Best Guitar For Indie Rock

Best Guitar For Indie Rock

Are you looking to find the best guitar for Indie for your money, but aren’t exactly sure what you’re looking for? Our pros explain what you should be looking for and how much you can expect to pay.

By  reading through this page, you’ll know everything you need to know about Indie Rock Guitars and have a pretty good idea of which guitar is the best for you. So continue reading  to find out what the guitar retailers wouldn’t tell you about buying guitars.

Best Indie Rock Guitars Buyer’s Guide

Ask the top Indie guitarists which guitar do they favour and you’ll probably get 5 different answers, but all with 1 thing in common, they will all be Fender. Think about Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the stone age). Or Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo ( Sonic Youth).

Fender and Squier

So it is evident to see that Fenders are a popular brand with Indie guitarists but with that said, so are the Gibson/Epiphone Les Paul. The Gibson/Epiphone SG, The Gretsch Electromatic Jet, The Danelectro 59, That gives us 2 Gibson choices, and 5 Fenders. They are, The Fender/Squire Telecaster, The Fender/Squire Jaguar, the Fender/Squire Stratocaster, the Fender/Squire Jazzmaster, and the Fender/Squire Mustang.

The Squier by Fender Bullet Telecaster

Squier by Fender Bullet Telecaster - Laurel Fingerboard - Arctic White
  • 100% Designed by Fender
  • Two single-coil Telecaster pickups
  • Thin, lightweight body
  • String-through-body hardtail bridge
  • Satin neck finish

Squier by Fender Jaguar

Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 70's Jaguar Electric Guitar - Laurel - Black
  • 100% designed by Fender
  • Inspired by 1970s-era Jaguar models
  • Fender-Designed alnico pickups
  • Vintage-tinted gloss neck finish
  • Nickel-plated hardware

Squier by Fender Stratocaster

Squier by Fender Stratocaster Beginner Guitar Pack, Laurel Fingerboard, Black, with Gig Bag, Amp, Strap, Cable, Picks, and Online Lessons
  • Comfortable “C”-shaped neck profile
  • Three single-coil Stratocaster pickups
  • Vintage-style tremolo bridge
  • Available in Black or Brown Sunburst

Squier by Fender Jazzmaster

Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 60's Jazzmaster Electric Guitar - Laurel - 3-Color Sunburst
  • 100% designed by Fender
  • Inspired by 1960s-era jazz master models
  • Fender-designed Alnico pickups
  • Vintage-tinted gloss neck finish
  • Nickel-plated hardware

Squier by Fender Bullet Mustang

Squier by Fender Bullet Mustang HH Short Scale Beginner Electric Guitar - Blue
  • Designed for players seeking an affordable, stylish and versatile instrument.
  • Features a pair of humbucking pickups.
  • Thin body, which reduces weight and increases comfort.

Gibson and Epiphone

Gibson are one of the most popular guitar manufacturers in the world and as we recently stated, the Gibson SG and the Gibson Les Paul are incredibly popular with Indie guitarists.

Epiphone SG

  • Body Body shape: Single cutaway Body type: Solid body Body material: Solid wood Top wood: Not applicable Body wood: Poplar Body finish: Satin Orientation: Right handed Neck Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper D Neck wood: Mahogany Joint: Bolt-on Scale length: 24.75 in. Truss rod: Standard Neck finish: Satin Fretboard Material: Rosewood Radius: 14 in. Fret size: Medium jumbo Number of frets: 22

The Gibson Les Paul

Semi-Hollow Guitars

Indie guitarists are always trying to sound like they’re from the 60s. Indie rhythm guitarists tend to prefer semi-hollow guitars to achieve that jazzier, smoother sound found more in 60s music, but with a modern twist. Guitars like:

The Fender Telecaster Thinline

Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 70's Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar - Maple - Natural
  • 100% designed by Fender
  • Inspired by 1970s-era Telecaster models
  • Fender-Designed Wide Range humbucking pickups
  • Vintage-tinted gloss neck finish
  • Nickel-plated hardware

The Epiphone Casino

Epiphone CASINO Coupe Thin-Line Hollow Body Electric Guitar, Vintage Sunburst
  • The classic Casino attributes include the fully-hollow, laminated Maple body with glued-in Mahogany neck
  • This monster of a guitar is equipped with Epiphone P90R and P90T dog-ear pickups that give you the powerful and unique single-coil tone
  • As with every Epiphone, the Casino Coupe also comes wit the peace of mind you get from a Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson Musical Instruments" famous 24/7/365 day Custom Service

The Epiphone ES-335

Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst
  • "Arched maple top and back 24.75"" Scale set-in mahogany neck Rosewood fretboard with small block inlay 22 Medium jumbo frets Alnico Classic Pro neck humbucker with coil-split Alnico Classic Pro Plus bridge humbucker with coil-split LockTone tune-o-matic bridge LockTone stopbar tailpiece Wilkinson vintage-style tuners Case sold separately"
  • "24.75"" Scale set-in mahogany neck"
  • Rosewood fretboard with small block inlay
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • Alnico Classic Pro neck humbucker with coil-split

The Gretsch Electromatic Series

Gretsch G5220 Electromatic Jet BT - Black
  • Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body
  • 2 Humbucking Pickups - Black
  • Walnut Fingerboard
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Maple Top


Danelectro guitars have always been a bit of an oddity really in the music world at least. They don’t seem to fit into any major genre and yet, they feature in almost every one. Indie guitarists like them for that raw, unaffected sound and lipstick pickup.

The Danelectro 59

Danelectro"Stock '59" Black
  • 2 Lipstick Pickups
  • Double Cutaway
  • Master Volume and Tone Control
  • Natural Maple Neck with Lacquer Finish
  • Original Swivel Bridge


A considerable amount of the sound created by an Indie guitarist is based on distortion, take your time reading through articles and listening online to get that sound you prefer. When you do, the guitar will follow.

Pickups For Indie Guitars

To achieve a warm bright sound single coil pickups are the best choice. However they can create a constant buzz or feedback at high volumes. To combat this feedback, try humbucker pickups which are basically 2 single coil pickups connected together this stops the hum, hence humbucker.

What Is Indie?

Indie started around the mid 80s as an alternative type of music to the then “popular” music of the day. Many of the top recording companies wouldn’t take on these different sounding bands, So they signed with smaller, independent labels, hence “Indie” was formed.

So after the explosion of punk rock, the next alternative sound to come along was Indie, Indie and punk are somewhat indistinguishable at times but completely different at others. The name is derived from the independent record labels who were signing these new up and coming bands.