Monday, 13 June 2011

Beginner Equipment.

A guitar. 
This one is obvious, but it needed to be said. Ideally, you would get one custom made. Practicing woud be a pleasure with a perfect guitar!
If you are not certain that you're in for the long haul, buy a cheap guitar. You will be able to progress just as well, but without the initial outlay.
Fender Squires are popular choices for beginners.

Make sure you buy a strap as well. A strap will help keep your guitar in a good position, even while sitting.

An amplifier.
A small amp will usually be adequate just for practising, but sometimes it is wiser to spend a little bit more and get a more versatile amp for the future.
I started off playing without an amp, but it is not a good idea. It is hard to feel motivated when you are just listening to some plinky strings. Get an amp, turn it up, have fun!

You're gonna need some cables to hook that amp up! Cables are cheap and although you do get what you pay for, unless you're recording you won't need super high quality cables.

A tuner.
When you play along to AC/DC's Thunderstruck on your first day of learning guitar, it won't sound very good if your guitar is out of tune. Invest in a good tuner, with proper care it will last you for a very long time.


A case or gig bag. Useful if you will be transporting your guitar.
A headphone amp. Good for practicing late at night without waking your neighbours.


  1. Very cool.
    Guitars are interesting.

  2. i wish i had a guitar amp like that when i was a beginner :P

  3. interesting, i've been thinking about getting a guitar and some lessons

  4. I play acustic guitar. I think its time to go for this one. Thanks man

  5. Guitar is like the instrument every n00b wants to play :c

  6. Good info. I always forget that these things need to be tuned beforehand =/

  7. Nice post, can't see the guitar picture, btw.

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  8. Looks really cool, man - have fun ;>

  9. I started out with a crappy acoustic that I had for a few years. I loved that thing so much but man, when I finally played a real guitar. It was amazing.

  10. i have a guitar and have taken lessons before. great instrument.

  11. great instrument need great instructions!

  12. The top picture doesn't load for me. Isn't it easier to start off with a non-electrical guitar instead of an electrical one, or is there not much difference in learning ability?