Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, the chances are that you’ve heard of musical-based entertainment experiences such as Rockband and Guitar Hero. However, one name stands above the rest as a premium quality audio game that actually enables you to improve your skills as a guitarist; Rocksmith.
Available on all kinds of games console, including the PlayStation, Xbox and PC and Mac computers, this game allows you to actively plug in your actual electric guitar to play the songs, far more functionally than you would with your standard guitar controller.
Of course, you can opt for using an acoustic instrument, so long as you had a pickup installed on the guitar, but it’s far easier to simply plug in your electric guitar, and far less hassle when you’re getting it to work. You can simply plug it in and get started straight away.
It’s also worth remembering that electric guitars have a lot less ‘action’ than acoustic guitars, which makes them ideal as a first-time player; another reason as to why you would choose to use the Rocksmith software in the first place to better your skills.
In short, if you’re looking to invest in the Rocksmith software with the full intention of taking what you learn on the screen off the screen and with you into your actual musical practice, you’ll want a guitar that can achieve both.
With this in mind, we’ve searched high and low for the very best electric guitars that fulfill both Rocksmith’s requirements and yours from the real world with the aim of providing you with the very best experience in both.
After much deliberation, we’ve managed to narrow down these results to just four of the best, helping you choose the exact guitar that’s right for you!
Yamaha Pacifica Series PAC12 Electric Guitar
To start off this list, we’ve chosen this incredibly affordable mid-ranged electric guitar that provides you with the simplistic foundations of a beginner’s guitar with the quality and features of a leading model.
Through this beautiful guitar, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits that come from a lightweight Agathis body and a bolt-on maple neck. These are two popular kinds of guitar wood chosen for their quality and durability, ensuring you’ll have a guitar that will last for years to come.
With your bolt-on neck, you’ll find a slimline fretboard, that although may be too small for beginners or those with larger hands, it remains full-sized and marked with chord positions to enhance your playing experience. The fretboard itself is crafted using equally high-quality rosewood materials.
So you can fully customize your sounds, whether you’re playing in real-life or using the Rocksmith software, you’ll even be able to enjoy the advantages that a vintage-styled Tremolo bar provides, as well as benefitting from a 5-position control switch. All these come together to give you complete control over the sounds you’re producing.
All in all, it’s easy to see why Yamaha remains one of the most popular and long-lasting manufacturing companies in the world and is still purchased and enjoyed by musicians all over the world to this very day, regardless of their skill level, or musical intentions.
- Highly durable build crafted from Agathis, maple, and Rosewood
- Includes Vintage Tremolo for easily creating the Tremolo effect
- The incredibly affordable price tag
- 5-position control switch for optimal control over your sounds and tones
- Noticeably heavy than a lot of other electric guitars in this list
- May not create the sound that a highly experienced musician is looking for
Jackson JS22 Dinky – Metallic Blue
Although slightly more expensive than the Yamaha model above, this Jackson JS22 is a suitable mid-range guitar that can satisfy both beginners and experienced musicians alike, regardless of whether you’re planning on playing Rocksmith and moving your learned skills into the real world or jumping straight into reality.
This simply stunning and royally elegant guitar prides itself on its double cutaway body which is produced from solid Maple wood and topped with the same. In fact, this outstanding level of quality is only amplified since it has been manufactured with graphite reinforcement for extra added strength.
However, the features that really help this guitar to stand out include the many upgraded features from the previous model. For example, you can find a pair of iconic arched tops, highly responsive, high-output ceramic/magnet pickups, a coveted fingerboard, and three-blade switching.
That’s all in addition to the optimal beginner features, such as 24 jumbo-sized frets, complete with easy-to-notice shark inlays. This means you’ll be able to count and learn exactly which chords you should be playing at that time. This secures this electric guitar’s plac as being ideal for beginners and those looking to take their guitar performances to the next level.
Of course, these are all benefits you can enjoy regardless of whether you’re playing on Rocksmith, on stage or in your studio, making it the perfect choice for you when you’re looking for a guitar that ticks all the boxes.
- Affordable, mid-range guitar with all the features
- 24 jumbo-sized frets complete with shark inlays
- Two humbucking pickups for minimal distortion and accurate response
- Graphite reinforcement for extra durability
- May require setting adjustments to find ideal sound
- Strings included are sometimes considered poor quality
Epiphone Les Paul-100 Electric Guitar – Vintage Sunburst
As a musician, the chances are that you’ve already heard of a Les Paul guitar, easily the most iconic and legendary guitar model that dates back to the late 50s, early 60s. However, while many instrumentalists will claim that ‘they don’t make them like they used to,’ there are still some absolutely incredible Les Paul’s out there.
Take this latest Epiphone model for example. Priding itself with a gorgeous Vintage Sunburst aesthetic, it doesn’t matter whether you’re playing on stage or in your lounge with your copy of Rocksmith, this guitar is sure to deliver.
This 24.75 scale guitar has a beautiful body made from solid mahogany. This is made from maple and then topped with a high-quality rosewood fretboard. This is easily one of the most popular guitar wood combinations due to the strength and the overall quality of the build. What’s more, it remains lightweight enough for all players.
When it comes to sound quality, this guitar continues to impress. Built into your guitar, you’ll find two 700T humbucker pickups that provide you with an outstanding response time, no matter what format you’re playing in. These pickups are also famous for their anti-distortion and no-interference design with ensures your chords and notes sound perfect’y crisp and clear with every strum.
All in all, it’s easy to see why Les Paul guitars are still popular to this day. With a competitive mid-range price tag, this guitar is suitable for a musician of any level and budget, either for Rocksmith, playing on stage/studio, or both!
- Two humbucker pickups for excellent response and minimal interference
- Solid, highly-durable wooden build for long-lasting guitar
- 100% compatible with the Rocksmith software
- Beautiful Vintage Sunburst aesthetic
- Does not come with a storage/travel bag
- Cables are not included (can be purchased online very affordably)
Ibanez RG Series RG450DX – Starlight Blue
Ibanez has been producing fantastic quality guitars for decades, and this RG Series model is no exception to the rule. This guitar is produced using a solid mahogany body which features a bound Rosewood fretboard.
This fretboard also prides itself on its ‘shark tooth’ inlay which not only looks amazing but also helps you to find the right chords that you’re looking for, whether you’re playing in reality, on stage or on Rocksmith.
The ease-of-play is only amplified by the jumbo size of the frets, making it easy to get your fingers in the right places at the right time. This ensures that this Ibanez guitar is perfectly suitable for both beginners and professionals alike, guaranteeing a guitar that’s capable of serving you for years to come.
Featuring the Ibanez iconic standard DL tremolo bridge and a stunning Wizard III maple neck, there’s no doubt about the market-leading quality of this electric guitar. In terms of the sound quality that this guitar produces, the body boasts two humbucking pickups and a single coil pickup in the middle.
This means you’ll be able to enjoy the optimal response times with minimal to no feedback or unwanted interference, making it ideal for both real and virtual styles of play.
While this guitar does sit with a mid-range to premium price tag, the quality in terms of build and the sound is outstanding, ensuring this is the only guitar you’ll need to buy in the foreseeable future.
- Two humbucking and one single-coil pickup
- Gorgeous Starlight Blue color scheme
- Jumbo frets for easy playing
- Perfect for beginner and professional musicians alike
- Mid-range/premium price tag
- Volume control is ‘sloppy.’
As you can see, when it comes to choosing an electric guitar that you can play effortlessly on Rocksmith, or in reality using real amps, there are many captivating choices before you.
However, all four of the guitars we’ve listed above are sure to tick all the boxes and will leave you feeling satisfied that you’ve chosen the right guitar for you.