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If you or someone you know is a guitar player, you’ll come to a point where you are asking yourself what guitar accessories do I need?

Every guitarist has their own accessories that help them out – whether it is to sound unique, play easier, change their strings quickly, or just perform better.

However, there are hundreds of guitar accessories for guitarists out there made by all different companies. How do you know what accessories you should have as a guitarist?

Well, I’m here to hopefully clear that up and tell you what guitar accessories I use and have been using for many years with much success.

Below you will find a list of what every guitarist needs whether you are a beginner guitarist or an advanced guitarist.

**Note: I included links to each of the guitar accessories on Amazon for the accessories I recommend or use myself (you can read my Disclosure Policy regarding Amazon affiliate links).

Here is the list of the 9 must-have guitar accessories for beginners:

  1. Guitar Strings
  2. Guitar String Cutter & String Winder
  3. Guitar Tuners
  4. Guitar Capo
  5. Guitar Picks & Pick Holder
  6. Guitar Humidifier
  7. Guitar Stand
  8. Guitar Strap
  9. Guitar Cables

1. Guitar Strings

First of all, a guitar has to have strings! There are just a couple things you want to consider when looking at guitar strings: what material the strings are made out of and the gauge of the strings (how thick they are).

Best Acoustic Guitar Strings

When it comes to acoustic guitar strings, you’re going to have to choose between strings that are wound with 80/20 bronze or strings that are wound with phosphor bronze.

What’s the difference you might ask? 80/20 bronze strings are going to start out brighter sounding. Phosphor bronze strings are more warm and mellow.

However, it really is just a personal preference and won’t make a huge difference especially to an amateur guitarist. You’ll see below that I prefer phosphor bronze acoustic guitar strings over 80/20 bronze strings.

Elixir Acoustic Phosphor Bronze Guitar Strings (Light Gauge)

For acoustic guitars, I would absolutely recommend Elixir Acoustic Phosphor Bronze NANOWEB Guitar Strings (Light Gauge).

Elixir strings are the best acoustic guitar strings on the market and the best strings I’ve ever used. Period.

They sound incredible and last about 3 times longer than other less expensive strings I’ve used in the past. This is because they use a special coating on the strings that prevents dirt and other junk from getting into the individual winds on the strings, so the great sound lasts much longer.

D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings (Light Gauge)

However, if you don’t want to shell out about $15 for a set of acoustic guitar strings (even though it’s definitely worth it), my next suggestion would be to get the D’Addario EJ16-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings (Light Gauge) – 3 Sets.

These will still run you around $15, but you get 3 sets sent to you for that price. You can also get these in a single pack or a pack of 10 which is an option you can choose between on Amazon. These strings also sound very good especially when new.

However, the good, bright sound will fade more quickly because they aren’t coated with anything like the Elixir strings. So, you’ll find yourself changing your strings more often than if you went with Elixir strings.

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Best Electric Guitar Strings

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Guitar Strings

Electric guitar strings are a little easier to choose from. Most electric guitar strings out there are very similar. They’re most likely going to be nickel wound, which means it’s just a matter of deciding what gauge you like to play with (the thickness of the strings).

For starters, I would recommend a light gauge as I did for the acoustic guitar strings. They are easier on the fingers and are also easier to bend.

I would recommend the Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Set, .010-.046 – 3 Pack which are the best electric guitar strings that I’ve played.

Ernie Ball strings are some of the most popular out there and have excellent ratings. Any serious guitarist you talk to has almost certainly used Ernie Ball strings on their guitars before.

DR Electric Guitar Strings Multi-color

If you really want to impress your friends and only spend a few dollars more, you could always pick up a set of these: DR String NMCE-10 NEON Electric Strings, Multi-Color.

Each string itself is coated and is a different color. They’re very bright during the day, and the strings glow under black UV lighting. You’ll be envied by everyone!

Best Bass Guitar Strings

If you’re looking for the best bass guitar strings, then this one is easy. You know the Ernie Ball strings that I just recommended for your electric guitar? Well, they make strings for bass guitars as well and they’re just as fantastic as the electric strings.

For regular 4-string bass guitars, I would recommend the Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Bass Set, .050-.105. If you have a 5-string bass or need a different gauge, you can choose from a bunch of different variations on there.

2. Guitar String Cutter & String Winder

CruzTools Guitar Accessories String Cutter

In order to change the strings on your guitar, you’re going to want the right tools to make it go as quickly as possible. Introducing the guitar string cutter and the guitar string winder. Two of the handiest guitar accessories.

These are pretty self-explanatory. Guitar strings are longer than they need to be so that they can wrap plenty of times around your tuning pegs.

So, once you’re done changing your strings, you’re going to have quite a bit of excess string hanging out of your tuning pegs which is why you’ll want to buy a string cutter to snip off the extra.

Also, while changing the strings, they make simple little tools that will help you wind your strings way quicker than turning the tuning pegs by hand. They also allow you to get under your bridge pins (which hold the strings into your bridge) and pop them out easily.

String winders run around $2-5, and string cutters run around $10-15. Both are must-have guitar accessories. You will be very happy you bought them when you realize how much time they’ll save you.

Guitar Accessories Dunlop String Winder

All-in-one Guitar String Cutter and Winder: There are guitar tools out there that combine both a string cutter and string winder in one such as the D’addario All-in-one Guitar Restringing Tool (see image below). It’s a guitar string cutter, string winder, and bridge pin puller in one guitar accessory!

D'addario All-in-one Guitar Restringing Tool

3. Guitar Tuners

Okay, so you have brand new strings on your guitar (or maybe you already had good strings on your guitar). The most crucial part before you begin playing… being in tune! When I began playing guitar in 2005, I was using a guitar pitch pipe in order to tune my guitar (talk about old school!).

Korg GA1 Guitar and Bass Tuner

Then, I began using an electronic tuner (Korg GA1 Guitar and Bass Tuner) which I would still recommend because it has a few more features than the current type of tuner I use.

The nice thing about the Korg GA1 Tuner is that it is very precise. It has a mode where it sends out the tones of each string of the guitar so you can tune by ear if you wish, and you can also plug into the tuner directly with an instrument cable if background noise is hurting your accuracy.

The downfall is exactly what I just mentioned… if you aren’t plugged directly into the tuner and there is a lot of background noise, it will pick up that noise and throw the needle off which can be frustrating at times.

Snark SN-8 Super Tight All Instrument Tuner

The best kind of tuner (in my opinion) is a clip-on tuner. Clip-on tuners will clip on to the head of your guitar, and they will tell you what frequency you are playing based on the vibrations of the neck which is amazing.

What’s the biggest advantage of this? Well, whatever environment you’re in (noisy house, around friends, at a gig, etc.) it doesn’t matter what background noise there is because it is picking up the vibrations of the neck to tell you what note is currently being played.

I have been using a clip-on tuner for the past several years now, and I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to a traditional tuner. They are very affordable (around $15) and the batteries in them last a long time.

I would absolutely suggest the Snark SN-8 All Instrument Tuner. Snarks are wonderful – they’re inexpensive, good quality, and accurate. What more can you ask for?

4. Guitar Capo

This is my favorite of all the guitar accessories. It’s the section I like to call, what is the thing called that you put on your guitar?

That thing that you put on your guitar is called a capo.

What is a capo used for? A capo is used by guitarists to raise the pitch of the guitar so that they can easily transpose a song and play in a different key using the same chord fingerings that they are used to.

The capo acts as the guitar nut and essentially becomes a free index finger for you which means it makes it much easier to play the guitar! So a guitar capo is certainly one of the best guitar accessories to have on hand.

Say you are a beginner guitar player and only know a few chords like G, Em, C, and D, but the song you’re wanting to learn has the chords A, F#m, D, and E. What is this F#m junk? I don’t know barre chords yet!

Well, the capo just became your best friend. Place your capo on the 2nd fret and play the same chord shapes as your G, Em, C, and D, but now you’ll be playing A, F#m, D, and E. Pretty cool, huh?

Kyser KG6B Guitar Capo

You do have to pay attention to the quality of the capo you are buying.

When I first bought a capo, I bought the cheapest capo I could find, and I am very sorry I did. The capo did not apply equal pressure across all strings, and I heard nothing but buzzing when I was using one.

So, I ended up having to buy a new capo anyway. Fortunately, for only a small amount more you can get a high-quality capo that will last for years. I would suggest the Kyser KG6B 6 String Capo. I’ve been using the same Kyser capo for 5 years now and it still works as good as new.

5. Guitar Picks & Pick Holder

One of the most essential guitar accessories out there – the guitar pick!

That is, if you plan on doing any strumming or picking which I’m guessing you will.

I shouldn’t have to explain a whole lot about picks and pick holders other than the fact that picks can be made out of a number of different materials and are different thicknesses. What material you prefer or how thick the pick you play with is up to you.

However, if you plan on doing a lot of strumming only, you’ll want to go with a thinner pick (it flexes more and makes strumming easier). If you plan on doing more single note picking for solo stuff, you’ll probably want a slightly thicker pick because they are stiffer and make it easier to pick each individual string.

Dunlop Ultex Standard Guitar Picks .73mm (6 Pack)

For anyone that is unsure which picks to get, you can’t go wrong with the Dunlop Ultex Standard Guitar Picks .73mm (6 Pack).

They are my favorite guitar picks I’ve ever used. The material gives a nice “stickiness” between your finger and thumb so they are easy to grip.

Plus, the .73mm is the thickness which is the middle of the line – perfect for someone that wants to do strumming and some individual string picking.

Dunlop 5005R Guitar Pick Holder

Say you have a bunch of picks lying around… where are you going to put them? I can’t tell you how many picks I’ve lost in my couch cushions or ones that have vanished into thin air. This is why you should have a pick holder!

Pick holders are very inexpensive ($3-6) and will probably pay for themselves by keeping track of your picks so you don’t need to always go out and buy new ones. The most basic and best pick holder I’ve used for years is the Dunlop 5005R Pick Holder.

The pick holder will hold probably around 5-10 picks depending on how thick the picks are. The nice thing about the Dunlop pick holders is they have a little piece of adhesive on the backside of them so that you could stick the pick holder right onto your guitar and grab picks whenever you need as you’re playing. Pretty fancy!

6. Guitar Humidifier

What is a guitar humidifier you might ask? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like… a mini humidifier, for your guitar!

I would say you should add a guitar humidifier to your list of must-have acoustic guitar accessories. If you play electric guitar, you probably don’t have to worry about a guitar humidifier unless you live in very dry conditions.

However, for acoustic guitar, a humidifier for your guitar is always a good idea. Why? Because acoustic guitars are made out of wood – much of which are very thin pieces of wood. In dry conditions, wood can warp and begin cracking, and trust me, you don’t want to have to deal with fixing your guitar because it cracked due to lack of humidity.

D'addario Acoustic Guitar Humidifier

As far as which humidifier I would recommend, it would be the D’Addario Acoustic Guitar Humidifier (pictured above) or the Kyser Lifeguard Acoustic Guitar Humidifier.

Both do the same thing, they are just slightly different styles. In the end, the concept is the same. You take a small sponge out and dampen it with water, place it back into the enclosure, and then place the humidifier in between your strings (for the D’Addario one above) or in your soundhole (for the Kyser one).

Then, the water from the sponge slowly evaporates into the main body of your guitar which helps keep the wood from getting too dry and cracking. Pretty cool, huh?

7. Guitar Stand

Every person who owns a guitar needs a place to put it!

Now, if you have a case, you may very well just put your guitar in your case and set it up against a wall or tuck it under the bed. However, if you play your guitar every day, it can be a hassle to put it in and take it out of your case every time.

Also, if you play on stage ever, you’re going to want a guitar stand to hold your guitar for easy access to it.

Guitar stands are a great accessory for your guitar and can help prevent your guitar from falling over and getting damaged if you’re used to just setting your guitar against a wall with nothing to hold it upright (never a good idea!).

On Stage XCG4 Black Tripod Guitar Stand

If you’re looking for a good, inexpensive guitar stand I would suggest the On Stage XCG4 Black Tripod Guitar Stand.

These are very simple to use and do the trick. Also, it’s nice because they come with a security strap that holds the neck in place so that you don’t have to worry about your guitar tipping forward and smashing against the floor if it gets bumped the wrong way.

8. Guitar Strap

If you plan on standing up while playing your guitar ever, then add a guitar strap to your list of must-have guitar accessories. A strap will be able to hold your guitar up while you play and they are also adjustable so you can have your guitar hang at whatever height you prefer.

Ernie Ball Black Guitar Strap

If you just want a cheap, good strap that will do the job, then I would recommend the Ernie Ball Black Guitar Strap.

Otherwise, if you want a guitar strap that is more heavy-duty and higher quality, you could also go with a leather guitar strap.

9. Guitar Cables

Guitar cables are necessary if you have a guitar with a pickup that needs to be plugged into an amplifier. All electric guitars have pickups, and some acoustic guitars have pickups built in so that they are able to be amplified. If you have a guitar with a pickup, grab a guitar cable so that you have a connection to your amplifier.

Two things you’ll have to pay attention to for guitar cables are the end pieces (the ends where the cable plugs in) and the length of the cable.

There are generally 3 configurations for end pieces – both straight, one straight and one 90-degree angle, and both 90-degree angle.

Go with whatever configuration of end pieces fits your need best. Also, determine the length of the cable you’ll need to connect to your amp while still having the freedom to move around some. I generally prefer a 10-foot cable.

Kirlin 10-feet Premium Instrument Guitar Cable

As far as guitar cables go, I would suggest the KIRLIN 10-Feet Premium Plus Instrument Cable.

This one has one straight end and one 90-degree end. It is very high quality and is 10 feet long. Otherwise, that page has the option for a 20-foot cable if you need a longer cable.

So there you have it! The full list of the 9 must-have guitar accessories. Add these accessories to your list of things to get if you don’t have them already – you’ll be glad you did!

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  1. nice post well organised and accessories extensively discussed. this was really helpful thanks.

    1. No, keep the guitar tuned up each time 🙂 You may just have to slightly tweak the tuning of each string after the guitar sits for a bit because some strings might go slightly out of tune.

  2. Adding onto this is there any sort of headphones like thing you can recommend for an electric guitar (that way he can practise while the children sleep)?

    1. Hi Christina! If he is playing through an amplifier that produces loud sound and the amplifier has a headphone jack, then you can plug any type of headphones in there to have the sound only come through the headphones and not out the speaker. It depends on the amp, though. Some amps have the headphone jack, some don’t. Anymore questions, just ask!

  3. Intelli makes a great tuner/metronome. Far superior to Korg, in my opinion.
    Also Augustine Blue are great nylon strings for classical guitar but you are spot on with the Elixers. They are great!

    1. I’m almost sure I’ve tried an Intelli tuner in the past, but it’s been a while. I’ll have to go try one out again! But I agree – can’t beat Elixirs! Thanks for the comment 🙂

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