What does an amateur guitar player need?

I’ve had a guitar for a while now and I’m trying to get more into it. All I have right now is an acoustic guitar, one pick, and an electronic tuner. I was planning on getting a hard case for it.

What other gear might i want/need?
The reason I was thinking a hard case is not so much that I carry it around alot, but I’m going to be a camp counselor for a little while, and I’d rather have it not dented all over by the end of it

Chosen Answer:

Well, there’s nothing more you really need as per se. In your case a hard shell case will probably be a wise move.

Apart from that? An extra set of strings, plus perhaps spare for the unwound E and B – if you play acoustic steel string. If it’s a nylon string guitar, then you need spares for the wound strings – the D almost always go first.

I guess it’s a steel string since you play with picks. An extra pick or two is almost a must…

It is also good to have a string winder and a small wire cutter. Most string winders have a notch which is designed to remove the bridge pins on steel string guitars easily, without damaging the pins or the guitar.

A capo is also something which can come in handy. Some prefer to play the guitar standing up. In that case you will need a strap (one of those who attaches to the en strap button and is tied to the head of the guitar).

The only other thing would probably be a clean cloth to wipe off the instrument and strings after you have played.
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on: 13th October 10

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4 Responses to What does an amateur guitar player need?

  1. WONKS says:

    Just get a stand man, don’t even worry about a case unless you’re carring it to gigs. Get good strings- I prefer elixors on my acoustic because they keep their sound for so long. A chromatic tuner is good to have…. not like the crappy basic ones. That’s really it, just practice your ass off.

  2. Jon says:

    unless its a really nice acoustic, I would get a gig bag instead of a hard case. Acoustics are durable. Also consider a beginners guitar book and a capo. Oh an more picks, you will lose them

  3. Adam D says:

    Gig bags suck because your guitar won’t really be protected from much… just dust and scratches. The guitar won’t stay in tune because it will constantly hit he gig bag.

    Anyways, you’re a beginning guitar player… buy an instructional book, dvd’s, magazine, and a metronome.

  4. Torbjorn says:

    Well, there’s nothing more you really need as per se. In your case a hard shell case will probably be a wise move.

    Apart from that? An extra set of strings, plus perhaps spare for the unwound E and B – if you play acoustic steel string. If it’s a nylon string guitar, then you need spares for the wound strings – the D almost always go first.

    I guess it’s a steel string since you play with picks. An extra pick or two is almost a must…

    It is also good to have a string winder and a small wire cutter. Most string winders have a notch which is designed to remove the bridge pins on steel string guitars easily, without damaging the pins or the guitar.

    A capo is also something which can come in handy. Some prefer to play the guitar standing up. In that case you will need a strap (one of those who attaches to the en strap button and is tied to the head of the guitar).

    The only other thing would probably be a clean cloth to wipe off the instrument and strings after you have played.

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