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The essential accessories you need with an electric guitar

The essential accessories you need with an electric guitar

Woah! You’ve finally decided to try your hands on an electric guitar. Congratulations.

Before you actually buy one, you should know the essential accessories you would need along with an electric guitar.

In this article, I won’t be going through the different types of electric guitars one could purchase, I’ll just go through the essential accessories you need with any electric guitar.

Everyone knows the basic accessories that go with an electric – an amplifier and a solid cable but there are two questions that arise in everyone’s minds.

  1. Is a good quality guitar amp even important or should I just buy the cheapest one?
  2. What else do I need apart from an amp and a lead?

Hold tight! I’ll answer both these questions.

Should you invest in an expensive good quality guitar amp?

Yes. You should invest in a good quality amplifier but it need not be very expensive.

The electric guitar in itself is not a complete instrument. It has no sound of it’s own, the sound relies on the amp.

What i’m trying to say is that an electric guitar only becomes an instrument when combined with an amplifier.

You can’t overlook the importance of a guitar amplifier.

A good quality amplifier is a must.

Secondly, if you use a bad quality or worn out lead/cable, the signals sent from the guitar to the amp would be distorted hence affecting the sound quality.

All 3 items – guitar, amp and lead – should be of a good quality.

Invest in a good quality guitar and amplifier – they’ll last you for a long time.

Keep changing the lead from time to time, they wear out pretty quickly.

What else do you need apart from an amplifier and a lead?

These two are the most basic things you need to make an electric guitar work, but apart from these there are a few things that can make your life better:

  • A processor/pedal to unleash all features of your electric guitar
  • A good quality strap because electric guitars can be heavy
  • Plectrums because duh?
  • A guitar hard case because you don’t want to damage your guitar

Here’s a complete list of essential accessories and why you need them.

1. Guitar Amplifier

I just explained above in 100 words why you need a good amplifier.

I’ll just assume you skipped through all of that and came straight down to the ending, so i’ll explain it again.

The electric guitar in itself is not a complete instrument. It has no sound of it’s own, the sound relies on the amp.

An electric guitar only becomes an instrument when combined with an amplifier.

You can’t overlook the importance of a guitar amplifier.

A good quality amplifier is a must.

Make sure to buy an amp which has clean and warm sound.

The power and the speaker size will depend on the application (where are you going to use it: home practice, live, studio recording) and your budget.

Many amps come with a sh*t load of features like reverb, distortion, tremolo etc.

Although it is good to have these features in-built in an amp, don’t judge it’s quality with these effects.

you can always buy and use a guitar processor later to create these effects if need arises.

2. Guitar Lead / Cable

To connect your guitar to an amp you need a good old fashioned cable, unless you have a bluetooth amp (which can be costly and quite irritating, frankly speaking).

Signals are sent from the guitar to the amp to produce the wonderful sound that you create.

A poor quality cable with distort the sound quality.

Do you want to have a bad sound quality just because you cheaped out on a cable!?

Keep changing the lead from time to time, they wear out pretty quickly.

3. Guitar Processor/Pedal

Guitar Processor

There are a lot of guitar effects you must have heard about – distortion, reverb, overdrive, delay etc.

These effects are created with guitar processors or pedals.

Whether you plan to buy a multi-effects processor or a dedicated pedal, depends on your personal preference.

I’ll just explain the difference between the two briefly.

Multi-Effects Processor: Lots of effects in one device.

Guitar Pedal: Single device dedicated for one effect.

Pedals generally have a cleaner sound as they are dedicated to just one effect.

As you progress in your guitar journey, you’ll eventually require a processor/pedal because you can create wonderful music with the help of these.

It’s one of the must have accessory for intermediates/professional guitarists.

4. Plectrums

Give your fingers a rest and use a plectrum.

Always buy tons of these because elves visit you at night to steal your plectrums, that’s why they keep disappearing.

5. Guitar Strap

If you are a rockstar and you always play standing up.

Buy a strap and your shoulders will thank you.

If you play sitting down, you should STILL use a guitar strap.

Electric guitars are heavy.

A strap will ease pressure on the shoulder when standing up and it will ease pressure on the back when sitting down.

Don’t believe me? Read this article by Tommaso Zillio: Do I Need A Strap To Play Guitar?

even a rock star needs a guitar strap

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