Gear

Theoretically, the acoustic guitar is a pretty minimalist instrument.  Just you and the guitar – an elegant mix of good wood and steel (or maybe nylon) strings.  The reality, though, is that there’s still a lot of helpful, even necessary, gear for the acoustic guitar.

Take a look through the posts below to get some suggestions on gear that’ll work for you, from tuners to thumbpicks to audio interfaces.

If you’re curious what gear I personally use, you can also check out the “What I Use” page.

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If you’re just starting your search for acoustic guitar gear, try reading these articles first:

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