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Accessories For An Acoustic Guitarist

Updated on April 24, 2010

Acoustic guitars give such soul-charming music, and as a guitarist you may want to maintain your instrument and also simplify and enhance your playing experience. For this, you will need a few accessories - some of which are absolutely necessary, and others that are optional. As you go through this list of acoustic guitar accessories, consider your personal needs as an instrumentalist along with basic upkeep needs of your guitar, so you can decide what you need to get.


Changing Strings - From time to time you will find that your guitar strings sound less bright, and even the appearance of them is dull. It is recommended that you change the entire set of strings when you decide to change strings. Some tools and accessories that you will need are:

  • Wire Snips
  • Pliers
  • String Winder
  • Strings

Accessories for Playing - As an acoustic guitarist, you may need to have some if not all of the following:

  • picks ~ come in three basic types that are related to their thickness - hard, medium and thin. Plastic is the most common material used to make picks, and the thinner the picks are the more flexible. Hard picks give a bright and controlled sound; thin picks give a less controlled sound with less 'attack' and medium picks fall within both these extremes.
  • guitar strap ~ makes it easier to walk around and play simultaneously. Some may carry around their guitar this way at times which is convenient. The appearance, material, width and how it locks are all features to consider when choosing a guitar strap.
  • capo ~ is a simple and highly practical clamp used across a fret to change the default pitch of open strings.
  • tuner & metronome ~ are often within a single device, and is handy to check the tuning of each string (i.e. the tuner) as well as help you to keep within the correct timing (i.e. the metronome).

Amplification - If you desire to connect your guitar to an amplifier, what you may need is based on whether or not your guitar has a built-in pickup system. If it does, all that you will need is a cable, but if it doesn't you will need to obtain a pick-up and cable.

Bags, Cases & Stands - For carrying around your guitar, it is a good idea to have a guitar case or a bag to prevent any bouncing, scratching and wear from weather elements. Stands are convenient when you have your guitar in a room where you know it will be out of harms way. Besides, a guitar on a stand has a natural aesthetic appeal to it.

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Cleaning & Polishing - This is a very important part of maintaining your acoustic guitar, and your guitar needs diligent attention. You can get a good deal by purchasing a kit that has all the things necessary to clean and polish your guitar. Things that you ought to have in your cleaning/polishing kit include:

  • Microfiber Polishing Cloth
  • Polish ~ spray form is effective, as the polish can access hard-to-reach areas on your guitar. A number of polishes are also cleaners, so you will have a two-in-one effect when using them.


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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      great layout here! I am not a guitar player but after reading this you have me totally interested!!!!!! Great info as usual .. thumbs up on this Hub:)

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      Mark 7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      I'd recommend a good Fischman Loudbox amp as well... nice hub!