Guitar Gear – All You Need To Know

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Marshall Guitar Amplifier
Marshall Guitar Amplifier

On this page, we talk about guitar gear.

Guitar amplifiers, effect pedals, guitar picks, everything’s covered here.

Of course, it’s up to you to know what you really need. When you perform on stage, an amplifier is really important, unless you have an acoustic guitar.

For more information about what you can have besides your lovely instrument, read what’s next.

1. Guitar Amplifiers

By definition, an amplifier amplifies the sound. With an amp you will be able to increase the volume of your guitar (acoustic or electric), equalize the sound, and add any type of effect. 

You can either buy a combo amp, or a head and cabinet.

The latter is usually more expensive, takes more space, but the sound quality is most of the time better. And it’s also louder than a combo amp.

When it comes to choosing an amp, you have to pay attention to the speaker(s) size, incorporated features, and effects you would like to have.

Keep in mind that effects can be added to your guitar sound via VSTs or pedals.

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2. Effects…!

There are different ways to incorporate effects to your guitar riffs. 

If you want to record a song and add some awesome effects to your guitar, or simply play on stage you can either:

  • Download guitar VSTs on your computer (mostly for recording a song): it’s possible to use VSTs if you are performing on stage, but I wouldn’t advise it. VSTs are commonly used in studio, or for rehearsals.
  • Use your guitar pedals (or stompboxes):  with them, it’s easy to switch from one effect to another in a short amount of time. Totally recommended on stage.
  • Use a rackmount (which is often expensive but demonstrates great sound quality): if you’ve ever been in a professional studio before, you’ve probably seen one. The quality of the effects is most of the time superior to a VST or multi-effect device.
  • Use a multi-effect device: very handy as they offer a large choice of effects. Beware though: they can be quite expensive.
  • Use your guitar amplifier and integrated effects (mostly on stage and for rehearsals): if you don’t feel the need of modifying the sound too often while you’re rehearsing or playing on stage, you can just use the integrated effects your guitar amplifier offers. 
Guitar Pedal Creamcan
Effects Pedal : Ben Rod Cream Can

3. The gear you need!

A guitarist has to be equipped, and it’s not always easy to know what you need (especially if you’re a new guitar player). This list will help you in your shopping activity:

  • Strings (acoustic / electric) : you’ll always need strings for your guitar even if you intend to play with only one, like this guy.
  • Guitar picks: they are also quite useful, though every guitar can be played with only your fingers. You can learn how to hold a pick on this page.
  • Capos: with them, you can basically modify the key in which you’re playing by just moving the object along your fingerboard. Very useful. To learn how to use a capo on the guitar, click here.
  • Guitar tuner: it’s sometimes integrated to your instrument or to your guitar pedal(s). If not, you can either use a tuner app (on your computer or smartphone), download one, or just buy one in a music shop.
  • Tube: when a tube is broken on your guitar amp, you need to replace it. If your local shop doesn’t have those tiny parts, you can look for them online.
  • Guitar case or bag: the latter is far less expensive than the former. But if you need to travel and protect your instrument, you will need a guitar case.
  • Guitar hanger: it’s not necessary to have one, but with a hanger, your guitar is more secured at home, when you’re not playing. And what’s great is that you don’t have to put it back on its case or bag all the time. 

 As you can see, there are plenty of accessories available. All you have to do now is to decide which one you need the most.

Guitar Amplifier Vacuum Tubes
Guitar Amplifier : 12AX7 Vacuum Tubes.

4. Conclusion

As a guitarist, I’m always amazed by all the equipment and accessories you can buy besides your guitar. And I understand it can get pretty complex for a novice to know what to choose.

Here’s a video showing you what you can buy, as a beginner guitar player:

If you need any advice, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. I would be happy to help you out.

Thanks for reading!

10 comments

  1. My son just made playing the guitar a hobby he would love this website especially because it gives such good information on making the sound effects for recording.

  2. Thanks for this informative post. My nephew has been wanting to get into the guitar because his mom is a band teacher, it is his way of rebelling. I’ll have to share this post with her. She isn’t as familiar with stringed instruments. Is there a place you recommend that sells strings and pics?

  3. Hey thanks Interesting article. Been toying with the idea of playing the guitar again for a while now. I actually have a guitar already, an Epiphone 339. I really just need an amp and I can start playing again. Its been a few years. I’m looking for a small practice amp, suitable for my bedroom.

  4. Hi Ben,
    Thank’s for the great info, my oldest son plays, and this is the love of his life so when it comes to buying him thing’s well you can imagine what he wants these suggestions help me in picking him up something. It is hard to know what to get him for Christmas and Birthday’s, Maybe you could add a few links to new things that come out on the market for some one who is buying for a loved one. Great Site, can’t wait to check back and see what kind of Ideas you have for those of us with out a clue.
    VickiG

    1. Hi VickiG, I’m glad you liked the article. Yes, that’s a fantastic idea, and I’m sure it can help out a lot of people out there. Thanks for your suggestion.

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