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Native Instruments’ best guitar VST plugins

Accurately recreating guitars and amps is a complex business, luckily we’ve got you covered with true-to-genre sounds for every style of production. All our guitar and bass VSTs are expertly sampled by musicians at the top of their game. Plus, our amp plugins are built with cutting-edge ICM technology for an incredibly true-to-life simulation.

The NI guitar VST plugin collection spans multiple eras and genres with wide-ranging acoustic and electric options. From folk to pop to heavy metal, you’ll get a faithful, sound, whatever your vibe. Here we’ve selected ten of our most versatile bass and guitar VSTs and virtual amps, including highlights from the popular Session Guitarist and Session Bassist series, and Guitar Rig 7.

Explore our guitar VST plugins

1. Session Guitarist – Acoustic Sunburst Deluxe

Unlock the sounds of a premium jumbo acoustic guitar with Session Guitarist – Acoustic Sunburst Deluxe. This versatile guitar VST puts rich and resonant tones at your fingertips with over 250 strummed and picked patterns that are perfect for a range of genres. Spark new songwriting ideas or add the perfect finishing touches to arrangements with both a pattern and melody instrument to choose between.

From folk and bluegrass rhythms to rock and pop progressions, this acoustic guitar VST does it all at the touch of a key.

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2. Session Guitarist – Electric Mint

Get the signature sound of a solid-body electric guitar with 222 strummed and picked patterns across a range of genres. Electric Mint captures the legendary sound of one of the world’s most recognizable electric guitars. Faithfully sampled from an original 1960s USA model, this real guitar VST allows you to choose from a selection of chord progressions or play your own melodies.

Whether you're crafting smooth and soulful grooves, delivering a powerful solo, or building funk basslines, this guitar VST plugin brings classic sounds to contemporary productions. Get versatile patterns and integrated MIDI chord progressions all within a single playable instrument.

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3. Guitar Rig 7

Get a guitar amp plugin packed with guitar and bass amp simulators, studio effects, and pedals. Guitar Rig 7 uses machine learning thanks to Intelligent Circuit Modeling (ICM) technology to deliver amps with new levels of depth and realism. ICM reproduces the behavior of hardware devices from the ground up, so these amp simulators don’t just sound like real amps, they feel like them too.

This latest version of the fabled Guitar Rig brings four new virtual amps and five new pedals, plus over 100 presets. Plus, the new Loop Machine Pro means you can jam along to tracks or layer ideas. Dive into a guitar amp VST that is all the gear at your fingertips without the hassle.

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4. Session Bass – Icon Bass

The first in our Session Bass series, Icon Bass guitar VST captures a legendary electric bass, the first to feature active electronics. Carefully sampled from a popular 1989 USA-made model, this bass guitar VST instrument is packed with riffs, loops, and melodies composed and performed by leading session bassists. Get over 200 playable patterns and phrases across multiple genres and edit and play your own solo melodies and basslines.

Icon Bass encapsulates one of the greatest basses of all time. Whatever your genre, this versatile bass guitar VST will bring power to productions from pop to funk to rock and beyond.

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5. Session Bass – Prime Bass

Next in the Session Bass series is this playable classic bass guitar VST. Prime Bass is captured from an original 1981 cherry sunburst solid-body bass. Dive into a world of riffs, loops, and melodies composed and performed by professional session musicians. Explore over 350 playable patterns and phrases across a range of genres.

Prime Bass has everything you need to craft your own soulful grooves, pop basslines, funk-infused slaps, and everything in between.

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6. Session Guitarist – Picked Acoustic

If you’re looking for an authentic acoustic sound, Picked Acoustic is the ideal virtual guitar VST. Explore two powerful guitar VST Kontakt instruments: one pattern-based instrument loaded with 194 picking and strumming patterns and one ready for playing or programming in your own melodies. Both options are based on a 1973 Martin 00-21, played by a top studio-session guitarist.

Recorded through a mix of boutique and vintage microphones and high-end outboard gear, Picked Acoustic is an incredibly faithful vintage steel-string guitar VST.

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7. Session Guitarist – Picked Nylon

Another great acoustic guitar VST option is Picked Nylon also from the Session Guitarist series. Get a pure, warm tone with the special sound of a nylon-stringed guitar, captured in perfect detail. This clean and mellow guitar plugin is ideal for so many genres, from classical to electronica and bossa nova to flamenco.

Bring the sound of this handcrafted original to all kinds of productions, from pop to film scores. Picked Nylon captures a one-of-a-kind, nylon-stringed guitar in an intuitive guitar VST instrument with over 200 picked and strummed patterns.

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8. Session Guitarist – Electric Sunburst Deluxe

Electric Sunburst Deluxe is a powerful, expanded version of the massively popular Electric Sunburst guitar VST. It’s based on the same carefully sampled iconic guitar but adds a load of user-requested features and an extended selection of pedals. This new version also includes a second instrument for creating your own melodies and patterns.

Electric Sunburst Deluxe also comes with developed performance controls, plus a load of brand new effects, enhanced picking patterns, more strumming patterns, and reverse patterns. Get going with one of our most versatile guitar VST instruments, perfect for infusing authentic guitar sound into modern productions.

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9. Session Guitarist – Electric Vintage

Get the iconic twang of a vintage 6-string solid body guitar, with a classic electric guitar VST packed with over 230 strummed and picked patterns. The unmistakable iconic six-string solid-body electric guitar combines an advanced, playable engine with a huge library of strummed patterns, picked arpeggios, and riffs. Plus, get an extra melody instrument for your own solos.

Ideal for rock, pop, funk, soundtracks, and film scores, Electric Vintage channels the sound of one of the world’s most adaptable electric guitars, captured from an original, late-50s model. Explore a wealth of creative combinations with this guitar VST instrument with a classic sound that’s equally suited to modern productions.

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10. Scarbee Rickenbacker® Bass

Scarbee Rickenbacker® Bass brings the iconic sound of Rickenbacker® 4003 bass to a VST format for the first time. It delivers earth-shaking low frequencies and that clear, distinct midrange that have left an indelible mark on the history of rock and pop music. It was also the first guitar VST to receive official approval from Rickenbacker®.

Carefully sampled by Thomas Skarbye, Rickenbacker® Bass is perfect for distortion and is also the first Scarbee bass instrument to be played with a pick. Rickenbacker® Bass offers all the character and versatility of the original in a flexible, completely authentic Kontakt instrument.

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11. Session Guitarist – Strummed Acoustic 2

Add to your acoustic guitar VST collection with vintage 6 and 12-string guitars. The second addition of the popular Strummed Acoustic broadens your sonic possibilities even further with the introduction of two meticulously chosen vintage acoustic guitars, a comprehensive collection of patterns and chords, and intuitive real-time performance controls. Get over 160 patterns played by leading session musicians and customize performances with chord voicings, double-tracking, and effects.

Perfect for rock, folk, country, bluegrass, Latin, pop, and more, this much-loved acoustic VST plugin lets you play patterns intuitively using countless chords in multiple positions up and down the neck.

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Interested in other instruments?

It’s not just guitars; discover thousands more VST plugins on the Native Instruments site, covering all forms of music production, composition, and sound design. Plus, you get detailed product walkthroughs and tutorials on our blog and can connect with other users in our NI online community.

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