Vintage guitars are highly sought after by guitarists because of their unique sound, looks, and feel, but let’s be honest, getting your hands on a true vintage guitar can put you in debt pretty quickly! They say that just don’t make them like they used to, however, if you seek that classic appeal of a vintage guitar but don’t want to empty out your life savings, there’s a solution!
If you don’t have the budget to get your hands on the real thing, many of the leading manufacturers offer up models that pay homage to the amazing instruments of yesteryear, making that vintage tone, feel, and overall appeal more attainable than ever before! Check out our favorite vintage-inspired guitars under $700:
Squier Classic Vibe ‘50s Telecaster
The Squier Classic Vibe ‘50s Telecaster has all the mojo of Fender’s original solidbody electric guitar in a budget-friendly package. Serving up plenty of that old-school Tele twang and the classic looks to match, the Classic Vibe ‘50s Tele comes equipped with features inspired from the earliest models including a pair of alnico Tele pickups, vintage-inspired finishes like Butterscotch Blonde and White Blonde, and a vintage-style bridge and tuners.
Epiphone Les Paul Standard ‘50s
A timeless icon that won’t break the bank, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard ‘50s is a nod to classic early Les Paul models. It delivers that classic warmth, growl, bite, and sustain thanks to the classic combination of a mahogany body with a maple top, a set of Epiphone ProBucker pickups with era-inspired wiring, and an authentic-style long tenon neck joint. The vintage-style hardware is the cherry on top of this modern take on a timeless Gibson classic.
Guild Jetstar ST
Oozing with old-school vibes, the Guild Jetstar ST brings back a classic body shape from the ‘60s. Complete with a solid mahogany body and a pair of Guild LB-1 Little Bucker pickups, this Jetstar serves up all the classic tones and looks you could ever want at an incredibly affordable price. It also comes equipped with vintage-style appointments like a set of vintage-style tuning machines and a classic headstock logo.
Danelectro ’59M NOS Plus Double Cutaway
This Danelectro ‘59M NOS Plus Double Cutaway exudes vintage vibes from every direction. The looks of this beautiful vintage-inspired Danelectro is only matched by the timeless voice delivered by a pair of NOS+ lipstick-style pickups. Vintage-style tuning machines are joined by and adjustable wraparound bridge for superb sustain, tuning stability, and performance.
Squier Classic Vibe Starcaster
Looking for something with a bit more tonal depth? Lo and behold the Squier Classic Vibe Starcaster semi-hollow. Originally released in the ‘70s, this latest incarnation of the legendary off-set semi-hollow model gives that unmistakable sound of a Fender classic. Equipped with Fender Wide Range humbuckers for incredibly rich tone, this beauty also showcases an array of classic appointments including a retro-style headstock featuring a unique painted edge contour, ‘70s-style headstock markings, and a set of vintage-style tuners.
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