What Equipment Do I Need?

Try going to your local guitar shop. I use PMT Professional Music Technology they are online and have shops all over the country.

Let them know what your budget is and what musical styles you’re into, which can affect what type/make of which guitar you may choose. Ask them to show you what they have in your price range, there are many great guitars and amps out there and I have listed a few i can recommend

Electric Guitar Lessons Shopping List

  • Electric guitar
  • Guitar tuner
  • Padded gig bag or case
  • Guitar picks
  • Guitar cable
  • Guitar practice amp with headphone socket
  • Music stand (optional)

Acoustic Guitar Lessons Shopping List

  • Steel string acoustic guitar
  • Guitar tuner
  • Padded gig bag or case
  • Guitar picks
  • Capo (optional)
  • Footstool
  • Music stand (optional)

Electric Guitars

Best Budget Electric Guitars

Spend from £100 to £300 and get a solid top if you can.


  • Jackson
  • Ibanez
  • Yamaha Pacifica 112
  • Epiphone Les Paul Special
  • Fender Squire

Best Mid Range Electric Guitars

Spend between £300 to £900 and buy an electro acoustic if you are planning to gig.


  • Fender Mexican Standard Strat Or Telecaster
  • Gretsch
  • Ibanez or Jackson
  • Epiphone Les Paul Standard
  • PRS SE

Best Pro Level Electric Guitars

Spending over £1000 – many pro players have more than one guitar for different styles at this level.


  • Fender USA Stratocaster Or Telecaster
  • Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 or PRS McCarty
  • Gibson Les Paul or SG Standard
  • Suhr Classic S or Alt T
  • Friedman

Acoustic Guitars

Best Budget Acoustic Guitars

Spend from £100 to £200 and get a solid top if you can.


  • Tanglewood
  • Cort
  • Vintage
  • Washburn

Best Mid Range Acoustic Guitars

Spend between £200 to £600 and buy an electro acoustic if you are planning to gig. 


  • Faith
  • Takamine
  • Epiphone
  • Yamaha

Best Pro Level Acoustic Guitars

Spend from £700 to £1000, you get higher grade of woods and electronics at this price range


  • Taylor
  • Gibson
  • Martin
  • Zager

Electric Guitar Amps

Best Budget Electric Guitar Amps

Spend from £100 to £200 – many of these feature headphone and bluetooth outputs for practice


  • Blackstar ID Core 10 Version 2
  • Vox Valvetronix VT20+
  • Roland Cube
  • Marshall Code 25
  • Fender Mustang LT 25

Best Mid Range Electric Guitar Amps

Spend between £200 to £700, which will be a mixture of digital and tube (valve) based amps


  • Boss Katana 100 MKII
  • Blackstar HT-5R MKII
  • Fender
  • Marshall
  • Orange

Best Pro Level Electric Guitar Amps

Spending from £800 to over £1000, which will all be tube (valve) based amps


  • Fender
  • Marshall
  • Mesa Boogie
  • Vox
  • Victory

Best Software & Apps For Mac Or PC

  • Transcribe – Change the tempo, pitch and loop sections of songs, a great way to practice your guitar
  • Chordify – A platform for guitar, ukelele and piano chords, helping musicians of all abilities play the music they love
  • Guitar Pro – Over 2000 guitar pro transcriptions of your favourite songs available directly in the guitar pro editor software
  • Sibelius – The worlds best selling music notiation software
  • Logic Pro X – Turns your Mac into a professional recording studio able to capture your compositions and performances for musicians and producers

Guitar Pedals & Effects Processors

  • Custom Pedal Boards, Pedal boards and rigs are instruments in their own right and are as personal as your guitars; Custom Pedal Boards will design and build a handmade custom pedal board solution that fits your budget, your music and your playing needs.
  • Boss make easy to use and affordable pedals try the BD-2W and Boss Loop Station RC-30. Great for solo improvisation practice and songwriters
  • TC Electronic produce versatile pedals such as the Flashback 2 delay and Hall of Fame 2 reverb, a welcome addition to any setup
  • Wampler boutique pedals are a little more expensive but one of my favourites is the Tumnus overdrive for the tone of the vintage classics
  • Strymon have become the trendsetters for powerful, digitally controlled multi-effects pedals. The Big Sky is one of their flagship offerings, an all encompassing reverb unit