Beyond the Guitar: Strings, Cases, & Other Guitar Accessories

 

So, you just bought a guitar. Now what? Even if you can’t imagine spending any more money at this point in time, purchasing the proper guitar accessories will make the guitar easier to learn, more fun to play, and less complicated to maintain. The truth is, you don’t need every single toy or expensive accessory available on the market, but you will need to invest in a select few guitar accessories. In fact, when it comes to guitar accessories, there are really only a handful you’ll need- the rest you can purchase as your heart desires. The following is a list of “must-have” guitar accessories for every new guitar player.

Tuner

What good is a guitar if it’s always out of tune? Many new guitar players try to get away with not purchasing a tuner, but a guitar tuner is one of the most important guitar accessories you’ll need- especially if you plan on playing with other people. As a guitar player, it’s crucial to tune-up before every practice, recital, or performance, and the easiest way to do so is with a chromatic digital tuner. Once you purchase a tuner, tuning should become second nature, as it improves the overall sound of your guitar and helps you develop a good ear over time. Fortunately, guitar tuners don’t have to be expensive- some cost only a little more than a new set of strings.

Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner Standard With a size similar to an audiocassette case, the KORG CA-1 chromatic tuner tuner supports a broad range of C1 (32.70 Hz)-C8 (4186.01 Hz), allowing speedy and high-precision tuning of wind, string, keyboard, and other instruments. This orchestral tuner is ideal for tuning even low-register notes containing numerous overtones that are often difficult to tune. Learn More.

Metronome

Many musicians try to avoid purchasing a metronome at all costs, but developing a good internal clock is almost as important as developing a good ear. In fact, did you know that most professionals you see on stage are using a metronome via their in-ear monitors? If professionals use them. then why wouldn’t an amateur? Although there are plenty of metronomes available as free downloads online, you’ll probably want to purchase a metronome you can throw into your gig bag and carry with you. Today’s electronic models have largely replaced the larger,wind-up models, and are available in a variety of sizes and colors.

Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome Standard The Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome features Rhythm Coach functions with an onboard microphone, a reference-tone function for tuning, an instrument input, MIDI input, and other handy tools. Learn More.

Extra Strings

For beginning guitarists, nothing inhibits their practice more than a broken or missing string. In most cases, it’s a hassle to get in the car, head to a music store, purchase a new set of strings, and change the strings on their guitar. In these cases, it can be days, or even weeks, until the strings are changed and the player is back in the habit of practicing. To avoid this, always have a spare set of guitar strings available. Inevitably, your strings will break at an inconvenient time — before a performance or in the middle of a group practice session — so having a spare set of strings can help prevent embarrassment. Note: keep three Gs, Bs, and high Bs handy at all times, as these tend to break more frequently than the lower strings.

 

D'Addario EJ16-10P Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings (10-Pack) Standard These acoustic guitar strings feature a computer-controlled wrapping around a hex core. D’Addario is the world’s largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won’t play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D’Addario has a string set that’s right for you. Learn More.

Looking for more info on guitar strings? Check out these guides!

How to Choose Electric Guitar Strings

How to Choose Acoustic Guitar Strings

Case

Chances are, you’ll need to store and transport your guitar safely, especially if you’re part of a marching band or touring band. If you consider a guitar an investment  — and you should — than a quality guitar case is a must. While hard cases are strongly recommended, a soft case is better than no case at all. If your guitar already comes with a gig bag, consider upgrading to a hardshell case. Not only does a hard case protect your guitar while traveling and in storage, but many come with enough space to safely store many of the guitar accessories on this list. Additionally, if you live in an extremely dry or wet climate, a case can help protect your guitar from the swelling or cracking that often accompanies changes in humidity.

Musician's Gear Deluxe Classical Guitar Case Guitar Accessories These deluxe cases are built road-tough with 5-ply cross-laminate wood construction, plush interior lining, heavy-duty hardware, interior accessory compartment, and locking fasteners that will keep your classical guitar safe. Learn More.

Humidifier

Especially important for acoustic guitar players, guitar case humidifiers can help protect your guitar from the effects that low humidity can have on a guitar- including shrinking and cracking. If you live in a dry climate, or in an area where it gets cold enough in the winter for you to heat your home, it’s a good idea to invest in a humidifier, just in case. Operating a guitar humidifier is quite simple- simply inject water into the absorptive sponge and place the humidifier directly into the case. Just be careful not to add too much water- wood can absorb water in high-humidity situations, which can result in warpage.

D'Addario Planet Waves Acoustic Guitar Humidifier Standard The Planet Waves Acoustic Guitar Humidifier protects your guitars from damage even in the driest conditions. The moisture reservoir is suspended inside the body, the system releases moisture evenly and slowly inside your guitar without actually touching the instrument. A high absorption sponge maintains proper humidity levels and is quick and easy to refill. Learn More.

Guitar/Music Stand

You’re in the middle of practicing and the doorbell rings…where do you place your guitar? Those without reliable guitar stands may place them against a sofa or coffee table, which is an accident waiting to happen. Instead of risking guitar damage, invest in a quality guitar stand- it’ll ensure your guitar is held safely and comfortably until you’re ready to use it again. While you’re browsing online for a guitar stand, add a music stand to your cart. Sure, you’ll eventually memorize your favorite pieces, but in the meantime you’ll need a music stand. With a music stand, your sheet music will remain at eye level which will make practice time easier and more enjoyable.

 

Musician's Gear Tubular Guitar Stand Black Made to exacting specs with soft black neoprene rubber tubing to protect your guitar. Folds up for easy transport. Not for nitrocellulose-finish guitars. Learn More.

Picks

Unless you play fingerstyle exclusively, guitar picks are a must-have guitar accessory. In addition to the standard triangular-shaped picks, you can find a variety of other picks, including finger picks and thumb picks, at mostly low prices. If you’re new to playing the guitar, you likely aren’t sure which pick thickness you should choose. If you fall into this category, purchase a variety of picks to try out until you decide on a thickness that best suits you and your playing style. And, as your pick collection gradually grows, you may eventually want to invest in some type of pick holder as well.

Fender 351 Premium Celluloid Guitar Picks (12-Pack) Ocean Turquoise Medium Often called the Fender pick, the 351 shape is the pick most associated with Fender. A wider body and a rounded tip have made this pick a favorite with players of every style. Fender Premium Celluloid picks combine the traditional tone and feel of celluloid, with beautiful and unique colors. Learn More.

Straps

Unless you’re a classical guitarist who plans on always playing from a seated position, you’ll need to purchase a guitar strap. Similar to picks, guitar straps are available in a wide variety of colors and designs. Whether you’re looking for a strap that’s purely functional in nature, or prefer one that will add a bit of style to your guitar, there are plenty of straps available for you to choose from. If you spend a bit more for this guitar accessory, you’ll gain access to function, comfort, ease of adjustment, and security. Note: if you plan on playing mostly from a seated position, consider purchasing a footrest instead of a guitar strap.

Levy's Soft Suede Guitar Strap 2-1/2″ Signature Series suede guitar strap with black decorative piping, the Levy’s logo,and contrast stitching. Adjustable from 44″ to 53″. Learn More.

Cleaning/Polishing Cloths

Last, but not least, any guitarists should keep a cleaning or polishing cloth on hand at all times. While some guitarists use old t-shirts or rags, a microfiber cloth will keep your guitar clean and free from lint. Once you purchase a cleaning or polishing cloth, be sure to wipe your strings down after you’ve finished playing- this can help the strings last longer and remain fresh-sounding longer. Consider keeping two cloths around- one for wiping down the strings, and another for cleaning and polishing the body of your guitar. Although cleaning cloths aren’t a crucial guitar accessory, they’ll help get rid of finger oils which can cause string corrosion.

Music Nomad All in 1 String, Surface and Hardware Cleaning Tool Standard Nomad Music’s All in 1 String, Surface, and Hardware Cleaning Tool is a must have for any guitar or bass player. Their patent pending, innovative design both extends the life and preserves the tone of strings & cleans the body & hardware without any cleaning solutions. The premium quality washable microfiber pad cleans on top AND underneath guitar strings in seconds. Learn More.

More Info on Guitar Accessories

For in-depth guides on purchasing guitars check out our Electric Guitar Buyer’s Guide and our Acoustic Guitar Buyer’s Guide.

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