10 Best Guitar Kontakt Libraries 2024 (Acoustic, Electric, Bass)

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I have enlisted libraries of a wide variety of guitar kontakt libraries for you that fit every kind of need, from smooth rhythms for pop music to leads for scoring films. 

There are many kinds of guitar sample libraries; some are steel acoustic, some electric, and others nylon/classical. Even within them, you might find libraries dedicated to the rhythm with built-in strum loops or libraries meant for playing leads with realistic bends and hammer-ons. Furthermore, you’ll also find bass guitars in the guitar family.

While it’s not a rule, you’ll generally want acoustic guitars (whether steel or nylon) for softer music and electric guitars for rock, jazz, and pop. Also, note that using guitar amps can make an electric guitar or bass sound completely different. So, make sure you experiment with those to achieve new sounds.

With that said, let’s take a look further at the list:

The 10 Best Guitar Libraries For NI Kontakt In 2024

1. NI Session Guitarist: Picked Acoustic (Acoustic Guitar Library)

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Get results fast with this brilliant picked acoustic guitar that makes performance easy. 

The Picked Acoustic Kontakt library features a classical Martin 00-21 acoustic guitar, much-loved for its clear sound. The library comes in two versions: strumming and melodic modes. The first features a built-in strumming and fingerstyle arpeggio library that you can perform by playing chords on your keyboard.

The melodic mode features articulations to create acoustic leads. Furthermore, the library also employs multiple mic setups that you can select and blend. Beyond that, you can add effect plugins to build unique guitar tones for your project.

Overall, this library can fit as both an accompaniment instrument and a heartfelt soloist.

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Key Features:

  • Dedicated Modes 

The library comes with a dedicated instrument for pattern-based and melodic performance each. The patterns include 194 picking and strumming loops covering a wide range of genres. Similarly, the melodic mode features open, muted, flageolet, and tremolo articulations, each with fingered and picked variety. Furthermore, you can add vibrato, hammer-ons, slides, accuracy, and pull-offs for authentic performance. 

  • Microphones

There are three microphone setups in the library: Condenser, Dynamic, and Ribbon. The Condenser setup uses two condenser mics for a natural stereo image. And Dynamic employs a dynamic mic as well as a tube condenser mic in figure-8 polar pattern for adjustable stereo width. And finally, Ribbon uses two ribbon mics for a classy, vintage sound. I personally love the last one for solo guitar arrangements. 

  • Onboard Effect Processors 

The mic setups allow you to adjust the stereo width and add doubling to modify the tone. However, it’s the built-in effects that add drastic flavors to the sound. Add the proprietary REPLIKA delay plugin, plate reverb, chorus, compressor, saturator, and more to create the guitar sound you want. 

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (version 6.1+). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

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2. NI Session Guitarist: Strummed Acoustic 2 (Acoustic Guitar Library)

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If it’s purely strumming guitar you need, this one has you covered with its two guitars. 

Strummed Acoustic 2 is a dedicated library for playing plectrum strummed patterns. It features two esteemed guitars: the Martin 0-17 and the Guild F-412. The first is a warm-sounding traditional 6-string, while the second is a vintage 12-string from the 60s. 

Each instrument features a range of strumming patterns ideal for any genre like rock, pop, folk, country, bluegrass, Latin, etc. You can play each pattern in any fret position to get the style you like. Try using a higher position for the chorus part, and let it chill with a lower position during the verse part.

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Key Features:

  • Performance

Out of the dynamic patterns available in this library, you can select 8 of them for performing per instance. You can use key switches, modulation wheel (CC #1), and pitch wheel to switch between the selected patterns. You can also quickly crossfade chord voicings and add accents to make the performance even more natural. 

  • Intuitive Browser 

The built-in library browser lets you find a matching pattern by tapping a rhythm on your keyboard or clicking the tap button on the screen. Furthermore, you can also filter the results by musical characteristics like articulations, time signatures, etc. The feature makes it easy for you to find the correct rhythm for your project as quickly as possible. 

  • Mixing

Strummed Acoustic 2 allows you to add doubling for stereo width. Similarly, you can control the pan of the high and low chord voicings (fret positions) to add extra stereo depth. And finally, you can use the built-in preset EQ, compression, and reverb to create different kinds of sound. 

  • Separate Bass 

This feature lets you add a new bass pattern played on the lower strings to your rhythm. It’s handy for genres like country, folk, bluegrass, and even pop if you use the guitar alone as your accompaniment. After setting up a pattern, you can play the notes you want as the bassline. However, if you are after realism, it’s a good idea to avoid going overboard with this feature.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (version 6.1+). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

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3. Sketch Nylon (Acoustic Guitar Library)

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If you compose classical guitar pieces or would like to incorporate fingerstyle guitar in your music, this library is a fantastic option. 

Sketch Nylon was released as a cheap but highly usable nylon guitar library for sketching ideas. However, the in-depth sampling and flexible sound make it one of the best guitar libraries around in this price range. Note that this library is meant for fingerstyle playing, which means you won’t find a strumming pattern builder or similar features.

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Key Features:

  • Articulations

The comprehensive set of articulations sets this library apart from many other options available in the market. You get 14 articulations, including general ones like mute, slides, and mordent (pull-off trill) to apoyando (rest stroke), gliss, and tirando (free stroke). Furthermore, you can control the speed of the recordings on 7 of the articulations: slide up fast/slow, mordent 1&2, triplet, and glissando up/down. Other than that, there are percussion samples playable using midi input.

  • Multi-Samples 

There are two round robins per note and multiple velocity layers: 5 for tirando/apoyando, 4 for mute/flageolet, and 3 for vibrato. While I wouldn’t say that you’ll get flawlessly natural sounds out of the box with these moderate numbers, it sounds excellent when mixed with other instruments and even played solo if performed carefully. 

  • MIDI Pack 

Sketch Nylon comes with a MIDI pack that includes 5 styles: samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, Frevo, and Baiao. You’ll find a total of 41 kinds of accompaniments with 4 chord types (Maj, min, 7, mb5) for each accompaniment. Since they are midi files, you can drag-and-drop them into your DAW and edit to taste. 

  • Mixing

Sketchsamples recorded this Takamine guitar with microphones and a piezo pickup. So, you can blend the two with individual faders in the library. Similarly, it comes with 12 kinds of convolution reverb impulses as well as a simple 3-band EQ.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt 6.1.1+ (NOT the free Kontakt Player). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

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4. Heavyocity Scoring Acoustic Guitars (Acoustic Guitar Library)

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Hear the steel and nylon-like never before with this modern instrument that keeps media composers in mind. 

Scoring Acoustic Guitars isn’t your ordinary guitar library. It’s a library with over a hundred pre-recorded phrases and tons of effect processors to create new and exciting sounds. You’ll find floating pads made of granulated guitar samples and tense pulsing of tempo-synced guitar rhythms. 

Similarly, there are melodic phrases and pulsesrhythmic harmonies with three nylon guitars and steel guitars, and so on.

You can probably tell by now that you’ll not find traditional strums or a regular sampled guitar for playing melodies. However, if you’re after a library to evoke emotions, have a look at its key features:

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Key Features:

  • Phrases

Since the library is packed with a ton of pre-recorded phrases, pulses, and so on, you don’t need to worry about programming new performances. Get inspired by what’s offered, add effects and motion using the Gravity engine, and finish your score. 

  • Instant Modification 

Many of the sounds like the “complex pads” include three layers of sound: nylon guitar, steel guitar, and synth. You can control the volume and pan of each layer, and on the EQ/FILT page, you can modify the EQ and add various kinds of filters to create your tone. Furthermore, the “Punish” knob lets you instantly set how heavy and hard-hitting the sound is. 

  • Sample Manipulation 

Of course, on top of the more “global” manipulation we talked about previously, you can edit the sample recording’s pitch, starting position, and so on. It also features an amp envelope that can be triggered using a selected key switch if not used globally. 

  • Motion

You can create patterns that manipulate the volume, pan, and pitch over time on the Motion page. It also allows you to trigger the patterns using midi keys with all the standard modes like latch and retrigger. Also, it’s worth mentioning that each of the three sample layers has a separate sequencer.

Compatibility:

Scoring Acoustic Guitars requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (version 6.4.2+). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

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5. NI Electric Mint (Electric Guitar Library)

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The latest addition to Drumasonic’s family of Kontakt-based guitar instruments was sampled from a vintage guitar made in the USA.

The Session Guitarist Electric Mint delivers classic tones to modern compositions, with patterns and in-built MIDI chord progressions for any style, whether you’re spinning silky licks and soulful grooves, tearing it up with a screaming solo, or sitting in the pocket with popping funk lines.

Six strings were revolutionized by the ELECTRIC MINT model and are now at the center of modern popular music. Its three interchangeable pickups allowed for unprecedented tonal versatility, and it quickly became the instrument of choice for some influential guitarists throughout the past five decades.

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Key Features:

  • Amp and Speaker Options

Extending the capabilities of the original Session Guitarist, this new version adds several amp and speaker cabinet emulations, as well as new effects like the Supercharger GT compressor, a ‘Cry Wah’ auto-wah, and convolution reverb that can simulate the sound of amps being played in different rooms.
In addition, there are 71 built-in sound presets ranging from new DI signals to distorted, high-gain tones, and you can access them via a dedicated Amps and Effects tab.

  • Pickups

A skillful sampling of all five possible configurations of the original instrument’s three single-coil pickups gives players access to a wide range of tones suitable for many styles. You can adjust the instrument’s pickup position, volume, and tone controls via a Guitar Settings tab in the GUI.

For example, you can adjust the microphone’s volume independently to blend in with the amp simulation. In addition, you can alter the decay time of muted notes and set your volume for fret noise and the noise floor. Finally, you can find a tuning control from “precise” to “sloppy” in the last tab.

  • Playback Engine

The tremolo bar feature allows for more precise control over pitch expression, and the enhanced playback engine lets players produce ultra-realistic funk patterns. In addition, users can adjust the performance tab’s humanize, swing, feel, and shift parameters to make their programmed parts sound more natural.

  • Midi Patterns

Use the new genre tabs in the browser to jumpstart your creative process, and click on a song preset to hear a preview of the patterns and effects before you commit to them.

Learn a variety of voicings and phrases for each pattern, and then drag and drop them into your DAW to use as the basis for your original compositions. The enhanced playback engine in ELECTRIC MINT creates authentic-sounding funk beats.

  • Licks

The engine creates convincing hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, legato, and more when played on a melody instrument that you can play with fingers or a plectrum.

In addition, you can adjust muted note decay, emphasis placement between downbeats and offbeats can be changed, swing and humanize can be fine-tuned to fit the composition, and the pitch can be vibrated using the tremolo bar or the player’s fingers.

Compatibility:

The library is available for Kontakt 6.7 or higher. Kontakt 6.7 is available for Windows 7 or higher 32-bit and 64-bit and macOS 10.10 or higher 64-bit. It comes in VST 2AU, and AAX formats.

6. NI Electric Vintage (Electric Guitar Library)

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Rhythm or lead, this library can do it all.

Session Guitarist Electric Vintage recreates the sound of one of the universal favorite electric guitars from the late 50s, the Fender Telecaster. It features a versatile engine capable of playing lead melodies and strumming with a massive library of patterns, including strums, arpeggios, and riffs. 

The Telecaster sounds unique thanks to the nasally, twangy sound of the single-coil pickups. While it’s a natural choice for funk and sometimes pop genres, it also works superbly for hip-hop, rock, and EDM pop, especially when you tweak the built-in virtual amp and effects.

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Key Features:

  • Patterns

The library features 231 patterns ranging across a wide variety of genres. You’ll find a combination of strumming, open and muted chords, riffs, arpeggios, and more. You can also assign key switches to each pattern you want and play them in a sequence to create unique rhythms. And, of course, changing the chord voicing (fret position) is a whole new playground.

  • Melody

Of the two instruments included in this library, the second one lets you perform melodies while combining them with patterns. You’ll find multiple articulations like open, muted, flageolet, tremolo, and slides, and you can also perform bends using the pitch wheel. Similarly, switch between finger and plectrum stroking to find your preferred tone. 

  • Customization

You can switch between the bridge or the neck pickup in the Guitar Settings page and enable doubling. Furthermore, you’ll find some more settings like muted note length, fret noise, and detuning. These come in handy to add realism to your guitar sound.

  • Effects

The Amps & FX Browser page lets you select various effects like modulation, EQ, compressor, reverb, delay, tape effect and distortion pedal. Furthermore, you can select virtual amps and cabinets for both tasteful, clean sounds or high gain overdrives. However, if you already own some guitar amp software, I’d suggest using those instead so that you’ll have a wider variety.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (version 6.5.2+). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

Note:

I love NI’s pattern browser, where I can play a rhythm on the keyboard to find a matching patternAlthough, I must mention that most of the patterns are in a 4/4 time signature with a few 3/4. And best of all, the price is very reasonable.

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7. NI Electric Sunburst Deluxe (Electric Guitar Library)

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Spice up your tracks with the polished sound of a Les Paul guitar using this library. 

As with our previous NI libraries, Electric Sunburst Deluxe operates in the same concept. It features two instruments: a pattern player and a melody performer. The patterns range from simple feel-good rhythms to arpeggios and hard-rock riffs. 

Other than the performance itself, the library also features multiple pickup options, virtual amps, stompbox models, and moreThe effect processors, albeit simple, pair pretty well with the sound of the Les Paul, so you’re sure to get effective sounds out of the box.

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Key Features:

  • Pattern and Melody 

As I’ve mentioned, there are two instruments dedicated to each style of performance. You’ll find 237 patterns, including strums, riffs, arpeggios, and open chords. And it even features “reversed patterns” to create interesting sounds. Furthermore, the patterns are grouped into song presets. Similarly, the melody mode features articulations like open, muted, flageolet, and tremolo, along with a finger stroke and plectrum mode.

  • Guitar Settings 

This page lets you control the pickups. True to the guitar itself, you can choose either the bridge, neck, or both pickupsand you can control the volume of each. Similarly, you can also blend in a condenser mic recording to add further realism. And finally, it allows you to control the decay length of the muted notes, velocity sensitivity, fret noises, and tuning.

  • Mixing 

While the built-in amp and cabinet models are the same ones as in the Electric Vintage library, I did enjoy the sound better in this library. You can also add stomp effects, including distortion, compressors, EQ, chorus, phaser, delay, and so on. And, of course, if you own a guitar effect plugin, you should experiment using it with this library to create original tones.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (version 6.2.2+). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

Note:

If you love the classy sound of Les Paul, you should give this library a try. It manages to capture and emphasize the tone pretty well.

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8. NI Session Bassist – Prime Bass

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Prime bass emulates the single could electric bass guitar from the 70s. 

The library/instrument provides great flexibility and ease of use for various bass guitar tones and playing styles. It makes programming realistic and groovy basslines extremely simplified. You need a good amount of time to explore the depth of the plugin, but once you do, you will realize the immense potential it offers to music producers and sound designers.

Key Features:

  • Sounds

Prime bass has some great factory presets categorized as direct, hi gain, experiment, amped, and more. In addition, Song Browser lets you browse through categories like Rock, RnB, Reggae, Blues, FX/Perc, Funk, Disco, Electro, Latin, etc., which has a collection of 81 songs presets. You can also select the playing style between slap, plec, and finger and choose time signatures between 4/4, 3/4, and triplets.

  • Amps and effects

The plugin consists of amps and effects of a huge variety, such as Cat, Distortion, Skreamer, and Lo-Fi in the distortion category, choral, flair, phasis, and rotator in the Modulation category, compressors like super char, solid comp, fast comp, limiter, and tape, and many more such plugins in the categories EQ & Filter, Reverb & Delays, and Amps and Cabinets.

  • Customizable Performance

Sample libraries usually take a lot of work, especially for creating realistic grooves, articulations, and playing styles. But Prime bass allows you to customize your performances with controllers like humanize, swing, feel, and timings. In addition, you can adjust latch mode, pattern sync, default mode, and tempo.

  • Additional Features

The plugin has a massive loop library of over 8,000 loops and phrases that lets you pick up realistic and human-played basslines. These are arranged in 355 patterns presets, under categories like open, muted, plec, finger, and slap.

Compatibility:

Prime bass requires a minimum of 10 GB of hard disk space and the Kontakt 6.7 version, but it’s also compatible with the free version of Kontakt.

9. NI Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass (Bass Guitar Library)

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This library delivers the punchy and thunderous bass sound of a renowned icon.

Scarbee Rickenbacker is a sampled bass guitar library featuring the Rickenbacker 4003, officially approved by the manufacturer. You’ll find both fingered and picked sounds in this library, as well as an extensive collection of articulations and techniques.

Other features include an advanced round-robin system that ensures a realistic sound even when repeating a note many times.  I would say that the library is geared more towards rock and pop, but of course, you could use the instrument for any other genre like jazz, funk, and EDM.

Furthermore, its interface is neat; you just need to click on an element (like the bass or the amp) on the interface, and its settings page pops up. It makes for a straightforward workflow.

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Key Features:

  • The Bass

Clicking on the bass guitar on the UI brings up this page, and you can specify whether you want the neck, bridge, or both pickups here. You can also control the volume and tone of each pickup. And finally, the Rick-O-Sound button enables the stereo panning of the neck and bridge pickups to create an iconic wide and fat sound. 

  • Amp, Cab, and Effects

The ‘Jump’ amp simulator appears when you click the amp on the UI. It’s sweet-sounding and can handle anything from subtle boost to driven crunch. Similarly, clicking on the cabinet below the amp brings up multiple choices. There are 7 cabinet options, including icons like the Fender Tweed 4×10” and Marshall 4×12”. Finally, next to the cabinet, you’ll find a tape emulator, compressor, and an EQ. 

  • Articulations

Scarbee Rickenbacker also nails the performance part by incorporating a ton of articulations. What’s even more interesting is that most of the articulations don’t require you to trigger them using key switches. For example, playing a note overlapping another note results in a hammer-on or a pull-off automatically.

And if you do so fast, you’ll get a grace note up. Similarly, holding the sustain pedal down while playing overlapping notes 3 frets apart results in slidesThe velocity of the target note determines the speed. There are plenty more intelligent features in the library that make it extraordinarily playable and natural.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (version 6.4.2+). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

Note:

The sound is crisp yet thunderous when combined with the built-in amp. Similarly, when performed right, the bass is compelling and sounds fabulousA minor complaint would be that while the UI design is a lot of fun, opening one gadget at a time can be somewhat tedious when you’re mixing.

10. NI Session Bassist Icon Bass (Bass Guitar Library)

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The Session Bassist series, particularly, has been celebrated for its meticulous approach to crafting lifelike bass emulations. One of the standout products from this series is the Icon Bass, a comprehensive library that faithfully captures the versatile sounds of a contemporary bass guitar. 

Musicians can craft realistic basslines through the Play Range, while groove enthusiasts revel in the precision of Auto-Rhythm Technology; these creations, honed for usability, inspire creativity while simplifying the technical process, fostering a seamless transition from idea to execution.

Key Features:

  • Samples

It’s a digital replication inspired by a renowned 1989 US-manufactured model and comes loaded with an extensive collection of melodies, loops, and riffs. All these elements are the handiwork of seasoned session bassists. Whether seeking a grittier edge to your rock anthems, amplifying the energy in funk rhythms, or injecting pop numbers with a potent punch, ICON BASS’s integral electronics equip you.

  • Realistic Articulations

Icon Bass encompasses a range of playing techniques, covering fingerstyle, plectrum, slaps, pops, open and muted notes, chromatic dead notes, and harmonics. This is particularly significant for replicating the expressiveness of a live bassist.

Each articulation has been faithfully captured, letting you achieve dynamism and realism in your bass lines that would be challenging to reach with many other digital instruments.

  • Mix Effects

Icon Bass’s reputation extends from the intimacy of recording studios to the grandeur of life stages. It’s the preferred model for an array of esteemed bassists. Among the earliest bass guitars to incorporate an onboard 2-band active EQ and a large alnico humbucker pickup near the bridge, it enables you to curate vibrant, commanding bass tones.

  • Duo-Instruments

This plugin breaks the mold by offering two instruments — a primary instrument for pattern creation and a second for integrating your unique melodies into the mix. Together, they demystify the process of crafting genuine, emotive bass parts across any genre.

  • Amp Effects

Relish the inherent tones of the instrument or exert control using the finely-detailed tone controls. Boost your output through four amplifiers and ten cabinets, including the mighty Bass Invader and Bass Pro from GUITAR RIG PRO.

Add a touch of character using a selection of eight stompboxes and eleven studio-grade effects that span from distortion to delay. Whether exploring, customizing, or seeking inspiration from an extensive library of 58 sound presets, your creative journey has no boundaries.

  • Patterns

With a vast library of over 200 patterns across 54 songs presets, Icon Bass is a rhythm architect’s dream. It allows you to tweak pitches in your sequencer via MIDI drag-and-drop. Use swing and humanize controls to make your basslines groove with your compositions, and alternate musical accents to hit the right mood.

Compatibility:

NI Session Bassist Icon Bass requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (version 6.1+). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

The 3 Best Free Guitar Libraries For NI Kontakt 2024

1. Impact Soundworks Shreddage 3 Stratus

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As the name suggests, this library delivers the sound of the Fender Stratocaster

Shreddage 3 Stratus Free is a free version of the paid Stratus instrument. It includes most of the features in the paid library. The difference is that the free version only has the neck pickup and almost no articulations. Even so, the library has 3 dynamic layers per note with 4 round robins and a separate upstroke and downstroke layer.

So, it has up to 24 samples per note, which makes it sound very natural.  The library has a clean guitar sound. So, despite the name catering to rock and metal, you can use this library for softer music like jazz and pop.

However, I must say that the lack of articulations is debilitating when it comes to performing melodies. 

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Key Features:

  • Shredding

While the library doesn’t have many articulations, you will find that this library is suitable for shredding (playing fast)Under the performance tab, you will find a dedicated section, Shred. And this is where you will find a knob called Offset, which allows you to deemphasize the sound of the plectrum. It is necessary to make a convincing shredding performance. 

  • Articulations

the library includes five articulations: sustain, choke, release (pitched/unpitched), and mute. What’s interesting is the level of control you get per articulation. You can trigger each articulation using a key switch, midi CC, or a velocity range. Furthermore, you can change the volume of each articulation, control its offset, and change its dynamism in the Table tab. 

  • Strum

The library also features a comprehensive strumming mode. It allows you to play chords on your keyboard and automatically translate the voicing to the guitar. Then, you can use key switches to trigger downstroke, upstroke, and muted strokes. You can also control the dynamics and speed of the strum using either velocity or MIDI CC.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt 5.7+ (NOT the free Kontakt Player). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

Note:

Overall, if you own Kontakt, this library is an excellent instrument to add rhythm guitars to your track. It may not be as well-equipped for playing melodies, but what it does do, it does well. I like the strumming feature and the precise controls over the articulationsIf you make rock or metal music, you might find this guitar library useful for playing fast runs and solo parts as well.

2. DAOWAVES CYBERNEZZ RG 2075

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Cybernezz RG 2075 is a heavy-hitting overdriven guitar library with deep sound sampling.

The description for this library claims it’s based on an additive physical modeling synthesis, although the image and the name suggest an Ibanez Gio from the RG series. Either way, the library delivers a distorted guitar sound with some basic controls triggered by MIDI CC controls.

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Key Features:

  • Deep Sampling 

While there aren’t articulations in this library, the sampling is impressive. Each note in the instrument features 6 round-robins with 13 velocity layers. Repetitive rhythms will come across as super smooth and natural-sounding without you having to create dynamism using velocity manually. 

  • Controls

You can control various configurations of the guitar using MIDI CC. For example, CC 1 controls the whammy bar (vibrato)CC  73 controls the amp boost, and CC 75 controls the cabinet shape. There are several other controls that you’ll find on the GUI of the library.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt 6.5.3+ (NOT the free Kontakt Player). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

Summary:

As far as guitar libraries go, Cybernezz is pretty simplistic. You can get decent-sounding power chord strikes and lead parts. However, the file size is 12 GB! I feel like many people won’t consider a library as simple as this one worth the drive space. I suggest checking out the demo video before you download it.

3. YummyBeats Modest Guitar

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Bring in psychedelic and ambient vibes with this guitar library.

As the name suggests, Modest Guitar is relatively straightforward. It features three kinds of guitars with multiple samples and four round-robins. You can switch between each type of guitar using three dedicated key switches. Some of the samples have performance noises, which can add to the psychedelic vibe of this library.

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Key Features:

  • Acoustic Guitar 

The first guitar type is the Ac. Guitar, which is a typical sustain guitar instrument. You can use this instrument to play leads or even manually create strumming rhythms. I like the sound for soft arpeggios with some reverb. 

  • Flageolet

This instrument plays the flageolet articulation or harmonics. It makes a soft kind of sound that works best for arpeggios or creating soft guitar scapes. Adding a lot of reverb and some chorus to this articulation creates an almost pad-like sound. 

  • Psychedelic FX 

This instrument features reversed guitar samples that sound excellent for creating pad sounds or underscores. I would utilize this library as a free alternative to the Heavyocity Acoustic Guitars in this article.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt 5+ (NOT the free Kontakt Player). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

Note:

If you like experimenting with guitar sounds, then I think you would love this library. However, the lack of essential articulations doesn’t work well for playing rhythms or natural lead melodies.  Then again, if you aren’t playing something complex, try combining velocity dynamism and pitch bends to create convincing lead parts.

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1. Heavyocity Damage Guitars (Collection of Various Guitars)

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Heavyocity’s Damage Guitars offers a great palette of expressive, sampled guitars.

It has great features like advanced arpeggiators, tempo-synced loops, and one-shot effects that enable distinctive customization, while the interface facilitates dynamic soundscaping. This plugin presents a unique opportunity to sculpt captivating melodies and complex soundscapes, matching meticulous sampling with refined sound design tools.

Whether scoring a film or crafting a rock anthem, Damage Guitars empowers you to articulate your creative vision with sonic precision and expressive resonance.

Key Features:

  • Macro Control

The Macro Control system is vital in Damage Guitars, particularly when dealing with Loop instruments. At its heart, the central Macro Knob dynamically adjusts six Macro Sliders, each representing different sound parameters.
The special feature of this system is that you can individually define the range and direction for each slider, offering fine-grained control over the sound’s characteristics. You can not only adjust parameters but also modulate the Macro Knob to create evolving soundscapes, bringing a sense of dynamism and movement to your tracks.

  • Dynamic Controls

This feature is responsible for adjusting the Dynamics settings, which are unique to each articulation. The two main dynamics modes defined by the VELOCITY switch enable real-time control over dynamic layers and facilitate greater performance realism.

This interface section controls the dynamic layer used or the volume and adjusts the dynamic response curve for emphasis on softer or harder dynamics.

  • Mixer

This function allows you to balance the sound from three different microphone positions recorded for each articulation. It is a comprehensive tool for refining the audio output with options for setting stereo position, output volume, solo, mute, purge, and output routing.

It provides ultimate control over the sound to ensure optimal audio production based on your needs.

  • Envelopes

With a unique ADSR volume envelope for each articulation, this feature controls the sound‘s temporal characteristics. Whether a slow attack for a Long Sustain articulation or a fast attack for Staccato, the Envelope controls allow detailed adjustments for each articulation’s attack, decay, sustain, and release times.

  • EQ

Offering control over different frequency bands, the EQ allows the alteration of a sound’s timbre per articulation. It enables users to tweak the volume level of various frequency bands to sculpt the sound to their exact requirements, ensuring maximum sonic flexibility. The EQ controls include gain, frequency, and width of the band adjustments.

  • Filter

This feature allows drastic changes in a sound’s timbre, generally used as a creative effect. With a separate filter for each articulation, it enables musicians to exert even more control over their sound. It offers another dimension of sound sculpting that’s key for creating unique and engaging musical pieces.

Compatibility:

Heavyocity Damage Guitars is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.12 or higherboth 64-bit only. It comes in VST, AU, and AAX formats.

2. XPERIMENTA XBass (Bass Guitar Library)

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This is a dirt-cheap bass guitar library with an expensive sound. 

XBass provides the sound of an Ibanez bass guitar, and it’s ridiculously simple to operate, yet it’s surprisingly expressive. It features five dynamic layers, with slap sounds at the highest velocity and ghost pickings (soft muted) at lower velocity. The latter helps make the instrument highly natural.

Furthermore, it uses key switches to trigger articulations. Other than the bass guitar, the library also features some built-in effect processors. Overall, the library is very flexible and delivers a wide variety of bass attitudes.

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Key Features:

  • Articulations

There are two dedicated articulations in the library: sustain and staccato. However, if you count the slaps and the muted sounds mapped to the velocity, there are really four articulations in total. Furthermore, you can set the minimum velocity below which the ghost mutes start playing, and you can also change its volume.

  • Noises

The playing noise is as much a part of the performance as the actual notes themselves. Hence, XBass provides two kinds of release noises: the left hand and the right hand. The first is the noise of a bassist holding the fretboard to stop the strings, whereas the latter is that of the playing fingers.

  • Effects

And finally, there is an EQ & FX page, where you’ll find 4-band EQ, saturation, and cabinet models. There’s also an Air and a Size knob that controls the amount of excitement and bass boost, respectively.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt 5.5+ (NOT the free Kontakt Player). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only. 

Note:

It sounds great for just about any genre, and the recordings are crisp and expressive. While there aren’t some expensive features like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs, you can still make do since the bass guitar usually stays in the background.

3. Orange Tree Samples Evolution Strawberry (Electric Guitar Library)

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Evolution Strawberry is an extraordinary guitar library capable of being your full-fledged personal guitarist.

The best guitar library in the world only sounds as realistic as the performance itself, and with that said, Evolution Strawberry is one of the only libraries that sound truly convincing. The only part where you might be able to tell it’s a virtual guitar is the note bend, which requires an exponential pitch bend curve to nail the realism. 

The library features a meticulously recorded clean guitar sound, which can then be spiced using the onboard effects and amp simulations. Overall, it features everything you’d need to make rhythm guitars and near-perfect lead melodies for virtually any genre.

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Key Features:

  • Articulations

The library features a number of guitar-specific articulations like sustain, half palm mute, full palm mute, mute, squeal, vibrato, etc. You can also assign each articulation to a velocity range, key switch, sustain pedal, or any midi CC control number you want. I absolutely love this feature when I’m playing the library with a keyboard. 

  • Strum Engine 

The STRUM page opens the strumming engine of this library. Here, you can create or select strum patterns from the presets. There are six pattern slots that are triggered by key switches.

You can create new patterns easily by adding up/down strums across the sequencer grid. Also, you can select the range of strings it plays and the strum-time per stroke, which is incredible. I think the chord engine also deserves mention here. You can either let Evolution Strawberry detect chords automatically, play only the notes you have held, or create custom chords.

  • Mix

On the TONE page, you will find various effect processors, amp simulations, and cabinet models. The effects include wah-wah distortion, tremolo, reverb, compressor, EQ, chorus, flanger, etc. Furthermore, on the SETUP page, you’ll also find a pickup selector, double/triple/quadruple tracking, pick models, humanization, and many more.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (version 5.5.1+). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

Note:

You can play this instrument easily even if you’ve never touched a guitar or know how it works. And thanks to the strumming engine, you can create riffs and rhythms instead of relying on pre-recorded phrases.

4. Naroth Audio Mood Guitars (Various Guitars)

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This guitar library is dedicated to modern hip-hop/electronic producers who need a large variety of sounds with a Lo-Fi vibe. 

Mood Guitars is a guitar library featuring five guitars with multiple articulations. The sounds are more keyboard or synth-like rather than standard guitars. So, you’ll find a huge use for this library in modern genres like hip-hop or trap for making beats. The library shines particularly with jazzy or bluesy chords with many effects to bring up the Lo-Fi vibes.

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Key Features:

  • The Guitars 

You’ll find an acoustic steel, nylon, Fender bass, Fender Stratocaster, and a Fender Telecaster in this library. Each guitar features sustain and harmonics articulations, except for the Fender bass, which has three articulations: fingered, picked, and harmonics. Most of them sound soft and delicate, so they’re great as background instruments. 

  • The Moods 

As the name suggests, each guitar comes with three moods: Clean, Mood 1, and Mood 2. Here, Clean is obviously the raw samples. Mood 1 adds some saturation and slight chorus to make the sound more pleasant, whereas Mood 2 adds even more effects to make the sound wobbly and weird. The harmonic guitars begin sounding almost like Fender Rhodes Mk II with effects at that point. 

  • The Effects 

You will find a stereo imager, an amp envelope, a convolution reverb, a tape emulator, and an echo on the UI. The reverb and echo feature three kinds of characters each. Finally, there’s a section called Layers, where you can add a pad sound, vinyl noise (dust), and tape noise.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (version 6+). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higherboth 64-bit only.

Note:

You’ll find this library useful for various work, from Lo-Fi lounge beats to even film scoringYou can’t really use Mood Guitars for playing lead parts, but they sound perfect for adding ethereal backgrounds to a track.

Related Readings:

Top 7 Acoustic Guitar Plugins 

Top 6 Electric Guitar VST Plugins  

Top 6 Classical Guitar Plugins & Kontakt Libraries 

9 Best Bass Guitar Plugins 

Top 11 Plugins For Making Metal 

Top 12 Plugins For Mixing Guitar 

Top 10 Bass Amp Plugins 

The 9 Best Preamp Plugins 

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