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Beginner's Gear Guide: Electric Guitar -- Plug in and turn on with these entry-level axes and amps.

Beginner's Gear Guides: Electric Guitar

Ready to start playing electric guitar? Build your first rig with these guitars, amplifiers and extras.
Unlike an acoustic guitar that can be played by itself, electric guitars require a few more pieces of equipment. With this guide, we'll highlight some great choices for beginners, and outline what additional gear you'll need to get started.
All-in-one Electric Guitar Packs
Want to plug in and get playing fast? Take a look at these all-in-one electric guitar packs. With a guitar, an amp and accessories included, these packages offer tremendous value. See More Electric Guitar Packs »
  Squier Stop Dreaming Start Playing Set with Affinity Series ...
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  Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Performance Pack
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  Epiphone Les Paul Special II Players Pack
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Beginner Electric Guitars
If you're looking to build your first rig from scratch, the first step is the guitar itself. With popular brands like Epiphone and Squier building budget-friendly versions of classic guitar designs, there's never been a better time to buy an entry-level electric. See More Entry-level Electric Guitars »
  Squier Affinity Strat Electric Guitar (Maple)
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  Epiphone G310 SG Electric Guitar
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Beginner Guitar Amplifiers
Once you've chosen your axe, you're going to need an amp to go with it. These portable and affordable beginner amps cover a wide range of tones and styles. See More Entry-level Electric Guitars »
  Fender Frontman 10G Guitar Combo Amplifier (10 Watts, 1x6")
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Guitar Cables
After the guitar and amp, the last component you'll need is a standard guitar cable. You're just going to need one cable to start, but as any veteran musician can tell you, it never hurts to have a spare or two. See More Guitar Cables »
  Hosa GTR Instrument Cable
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  Whirlwind EGC Guitar Instrument Cable
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  Fender Guitar Instrument Cable (Angled End)
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Accessories
Round out your first guitar setup with these useful accessories. Tuners, straps, picks and more will all help you on your journey to electric guitar wizardry. Learn More About Beginner Guitar Accessories »
  Korg GA40 Guitar and Bass Tuner
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  Eagle Mountain Guitar Strap
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  Fender Super Bullets Electric Guitar Strings
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