Starter Kit v Buying Separate?
The Starter kit is a great option if you just want to buy an all in one package and you want to upgrade parts later on.
However, If you have the budget and want to get a better quality instrument, better sounding amp and cable that will last longer, see links below.
Best Guitar £100-£200
The affinity series is a step up over the bullet strats that are in the starter kits.
Best amp £100-£200
If you’re a beginner starting your guitar-playing journey, has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Three core amp tones (CLEAN, CRUNCH, and LEAD) cover all the basics. At the same time, the full three-band EQ allows you to fine-tune your sound using the Treble, Middle, and Bass controls. You can also dial in lush ambience and space with a choice of onboard Chorus, Delay, or Reverb effects.
Add an Aux In jack for jamming along with your phone and Recording Out/Headphones jack for silent practice and recording, and you’re all set.
Best Amp £200-300
BOSS Katana 50 MkII Combo
Now this could be your forever amp and its at an unbelievable price for £235! Stage Ready, Great for bedroom practice all the features and premium sounds. Sound unbelievable
Custom 12-inch speaker
Class-defying power, punch & cut-through
Five unique amp characters, plus newly voiced variations for each
Five independent effects sections, each with three variations
Dedicated Pedal FX
BOSS Tone Studio software for customizing your sound
Cranked-amp tone and response at low volumes
Mic'd cabinet emulation
Katana MkII takes the acclaimed Katana guitar amp series to the next level, turbocharging the core platform with more sounds, more effects, and more features. Newly voiced variations are now available for all five amp characters, doubling the tonal options. And the onboard effects categories have been expanded from three to five, providing even more real-time processing to choose from. The usability has been ramped up too, with a power amp input for modelers and multi-FX, updated editor software, and many other enhancements.
Nothing beats a good quality cable. These are built to last, had them for years!
Essential Items (all guitarist should own)
Every guitarist should have one of these in their gig bag. Capo's are used in many songs and they allow you to play a ton more songs as you can move your basic chords into any key.
If you are out of tune, then anything you play is going to sound bad. There are Free apps you can use however, these clip on tuners work the best in my opinion. They are quicker, more accurate, more versatile, you can leave them on your guitar and the best thing is you can use them with lots of noise going on in the background! We all will experience noisy environments and these will make sure you can tune still.
These tuners both use batteries so worth getting some back ups. Super cheap compared to buying in store!
It's good to have a selection of different thickness plectrums and these are great quality pics
Here we look at some great ideas that I could not live without. These help me keep organised so I can save time keeping all sheets together and journal my practice to keep on track of goals and see progress!
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