Gigging Gear Startup Guide for a Tight Budget

You don’t need to spend tons on money on playing the gig. Below I’ve listed some of the best budget guitars and gear for playing live that’s well suited for the beginner right through to the advanced player. Of course if you gig very regularly or play on a professional basis then you may be more apt to spending a little more money. But in reality it’s definitely not a requirement for awesome tone, feel and enjoyment. The gear I’ve listed below is what I would consider “entry-level”, and personally I wouldn’t use gear in a gigging situation that costs much less. Although that $99 guitar may be great for practice, you will most likely experience tuning stability issues and other problems when taking it out on the road.








One thing I haven’t listed here that you want to be sure you take along to the gig is some double adapter plugs. Normally you can’t expect the venue to provide enough power outlets for your whole band. This is especially important if you have equipment that uses specialized plugs.

Dean Hailstone

Dean Hailstone

Dean is a professional guitar player, recording artist and touring musician. He has over 20 years of playing experience, and has performed hundreds of live gigs during his career. Read more...


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