Best guitar VSTs: our pick of the top plugins for guitarists

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There’s a seemingly endless number of plugins available for recording guitar, and as such, picking the best guitar VST can feel like an impossible task. Sure, using the range of stock amps, pedals and guitar-related plugins in your DAW can get you a decent guitar tone – but we want better than ‘decent’. You’ll need to look towards third-party plugins and software for that extra sprinkling of guitar magic, we’re afraid.

Like we said, buying guitar VSTs can be a bit overwhelming at times. There are loads of questions you should be asking yourself before you settle on a certain VST or piece of guitar-related software. Does it sound the way you want? Does it integrate well with your DAW? Can you use it in a standalone setting? These are all questions that need answers before you take the plunge.

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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.

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