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.
If you’re just starting your search for acoustic guitar gear, try reading these articles first:
- “What I Use”, a breakdown of my acoustic guitar gear
- Accessories – 7 Essential Accessories for Your New Acoustic Guitar
- Tuners – 9 Best Guitar Tuners Guaranteed to Match Your Style
- Thumbpicks – 7 Popular Thumbpicks to Mix Up Your Solo Fingerpicking
- Guitar Stools – Top 7 Best Guitar Stools
Recent Gear-Related Articles:
Finger picks brighten and clarify your fingerpicking. Using the flesh of your fingers to individually pick the strings usually creates a muted and muddy sound. But by attaching a plectrum to the end of each picking finger, each note is picked with added power and brightness – cutting through more clearly. In classical guitar, guitarists often grow out their natural …Read More
Digital Signal Processing, or “DSP”, is often referred to as a “feature” of modern audio equipment and music gear. Why is that important? Well, two reasons. One, it tells you how they’re handling the audio signal – and the potential trade-offs which that implies. And, two, hopefully they give you confidence in how well they’re using DSP – after all, better …Read More
Orange Amplification brings back their 1970’s OMEC brand with a new product: the OMEC Teleport. The Teleport is a soundcard with a twist – in addition to being a studio-quality USB recording interface, it fits inside a guitar pedal – perfect for a gigging musician. The innovative, new OMEC Teleport is a universal connection device compatible with iOS, Android, MacOS or Windows devices without the …Read More
Effects pedals for fingerstyle guitar? Yes. Definitely. Acoustic guitar is typically a minimalist business. The truth, however, is that even a simple acoustic set up can benefit from a reverb, a stompbox tuner, a light delay….the list goes on. Everything in Moderation Some of the classic fingerstyle players like Chet Atkins or Doc Watson avoided effects pedals or didn’t have …Read More
A good guitar capo is integral to acoustic guitar life. The ability of capos to recreate luscious open chords in new keys is critical to the acoustic guitar’s versatility. For example, if a singer wants to move the song up a key, it usually sounds best to simply capo up a whole step and keep all the voicings, fingerings, and …Read More
I was recently jazzed to try out the EarPeace HD high fidelity hearing protection ear plugs. From Beethoven to Pete Townsend, the dreaded enemy of any of any musician is hearing loss. And while we typically think of huge Marshall electric guitar amps as the cause of musician’s hearing loss, the reality is that our ears are constantly under assault. …Read More
Line 6, Inc. recently introduced Line 6 HX Effects, a compact and pedalboard-friendly multi-effects pedal that offers 100+ effects drawn from award-winning Helix® hardware and software processors, as well as dozens of legacy sounds from the acclaimed Line 6 M-Series and Stompbox Modeler pedals. Key Features Featuring the same HX audio engine as Helix processors, HX Effects leverages DSP processing …Read More