Our Favorite Guitar Gear

Getting into your local music store gets the same feelings going that you had when you were a kid going into a toy store. There are just so many different things you'd spend your money on. Okay, the difference is that you're no longer a kid and you have your own bank account to drain. But still, you're often left wandering around and having difficulties deciding what you should buy next.

Since we've been posting about various different guitar gear on our blog here, covering anything from simple guitar pedals up to complex rigs of some well-known musicians, we figured it would be a good idea to share some of our own favorite guitar gear. Who knows, maybe some of the stuff here will inspire you to get a new piece of gear that might even become an essential part of your full setup. Either way, here we go...

TC Electronic PolyTune 3 Mini

Having a tuner pedal in your signal chain is of huge importance. First of, obviously, you need to stay in tune, and a solid precise tuner like TC Electronic's PolyTune 3 will most certainly help you do that. Another important thing here is that you're able to switch between true bypass and buffered modes. So many different opinions on this particular topic and many are discouraged from using certain tuners thinking they'd ruin their tone because they're buffered pedals. But with this one, you're able to get the best of the two worlds.

In addition, the Mini version is a very small and compact pedal that will save up space on your pedalboard. After all, you do need to have some room there.

Boss CS-3 Compressor/Sustainer

There just aren't enough words to express how important the compressor effect is. Many are discouraged to actually use it, thinking they'd be spending their money on something irrelevant, but compressor pedals are one of the essential pieces of guitar gear for taking your tone to the pro level.

Compression is a dynamic effect that reduces the volume of those louder parts and turns up the volume on those quiet parts. By setting up the different parameters, you can determine the amount of compression you want to apply to the signal. The Boss CS-3 is a pretty useful compressor pedal that can always help you out straighten out the dynamics for both lead and rhythm parts. With the CS-3, the tone can get pretty thick and it can even serve as sort of a booster.

Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal

Just like compressors, volume pedals are some of the most underrated pieces of gear out there. If you're a member of a bigger band or just a band that takes care of the overall dynamics, owning a volume pedal is a must. From various different brands and models out there, Ernie Ball's VP stood out in our eyes as it is a quality-built sturdy pedal. What's important here is that it stands tightly in one fixed position, allowing you to play at your desired volume without the fear that it'll fall down from vibrations on stage.

In addition, there's also the so-called "Micro Taper" feature that allows you to pick between two different volume swell rates. Pretty useful for a serious guitar player striving to become a pro.

Ibanez Tube Screamer

From all the countless flashy distortion and overdrive pedals, with all the different EQs and controls on them, we're yet to find a massively produced pedal that's as good as Ibanez Tube Screamer. Based on the old Maxon pedal that came out in the 1970s, the Tube Screamer had many different versions over the years, even some cheaper clones that still manage to do their job well.

Original models, the TS9 and the TS808, are still highly valued among guitar enthusiasts, and for a good reason. This simple and seemingly uninteresting pedal becomes a real beast when paired with an appropriate tube amp. It drives them over the edge in such a subtle yet powerful way, just enough to get that "organic" distortion out of them. They can also work as standalone overdrives or as boosters for other transistor or valve-based distortion pedals, giving them a complete sonic makeover.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Aside from all the pedals you'd expect to see here, we really need to mention an audio interface like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. This compact and powerful piece will help you record your best demos, even semi-professional recordings, that you can share with the rest of the world.

Two channels, options to use microphones, ease of use, and the audio quality of the product's 3rd generation will help you easily record your guitar using this interface and your computer. A must for all those who want to make their own music at home.

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