Reverb reveals the best-selling electric guitars of 2021


With the end of the year fast approaching, online gear marketplace Reverb has released the first installment of its annual sales summaries, announcing the best-selling electric guitars of 2021.

Reverb’s ranking was determined by total number of orders, rather than total price of items sold, and includes new and used sales statistics, due to the website’s sales structure, which includes individual sellers and authorized retailers.

At a glance, the usual suspects dominated the list – the top 20 is almost entirely dominated by Fender, Gibson, and PRS guitars, save for the single ESP ax that appears in the middle of the chart.

It was the Fender and Fender brands, however, that took control of the best-selling stats list, taking 13 of the 20 available spots, with Fender’s Player series proving more popular than ever, while the six-string Squier continue to be go-to guitars for the masses.

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Fender Telecaster

Fender Player Telecaster (Image credit: Fender)
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Fender Stratocaster

Fender Player Stratocaster (Image credit: Fender)
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PRS Silver Sky

PRS Silver Sky (Image credit: PRS)

Following Reverb’s announcement in October that the Fender Player Stratocaster and Player Telecaster took first and second place respectively, a belated surge in Tele sales has now seen the single cutaway overtake the Strat and claim the electric guitar title. the most sold in 2021.

The Strat only falls to second place, with John Mayer’s signature PRS Silver Sky model also moving up the ranks to cement its position in third. Two Fender models follow – the Squier Affinity Telecaster and the Fender American Professional II Stratocaster – to round out the brand’s strong spot in the top five.

The first PRS model – an SE Custom 24 – comes in sixth, with the Fender American Professional II Telecaster preceding the first Gibson axes, the Les Paul Standard ’60s and Les Paul Standard ’50s, which occupy the eighth and ninth.

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Custom PRS SE 24

Custom PRS SE 24 (Image credit: PRS)
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ESP LTD EC-1000 (Image credit: ESP)
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Gibson Les Paul

Gibson Les Paul Standard from the 60s (Image credit: Gibson)
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Fender Stratocaster

Fender American Professional II Stratocaster (Image credit: Fender)

ESP’s LTD EC-1000 rounds out the top ten, with Fender again dominating the ranks for the rest of the list. Only the PRS CE 24 and the Gibson Les Paul Classic can break the 10-20 positions, which are otherwise held by the six Fender/Squier strings.

The Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster, Fender American Standard Stratocaster, PRS CE 24, Fender American Professional Series Stratocaster and Fender American Ultra Telecaster weigh between 11 and 15 seats.

Rounding out the top 20 are the Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster, Squier Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster, Fender American Standard Stratocaster (1986-2000), Gibson Les Paul Classic, and Fender American Standard Stratocaster (1985-2005).

The full list of top-selling electrical appliances can be found below.

  1. Fender Player Telecaster
  2. Fender Player Stratocaster
  3. PRS Silver Sky John Mayer Signature
  4. Squier Affinity Telecaster
  5. Fender American Professional II Stratocaster
  6. Custom PRS SE 24
  7. Fender American Professional II Telecaster
  8. Gibson Les Paul Standard from the 60s
  9. Gibson Les Paul Standard from the 50s
  10. ESP LTD EC-1000
  11. Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster
  12. Fender American Standard Stratocaster
  13. PRS CE 24
  14. Fender American Professional Series Stratocaster
  15. Fender American Ultra Telecaster
  16. Squier J. Mascis Jazzmaster
  17. 60s Squier Classic Vibe Jazzmaster
  18. Fender American Standard Stratocaster (1986–2000)
  19. Gibson Les Paul Classic
  20. Fender Standard Stratocaster (1998–2005)

For more information, head over to Reverb.

In addition to announcing the most successful electric guitars of 2021, Reverb also shared the top 20 lists for the best-selling effects pedals and best-selling guitar amps of the year.


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