Guitar Accessories You Never Knew You Needed

Getting past the gig bag: Other guitar accessories to explore

Undoubtedly, you are aware by now of the guitar accessories that everyone needs. A guitar case is essential for your instrument’s protection. A tuner keeps your guitar in tune. Of course, having extra picks and strings is a great idea. But there are several other great guitar accessories you should consider.

Humidifiers and Hygrometers

To ensure the long life of your guitar, it is critical to store it in an environment that is not too hot or cold, and not too humid or dry. In extra dry environments, a humidifier is an excellent way to maintain the proper level of air moisture to protect your guitar. There are humidifiers designed specifically for guitars. Most of them can be directly attached to your guitar. If you are on a budget, don’t worry! You can use a standard air humidifier, and it will work just fine.

How do you know if your environment is too dry (below 40% relative humidity)? A hygrometer is a meter that measures the humidity in your environment. If you use a humidifier, you really should consider purchasing a hygrometer as well. They are often sold together as a package for a very reasonable price.


This is one of the best accessories a guitarist can have. A capo is attached across a chosen guitar fret and acts as a permanent 1-fret barre. In just moments you can change your guitar’s key without any complications. They are relatively cheap, too.

Guitar stand

If you use your guitar on a frequent basis, or if you play live, a guitar stand is a great idea. Leaning your guitar against a wall or setting it down “safely” into a corner is a Very Bad Idea. If a guitar falls over, it can cause anything from minor cosmetic dings to component damage that can be very expensive to repair. It is worth the small investment to keep your guitar safe and in good condition.

Pick punch

Looking for a use for your old credit and debit cards, gift cards, and other pieces of plastic you aren’t using anymore? Here’s one you probably weren’t aware of. Guitar pick cutters can convert these discarded items into something useful and personalized. You can also purchase plastic sheets designed just for guitar picks.

Strap locks

There is a scene in the renowned concert movie THE LAST WALTZ where guest guitarist Eric Clapton starts playing, and his strap comes off, causing an awkward moment. He could have avoided this by using strap lock. Learn from Eric’s mistake. Strap locks are easy to find and not very expensive at all.

Electronic bow (E-Bow Plus)

This is another fun one. Use the EBow Plus rather than your pick, and create awesome synth effects. A small electrical charge sets up an energy field, vibrating the string and giving you limitless sustain until you pull it away. The tiny, 9V-battery-powered Ebow Plus replaces your pick, letting you mimic strings and synths and create outlandish sounds.