Guitar Gear and Book Recommendations

Like many guitarists, I love gear and gadgets. I appreciate high quality, useful products and I like to buy gear from these cool Seattle guitar shops:  

The Guitar Store (Greenlake)  

Emerald City Guitars (Pioneer Square)  

Dusty Strings (Fremont)  

Thunder Road Guitars (West Seattle)

If your local shop cannot get these items for you, use the links here to purchase items. (I’m an Amazon Associate. I will use some of the income this post generates to fund scholarships and free guitar classes/courses. 


I've had a couple of close calls where I've almost lost my guitar because of a poorly designed case, so I choose my cases and bags very carefully these days. I really like the Mono company, and I own the electric case and tick bag below. I personally dig protective soft cases more than hard cases because they are lighter and easier to carry.


If you are a musician, you need a good, solid stand. If you don't get a good stand now, you'll end up hating the cheap stand you buy, and you'll have to replace it. I've used Manhasset stands since I began playing music (well, after my parents bought a few cheap stands that broke after a few months). When I travel, I use the K&M stand listed below. It's as sturdy as a compact folding stand can be, because the K&M company makes very durable, well designed products. 

I prefer this Ultimate guitar stand for my guitars because they fold up easily, you can't nick your guitar on them when you're putting them away, they're very sturdy, and I've heard that hanging guitars is good for guitar necks.