The guitar gear section gives you information about what you can buy besides your favorite instrument. Guitar amplifiers, effects 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. A pick is almost necessary, though classical music is often played without. For more information about what you can have besides your lovely instrument, read what’s next.
1. Guitar amplifier
By definition, an amplifier amplifies your sound. So if you have an electrical guitar or another pluggable instrument, you may desire having your guitar sound louder or just want to add some great effects.
You’ll then have two choices: buy a combo amp, or a head plus a cabinet. This combination is often more expensive, takes more space, but the sound quality is often greater and it’s much more powerful.
You’ll also have to pay attention to the speaker(s) size, incorporated features, and effects you would like to have. Note that guitar effects can still be produced otherwise with a pedal or a VST.
There are different ways to incorporate effects to your guitar riffs. Some of them are more studio oriented, others could be better used on stage, or when rehearsing.
If you want to record a song and add some great effects for your guitar, or simply play on stage you can either:
- Download guitar VSTs on your computer (mostly for recording a song)
- Use your guitar pedals (or stompboxes)
- Use rackmounts (which are often expensive but demonstrate great sound quality)
- Use a multi-effect device
- Use your guitar amplifier and integrated effects (mostly on stage and rehearsal).
3. The guitar gear you need!
You’ll always need strings for your guitar even if you intend to play with only one, like this guy. Guitar picks are also quite useful, though every guitar could be played without. A capo is something you ought to have too, as it’s really easier to play some songs with it. Guitar tuners, if you don’t have one integrated to your instrument or to your guitar pedals, could be a great tool.
Tubes, guitar cases, guitar hangers are some equipment you can also buy. 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.