Electric Guitar Strings are generally made with Nickel, Acoustic Guitar Strings are generally made with Bronze. Acoustic Guitar Strings are generally thicker and have a "Wound" G String.
"Plain Strings" are a single long metal thread. "Wound Strings" are a single metal thread with another metal thread wrapped tightly around it.
Strings are made in different "Gauges" or thicknesses. 50 years ago it was common to purchase strings individually by gauge. Today strings are mostly sold in sets of 6 with the gauges for each string listed on the front. A set of "10's" refers to a package of six strings where the thinnest string is 0.010 of an inch thick, a very popular choice on Electric Guitar. A more common gauge for Acoustic Strings would be a set of "12's"
All the major brands make decent strings, its important to try different brands and gauges to find what works for you. Strings are prone to rust, always buy strings in a sealed package.
Onstange Guitar Stand
Boss Distortion Pedal
Planet Waves with built in Strap Locks
Fender Woven Nylon Strap
Fender Tweed Style wooden hardcase
"Don't forget to loosen your strings before putting your Guitar on a plane"....
In most cases, unless your using a Microphone, your connecting items with an instrument cable.
Instrument cables are also referred to as "1/4 Inch", "Tip Sleeve", "Unbalanced"and "Jack/Socket"
Instrument cables are used to connect Guitars to Amplifiers and effects, Bass Guitars and Keyboards.
Speaker cables look very similar, you should not use a Speaker cable to connect an instrument. If you are not sure, look for printed writing on the cable saying "Speaker Cable".
Always buy cables with a manufacturer lifetime warranty, cables never last a lifetime. The connectors or "Jacks" on the end of the cables are the most expensive part. Quality cables have very rugged Jacks and heavy duty cable.
A 10 foot instrument cable would be considered short, a 25 foot cable is considered long.
For practice and small stages, 15 feet is a good length.
Roadrunner padded Gigbag
Fender (351 Shape) Celluloid Flatpick, Tortoise Shell color
The Spider Capo allows any combination of strings to be clamped.
A Guitar Multitool combines a String Winder, String Cutter & Pin Puller. They cost around $10-$15. Don't waste your money on the cheaper colored plastic String Winders, they always break.
The Dunlop Trigger Capo is a great capo for general use.
Snark SN-5 Clip-On Tuner
Mama Muji Nail Clippers,
"The Lexus of Nail clippers"
Hercules Guitar Wall Hanger
Korg Delay Pedal
Hercules Heavy Duty Guitar Stand
Clip on tuners allow for tuning in noisy environments without plugging in. They are handy and accurate with a very clear display.
Perfect for Electric, Acoustic and Bass.
A Capo is a clamp that shortens the length of the strings. Guitarist use Capos to Change song Keys while maintaining the same fingering. Capos can also make the Gutar sound higher, more like a Mandolin or Ukelele. Some Capos clamp only some of the strings leading to new sonic possibilities. Avoid Capos made with stretchy Fabric, good Capos are heavy duty metal. There are different size/shape Capos for Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Banjo, Ukelele and Mandolin.
ERNIE BALL 10's for Electric Guitar
Sampler packs with all kids of different picks to try are fun.
Picks end up everywhere. These spring loaded Pick holders stick onto your Guitar or Desk.
Sheet Music, Music Stand, USB Interface, Guitar Magazine Subscription.
Planet Waves Guitar Mulitool
For more information including price and how to purchase, click on item photos
If your Guitar is going to leave the house it should be in a case. The best case for general use is a Padded Gigbag, they offer lightweight protection from most accidental knocks and bangs. Most have pockets and some can be worn as a backpack. If you are going to fly on a commercial flight you are most likely going to have to check your Guitar with your luggage. If you buy a standard wooden hard case your Guitar will probably survive but the case will eventually look like it was in a war zone. The best cases are made from hard plastics and composites, they can survive airlines and tour vans with ease, look for ones with TSA friendly locks. Cases come in different sizes for Acoustic, Electric, Kids sizes and Jumbo Acoustics. Some hard cases are designed for one specific kind of Guitar.
Premium Leather Guitar Strap
Digitech Muti-Effect Pedal
Very helpful for live shows and dark rehearsals, they also look really cool!
Click on the photo for more information
Before plastic became popular in the 1950's, picks were often made from Hawksbill Turtle Shells. Hawksbill Turtles are now a protected species, companies like Fender make very popular "Tortoise Shell" picks that are made from a type of plastic called Celluloid. If you don't know what kind of picks you want, start with a "Medium Fender Pick", they are cheap, they sell them
everywhere and many people use them.
There are hundreds of different effects pedals. They can be divided in groups based on what they do.
Distortion/Overdrive: These boost the signal from your instrument until it begins to breakup and distort. In many areas of electronics this is a bad thing, on Guitar it sounds really cool. If your amplifier does not have the right distortion or enough distortion, there are hundreds of different distortion pedals to choose from.
Delay/Echo: The pedal records what you play and plays is back immediately afterward.
Chorus: Makes it sound like more then one Guitar playing. Turn it up and it sounds like Aliens Landing.
Phaser: Makes the Guitar rotate in a wooshing sound.
Flanger: Like Phaser but with a more metallic edge, closer to the sound of a Jet flying by.
Wah Wah: Moving the pedal back and forward produces a "Whaaa" sound.
Tremelo: The pedal automatically turns the volume up and down really fast.
Reverb: Imagine playing in a Large empty warehouse compared with a small bedroom. The warehouse has more "Reverberation".
Multi-effect's pedals digitally recreate dozens of effects all in the same box.
Many modern "Modeling" Amplifiers have Multi-effect's built in.
Martin 12's for Acoustic Guitar
The "G7th Performance 2" is about as nice a Capo as money can buy.
Stands should be as heavy duty as your budget will allow. Wall hangers are a great solution to display your Guitar and keep it safe.
SKB moulded plastic hard case.
Water Proof with wheels and TSA Friendly Locks.
The best $15 you will ever spent!
Most of these items are in the $10-$60 range.
Most modern Guitar players spend at least some of their
time "Flat Picking" using a "Pick" a.k.a "Plectrum"
If you play some styles of steel string fingerpicking you
way want individual finger picks that slide onto each finger.
Picks are held with the fingers, Finger Picks slide onto the finger and do not have to be held.
Try both, Picks are relatively cheap. Variety packs are good value and fun to play with.
What to look for
Picks come in different shapes, thicknesses and materials. Most picks are some kind of plastic, Celluloid, Nylon, Delrin, others are made from Metal or even Ceramics. Picks feel and sound different. Some picks sound more scratchy, some sound smoother. Personal choice has the ultimate say in what pick you choose. You will find that you just seem to play better with one type over another. Depending on your playing style and genre your Fine Tune Instructor can give you some picks to test drive and point you in the right direction.
Straps are made in hundreds of different color, design and material combinations. Its important that the ends are made from a robust thick leather, Metal or Heavy Duty Plastic. On heavy Guitars like Les Pauls people often prefer wider straps. If you plan on standing up while playing you should invest in some "Strap locks". Strap locks make it almost impossible for your Guitar to fall off the strap. The straps pictured here are popular choices.