The amount of gadgets, accessories and technology designed for guitarists is impressive. Beyond merchandising and gimmicks, there are products available that can genuinely help a guitarist play more effectively, while adding something substantial to the experience.
From useful and practical accessories to gifts any guitar lover would love, read on for our pick of the best guitar gadgets.
The best guitar gadgets to buy in 2022
Snark ST2 Chromatic tuner for all instruments
Tuning your guitar is quite a tedious task on its own, but for people with multiple instruments, getting a different tool for each takes time. The Snark ‘Super Tight’ ST2 is designed to make it all a little easier, with a high precision chip to get the tuning just right.
There’s a vibration sensor for tuning guitars and string instruments, as well as an internal microphone for others, like brass. It has an LCD display to provide visibility from different angles, and there’s a transpose function for guitarists using a capo.
Xvive Wireless Guitar System
To get rid of those long cables when you’re on stage or practicing, this system can wirelessly connect your guitar to your amp, allowing you to move around more freely. A wireless setup can also give you more peace of mind because you won’t have to worry about accidentally kicking your cables and knocking your guitar over.
Pickmaster Plectrum Punch
Being able to make your own plectrum can be extremely rewarding, whether you’re looking for your own style, a certain type of plastic, or you just keep losing it. It’s also a cost-effective solution, as it’s cheaper to buy plastic sheets than individual picks.
The kit includes a sander to give them a cleaner finish, especially since the pick punch cannot guarantee perfect shapes every time.
Ultra-Light Traveler Guitar
The Traveler Guitar was designed to pack a full scale guitar into a smaller, lighter and more compact form. The Ultra-Light is their smallest guitar yet, perfect for your travels while still being big on scale.
Ultralight guitars weigh less than 3 pounds, and at 28 inches long, they should be small enough to fit in many airplane overhead bins. Electric and acoustic versions are available, and many Traveler guitars can be used either way.
The guitar pictured above is made from maple wood, but there are others available from gloss black to vintage red.
Mustang Micro fender
The Fender Mustang Micro is a tiny but impressive piece of kit, with 12 amps and 12 effects combos built right into the compact device. It’s perfect for solo playing, as you can plug your headphones into the amp and hear the full quality of the audio without disturbing others around you.
The Mustang Micro also features Bluetooth audio streaming and USB recording capability. Pair the amp with a DAW and you can jam along to your favorite songs and record your creations. Reviewers of this Fender amp regularly express shock at the number of effects and EQ customizations available.
Marshall Amp Keychain
For the true guitar enthusiast, this Marshall keychain is a great way to show off your passion. It comes with four guitar plug keychains that you can insert directly into the amp-shaped holder, keeping your keys in one place.
Marshall Monitor II ANC Wireless Headphones
One of the key players in the guitar amp industry, Marshall now offers a growing collection of headphones and speakers for recreational use. The Monitor II ANC headphones are Marshall’s entry into the active noise cancellation game, competing with big names like Sony and Bose but at a more affordable price.
The headphones are said to have the signature sound you’ve come to expect from Marshall, packaged in large, comfortable headphones with their distinct brand imagery. A 3.5mm cable is included, so you can use the headphones when playing guitar.
Orange Crush mini combo amp
Not only does it have one of the most satisfying aesthetics you’ve ever seen in an amp, the Orange Crush Mini is battery powered so you can take it anywhere. At 15 x 14.5 x 8.3cm the amp is definitely compact, but it still delivers full sound with the ability to adjust tone, gain, shape, volume and tone.
Fender Guitar and Bass Multi-Tool
This 14-in-1 multi-tool from Fender is designed to meet all of your guitar maintenance needs. It has a host of tools for guitar repair and technical work, including screwdrivers, hex keys, truss rod socket and precision ruler.
Baroque fret erasers
To solve problems on your frets, like scratches, corrosion and rust, these fret erasers can make them look cooler and shine. Made from natural rubber and emery, the erasers are designed to conform to filaments and cords without damaging them.
D’Addario Guitar Humidifier
Using a specialized sponge that can hold 12 times its weight, this humidifier releases moisture slowly and evenly inside your guitar to better maintain its condition. By helping to prevent cracks, shrinkage and warped necks, the humidifier will be an improvement for your guitar in dry conditions.
Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome
More than just a metronome, the Boss DB-90 features a wealth of sounds and drum patterns that can provide a more effective and engaging learning experience. There are four sounds available for the metronome, including the human voice, as well as the ability to connect directly to guitars.
Fender Dragon Capo
Every guitarist needs a capo at one point or another, so why not buy one from an established guitar brand? Fender used its vast experience to design the capo specifically for guitarists’ hands, featuring curved grips and a micro-dial screw.
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