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The Artist EB2 Black Full Sized Electric Guitar

The Artist EB2 might be our entry-level budget guitar but it definitely offers a little more than the price would suggest. It is a full-size electric guitar that is based on our popular STH series. If there is a word that would describe the EB2 it would be simplicity.

Not only is it a guitar that maintains simplicity in design and build quality but also in its electronics. Sporting a single humbucker in the bridge position and controlled by a single volume knob the EB2 is not only a cool little lead machine but it can also cover more mellow tones when required. Add to this a very comfortable modern ""C"" shape neck and you have a great entry level guitar at a budget price.

Something else that is worth mentioning is the fact that the body is routed for a HSS Strat 3-way pickup system which may be useful moving forward if you are looking to hotrod your EB2 post-purchase.

There are no accessories included with this guitar.

The Tech Features

Brand: Artist

Model: EB2

Fingerboard Radius: 12"" (305mm)

Colour: Black body, Natural neck

Woods: Poplar Body, Maple Neck with an Eco-rosewood Fretboard

Pickup: 1x Humbucker

Controls: 1x Volume Pot

Accessories: 2x Picks, Adjustment Allen Keys, 1x Guitar Lead

Optional Hard Cases: REC300RC, REC350BK, REC350FTB, EC500

Optional Gig Bags: HGBAGST, BAGST


Reviews (39)

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EB2 Artist Guitar

By: on 5 April 2022
For context I'm 66 and trying to learn guitar. I was drawn to this EB2 budget model for the simplicity of one pickup and volume knob so I could concentrate on practice rather than knob twiddling. The guitar arrived promptly and I'm really happy with the look, finish and feel and importantly how it sounds. To me it's an ideal guitar for beginners and a great price. I looked at Artist Guitars after seeing positive reviews of some of their other models on youtube by Shane on the "intheblues" channel.

Artist Guitars Response
Hi! Thank you so much for the review! Wishing you all the best. I'm sure you will be a great player in no time. Cheers!

Artist EB2 single pickup electric guitar

By: on 14 March 2022
This is a fantastic guitar, i usually play short-scale guitars but I love the neck, perfect for my hand. The pickup is powerful and works well with my budget effects. The big suprise is tune it down to C with the fitted strings and instant baritone guitar! Amazing guitar for the price and no setting up at all, just play.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for your review of the guitar. We are stoked to hear that you are enjoying it.

Why didn’t I buy this sooner?

By: on 28 January 2022
Unashamedly I say this:I love Artist guitars because you do get value instruments for an affordable price and this eb2 single pickup guitar is no exception.Got it from the bargain bin after months of ummming and ahhhing.Out of the box it’s playable.The hum bucker pickup puts out amazing hi-gain tone and I couldn’t believe this was a budget guitar well ahead of my squier bullet strat.The Neck just feels right no sharp edges and no fret sprout that I could notice.The tremolo arm works well but I only use to accent notes not to dive bomb so it’s perfect for that.I honestly wouldn’t change anything on this guitar it’s great as is.If you are considering getting this then yes yes yes it’s very worthwhile for modding or stock.Just get it!Of course thanks once again to the brilliant team at Artist guitars for this quality product.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for the great and detailed review. We really appreciate your recommendation of us and our products.

Great guitar

By: on 11 November 2021
Was looking for a cheap single pickup guitar. Don't know how I missed this browsing the Artist website but as soon as I saw it I bought it. And I am glad I did. Arrived the next day. Pretty much playable out of the box. Strings have worn in and I've been playing it nonstop. I suppose I could do a setup but honestly not that far off how I like it. Neck is great, intonation is great. Once the strings worn in holds tune well. Finish is good. I really can't fault it. May put a bullbucker and a push/pull pot to coil split one day but happy as is for now. The whole point I got it was for simplicity! I really hope Artist bring out a range of single pickup p90 style guitars with wrap around bridges. Double cutaways and single cutaway shapes. I'd buy them in a second.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this feedback. We really appreciate the support!

Great Mod Platform

By: on 29 October 2021
Having been an artist guitars customer for a veeeeery long time I decided to finally try one of these little beauties as a Mod Platform. Here we go: For what I paid, I knew I was going to strip it all down anyhow... BUT... I will say.... regardless of what you put in to this...the guitar itself is super comfortable to play. The neck is a touch girthier (yes, girthier) than the ST62 and it is a treat. The paintjob under the pickguard wasnt 100% (some sawdust got into the clearcoat from the factory) but it doesnt bother me....and it looks like 2 of the grub screws on the trem saddles were threaded (either during build or by the person who had it before me (I picked it up in the bargain bin)) - Replaced the saddles, swapped out all the electronics, dressed the frets and gave it a full overhaul.... it plays like a dream now. As for the original bucker and electronics? theyre going straight into another build ill be knocking together for a student. $129. Cant go wrong either way...keep it stock or mod it. 5 stars from me :)

Too good to for parts

By: on 26 September 2021
I originally purchased this guitar for the body to use on a partscaster. However, I played it out of the box and it was too good to strip down. The Rosewood neck has a great feel to it and after tuning, the guitar was perfectly intonated. At this price it is a perfect guitar to throw in the back of the car when travelling and you don't want the good strat to get knocked around.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback. We really appreciate the support!

Artist EB2 Single Pickup Electric Guitar

By: on 1 September 2021
This Guitar is Just Another Lovely budget priced Instrument. That Goes one step further in a well priced.. One pickup guitar.. The bass and the treble on this pickup can easily be sought on Amp and prdsals... Lovely finish and shape..

Artist Guitars Response
Thanks for the review and we're happy to know that your satisfied with your new guitar

Artist Guitars Are Awesome !

By: on 30 August 2021
This is my second purchase of this Strat Style Guitar and I got to tell you people for $99 its the Best Cheapest Guitar I have ever purchased in 35 years of playing I will be using it for a project but as a base for a Hot Rod Mod its amazing quality.... the neck is as good as some of my high end guitars great fret work , the paint finish is Superb and it stand up to any of the other brands out there with a nice all round finish that's a pleasant surprise and the aftersales customer service is second to none ......I'm a Happy Man and I will be back for more! Many Thanks Artist Guitars !

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for all your support. Cheers


By: on 30 August 2021
Its the best $100 Guitar EVER!!!! I did a youtube review on this guitar

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for all the support

Very good

By: on 26 August 2021
Very good value for money.

Artist Guitars Response
Thanks for all the support. Cheers


By: on 26 August 2021
Straight out of the box this was very nice. After lowering the action, lubricating the nut and removing the string trees this plays beautifully and the trem stays in tune perfectly. The pickup sounds good. This is just amazing value. I've just ordered a second one!

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for all the trust and support!

Not bad at all

By: on 25 August 2021
Been playing for 21 years, teach guitar so I see a lot of instruments in my travels, and Artist guitars are everywhere I go. I've bought several instruments from Artist before and they've all been pretty good for the money, my students play Artist guitars and I haven't seen a dud yet. This one's a no-brainer for the price. Comfortable guitar straight out of the box, low(ish) action, good intonation, tuners work fine, bright tone as you'd expect from a bridge humbucker, fast neck. Feels like every other strat copy I've played, but this one cost well under half what they cost. Couldn't recommend it enough.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for all the support and for the awesome review

$99 is amazing

By: on 19 August 2021
I'm on week 3 of this guitar. Impossible to say no to a single bucker Strat. This thing is worth every damn cent and kinda shocked they're not sold out. I bought it to upgrade with budget parts to total under $99 and make it super sweet. Thus far $20 black locking tuners, got a bullbucker en route $35 (slick pickups by the way) a black pickguard $16. I play in drop C# and this guitar and stock pickup loves it. The stock pickup although not the most articulate loves some high gain and thick fuzz. The neck is amazing frets are good not terrible clean ends but look soft not a deal breaker. It looks like one piece maple and great in the hand. If you have been humming and ha'ing about getting this just stop and get it $99 delivered is incredible. I've bought many things off Artist guitars over the past 4-5 years and will continue to do so. Next up Blue Sparkle bass in October I hope fingers crossed!!! Keep it up Artist cant wait to see what's on the up coming rosters

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for all the support! Don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can help you out with.

Great guitar for the money

By: on 5 August 2021
Bought myself one of these single pickup guitars to see what they're like. And honestly.. Wow. The fretboard almost resembles Ebony. The fret edges themselves were smooth with no protrusions. The action was good straight out of the box. And the single humbucker screams. If you're looking for a great modding platform then here it is. You WONT find a better guitar for the money.

Artist Guitars Response
Thanks for the feedback and all the support

Blown Away At The Service And Quality Of This Lit

By: on 25 June 2021
I'm a first time buyer from Artist Guitars and I was a bit sceptical of all the great reviews of their Guitar range and being a player of 35 years I would say I'm a bit fussy and no what to look for but I'm TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY AT THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE ! And this guitar for the money I paid is Amazing......the fret work is as good as some of my high end guitars I have, the neck is very nice and comfortable with a great feel in the hand, the finish is FLAWLESS, the neck pocket is PERFECT ,the tuners are basic but hold their own and no tuning issues and this little beauty just ROCKS straight out of the box I don't know how they do it for the price ? SO LISTEN UP PEOPLE EVERYTHING YOUR READ IN THESE GREAT ARTIST REVIEWS IS TRUE ...... The Build Quality is EXCELLENT! .......These guys have their act together with great service and great products for the money .....I'm now a Loyal Customer and A BIG FAN OF ARTIST GUITARS ........I now have my eyes on four more models .........I will be back !.......... thanks Artist Guitars Keep Up The Great Work!


By: on 5 April 2021
Just brilliant ... doesn't need any further comment.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for the support. Cheers!

Great Piece of Kit!

By: on 9 January 2021
Guitar came with a lead, picks and whammy bar, really appreciated that. The guitar is not too heavy and has a solid body. Nothing flimsy. Sounds great once plugged into an amp. Easy to maintain and play, would highly recommend it as a beginner/budget guitar.

EB2 budget strat a great buy for the price

By: on 4 January 2021
Was not expecting this to be better than a squier. Nice solid timber and great fit and finish. Not light and flimsy like a lot of those ebay specials.

2nd time around

By: on 16 December 2020
Ok my first arrived damaged and had a few issues so it was returned. The replacement was way better however. I’m guessing someone at Artist did the action and intonation? Because it’s spot on. Finish is perfect. The neck overall was really good though the fretboard and bars needed a good clean and polish. A little bit of fret sprout but i filed them down. Gave the neck a very light rub with a super light grade steel wool so it’s slippery smooth and put on a set of slinky 10’s. The nut is pretty good though I added a bit of graphite. The tuners on this replacement do a pretty decent job. The humbucker is wound on the hot side and sounds good with a decent amp. Extremely happy with this one and am a bit bewildered as to why the other one was so bloody horrible. for the price it’s worth a punt. Change the strings and a little bit of elbow grease on the neck and you’ll have a real champion.

Bang for Buck.

By: on 26 November 2020
Firstly, any "budget" guitar should be treated with caution, particularly if the word "budget" actually features in the guitars name! However, the Artist EB2 offers so much for it's price tag. I would recommend going to the store and inspecting the instrument before purchasing rather than ordering online, they have reasonably good quality control in my experience but its a high-quantity Eastern-made guitar so you can't have grand expectations. Ask to play one, check the action, intonation and frets, ensure the electrics are all working in-store and then buy this thing. A single humbucking strat is fairly rare; at this price tag, unbelievably so. And believe it or not the thing actually sounds bloody brilliant! Its very reactive to rolling back the volume, and when turned up can really push a dialed in amp to break-up even before introducing pedals. The neck is a nice modern C shape, and the Eco-Rosewood fretboard has no finish or lacquer, but feels quite nice. Its also routed for two additional single coils, so can make a great mod platform. For those wishing to experiment you can't go wrong with that price tag. However, modders beware there is a cloth wrap underneath the finish on the body, it comes off but if you're looking to sand this back to wood it's a big job, and the alder body is quite pale. The intonation is good on my own, it holds it's tune reasonably well and I'm quite an aggressive player. However, I do plan on upgrading some of the hardware before this is fully gig-worthy. Any experienced player can have a ball on this guitar, and for half the price of a fancy new delay pedal you could have a rock'n'roll beast in your hands. Any new player has a great learning platform here, and it won't break dad's bank either.

Not that good

By: on 21 November 2020
Mine arrived damaged (dropped). The base of the body was cracked, revealing fiberous plastic or something under the black? No idea what that is?. Rubber grommet under the back strap pin is broken and hanging out, when you play it, the wood dye on the fretboard turns your fingertips black. One of the perloid dot inlays must of been raised because you can see sanding marks where they got it flush with the fretboard. The neck gets fat right behind the first fret before the headstock (bizarre), and tuners are not that good. Do a few pulls and you’re out of tune. I love the idea of an H Strat but what I received is bloody awful

Budget guitar

By: on 11 August 2020
Okay..this guitar IS a really good guitar. I took it out of the box and it was almost in tune. The intonation is surprising good..when you play an open D chord with some overdrive it is in tune to my ear...this is rare on any budget guitar. I can't find a fault with the build. I plugged in to my Artist cremetone amp and the pickup is once again suprisingly good. It reacts and sounds better than my bullbucker when combined with certain pedals. The Nux Masamune pedal for example, makes this guitars pickup sound insanely good.. I absolutely love the sound of guitars with one pickup and one volume...they sound different when you have no tone pots. I used an EQ pedal and the volume pot to find the sweet spots. If you are beginning to play, learning to modify or set up guitars....this is for you.


By: on 22 May 2020

Great first guitar for the price point

By: on 18 May 2020
Purchased this as a first guitar to start learning on. Received on time with accurate parcel tracking. The great quality contradicts the price point and I have been playing nearly every day since delivery.

verry good

By: on 13 May 2020
just what I wanted

Electric guitar

By: on 12 May 2020
Brought for my son, this is my second purchase with artists guitars, first being electric base. My son has been super happy with both. Fast delivery too.

Great Guitar

By: on 23 March 2020
Got this guitar in the bargain Bin as a customer returned guitar, and have been very happy with it. Lightweight, stays in tunes and setup out of the box is good. For less than a $100 bucks this was a great guitar to do some mods on and it's become a favorite of mine to play. Someone's loss is my gain!

Nut and bridge

By: on 25 December 2019
This is more a question than a review because I can’t find the answer anywhere in the description of the product, but is the nut and bridge changeable, specifically, can they be ‘flipped’? Am thinking of restringing to left-handed. Big thanks to anyone who can answer!


By: on 13 December 2019
Very happy with the quality of this guitar and the customer service can't be faulted. Was delivered super quick too. Absolutely ideal for taking the beginner into the world of music. We love it

Outstanding Value

By: on 27 November 2019
This is a much better instrument than the price would suggest. Arrived well set up with low action and accurate intonation. Using it through a Line 6 Helix Floor so the single pickup is not a limitation. The sound is comparable to my more expensive guitars. While sold as a beginner instrument more experienced players will find this a comfortable, playable guitar. Highly recommended.

Better than you think

By: on 26 September 2019
This guitar is really good. Better than u think.

Strat copy

By: on 1 May 2019
This is actually a really great guitar, I bought it to work on alternative tunings and it's proven to be a very solid and well put together instrument. Thanks guys!

So far so good!

By: on 24 April 2019
I am very happy with my product so far. The guitar plays great, sounds great. Looks great too! I'm satisfied.

Eb2 awesome!!

By: on 11 April 2019
It's just an awesome all round guitar I love it. And the price is way under the value of this guitar eb2 love the neck and fretboard.the look and simplicity it has become one of my main playing guitars. I'm gonna use it on stage as well

Great value

By: on 9 March 2018
Nice, simple strat copy with one pick-up. Stays in tune. Reasonable tone etc. Amazingly good value and great service!

Good buy for beginners.

By: on 22 April 2017
The entry level asking price is good value. The bare guitar comes in well packaged box. Simple to tune and setup. Cosmetically well done. One minor annoyance is a plastic film on white board, peels easily and looks tacky until you rip it off. Worth the asking price.


By: on 6 April 2017
My son had just bought a lp 60 and i decided to get one so we could jam together well the tracking no says its in Mackay Friday delivery in Airlie Monday. Well what do you know along came Debbie post office closed no guitar for a week survived madest cyclone yet finally picked up guitar this week excellent product can now enjoy it now that our cleanup is done cheers

Artist EB2 ST Style Electric Guitar - Black

By: on 28 February 2017
This a great guitar. Full size and fuss free. The same neck & body as the other Artist ST style guitars - satin finish on the back of the neck for a nice smooth feel that never feels clammy. One volume control & that's it. You are forced to try other ways to get different tones - picking dynamics [picking soft or hard - picking near the bridge or towards the neck - plectrum or fingertips]. Roll back the volume control (to 7 or 8) for a subtle reduction in the treble which is a nice variation. Very nice gloss black finish & a good weight to the body that tells you it's not flimsy. Some accessories are included - guitar lead, two hex keys for neck & bridge adjustments. Very nice, straightforward instrument that will do the job. **Gerry. Wollongong**

Solid guitar, amazing for the price.

By: on 10 February 2017
Again, another speedy delivery - well packed and the guitar arrived without damage. Here goes... I bought this guitar to practice on, I have a decent Ibanez but I just wanted something to thrash and sweat all over when I'm not recording. Out of the box, there are three huge issues: Strings - honestly, the strings that ship on Artist guitars are... horrible. Totally understandable and expected though - guitar is $99. Setup - action was too high - no big deal but I will get into setup again in a second. Frets... fret job is totally adequate, no sharp bits - nothing out of the ordinary. But the frets have some oxidisation on them, enough on some to just call it rust. So this is the meat of my review really - the guitar is amazing value and really quite nice to play once set up but Artist are doing themselves and beginner guitar players a disservice here by shipping guitars with average to poor playability and rusty strings/frets. To bring the guitar up to 100% isn't a lot of work but I can imagine new guitar players been disappointed with what is a great beginner guitar solely because of these few issues. If you buy this as a beginner, find a friend that can do a setup/change the strings and you will be much happier with the guitar. In spite of anytihng negative I could say about it I have to be honest and say I haven't played a strat copy I actually liked but this one is great fun - new strings - fret polish (need fine wire wool, masking tape, buffing wheel on your dremel etc - you can get special metal fret tools to protect the fretboard but masking tape in a couple of layers will do usually) and it's just a great guitar. Tuners - thought these would be the first thing to get replaced - they work without issue and the guitar stays in tune. Neck - just right, no issues there. Body - as far as I can tell it's only routed for the Humbucker so you wont be picking up another pickguard with 3 singles in it. Paint is great - nice and glossy. Bridge - I have guitars with floating bridges - very unlikely to use this one as anything other than a hardtail - the saddles are good - the springs are noisy, I just put some of the packing foam from the box in the back and screwed on the cover - fixed. Pickup.. well, was surprised here as I was expecting to be buying a new pickup, in fact I have been considering buying pickups that cost more than the guitar just for the fun of it, but it's not needed. The humbucker is fine, has more output than my Ibanez passives and sounds good. The guitar will benefit from cavity shielding and better electronics of course but it's all good for a thrash axe, Being a single humbucker guitar it would really benefit from a switch setup that allows you to coil tap and also run series or parallel for some variety. Well, that's about it - great guitar, needs work out of the box. I'm likely going to scallop the frets and mess it all up but it's ok - it was $99! Artist have always been great to deal with - customer service is amazing and their returns and replacement/warranty policies are great. Recommended for anyone wanting a straightforward guitar to learn on or just a shred machine to have next to the couch or in the rack. My wishlist for budget guitars from artist: Hardtail string through body. These tremolos are always terrible to use - might as well just use hardtail. White paint option.