Month: July 2014

Three Great Gift Ideas For the Acoustic Guitarist in Your Life

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It’s usually pretty easy to shop for an electric guitarist. After all, you can always get them a new pedal, or a better practice amp (if you have the money that is), but shopping for acoustic guitarists can be a little trickier. Many of them don’t really need an amp or volume increasing accessories, since they probably already have them if they do use them.

So what exactly can you get them then?

Luckily, there are tons of awesome acoustic guitar accessories you can gift them. Here are just a few ideas.

Slides.

Slides are like little glass or plastic jars that fit go on a guitarist’s finger, and commonly used in bluesy, folksy, or jazzy types of music. These acoustic guitar accessories vary the strings’ vibration length and pitch, and can be moved along the string without lifting. This creates a nice, smooth transition in pitch and allows for a wider, more expressive vibrato.

Capos.

Capos are little devices that fit onto a guitar’s neck to shorten the playable length of a guitar, effectively raising the instrument’s pitch. Basically, these acoustic guitar accessories instantly tune the guitar a whole step higher if placed on the first fret, two steps if placed on the second fret, and so on. Tons of modern pop-rock songs use capos, like “One Week” by The Bare Naked Ladies, or “Save Tonight” by Eagle Eye Cherry.

Finger Picks.

Some guitarists only use their fingers to finger pick, other prefer to use actual, ring-like picks to perform this technique. These acoustic guitar accessories are coming back into vogue as folk continues to influence modern pop music. Giving the acoustic guitarist in your life finger picks would help them play the songs of Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and The Decembrists much easier.

Online music stores don’t just have musical instruments for sale — they also have tons of great accessories for guitars, too! If you have any questions about what kinds of acoustic guitar accessories would make great gifts, feel free to ask in the comments. Continue: www.lawkstarguitars.com