Every year we see a new crop of guitar and music accessories—some are pure trends while others stand the test of time (see the Repair luthiers’ picks . . .). Here are a few of our favorite things for both acoustic and electric guitar players that make practicing, gigging and just enjoying music a little bit easier.
Ted Kritikos — Shure SE315 Earbuds
I’ve been using the Shure earbuds for over a year now, and I couldn’t be happier with them. Great tone, good isolation, and very durable construction. Plus, they don’t fall out of my ears like cheaper earphones.
All of the our luthiers and our shipper agree on the same accessory (that should tell you something)—the Kyser Lifeguard Humidifier for acoustic guitars! This costs so little and can save you much grief and repair costs. Winter months in most climates can be incredibly dry, particularly with the heat on in homes—this just saps moisture from acoustic instruments and can lead to cracks and bridge issues. An essential in our book.
Thomas Hamm — L.R. Baggs Direct Boxes, Para Acoustic D1
Being more of an acoustic guy these days, while retaining my old-school XsurfXcoreX mentality, I wanted something to help manipulate my set-up when playing my odd brand of acoustic eXtremo. L.R. Baggs’ Para Acoustic D1 provides that. Because of this little machine, effectively and endlessly altering my tone has never been so easy.
Anne Tangeman — Henry Heller Guitar Straps and Fender’s Folding Electric Guitar Stand
I bought the teal canvas Heller strap and I love it—it’s really well made with thick canvas, yet it’s comfortable to wear. The colors have this ever-so-slightly washed out look, which I don’t mind saying looks really cool with my J.Jett white Melody Maker. Have to mention the Fender Folding guitar stand too – it’s just great design, plain and simple. It’s super compact and easy to toss in your gig bag or stash somewhere ’til it’s needed.