Five of My Fave: Guitar Gear I’m Playing and Diggin’

Troy Nelson Favorite Guitar Gear

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I gotta admit it: I’ve gone a bit overboard on guitar gear lately. Over the course of the past few months, I’ve bought some new favorite guitar gear– a new amp, a new pedalboard, a bunch of pedals… and I’m about to spring for a couple of new guitars! So, I thought it’d be fun to list a few of my favorite guitar gear to perhaps help you make your own gear-related purchasing decisions.


Below are five products that I love and think you’d love, too.

I’ve owned a few overdrive/distortion pedals over the years, but never encountered one quite like this. Versatility is what makes the BOSS SD-1 shine. It can do everything from boosting your clean signal with a touch of saturation to getting some real gritty, dirty blues tones. My favorite part is the Tone knob, which enables you roll off the high or low frequencies to get your sound just right for whatever setting you’re in at the time.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.Headstock tuners are all the rage these days (I love ’em, too!), but sometimes guitarists need a good tuner pedal, whether it’s for live gigs, band rehearsals, or studio sessions. Last fall, I found myself looking for a new tuner pedal. After reading dozens of tuner reviews, I decided to go with the TC Electronic Polytune 3—and, boy, I’m glad I did.



The Polytune is just that—a polyphonic tuner that allows you to tune all six strings at the same time! The tuning accuracy is fantastic, and the well-lit tuning display makes tuning in dark rooms no problem at all. Nobody likes having to tune, but thanks to the Polytune, this chore gets done quickly!  

I started using Elixir Nanowebs on my Alvarez Yairi acoustic a few years, and haven’t looked back. I’ve never found a set of strings that sound so bright and bold—and last as long as they do. I play a lot of acoustic guitar, and these strings will last months without losing much of their tone. Highly recommend!


When I went amp shopping, I was looking for a good platform for my guitar pedals—that is, an amp with a good clean tone that wouldn’t mask the character of my pedals. Well, I found it. The Fender Hot Rod Deville ML, a 2X12 combo “inspired by” famed sideman and studio guitarist Michael Landau, has some of the purest clean tones I’ve ever heard. I’ve used this in rehearsals with my funk band, and the volume controls (this amp has two channels) haven’t been set any higher than 3! In other words, the amp’s 60 watts pack plenty of punch!

If, like me, you own a home studio, then a multi-space guitar rack is an absolute must-have. I bought the five-space Hercules guitar rack a few years ago and, frankly, I don’t know why I waited so long to get one. Not only does it allow me to have five guitars (acoustic or electric—or even bass) ready at my fingertips, but also takes up relatively little space and is easy to clean. Plus, it breaks down easily, making it great for gigs!