Electric guitars are a pretty blind business.Meaning,you could purchase a cherry red Gibson ES-335 for a thousand bucks,or you could slog around into the unknown name brands and get just as much quality.And there's a good reason for this.Many unknown brands are "imprints",that is to say,they are produced by the big names as offshoot projects,and so they have the same quality as the big names because they come from the same factory.A good example of this is Charvelle,which is an imprint brand of Fender.Beautiful guitars.A third the price of the original brand name.Almost any no-name guitar you find in a reputavle music shop is an "imprint" of another company.Its not the price of a guitar that makes it great.Its the "action" on an elextric guitar.How does it "handle the notes" you are playing.The best way to pick an inexpensive guitar is to go to the store,limit yourself to trying low priced instruments,and then see which one has "got it".Youll know.Youll "feel it".
Dredlord, I give guitar lessons and have seen many different guitars come through my studio. I feel it is imperative that the first thing you should do is take a friend and go to a pawn shop and/or music store to find your guitar. Then, I would refer you to Kitty Susca's answer. It is all very good advice.
I BOUGHT MINE FOR 75.00!!! IT IS REALLY GOOD TOO! Look up on amazon electric guitar, and it should be there. It's not a bad one actually, but once you've mastered it (almost there) then you should buy a cheap, yet really great one, like a 300-500$ one till you become Slash and buy a 7,000$ one lol... HOPE IT HELPS HOPE YOU DIDN'T BUY THE 600$ ONE YET!
Cheapest "guitars" I know of are First Act. But as far as a real instrument goes, a Peavey, LTD, squire bullet, daisy rock, legacy, or other off-brands are pretty cheap. Used guitars also drop price considerably. I saw a Gibson Les Paul Junior normally worth 568 dropped down to 79 at GuitarCenter.
I've had a Fender Squire Stratocaster for the past 7 years and absolutely LOVE it! The only real difference I can find between mine and the music store version is that the Squire was made in China and costs 1/5 as much! ^_^
there are alot of good cheap guitars it depends on the user. If your just starting out.. There are quite a few cheap guitars to check into Squire is one brand that isn't too cheap. go to a music store. and shop ask the person behind the counter.. for a beginner don't purchase anything really good or expensive. If they decide they want to continue then maybe but a little more expensive one...but you can usually stick with the cheap ones...hope this helps.:o) there are a few made here that arent too expensive and some mexican ones...stay away from the china one's they still use lead paint and they don't have too many regulations on what materials they can use and believe me they will use what ever crap they can find at the cheapest price...
I have dabbled in music for years and I aint worth a darn.....but I do it for my own enjoyment.........I have owned a lot of guitars and I like Ibanez.......I currently have an art core series...........it is like a 335 knockoff it has a fixed neck and full binding and you can get one for about $400..........It wont break the bank and people will still take you serious................James and p.s........sing when you play it adds dimension to the musician