Electric and Acoustic Guitar Accessories
Playing guitar requires more than just the instrument, itself. We carry a range of brands and products, including acoustic and electric guitar strings from D’Addario, Elixir, Ernie Ball, and Martin, pickups from Paul Reed Smith, in addition to guitar straps, picks, and more!
The essential accessories you’ll need depend on your playing style and instrument type. All guitar players will need strings, straps, a tuner, and picks. Most will also want to pick up a capo to easily change the key of your instrument. You may also be interested in finger picks, guitar pickups, or guitar cables for electric or acoustic-electric guitars.
Strings are a must-have accessory, of course! The starter strings that come with a new or used guitar will eventually wear out and need replacing. We offer a wide range of strings from a variety of brands. Our strings come in a range of finishes, including nickel wound, chromes, folk nylon, ProSteels, acoustic phosphor bronze, and more. We cover the gamut of thicknesses and string gauges, as well, to meet your precise needs.
If you’re looking for accessories specifically built for the acoustic guitar, Elixir’s nanoweb coated strings can save your fingers and last longer than traditional acoustic strings.
Our electric guitar accessories and guitar cables allow players to plug their instruments into amplifiers. It’s tempting to assume that a cable is a cable, but discerning electric players know how important cable choice can be in terms of noise, RF rejection, and signal flow.
We offer a range of high-quality Mogami cables, including right angle and straight plugs along with some custom and specialty cables.
Equal parts function and style, your guitar strap keeps your instrument placed properly on your body. Straps also show off your personal style to your audience and bandmates. We offer guitar straps from leading makers including Orion, PRS, Souldier, and Taylor.
The right guitar pick can make a massive difference in your sound and the comfort of playing your instrument. Picks are available in an extremely wide range of thicknesses, materials, and hardness. We’re proud to offer high-quality picks from two well-known and respected brands: Gravity and V-Picks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What Accessories Does a Guitar Need?
Acoustic players should consider at least the following acoustic guitar accessories:
- Better guitar strings (including a backup set for emergencies)
- A guitar tuner
- A quality guitar strap if you don’t already have one
- Picks in a few thicknesses or hardness levels (depending on your preferences and previous experience)
Electric guitar players will want all of the above, though the selection of strings will be different. Guitar cables are also essential electric guitar accessories, and if you’re looking to mix up your sound, you might investigate available pickup upgrades (though most players will need professional installation for these).
What Are the Best Guitar Accessories for Beginners?
Beginner players are often surprised at all the additional gear they need to get started, and walking unprepared into most guitar shops can be overwhelming. This is especially true when it comes to shopping for accessories you’ve never heard of and might not use for years.
If you or someone in your family is just learning to play guitar, these are the basic accessories you’ll need:
- A set of guitar strings. Coated can be a good choice for new acoustic players, and be aware that electric and acoustic strings are different and not interchangeable.
- A basic guitar strap.
- An assortment of guitar picks. It takes time to determine a preferred pick style, so starting with a variety pack can be a smart choice.
- A guitar tuner.
It won’t be long before you’ll need a capo, so it makes sense to get one along with the rest of your beginner guitar accessories. Electric players will need a guitar cable and an amp, as well.
If you’re just picking up your first guitar, check with your dealer to determine whether your instrument comes with its own case. If it doesn’t, you’ll want to pick up a quality case to keep your instrument protected.
At Brian’s Guitars, we know that getting set up with the right mix of guitar accessories can feel overwhelming for beginners. We’re always happy to help players find the perfect mix of guitar essentials. If you have questions about what we have to offer or what exactly you need, reach out and we’ll help you find the right products.