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:

Recent Gear-Related Articles:

The 10 Best Effects Pedals for Fingerstyle Guitar (Yes, We Use Pedals Too.)

The 10 Best Effects Pedals for Fingerstyle Guitar (Yes, We Use Pedals Too.)

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 …

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Guitar Capo Guide - Styles & Recommended Models

Guitar Capo Guide: Styles & Recommended Models

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 …

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EarPeace HD: Never Lose Your Most Valuable Tools

EarPeace HD: Make Sure You Never Lose Your Most Valuable Tools

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. …

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Performance 2 Capo - Gear Review

Performance 2 Capo: Gear Review

I recently had the chance to try the G7th Performance 2 guitar capo. This capo offers a unique clamping mechanism that promises better tuning and less wear’n’tear on the guitar fretboard. Both of these benefits derive from a “patented clutch mechanism” that allows the capo to clamp solidly at the minimum pressure required. Because this mechanism makes the Performance 2 …

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Top 7 Best Guitar Stools (or “Guitar Throne”, if you’re feeling awesome…)

Top 7 Best Guitar Stools (or “Guitar Throne”, if you’re feeling awesome…)

The oft-overlooked, but so-essential guitar gear: the guitar stool. Or maybe you call it a “guitar throne” if: a) you happen to feel awesome today, or b) you’ve been hanging out with drummers lately (they insist on calling their stool a “throne”). So Why Get a Special Guitar Stool? Having a well-suited guitar stool helps you as a guitarist in …

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Guitar Pro 7 Review

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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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