Where to spend your money as a Beginner Guitarist! – Don’t focus on the wrong things!

New Live Rig - The Set Up


As a Beginner Guitarist, it can be overwhelming to navigate the vast world of guitar gear. With so many options available, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you need to spend a lot of money to have a good guitar rig. However, the truth is that you don’t need to break the bank to have a great setup. In this article, we’ll explore the best ways to spend your money on your guitar rig as a new player. Where to spend more, where you can afford to spend less and how you can get the best rig for any budget!

If you are starting to look into gigging and wanting to join a band, then we have put together a few articles to help you with this step. One is things to expect when gigging and joining a band. You can read that article here. We also have an article about accessories you can invest in to help make gigging easier. You can read that article here.

Invest in a quality guitar Setup

Your guitar is the most important piece of your rig, so it’s essential to invest in a good one. While there are plenty of budget-friendly options out there, it’s worth spending a bit more to get a guitar that you’ll be happy with in the long run. Look for a guitar that feels comfortable to play and has a sound that you like, and also a guitar that stays in tune and one you enjoy playing! Don’t be afraid to try out different guitars to find the right fit for you.

If you find yourself going down the budget route, It will pay to get a guitar technician to set the guitar up, this will cost you a little bit more, but will make a world of difference! Remember, even high-end guitars get set up! It can make any guitar feel even better! I even like to get my guitars set up once or twice a year. Having a guitar that is set up nicely will make being a Beginner Guitarist so much easier!

Focus on a good reliable amp

While there are many different types of guitar amps available, it’s important to find one that suits your needs as a new player. Consider what you’ll be using your amp for. If you’ll be playing at home, a small practice amp might be all you need, We have e put together a full article on buying a guitar amp for home use (Read it here). If you plan to play with others or perform, a larger amp with more power might be necessary. Look for an amp that has the tone and features you want, such as built-in effects or a headphone jack for silent practice.

I always say, and I think most professionals and sales people will agree, if you are only planning to play at home, then spend more on the guitar than the amp. However, if you plan to gig this rig, then spend more on the amp! A good amp will make a world of difference!

Prioritise effects pedals

Effects pedals can be a fun and creative way to enhance your guitar sound, but they can also be expensive. As a new player, it’s important to prioritise the pedals that will have the most impact on your sound. Start with a few basic pedals like a tuner, distortion, and delay. Once you’ve got the essentials, you can start to experiment with other types of pedals like chorus, reverb, or Wah.

Also, depending on what amp you get, you might find the amp does everything that you need to do. Like the Boss Katana has every effect in it that you might need! So no point in spending loads of money on effects you won’t even use.

Beginner Guitarist - Boss Tuner
Don't over send on pedals you won't need! If you have a use for it, go for it!

Don’t forget about cables and accessories

Cables and accessories may seem like a small detail, but they can have a big impact on your sound. Invest in good quality cables to ensure that your signal stays strong and clear. Consider getting a guitar stand to keep your instrument safe and easily accessible. Other accessories like a capo, picks, and a strap can also be helpful to have on hand.

Consider buying used gear

Don’t forget to check out the second hand sections and any music shop or website like eBay or Reverb. They can hold some amazing discount and you will be able to get some amazing gear at very good prices! Most of which will still have boxes and look brand new!

Remember, the more “worn” or “used” you are happy to have something, the cheaper it will be. So if you wanted a Boss Tuner, We all know they are bullet proof and won’t break so you can risk getting one that is slightly beat up and save yourself a pretty penny! As a Beginner Guitarist this is where you can really save those pennies!

Take advantage of Beginner Guitarist bundle deals

When shopping for gear, look for bundle deals that include multiple items for a discounted price. For example, you might find a package that includes a guitar, amp, and accessories for a lower cost than buying each item separately. Just be sure to do your research and make sure that the bundle deal includes equipment that meets your needs.

Avoid unnecessary purchases

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying new gear, but it’s important to avoid unnecessary purchases. Before making any new gear purchases, consider whether or not it will truly enhance your playing experience. Don’t buy gear just because it looks cool or because someone else recommended it. Make sure that any new gear you purchase fits your specific needs and preferences.

Buying gear is a marathon, not a sprint! You don’t have to have everything right away! It can take years to build up a nice collection, Enjoy the process!


In conclusion, as a Beginner Guitarist, it’s important to focus on the essentials when building your guitar rig. Invest in a quality guitar and amp, prioritise effects pedals and only buy what effects you might need, Don’t forget about cables and accessories make sure you budget for them because, without cables, nothing is going to even sound, let alone sound good! But most importantly, a Beginner Guitarist should have fun and enjoy learning!

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