Guitars Accessories, the basics.

Hello Everyone,
let’s talk about guitars accessories. These accessories are often indispensable for playing the instrument in the best way. Metronomes and tuners, picks, string sets and amplifiers and pedals effects.

The advice I show you in general I will go into more details later with other posts. Each guitarist has his own perception, explanation, style and experience, different from the others. My personal experience is related to the use I experienced. As for the other post, here an overview on the basic ones.

The Picks

In a completely simplified way, the plectrum is nothing but a simple piece of plastic or another material of a generally triangular shape, more or less rigid, normally between the thumb and forefinger.  But everyone will have his own way of holding it. Thanks to this object, you can have a stronger attack and greater sound power than just finger strength. In addition to being differentiated by the type of material, an important factor is the thickness which can range from 0.1 millimeters to even 2 millimeters.

The Strings

When buying your guitar the first thing to do is replace the strings. In fact those coming along with guitar itself are always of low quality. To take the right choice, before proceeding to purchase a new set, it is important to know the various types of material with which they can be made.

The Materials:

Pure Nickel: strings built completely in Nickel, make the sound warmer and more balanced. They are the most suitable strings for common electric guitars and are the softest to the touch.

Nickel plated: Nickel plated steel strings have a bright but balanced sound and are the most used strings by guitarists.

Stainless steel: stainless steel strings have the brightest and sharpest sound ever. Under the fingers they are more tense and more rigid. If you play hard rock these are the right strings for you!

Chrome: strings plated with chrome, and are the favorite strings of those who play jazz.

Gold: gold strings for those who are allergic to nickel.

Coated: covered ropes and his are different types of coating from the chemical to those covered in fabric.

Polymer coated: nickel-coated steel ropes, have a chemical treatment to extend his life and shine and delay rusting.

Calibration (thickness) is also important to choose the correct set. Remember that the first string must always be your  reference point.

Thinner strings (so with a smaller diameter) will produce lower action, simpler bending, and in general will give greater compactness than the sound on the contrary if you opt for a set with thicker strings, you will have more vibration, which will be better received from pickups, and that will produce more articulate and full sounds.

The Metronomes and tuners

Finally, a guitar and some brand new strings. Now before you start playing you have to tune them! The most gifted manage to find the perfect tuning by ear while I have always relied on the prodigies of the technology and and I consider fundamental these guitars accessories. There are different types of tuners on the market: clip or table. Clip tuners attach to the head of the guitar and they will tell you which frequency you are playing based on the vibrations of the neck those on the table instead show for each note the degree of tuning on a display.

The ones with clips are the best ones and the advantage lies in the fact that despite his being sound noise (house full of noises, loud friends, in a concert, etc.) and whatever background noise his is, it is picking up the vibrations of the neck to tell you which note is currently being played. The metronome instead is a tool that serves to measure time and consequently the rhythm. With its constant beats, it allows the musician to practice precision avoiding accelerating or slow down depending on the piece or exercise being performed. the best product at reasonable price that combines both metronome and tuner is the KORG TM60BK.

The Amplifiers

With the switch to electric guitar it is mandatory to do a little introduction on the amplifiers. The amplifier is that accessory that cannot be missing in the instrumentation of every musician, the goal is always to amplify the sound of the instrument, without ruining its original sound, finding a versatile solution and most important easy to use. Each and every guitarist rely on these tools to find the right tone they are looking for. On the market you can find dozens of brands each with strengths and weaknesses divided by size and power, doesn’t must say also that bigger does not mean always better or powerful, there are some little tiny monsters that can generate an unexpected power and quality of sound as well.

The Guitar Pedals

Hand in hand with the switch to the electric one also opens the world of pedals and guitar effects. Each guitarist, after having learned the rudiments and the main secrets of the guitar, tends to ask his instrument for something more. They try to build his personality and modulating the sound to look for a particular effect for each piece. Here you enter a real jungle, I believe that on the market you can find thousands of different effects. Notwithstanding that the style is generated mainly by the guitar, the amplifier and your fingers, I must admit that the pedals succeed to transform the sound and personalize it according to our musical taste. Among the most popular effects are certainly the following: Wah Wah, Overdrive, Distortion, Compressors, Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Looper, Fuzz, Phaser, Flanger and many others.

We are almost there with the guitars accessories

By now we’re almost ready to start. This is just a brief overview of the main guitars accessories.  We’ll dig deeper into each category to make it even more clear.

Rock On


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