10 free plugins every guitarist needs to download right now

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One of the most common complaints about 'working in the box' on a computer is the daunting number of plugins available. This isn't helpful, especially if you're just starting out, picking and learning a DAW. You've got enough on your hands without researching which plugins deserve your hard-earned cash.

Luckily, we've got a solution for this option paralysis. Whether you're starting out, making demos or simply working on a budget, we've put together some of our favorite plugins for guitarists. Best of all, at the time of writing, all of these are available for free.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.