Recommended Guitar Tools & Accessories

On this page I’ve listed guitar products and services that I actually use myself or have personally tested, so I know they’re great. This page represents the best of the best–stuff I would (and do) confidently recommend to my own friends and family.

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Cleaners & Polishes

Guitar One All-in-1 Cleaner, Polish, and Wax
If your guitar has a glossy finish, this is the best all-in-one spritz I’ve found. If your guitar is really dirty, I recommend using this after you’ve first cleaned off major gunk.

F-ONE Fretboard Cleaner & Conditioner
This is all I use on unfinished (non-glossy) fretboards now, including maple fretboards. I don’t use it as a “cleaner” though. I still like to clean fretboards the old-fashioned way, then use this as a conditioner 1-2 times a year. However, it can definitely be used as a cleaner too.

GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner & Lubricant
I don’t use string cleaner very often, but when I do I reach for Fast-Fret. I’ve been using it since I was a teenager and can’t see any reason to switch. If you need to liven-up an old set of dirty guitar strings, or just want them to feel slick and new again, Fast-Fret will do the trick.

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Humidity Regulation

Oasis OH-2 Digital Hygrometer
Before you take proactive measures to regulate humidity, you need to know what your current humidity level is. This is the in-case hygrometer I’ve been using, along with the Oasis hygrometer holder, for years. Love it.

Humitar Acoustic Guitar Humidifier by Music Nomad
If you live in a DRY climate and need to get more moisture into your guitar, this is hands-down the best sponge type humidifier I’ve found. You can read my in-depth product review here to learn more.

2-Way Humidification System by D’Addario
The best of both worlds, it’s called “2-way” because it protects your guitar against wet OR dry conditions. Great if you have unpredictable weather or travel a lot between wet and dry climates.

Guitar Tools & Tuners

Guitar String Cutters
Having a good set of string cutters with a specially hardened edge (so they last longer) is something every guitarist should have on-hand. These StewMac string cutters are the ones I’ve used for years. They’ve held their edge and are still going strong.

String Action Gauge
Made specifically for guitar work, the progressive string height scale makes it a lot easier to see the individual string heights. It’s a precision-cut piece of stainless steel, so the short edge can even be used as a fret rocker in a pinch. You can see me using the string action gauge in this blog post, where I demonstrate how to measure string height.

Drill Bit String Winder
Though my drill bit string winder is the least expensive tool I own, it is without a doubt one of the most valuable and useful. HUGE time saver for string changes. For years I used a cheap (free, actually) manual string winder, and never thought much about it. Then, I bought this, and I can’t believe I ever lived without it.

Peterson StroboPlus HD Strobe Tuner
Inexpensive clip-on guitar tuners are fine for everyday tuning, but if you’re planning to set your guitar’s intonation (which is part of a normal guitar setup procedure), you need the accuracy of a strobe tuner. I love my Peterson StroboPlus HD because it’s relatively inexpensive for such a feature-packed strobe tuner.

DeoxIT Electrical Contact Cleaner
If you’re hearing cracks, pops, or scratches when you move your guitar’s knobs and switches, this little can of miracle juice can probably fix it–assuming your electronics are in otherwise good condition. You’ll find DeoxIT in every guitar repair shop.

Big Bends Nut Sauce Guitar Lubricant
Tragic name, awesome product. If your guitar won’t stay in tune or your strings generally seem to be binding (sticking) in the nut slots, a tiny dab of this in each string slot is usually all that’s needed to fix most issues (assuming your nut is in good shape). It’s also great lubricating truss rod nuts, string saddles, Floyd Rose knife edges, and more.

Guitar Care & Maintenance Books

How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great
Written by master guitar repairman, Dan Erlewine, this is a must-have for those who want to do their own electric guitar setups without getting to deep into guitar repairs. If you just want to know basic maintenance and setup, this is a really great book to read and keep around as a reference. Comes with free (plastic) fretboard radius gauges and a DVD inside.

The Guitar Player Repair Guide
Now in its 3rd edition, this is THE book you need if you’re looking for in-depth instruction on care, maintenance, and repair of electric and acoustic guitars (and much of the material can be applied to bass too). Most of what I know today has came from this book and Dan Erlewine’s other instructional videos, books, etc. I always have this book nearby, and constantly refer to it.

Guitar Lessons

Andy Guitar: Guitar Method for the Complete Beginner
Great For: Beginners

Finally available on Amazon.com! Andy Crowley is one of the most recommended guitar instructors I know, and for good reason. I’ve met countless guitarists who rave about his courses. I’ve had a couple chats with Andy, and he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. I highly recommend this book to beginners and am 100% confident you’ll have fun and see excellent progress if you follow Andy’s lessons.

Andy Guitar: Beginner Strumming Course
Great For: Beginners

This is the perfect complement to Andy’s Beginner Guitar book (above). There are two parts: 1 and 2. Part 1 teaches you 14 strumming patterns that’ll take you from being a total beginner to what Andy calls “improver level.” Part 2 has 5 bonus strumming patterns plus other techniques that will take your strumming abilities to the next level.

Andy Guitar: Barre Chords, Power Chords, & Other Techniques
Great For: Beginners

Another great complement to Andy’s other books, this one covers the chords you’ll need to go even further on guitar including barre chords, power chords and advanced open chord techniques.