- 10 Accessories Every Guitarist Should Have (Or Gifts You Can Give To A Guitarist Friend)
- 1. Guitar case
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- 2. Electronic tuner
- 3. Guitar stand
- 4. Picks and pickguards
- 5. Tuning handle
- 6. Capo or capo
- 7. Stool or baseboard, gypsy or ergo play
- 8. Lectern
- 9. Metronome
- 10. Basic cleaning kit
10 Accessories Every Guitarist Should Have (Or Gifts You Can Give To A Guitarist Friend)
1. Guitar case
The case is an essential element to take care of our guitar. Although there are rigid cases to protect the guitar from any blow, the most economical and comfortable thing is to use a case, which you can carry both on your shoulder and on your back.
The price varies mainly depending on the thickness of the padding (5mm, 10mm, 15mm…)
2. Electronic tuner
It is often said ironically that “the guitarist spends half a concert tuning and the other half playing out of tune”. The guitar is a very sensitive instrument that is affected by, for example, any change in temperature, causing it to go out of tune. And there’s nothing worse than hearing a guitar out of tune…
Until recently, it was always tuned by ear. To do this, a note is taken as a reference (usually the “a”, which gives a fretboard) and, from there, the rest of the strings are tuned. But with the emergence of electronic tuners and their low price, today almost everyone has one, which facilitates this task. Besides, when you are playing in public, the best thing is to use this kind of device, since you avoid delaying your time and boring your audience…
There are different types of tuners, even in phone applications. But the most accurate are the “clip” ones, which are usually placed on the tuning peg and tune exactly using the vibration of the guitar, avoiding the interference of any external noise.
3. Guitar stand
If you play the guitar often, you may find it uncomfortable to take it out of its case each time. I remember when I first started playing the guitar I often didn’t pick it up because I was too lazy to take it out…hehe.
That’s why it’s essential to always have the guitar at hand and for that, you need a good guitar stand. There are different types of support: for electric (thinner), for classical and acoustic (thicker), tripod-shaped or with only two V-shaped arms…
My recommendation is that you buy a wall mount because besides being very comfortable, they will serve as decoration to show off your guitars.
4. Picks and pickguards
Unless you play only the classical guitar for finger-picking style, you will use guitar picks. There are an infinite number of types, thicknesses, and materials. My advice is to try and find the one that best suits your playing style.
If you have just started to play the guitar, I recommend you to buy a soft one, an intermediate one and a hard one and try with all of them. Generally speaking, I can tell you that the soft ones are more recommended for strumming and the hard ones for playing since you have more control and precision. But as I say, this is very subjective.
On the other hand, as a good guitarist, you’re used to having your picks mysteriously disappear. Did you know that there are pickguards that you can stick to your guitar or even to a microphone stand? If you don’t have one yet, I think you should get one, if you want to save on buying picks…
5. Tuning handle
Changing the strings is usually a tedious process for the guitarist, who would rather be playing. But it’s an inevitable thing… Luckily, there are tuning levers, which help us to tune the guitar quickly and change the strings without dying in the attempt.
6. Capo or capo
The capo or capotasto is a device that serves the guitarist to raise the tuning register. It will help the most novice guitarist to play his or her favorite songs using basic open chords. But the capo is also used by professionals, especially when accompanying a singer and you want to raise or lower the pitch of the song in question.
In the old days they were made of wood and attached to the neck by a braided gut string, but today there is a variety of them with modern and sophisticated designs.
It is important for you to know that the capos are different if they are for classical guitar or for acoustic and electric guitar. Here I leave you with two best-selling models, one economic and the other more professional.
7. Stool or baseboard, gypsy or ergo play
Getting a correct position when playing the guitar should be a priority for any guitarist. Remember that your body is your main instrument and it is essential that you take care of it.
There are different gadgets that allow us to reach that healthy position and make it easier to play more comfortably. The most common ones are the bench or footrest, the gypsy or the ergo play.
A music stand is a basic tool for any self-respecting musician. The lectern will allow you to place the scores and even some books (if the lectern is more robust), so you can play the guitar quietly and have a good position. You know that if you place the scores anywhere, the usual thing is to bend over and then you have back problems…
There are mainly two types of music stands: folding and fixed. If your intention is to have it in your place of study, the best thing would be a fixed one, which is more robust. But to play outside and carry it from one place to another, you will need a folding one.
The metronome is a device that indicates the tempo or pulse of musical compositions. It regularly produces a signal, visual and/or acoustic, that allows a musician to maintain a constant pulse when performing a piece of music.
If you want to improve as a musician, the metronome is an essential tool and, nowadays, you have very precise digital and analog metronomes
10. Basic cleaning kit
The moment to change the strings is usually the ideal occasion to do a thorough cleaning of the guitar. Anyway, after playing the guitar, it is convenient to clean it. To do so, we can simply use a slightly damp microfiber cloth or use any type of basic cleaning kit specifically for guitars that are sold on the market.