Guitarists are among the wildest yet firmest characters out there. The magic melodies they churn out from their strings tell you all about the high energy, fun-loving souls that they are. Yet when they are on stage, they keep it cool and steady to ensure they hold the melody just right.
If creating the catchiest rifts is your mission as a guitarist then let these gadgets help you out by giving you the smoothest handle for your instrument.
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Contributor: Chris Bradley from Thalia’s Capos
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#1 Roland GR-55 Guitar Synth – Black
This baby will replace every foot pedal a guitarist needs. It comes with 901 tones to choose from and it will blow away any multi-effects pedal they currently own. It is the mother of all guitar synth pedals.
#2 Kyser Short-Cut Partial Capo
Cut capo’s instantly capo the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings to instantly give you a unique, open, and earthy tuning in 2 seconds. It’s not something everyone has in their guitar case, but it is something distinct that can wow a crowd.
#3 Aaa Grade Hawaiian Koa & Hummingbird Engraving
Chris Bradley created a product for guitarists called Thalia’s Capos and is now producing wooden guitar picks. He started the capo business in 2014 with a kickstarter campaign that was trying to raise $10k and ended up raising more than $220,000 for the capos. I know because I was helping him with his Facebook ads at the time. Five years later, he’s on track to do $5 million in sales of just the capos and the wooden guitar picks! Go figure!
#4 Ernie Ball Electric Power Peg Winder
This lets you restring your guitar 70% faster than a traditional pegwinder – pretty nifty!
#5 JAM Studio Quality Guitar Input
This is a must have for me to either record directly to my Mac or to play along to jam tracks.
#6 Dunlop SLS1101N Straplok Original Strap Retainer System, Nickel
I install these on every guitar I have to ensure the strap does not accidentally slip loose. Well worth the investment.
#7 7-Guitar Folding Portable Storage Organization Stand Rack
The folding portable storage description may be a bit misleading because I don’t think this product is sturdy enough to take on the road, but if you’re looking for a rack to hold your guitars at home, this is perfect.