Things Every Beginner Guitarist Should Own

Guitar is a very powerful musical tool that has revolutionized the world of music drastically over the last couple of years. And buying such a powerful music instrument can be a daunting task especially if you are a fledging guitarist just entering the wo

Guitar is a very powerful musical tool that has revolutionized the world of music drastically over the last couple of years. And buying such a powerful music instrument can be a daunting task especially if you are a fledging guitarist just entering the world of music. Quite simply there are so many options to choose from. Then what about when you finally buy your first guitar? There is a plethora of things to learn, feel, and of course enjoy. And to help you use your guitar much better, there are number of things you can use. Well in this article, I will be describing some major things every guitarist should have, some key information about those items and of course some recommendations. So let’s get started…

An external amplifier

This should be a no-brainer if you are using an electric guitar. What an amplifier will do is pick-up signal from an electric guitar and makes it the sound louder through a loudspeaker. Basically there are two types of amplifiers on the market: valve and solid state. Valve amps are generally better sounding and are mostly used by professional musicians. They are a bit expensive as well. Solid state amplifiers are more cheaper and durable machines but with decent sound. An amplifier can have built in effects such as distortion and reverb which changes the sound of you guitar. Not all amplifiers have same effects so you might have to do some research to find out an amp with your play style. Also it should be noted that acoustic guitars with pick-ups can be used with amplifiers to create different effects and louder sounds.

Some good brands:

Marshall

Mesa

Roland

  Marshall AS50D 50w 2x8 Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp.

Protective Case

This is one of the most important things you have to purchase if you want to keep you guitar in good condition. Make sure to go for a padded or plywood cases.

Good Brands:

Just about any brand would do; make sure to examine your case before purchase.

 SKB 000 Sized Acoustic Guitar Case.

Extra strings

Once in every 3-5 months it is a good idea to change you guitar strings. Used up strings can be hard to play (rust can get in your nails) and may not sound good. Or a string can “pop” while you playing one of those metal solos. Either way it is good to have extra set of strings so you can keep playing. Buying strings may depend on you guitar and your style. For example, if you play an acoustic guitar, you may have to buy medium gauge (string thickness) strings that have a more suitable tension for your guitar.

Some good brands:

Martin

Elixir

D’Addario

 Martin M540 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings.

In conclusion, hopefully I was able to teach you something new about Guitars today. It can often be overwhelming for many beginner guitarists learn how to handle their new musical instrument. A second part to this article will be coming soon. Thanks for reading !!!

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Posted on Jan 29, 2012