Things every guitar player should buy ... under $20

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  1. markmann

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    #1. Soldering iron.
     
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    As the kids say....O....M...G!!!!

    This was my first guitar book back in 1997. This book showed me how to play open chords and eventually barre chords. It's still in my bathroom and I still read it.
     
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    I can get a soldering iron for $20? Where would be the best place? I would like one :D
     
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    Dan Erlewine's "Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great" book.
     
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    Yep, cheapest and most convenient pick holder. One guy I play with is forever looking for picks that he's lost somewhere in his house. I have to remember to pick up a can of mints for him!

    To add to the list, one item that is essential for some of the songs I play is a capo. D'Addario/Planet Waves ones can be had for right around the $20 mark and do a great job.
     
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    I was content until I bought one :). I had some work done on a guitar and the tech was using a battery operated one and I thought "wow, how convenient is that?" I went with a cheaper manual one.
     
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    Yep. I have a Polytune pedal on my board and a Polytune for the headstock that I keep in the living room for my hollow body electric.
     
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    I put together a little "survival kit" of stuff I've needed at shows and didn't have: (all could be found for less than $20, but what I carry is not)

    Peg winder
    Flat nose wire snips
    Gibson poker chip nut tool
    Multi-tool
    Stanley Phillips/Flat screwdriver
    ZipTies
    Sharpies

    I keep it all in a Vanquest "EDC" type pouch & it goes in my guitar case. It's saved my hide (and my bandmates', too) a few times over.
     
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    I agree! :aok Fantastic book that really helped me in my early years. And the best comprehensive chord chart in the back of the book, that I have ever seen.
    I color printed the chord charts and some of the most useful pages, and made my own ring binder with those clear sheet holders from an office supply store. Along with a few charts from other sources. A must have book for any guitarist.
     
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    Tuner from china
    Mosky golden horse
     
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    A flashlight.

    Unless you keep your cell phone on stage, a small flashlight for dimly lit clubs and the dark spaces behind the back line will be necessary.
     
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    One spot and tuner for sure
     
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    good clip on tuner with a piezo pickup, lets you tune anywhere regardless of background noise
     
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    Came here to post this.
     
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    I couldn't find any mention of strings in a quick scan through the reply, they were the first thing I thought of. I'm pretty sure everything on my list will have been mentioned. - clip-on tuner, hex wrenches and screwdrivers, side cutters or pliers, cleaning rag, spare cable for electrics.
     

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