5 Useful Guitar Accessories
By: Leo Eigenberg
Most guitarists have their own personal collection of gizmos and gadgets to help play and maintain their equipment. The most popular accessories are there to help perform better, change strings quickly, or make it possible to sound unique. Here are a few of the most popular guitar accessories to invest in:
One of the major accessories is the guitar strings. In the process of looking at the strings, there are a few points that needed to be considered. This relates to the gauge or thickness and the material they are made out of. For the acoustic guitar, the preferred choice includes the strings that are wound with phosphor bronze (mellow and warm sound) or 80/20 bronze (brighter sounding).
The string cutter and winder are useful tools for those that needing to change the guitar strings. The guitar string is often longer than needed and cutting the excess means there is less left hanging around the tuning pegs.
A crucial step to complete before playing the guitar is to tune the musical instrument. This is possible by using one of the many tuners. One of the most precise options is to use the electronic tuning device. A clip-on tuner is very easy to use and simply mounts to the headstock of the acoustic or electric guitar. They are designed to detect the frequency of vibrations and ignore any background noise to make a really useful and accurate tool.
A purpose made guitar humidifier is a practical piece of equipment for the owner of an acoustic guitar. This type of guitar is made using multiple pieces of thin wood which in very dry conditions can start to crack or warp. But, with the proper humidity range maintained in the storage area of the guitars, there is less need to worry about this type of damage. Also, the need to use a humidifier isn't so necessary for those that use an electric guitar.
A solid and reliable guitar stand is a must-have piece of equipment to use when the musical instrument is not in use. There is the option to place the guitar against a wall or left in its carrying case, but the most practical and hassle-free choice is to use a proper stand for the particular type of guitar. A stable stand means there is less chance of a guitar falling over and getting damaged.