a number of alternative colors and refinements to the standard Telecaster. These innovations included models with distinctively-shaped necks and others designed to improve the reliability and sustain of solid body electrics, including a one-piece cast aluminum “humbucking” pickup replacing the normal two-piece unit; these are commonly known as American Standard Telecasters or “AS” models.

Fender also produced a few high-end “lawsuit” editions of the guitar, notably the Firebird and Stratocaster (which were not truly special edition models but had distinctive paint jobs), as well as one or two limited edition instruments sold to obtain exclusive designs unavailable elsewhere, such as nine- and twelve-string models and others. The double Telecaster (which has two independent bridges for each string) was introduced in the 1970s, as well as a dual pickup version called the “Double Trouble” which gave an extra output jack to run both pickups at once with separate volume knobs.

The following year, Fender introduced a new model called the “Broadcaster”, based on a double-cutaway body designed by Paul Bigsby. Also in 1950, Leo Fender released his own design for the electric guitar. He calls it the “Esque” or “Esquire.” His prototype features two humbucking pickups in a large, wooden-composite pickguard. R&D chief Adolph Rickenbacker liked Bigsby’s design but had reservations about its high price and ordered Leo to make several improvements of his own.

The first prototype featured two single-coil pickups, which “he quickly switched to a double-pickup version.” Rickenbacker also made the first prototype’s control plate and bridge out of wood, then machined a wooden insert to fit into a steel-core maple shell. This second prototype changed from twin humbucking pickups to one humbucker mounted between the coils of each pickup.

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