Freeware 2017: The Best Freeware Guitar

The guitar gets the last freebie laugh, with five amp- and instrument-based plug-ins. It’s the best freeware guitar software to download now. Check out our record a track for free feature for more great freeware.

The Best Freeware Guitar Software

Amplesound AGm Lite II – Guitar Emulator

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It’s very much the ‘lite’ version of AmpleSound’s Ample Guitar M, which is a Martin Guitar emulator. The full version is a mighty 6GB instrument, but this version lacks over 5GB of that content, some of the articulations and is 16-bit as opposed to 24-bit.

However, it does give you a good flavour of the Martin and is a very playable plug-in, one of the best ways to see proper guitar emulation in action without paying for it. There are tab and effects options and a keyboard for playing it (we’ll assume if you can play a guitar, you’ll opt for the real thing, anyway). While it is free, we think you’ll be sorely tempted to upgrade, which will set you back $169.

W: amplesound.net/en/pro-pd.asp?id=7
Platform: Mac, PC

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Lepou Amp Sim Suite – Guitar-Amp Simulators

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This is a suite of five plug-ins – yes, we said this was a Top 50, so now it’s a Top 55 – which are all amp simulators.

There’s no fuss, no bother, just download and boot up five great little plug-ins that you can feed your guitar audio through. Better still, experiment by feeding your synths through them for even wilder results…

W: lepouplugins.blogspot.co.uk
Platform: Mac, PC

Ignite Amps Suite – Stompboxes to Amp Sims

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Right at the end of our roundup, we’re spoiling you with suites of freeware. Here’s another. We’ve already included Ignite’s EQ in our effects listing, but the developer’s list of guitar effects is impressive enough to include all.

We’ve highlighted the TS-999 overdrive stompbox but The Anvil is equally as impressive, as is the Emissary tube amp.

W: igniteamps.com
Platform: Mac, PC

VB-1 – Virtual Bass Instrument

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One of two guitar plug-ins that we’ve carried over from last year, VB-1 is one of the older plug-ins that Steinberg once sold and, along with the fantastic Model-E synth, is still available for download. As you might expect from the picture and the name, it emulates a proper bass guitar – not the easiest instrument to properly reproduce electronically.

However, this makes a pretty good stab at it with four-voice polyphony, a damper, pickup position, pick position and wave-morph controls as well as a randomiser. It’s among the best freeware guitar software

W: steinberg.net/en/support/unsupported_products/vst_classics_vol_1.html
Platform: Mac, PC

NI Guitar Rig Player Free – Guitar Processing Suite

This version of NI’s Guitar Rig is a free giveaway, expandable with the free Guitar Rig Factory selection. You get an amp and cab, distortion, modulation, reverb, delay, EQ and dynamic effects, all for free! Like NI’s Kontakt Player, it’s well worth checking out.

W: native-instruments.com
Platform: Mac, PC

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