Hey guys! I hope that you all made it through the holiday season and are ready for the new year. In this edition, I want to share with you my top 5 guitar gadgets to help you make the most out of guitar practice next year! Featured on the list, are some awesome practice tools. There are even a few accessories to help you maintain your guitar and keep you getting better! Let’s get to it!
1) Vox practice amps
To start off our list is the collection of practice amps from Vox. These mini amps are compact, portable, and pack some major tone! These amps connect directly to your guitar and use a built in headphone jack to help you focus. These amps let you practice drills and riffs, all while you’re away from your main amp.
I’ve had the first generation of these mini amps and I love the Metal version! It has an awesome tone that is perfect for aggressive riffs and shredding leads. The amazing people at Vox are tone masters, and these mini amps are no exception! If metal isn’t your cup of tea, these mini amps come in a variety of tones. Including a clean tone, a smooth blues over drive and even a bass version that comes with its own rhythm trainer! Practice on the go and get yours from Amazon today!
VOX AP2MT amPlug 2 Practice Amp
2) Dunlop Guitar Tech kit
Second on our list, is the Dunlop Guitar Tech Kit. Now, don’t let the name fool you! You do not need to be a Guitar Tech to use this amazing product. This kit includes everything you need to get your guitar back to it’s original awesomeness! All that you need is some elbow grease and one of the included polishing clothes.
Included in the kit is a trio of polishes and cleaners used for your guitar finish and guitar strings. The kit also comes with two polishing cloths and an official Dunlop String winder! The formula 65 series has become the go-to for guitar shops and professional guitar techs. Use the polish and cleaner to clean your finish and bring your guitar to it’s original glow. Use the lemon oil and string cleaner to make sure your fret board is clean and free of grime. Keep your guitars looking good this year with the Dunlop System 65 kit!
Dunlop 6504 System 65 Guitar Tech Kit
3) Ernie Ball Strings!
Next up on our list is one of my personal favorites. I have used thicker strings since I’ve started to tune down my guitars over the years, and these are by far the best! I’ve used Ernie Ball strings consistently for the past 10 plus years of playing, and they have never let me down. The “Not Even Slinky” is excellent for guitar players that want a warm tone that goes down low!
What makes this set of strings interesting is their construction. These strings start out with a high carbon steel hex-core, and then are wound with a titanium wire. This wire makes the strings incredibly durable, and long lasting. They also help keep your guitar in tune longer. The titanium coating reduces moisture and grime from hours of playing. Throw a set of these strings on your guitar and feel the difference immediately!
Ernie Ball titanium coated guitar strings
4) Fender Picks!
Now that you have a mini practice amp, a nice and clean guitar, and you have some awesome strings. It’s time to play! There is no better way to play your awesome new axe, than with a Fender guitar pick. No bells and whistles, just an awesome product. I have been using these picks since I started playing guitar 15 years ago!
The pack comes with 8 thin, 8 medium, and 8 heavy gauges. There are a few different colors in the sampler pack, so you can mix and match. I prefer the Deep blue and green ones! All these picks are made with premium celluloid material for a traditional feel. They come with a smooth surface that supplies a warm tone.
Fender Premium Pick Sampler
5) Dunlop Guitar Capo
Last on our list is something to help with your creativity. The good guys at Dunlop came up with this awesome trigger style capo that works great! A capo is a small device that clamps onto the neck of a guitar and shortens the length of the strings. Instead of tuning your guitar higher, place the capo on the Guitar neck in any position. I usually place mine on the 2nd or 3rd frets, making my guitar sound a little higher in pitch and brighter in tone.
These gadgets help inspire your creativity by letting you hear different pitches. They do this while maintaining the familiar chord fingerings. Grab one and feel free to experiment with sounds and maybe you can come up with something new!
Dunlop Capo for 6 and 12 strings
Korg Metronome and Tuner
I wanted to throw in this last item because it is important like strings and guitar picks. I’m talking about a tuner and metronome for practice. Sure, it’s good to make sure that you guitar looks and sounds nice. But nothing will help you more than playing in tune and in time. This handy device from Korg helps you get better at both.
You use this Tuner to help tune your stringed instruments. Once in pitch, use the metronome to help build your internal clock as a musician. Set the metronome to your desired tempo, and play along to the clicks like you would a drummer. Run your drills with a slow tempo at first, then once you have it down crank up the speed! This is an excellent tool to help you build speed, and make sure that you are precise and accurate.
Korg TM-50 Combo Tuner Metronome
So that’s it! I hope this list helps you get started down the road of getting the most out of your instrument. Please make sure to subscribe to the blog for more awesome lists like this! Leave a comment if you own any of these items on the list. Let me know how they have helped improve your guitar skills, and if they are worth purchasing.
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Until next time, keep the fight alive and keep jamming!