The Rocksmith Buyers Guide

So you have Rocksmithbut maybe there’s some other stuff you might want to purchase to improve your rockin’ experience?

Here’s some products that we feel confident endorsing for your future Gear Acquisition moments…

Note: the following links are affiliate links, if you buy something after following a link from here, TRR gets a small commission. None of the actual products listed are sponsored, they are the suggestions of TRR staff.


DI Box

A foolproof way to split your guitar signal to an amp and to your console / computer – and here is the key part – without introducing a ground loop problem that a Y splitter can. A similar way to do this is with a dedicated AB/Y pedal – But the “default” choice one of those is $100 – this DI is only $10 and is passive, but you can spend 20x as much on a DI Box that – for these purposes at least – does the exact same thing.


You will need a Female XLR to Female 1/4 adapter to use the DI correctly, these are not a particularly common adapter, but even the extra $7 needed still brings the split to an amp solution in under $20


Connect your guitar to the input jack of the DI, connect your amp to the PAROUT using a regular guitar cable then connect the XLR-1/4 adapter into the Balanced Out (XLR) jack and your real tone cable into the adapter. Flick the ground lift switch if necessary and you can lower your ingame players guitar volume when you want to hear your playing from your amp, or raise it up when you don’t want to use your amp.


Are you planning on being away from your Guitar or Bass for an extended period of time? Don’t lose that finger strength with this hand exercise device from D’Addario.

USB Breakaway Connectors

You’d be surprised how often somebody mentions that they lost this piece of their RealTone Cable, either in a move, or their dog ate it… Either way it’s an universal piece of hardware for all platforms!

String Cleaner

Clean those strings up a bit would ya?


Here’s a great tool for those monthly (or weekly) tune ups of your axe

Peg Winder / String Cutter

Changing strings made easy, there’s a bass version available as well!

Pick Maker

Are you always running out of Guitar Picks? Make your own!


For Rocksmith we recommend avoiding USB headsets, or expensive “beats” type ones…

Digitech Drop Pedal

Want to play the @AmonAmarthBand Pack on your E Standard guitar strung with 008 gauge strings? Get a new guitar, or get a Digitech Drop Pedal. Set the pitch shift, hit the stomp and your guitar is now in C Standard. – It won’t change for Drop D, since that is just 1 string that changes and this shifts the entire guitar signal – and you’ll want to be using headphones so the sound of the guitar in the room isn’t disconcerting. Just about every Rocksmith Streamer on Twitch has one of these!

Are you thinking about getting the iOS version of Rocksmith when it becomes available, but don’t have an interface for your Apple device? Check these options out.

Lightning to USB “Camera Adapter” –  plug in your RealTone Cable or another USB interface that works on iOS and play Rocksmith. This one doesn’t have a power port however.

Slightly more expensive USB3 option – but also has a lightning power port so you can play while charging your iOS device too.

iRigHD2 – totally portable option, should be about the best audio expereince possible short of using the camera kit and a RealTone Cable – Lightning connector.

iRig Stomp – can be battery or ac powered, great option for a semi permanent setup (Rory uses this one), only major downside is that it connects to the iOS device via a TRRS (headphone port) connection. So if your device doesn’t have a headphone port, then this is of no use to you at all.

Both of those iRig devices above can also function as signal splitters for sending your guitar signal to 2 sources – like in the DI Box suggestions above, to Rocksmith and your amp. They also have a side benefit of working quite well with a cheap app (RiotFX – $0.99) on iOS to be able to do the same job as a pitch shift pedal (Digitech Drop).

Guitar Capo

Do you still not have one of these? You are missing out on a bunch of fun Rocksmith arrangements (and possibly songs).

Guitar Stands

“Too many Guitars!” is never a problem, but you may need a way to store and display them…

Microphone Mode (Console)

Are you trying to play acoustic on Rocksmith, just get this. Don’t go fancy for your console, this is all you need (note: feature is still wonky on PS4) with a mic stand…

Wireless Setup

You trying to be a rock star? Ok, well it’ll cost ya!

What other gear would you recommend for the Rocksmith community to pick up? Let us know in the comments below!

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Guitar Alchemy

DR Neon Multicolor Strings in ROCKSMITH COLORS
These strings have exactly the same color setup as Rocksmith. No idea if this is coincidence or not.
Even more crazy, they shine in black light and are really nice to play giving a great sound.
They have been on my daughters guitar for a long time now -- she still loves them -- gladly I ordered multiple sets.


Wendell Sexson

That Drop is cool, it would work on any guitar. I do my lowered tunings on my Variax, which I have a lot of fun with. The Variax does have the advantage of doing drop D,Db, etc. Actually I can do open tunings on it too.


Oh, and there’s also the Roadie Tuner… It’s been recommended by a couple of famous guitarists, it feels like it can be useful with RS even if it’s quite expensive

Riff Repeater

wow, you weren’t kidding!


Haha yeah, now that you say it, it was indeed confusing :p


What about a piezo transducer? Sounds like the cheapest solution to use an acoustic guitar with Rocksmith for those who don’t have a good microphone

Riff Repeater

You don’t really need a good microphone, you more just need to position it correctly

Joseph McMirra

You should do one on different stereo setups and options 🙂


Great article and a cool video. I’d recommend different headphones for bass players though. Sony has a pair for like $10 more that sound real good to me. (MDR7506).

Riff Repeater
Guest those look nice!


The Drop is awesome, but what I am really looking for is something that lets me play all of those slightly detuned (or raised tuned) songs without having to completely retune for them. All of those songs that are slightly above or below A440… I have two fixed bridge guitars but I typically use those for lower tunings, and my Floyd guitars would be a serious pain to retune for a song or two.

elemenohpelmnop .

How about a Snark/clip on styled tuner? It’s nice to fine tune during those precious free moments in Nonstop Play.

Riff Repeater
Guest d’oh how could we forget!

Guitar Alchemy

If you use an electric guitar and have some ambitions I strongly recommend getting the pedal tuner instead. I promise -- you won’t touch this little battery powered crapy easy breakable clip tuners ever after that. You will safe a lot of time and anger when retuning your guitar. Background noise of your audience, band mates or whatever won’t bother you at all anymore. It’s slightly more expensive (around $35) but worth every cent.


Guitar Alchemy

I loved this Snark tuner at start -- but care the Snark SN1 breaks easily -- at least mine did. The weak spot is the 360 degree feature, the plastic breaks easily at the connecting point. Was told at the guitar shop that I wasn’t their first case.


I bought an Electro Harmonix Switch Blade + ABY pedal used on Kijiji for $40. Works great. Just make sure to get the Switch Blade + they also make a Switch Blade version that does AB switching it doesn’t allow you to play through both an amp and your Rocksmith game.

Guitar Alchemy
I first experimented with the two output channels of the Boss 50 pedalboard which I got very cheap 2nd hand. It kinda worked but generated really bad back coupling which made me fear it could maybe wreck my computer. After some research I got the rather expensive “Lehle Split” which workes very well. I later even got a 2nd one for the 2nd guitar. This allowed us to have note detection in Rocksmith Team mode while outputing our original signals to two real amps. The 2nd one I got was the Lehle Little Dual, that one has the advantage that… Read more »

I need the drop pedal!!!!


I am interested in some of these products and I would like you to take commission. The problem is that I buy, some idea? In the shipping costs to Spain are too high and I think my amazon premium does not work.

Riff Repeater

I’d have to set up accounts on the es marketplace, so don’t worry about it. Thanks for your support!

Mitchell Campos

I really want that drop pedal but with buying a house and a baby on the way, thats gotta be on hold :/