11 Essential Guitar Accessories that you need right now

Since our guitars are very important in our playing, taking care of it and using essential tools will prolong the life of our guitars. Whether you have an electric guitar or acoustic guitar, or even a ukulele, you definitely need some accessories in your kit to enjoy your playing to the fullest.

A green guitar pick lying on the floor which is one of the accessories that a guitar player need
A Guitar pick

I have listed down 11 guitar accessories, some of it are already a given, that you should have if you are getting serious in playing the guitar. Some of this accessories help in playing, others are for taking care of the guitar. Here is the list:

  1. Guitar Polisher and Cleaner
  2. Guitar Humidifier
  3. String Cutter
  4. Strings
  5. Tuners
  6. Capo
  7. Guitar Pick and Pick Holder
  8. Guitar Cable
  9. Guitar Strap and Strap Lock
  10. Gigbag or Hardcase
  11. Guitar Stand

This page will be for taking care the guitar, the 2nd page are the tools useful in playing and gigs. There will be specific products in every item on which I highly recommend and have worked for me for longest time.

There will be a link for every accessories that when you click and make purchases, we will receive a commission. Don’t worry, there are no additional fees on your part. What we are recommending is 100% honest opinion and we are not paid to advertise any of these. These accessories are just what we found the best in each category. Thank you.

11 Essential Guitar Accessories

1. Guitar Cleaner and Polish

Cleaning your guitar is important in prolonging its life. While we do want our guitars to look vintage, we still don’t want dirt to build up in it. So it is our responsibility to clean it before and after playing. My habit is to wipe it with a clean cloth but weekly I use guitar cleaner and polisher to wipe off unnecessary dirt that can destroy the finish. Don’t worry, what I am going to recommend is safe for your guitar.

A. Music Nomad MN105 F-ONE Fretboard Oil Cleaner and Conditioner

My rating: 4.8 out of 5
Place to buy: Amazon

This is the Music Nomad F-one Fretboard cleaner. It is use to revitalize the fretboard of any wood
Music Nomad F-one Fretboard Cleaner

If you want to revitalize your old guitar fretboard, you can use this F-one Fretboard Oil Cleaner. It also works for your guitar that you are using right now. What’s amazing in this Fretboard cleaner is that it is 100% Natural oil, without lemon oil, petroleum, wax and water. Works perfectly for any type of fretboard: Maple, unfinished rosewood or ebony, it conditions and protects your fretboard perfectly.

How to use it:

  1. Wipe off your fretboard with a clean cloth to remove dusts
  2. Pour out a few drops in the microfiber cloth and wipe your fretboard gently. Remove any excess oil in the fretboard using after wiping the dry part of the cloth
  3. Let it rest for 3-4 minutes
  4. Your Fretboard is good as new
  5. Use it every time you change strings.

B. Dunlop 654 Formula 65 Guitar Polish & Cleaner 4oz.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Place to buy: Amazon

This is a guitar Cleaner and polisher made by Dunlop. It is a 4oz bottle
Dunlop 654 Guitar Polish and Cleaner

This formula is useful for the body and back of the neck. Since our sweat sometimes run to the body and some grease builds up which is natural, we need to clean the guitar regularly. And Dunlop 654 not only just remove the grease and smudges, it also leaves a stain-resistant layer that won’t build up. It can totally restore the finish to its original luster. However, you might not to use it on guitar cracks and chips.

There are people who use it on their fretboard and reporting they have great results. However, if you ask me, I would still the Music Nomad F-one for the fretboard.

How to use it:

  1. Wipe the guitar with a clean cloth first
  2. Spray a little on a microfiber cloth and wipe the guitar gently. Take note: Don’t spray on the guitar directly
  3. Let it rest for a few minutes.
  4. Your guitar is good to go.
  5. Use it at least once a week

2. Guitar Humidifier

Lack of humidity (or too much) is the number one reason of guitar repair. That’s why it is important that we maintain 45-55% Relative Humidity in our instrument’s case to prevent dryness or wetness. And guitar humidifiers do the job in maintaining humidity. Remember that this are just for maintenance or prevention. If your guitar is already dry or wet, you must bring it to a professional to cure it.

Symptoms of a Dry guitar:

  • Sharp Fret Ends
  • Neck Bow
  • Sunken Top
  • Lifted Bridge
  • Fret Buzz
  • Cracks in neck or body
  • Change in tone of instrument

Symptoms of a Wet guitar:

  • Sound dull and lifeless
  • High Action
  • Unusual warp on the back

A. D’Addario Humidipak Automatic Humidity Control System (For Acoustic Guitar)

My Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Place to buy: Amazon

This is the Humidipak of d'addario that maintains the humidity of a guitar

This Humidipak from D’addario is for acoustic guitars. It is an easy way of maintaining the right humidity for guitar. No manual adjustments needed to do, it automatically adds or removes moisture in your guitar. The Humidipak lasts for 2 to 6 months and should be discarded once it gets firm. It also needs to be kept in a sealed place like a Hardcase.

Once the Humidipaks are for disposal, you can just discard it and buy refills of it. Do not worry as this is just made of soft gels and won’t destroy anything in your guitar.

How to use it:

  1. Put the Humidipaks in the pouch included. There will be two kinds of pouch: a single pouch and Saddle pouch
  2. Put the single pouch under the Headstock when you put it in the hardcase
  3. Put the saddle pouch in the soundhole in between strings. It doesn’t matter what strings if you’re asking.

3. String Cutter

Strings are one of the most important thing in guitar and prolonging its life is hard. There are even times that it breaks even if it is just new if you are not knowledgeable in handling this. My point is, whether you are a beginner or experienced player, you have experienced changing strings.

I don’t know how you cut the excess strings but when I was a beginner, I use a plyer. It frustrates me when I saw after a while that the Headstock is damaged because of the plyer. So I would not recommend it if you ever thought of using it. What I recommend is using a string cutter that is designed, well, for string cutting.

A. D’Addario Pro-Winder Guitar String Winder and Cutter

My Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Place to buy: Amazon

This is a guitar tool that is used for restringing, cutting the string, pulling Bridge Pins, and winding the strings
D’addario Pro Winder All-in-one Restringing Tool

This is not just a guitar string Cutter, it is an All-in-one solution for restringing a guitar. It can be used as string Winder, pulling Bridge Pins, and cutting excess strings. At a very cheap price, it sure is handy however, you can expect that this is not really high quality and made of plastic. Still, it does its job perfectly

B. Black 3 in 1 Multifunction Guitar Tool: String Winder, String Cutter, and Pin Puller

My Rating: 4.1 out of 5
Place to buy: Amazon

This is a guitar tool that can cut strings, pull bridge pins and wind guitar string
Black 3-in-1 Multifunction Guitar tool

This is also the same as the D’addario but it has a lesser price. Again, you can expect that it is not of a high quality but it can do its job well. This is not branded like the D’addario but I still recommend it since it’s as good as the D’addario. However, due to its low price, you might end up having a faulty one so buy at your own risk. What I got is perfectly fine but as I read through the reviews, there are some saying it’s not good.

4. Guitar Strings

Strings are very important in your guitar since this is essential in producing the sound. Breaking the strings is a common situation for every guitarist and we all hate it. Especially when you are a beginner, it happens frequently.

I have this principle that when I’m going to change string, I am going to change the whole set. I am not a fan of changing one string at a time since the tone is not the same and I can’t get the right sound even if I am in tune. So when one breaks, I change everything.

That’s why I researched on how to take care of strings and looked for high quality ones that can stay for many months. Right now, I am not experiencing breakage of strings and changes the strings every 4 months (just a habit of mine). I’m gonna share the strings I use that can even survived for half a year.

A. Acoustic Guitar Strings

  1. Elixir with Nanoweb Coating, 80/20 Bronze, Light Gauge (12 – 53)

    – has a bright and “focused” tone
    – Long-lasting guitar string, crispness remain for atleast 2 months before it started declining
  2. D’addario EXP16 Coated Phospor Bronze, Light Gauge (12 – 53)

    – Warm and Full sound (good for those too bright sounding guitars)
    – “coated” has a longer lifespan (up to 6 months) compared to a uncoated D’addario Phospor Bronze but it is less bright because of the coating
  3. Ernie Ball Earthwood Phospor Bronze, Light Gauge (12 – 54)

    – Warm, balanced tone
    – Cheaper but shorter life span (up to 3 months)

B. Electric Guitar Strings

  1. Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound (10 – 46)

    – Used by guitar legends like Steve Vai, Eric Clapton and John Mayer
    – Classic, Balanced tone
    – Works great with Les Paul and Stratocaster
  2. D’addario EXL110-3D XL Nickel Wound Light Gauge (10 – 46)

    – Distinctive Bright tone
    – Good for every playstyle
    – Never experience breaking of strings using this one
  3. Elixir Nickel Plated Steel Medium Gauge (11 – 49)

    – Bright and Vibrant tone
    – Long-lasting compared to other two but higher in price
    – No rust is forming if properly handled

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