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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The Top 6 Best Acoustic Guitar Amps

The Top 6 Best Acoustic Guitar Amps

I’ve used an acoustic guitar amp in a lot of settings:  concerts, weddings, churches, and just at home practicing. Acoustic guitar amps have come a long way in the last 20 years thanks to improved technology, specifically the ability to both warm up and make your acoustic sound “natural” with software. Why would you want an acoustic guitar amp? An …

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Revo Guitar Straps

Revo Guitar Straps Review

Revo Guitar Straps is making headway.  You’ll see the guitar straps around the shoulders of folks like Zac Brown and Ziggy Marley. Revo’s idea is simple:  comfortable wooden guitar straps, handcrafted in Costa Rica. Wood? Yup, wood.  They kind of remind me of those wooden beaded seat covers favored by New York cabbies. (It’s possible that I had one one of …

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Reverb.com online instrument and gear marketplace

Craigslist, eBay…Reverb?

Where did you buy your last guitar? Chances are, the next guitar (or gear) that you buy could be through the recently funded Reverb.com. Buying a guitar, or guitar equipment, can still be oddly challenging. In an era of Uber and Airbnb, it seems like buying and selling musical instruments should be simple, transparent, and safe. And yet it isn’t. …

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The Guitar Journal - Calum Graham PedalBoard

Calum Graham’s Pedalboard

I got hooked on Calum Graham’s tune, Tabula Rasa, as soon as I heard it on Spotify a few weeks ago.  Spotify curates a series of “concentration” playlists.  The idea is to play music to help you concentrate on work.  So, of course, I played the “Acoustic Concentration” playlist and was immediately distracted.   A Bit of Background Calum Graham is …

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9 Best Guitar Tuners Guaranteed to Match Your Style

9 Best Guitar Tuners Guaranteed to Match Your Style

They come in different shapes, sizes, styles, and prices.  But what's the best guitar tuner for you?  As in many things in life, the answer is:  "It depends." Guitar tuners tend to fall into 3 different camps: Clip on - these clip on to your headstock and tune based on sensed vibrations. Foot pedal - these "stompbox" style tuners are geared ...Read More
Ed Sheeran's Looper Pedal

Originally Ed Sheeran’s Looper Pedal – The Boss RC-20XL

Ed Sheeran has exploded in popularity over the last year.  His catchy song, Thinking Out Loud, is stuck in my head even as I write this sentence.  The great thing about him is that he's getting a lot of people to dig acoustic guitar, fingerpicking, and looping. A lot of great players, like Phil Keaggy, have used looper pedals for effect, ...Read More
Puerto Rican Acoustic Guitar Luthier

8 Acoustic Guitar Treasures that Etsy Knows You Need

I have a few friends and family with Etsy shops and they really enjoy the scene. For me, it’s just fun to just cruise the site and see what kind of hand-crafted creativity is going on out there. Here are a few acoustic guitar gems that caught my eye…

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