As a guitarist, it doesn’t just end at purchasing a guitar. You must also consider other equipment that can not only make guitar playing easier but also produces a better sound, which in itself is the ultimate goal.
Here is a list of equipment that can serve as an aid to the guitar:
01. Guitar Electronic Tuners
Although tuning of the guitar can be done manually by ear, you can also do this using an electric tuner, which most likely would keep the guitar at optimal tuning whether acoustic or electric.
If the guitar is electric, you will firstly plug the guitar into the turner, and from its output jack you will plug in the amplifier, this helps to keep the tuner inline throughout the period you play the guitar.
But if the guitar is acoustic, you would use the tuner’s microphone for tuning by placing the tuner at a length away at a reasonable location. Presently, most of the electric tuners you will find nowadays have an auto-sensing feature such that the auto-sensing listens to your tune and indicates the nearest pitch of the note. This tuner possesses various indicator lights that show where you are in your note whether flat or sharp.
02. Guitar Straps
The primary purpose for the strap is for proper carrying of the guitar and to hold the guitar securely. One of the very first things you must consider in procuring a strap is that you must place comfort as a priority because carrying the guitar for extended periods of time can cause a significant amount of discomfort, so an excellent and affordable strap will protect you against muscle strain and fatigue.
Another purpose the strap serves is as a point of decoration or a way to beautify the guitar, as they come in all shades of styles and materials dependent on the taste of the guitar.
03. Guitar Strings
There are various kinds of strings for multiple kinds of guitars, and they are uniquely created to produce different tones for the guitarist. That is why we recommend that you use only a set of strings made specifically for your guitar as otherwise, this would give off a rather unwanted sound, which can be frustrating and may damage your guitar.
The steel-string acoustic guitar has four bronze wound and two silver strings, with the steel strings carrying the highest pitch. The electric guitar, on the other hand, consists of three nickel strings and three wound strings in most cases, but in the rarer cases, they have four wounds and two nickel.
04. Guitar Picks
This equipment is arguably the most purchased guitar accessory. Picks date back to as early as when guitars came about themselves, and they come in different materials, from metal picks to plastic picks. The shape, size, or strength of the materials used are different properties that affect the feel of playing the guitar.
05. Guitar Effect Pedals and Devices
While listening to a guitar recording or a radio playing it is not unlikely that you can hear some false echoes, some distortion, or additional effects. The effects help the guitarist manipulate the sound in creative and unusual ways, helping give the tune an exciting tone.
These effects packages come as stomp boxes, which are foot pedals and can be activated by stepping on the foot switch. This serves as an avenue to decisively turn the effect on or off without interrupting the guitar.
06. Guitar Gig Bag
People generally use a gig bag to carry their guitar, the materials used in producing them varying from leather to fitting nylon, and different popular fabric enclosures.
These kinds of materials used in production enables guitars to be easily carried in transport vehicles or airplanes, making them the ideal way to carry your guitar in challenging situations.
07. Guitar Hard Cases
This case will offer what you will call “far better insurance” against damage to your guitar, and because of this insurance, they cost an awful lot more than soft cases. They are mostly composed of leather-covered wood which is built to survive even the most rigorous of circumstances, providing you with an ample amount of crushproof protection.
This hard case is the better case to get for your guitar if you’re looking for major protection.
08. Guitar Soft Cases
These aren’t as soft as the name proclaims, as they are still more stiff than soft. The composition of soft cases consist mainly of compressed material, and they provide a level of protection to your instrument. Their usefulness is that they prevent mild impact external element from coming in contact with the guitar, but unlike the hard cases they bulge under real stress.
09. Guitar Capos
This device is a clamp that is wrapped around the neck region of the guitar, forcing all the strings down to the fingerboard at a specific fret. They are usually spring loaded and elastic. The primary use of this device is that it serves the purpose of raising the pitch of all the springs.
The most common scenario is such that you tune the guitar without the capo on, but subsequently, put on to produce the desired fret. They also transpose the music you are playing to another key, even while you are still playing the chord in the initial key you started in.
10. Guitar Amplifiers
It is important to note that most electric guitars need an amplifier to be played and for the sound to be heard. The combination of the guitar and the amplifier set up for a more mature tone.
There are two most likely scenarios where you would need an amplifier, the first for practicing and the second, for performance.
a. Amplifiers for Practice
After procuring your guitar, one of the very first things you will need to get as a start-out guitarist would be a practice amplifier, which has a decent amount of features such as good tone controls and two or more volume controls.
There are some basic things you should aim to look out for in a practice amplifier such as:
- Reverb: This is an echo effect that gives a resemblance of different types of playing environments like a church, a concert, etc.
- Equalization: You should preferably seek for an amplifier that has a three band equalization as this will give you tone control for bass, the middle, and the high. This equipment also provides a wide range of flexibility for your sound.
- Multiple gain: The power of your amplifier helps you modulate distorted sound.
- Channel switch: To be able to switch channels affords you the ability to switch to different sets of volume.
b. Performance Amplifiers
In certain performance situations where the practice amplifier would not be enough, you will need to go in search of amplifiers with more features.
Performance amplifiers often tend to have more capacity than practice amps, beyond just it being louder the performance amps, it also delivers a clearer signal even at high volumes. At the end of the day, the type of amp you choose to buy would depend a lot on your taste, considering the capacity or beauty, either way, it is still a personal decision.