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The 15 Best Guitar Accessories for About $50 or Less – Pitchfork

Summary

Life as a guitarist presents constant temptations to spend money, which means it should be easy to shop for the player in your life—if you know what you’re looking for. Below, we’ve collected 15 of the best guitar accessories in the neighborhood of $50 or less. There are cheap and easy stocking stuffers, like picks and strings, as well as more substantial gifts, like effects pedals. And if you’re looking for something a little bigger, be sure to check out our guides to the best guitar…….

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Life as a guitarist presents constant temptations to spend money, which means it should be easy to shop for the player in your life—if you know what you’re looking for. Below, we’ve collected 15 of the best guitar accessories in the neighborhood of $50 or less. There are cheap and easy stocking stuffers, like picks and strings, as well as more substantial gifts, like effects pedals. And if you’re looking for something a little bigger, be sure to check out our guides to the best guitars for beginners, and the best electric, acoustic, and bass guitars for any budget.


Tuners

Snark is one of those fortunate manufacturers whose brand name has become shorthand for an entire class of product: in this case, affordable battery-operated tuners that clip to the headstock of stringed instruments like guitar, and discern whether the instrument is in tune by the vibrations of the wood. There are distinct advantages and disadvantages to Snark-style tuners compared to pedal tuners, the other popular class of guitar tuners (which we’ll get to in a minute). They don’t require you to plug your instrument into anything, which makes them especially useful for acoustic guitar, or if you’re just noodling on the couch without an amp. But most of all: They’re cheap, and they’ll work in a pinch in just about any situation, whether a solo jam session or a professional gig.

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Snark tuners are plenty versatile, but in onstage contexts, more often than not you’ll see guitarists working with pedal-based tuners instead. One big advantage: most pedal tuners will automatically cut the signal from your guitar when they’re activated, so you can spare the audience the unpleasant drone of a flat or sharp string slowly being brought to the correct pitch. Some pedal tuners come loaded with extra features, and can climb well past the $100 mark. KLIQ’s TinyTune does everything you need a tuner to do, and nothing more. And it’s tough to beat the $30 price tag.


Headphone Amp

If you want to practice with the tone of a real amplifier, but don’t want to risk annoying your roommates or neighbors, a headphone amp is a great option. Vox’s amPlug 2 plugs directly into your guitar’s output jack, and has a standard headphone output for connecting your earbuds or cans. The tones it offers across a variety of models are remarkably crisp and lifelike, and the option to connect an external audio source (like your …….

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