5 Accessories Every Beginner Guitarist Needs to Own

Ayla Tesler-Mabe, Kent Shores  /  Lessons / Nov 18

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There are an endless number of guitar accessories on the market these days. But which ones do you actually need to spend your money on? In this lesson, we’ll be answering that very question. With decades of combined experience, Ayla and Kent share their top five guitar accessories every beginner guitarist needs to own.

But before we get into our top five list, we need to talk about the most important guitar accessory – being able to actually play the guitar. If you’re ready to level up your skills, you can unlock our interactive practice tool and learn from the most inspiring teachers with a 7-day free trial to the Guitareo members’ area. Just click on the big green button below:


Accessory #1 – Clip-On Tuner

The number one rule of playing the guitar is making sure you’re in tune. A clip-on tuner is an affordable and convenient way to make sure your chords and scales sound right. 

Our Recommendation
D’Addario Nexxus 360 Tuner ($29.99)
Buy it now: Sweetwater

Accessory #2 – Capo

Make changing the key of a song a breeze by using a capo. There are many different kinds out there, but here at Guitareo, we prefer the ones that have adjustable tension.

Our Recommendation
G7th Performance 3 Capo ($69.99)
Buy it now: Sweetwater

Accessory #3 – String Winder

Changing your guitar strings is a pesky but important chore involved with owning a guitar. Make things easier on yourself by keeping a string winder in your gigbag or gear drawer.

Our Recommendation
D’Addario Pro String Winder ($10.99)
Buy it now: Sweetwater

Accessory #4 – Polishing Cloth

You want to keep your beloved instrument looking its best, right? A polish cloth (and some guitar polish) is a simple and effective tool for keeping your guitar free from dust and grime.

Our Recommendation
D’Addario Instrument Care Essentials ($17.99)
Buy it now: Sweetwater

Accessory #5 – Guitar Stand

Keeping your guitar hidden away in its case means you’re far less likely to pick it up and play it. A good stand allows you to keep it out in the open and safe from falling at the same time.

Our Recommendation
On-Stage XCG-4 Classic Guitar Stand ($17.95)
Buy it now: Sweetwater

And there you have the five most important guitar accessories for beginners! Did we miss something? Be sure to let us know in the comments under the video over on YouTube. Happy playing!

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