The electric guitar is the perfect instrument for taking your productions to the next level. It’s great for rhythmic patterns, atmospheric textures, soaring leads, and a whole lot more.
Of course, playing the guitar isn’t exactly a walk in the park. To get anywhere with it, you generally need to spend years if not decades honing your skills.
Incorporating some guitar into your projects doesn’t need to be that hard, though. And in this guide, we look at the best free electric guitar sample packs and loops. Download these and you’ll be off to the races.
50 Best Free Guitar Samples by LANDR
LANDR is fast becoming a significant repository of samples and sample packs. Not all of them are free, but they do have the occasional freebie, like 50 Best Free Guitar Samples.
In this selection, you’ll find a mix of both acoustic and electric guitar samples and chord one-shots, all of which have been tempo and key labelled. One-shots, of course, have been labeled by chord name.
Chill, mellow, lo-fi and melancholy samples dominate this collection, and some of the samples have been so heavily processed, they barely even resemble guitars anymore! Electronic producers will probably love this, mind you.
This pack should come in handy for kicking off new ideas, or even adding something a little different to your existing projects – whether it’s swells, textures, rhythmic riffs, or melodic parts. Just don’t expect to find anything aggressive or heavy!
Vibrations Guitar Sample Pack by Cymatics.fm
Cymatics is generally a good source to turn to for some excellent freebies and premium sample packs alike.
While they do have a few packs that serve more as construction kits for specific types of beats (specific genres or even specific producer inspired), there’s no mistaking what the Vibrations Guitar Sample Pack is – it’s a collection of 100 guitar loops in a variety of styles!
This selection ought to help you build out your personal sample and loop library in a hurry. Inside, you’ll find pop guitar loops, metal guitar loops, chill guitar loops, hip-hop guitar loops, and reggae guitar loops – there are 20 of each! These loops cover a lot of ground.
Most if not all the loops are electric guitar, and they’re perfect for adding an organic, human touch to your recordings.
Eternity Vintage Collection by Cymatics.fm
A stellar free pack with an analog touch, Cymatics’ Eternity Vintage Collection is loaded with the goods every electronic and hip-hop producer is looking for.
As the name would suggest, the sound material has been doctored to offer a warm, vintage feel.
All in all, there are 30 guitar loops in the Eternity Vintage Collection (you’ll find both acoustic and electric guitar loops inside), but in addition to that, Cymatics has also provided melody loops, harp loops, vocal samples, piano loops, drum loops, and drum one-shots in this selection.
So, with this entry, you’ve got all the building blocks you need for your next electronic / hip-hop project.
272 free guitar and bass samples by SampleRadar
This collection may not have a specific focus (it’s not based on a specific genre or type of guitar), but it does put a large array of guitar and bass sounds right at your fingertips.
These guitar sounds were recorded using a combination of gear, including Native Instruments’ Guitar Rig, a tube compressor, and depending on the sample, a Morley wah-wah effect. MusicRadar reassures us, though, that most sounds have been kept clean (so you can process them as you see fit).
Meanwhile, the bass sounds were captured with two classic Music Man Stingray basses. These were treated with EQ and compression, and some also come with distortion, phaser, or an envelope filter.
The package has been organized very simply – there’s a folder for guitar loops, and there’s a folder for bass loops.
MusicRadar has made the samples available as WAV files. This means you can drag and drop them directly into your DAW.
Overall, it’s not too big of a download, at 95 MB. And not all the sounds are “amazing,” but it is a fun selection, nonetheless.
188 free processed guitar samples by SampleRadar
If you’ve been looking for a storehouse of processed electric guitar samples, guess what? You’ve found them!
This SampleRadar entry features the sound of a Fender Stratocaster, Squier Telecaster, and a Gretch Electromatic. These were all fed through an array of pedals and outboard gear to take that processed flavor to the max!
In this case, though, you should not expect anything “normal” or “conventional.” The sounds are a little out there. But that does mean they have a broader application in electronic music, right?
MusicRadar has organized the files into eight folders based on the effects and doctoring used on the sounds.
This 24-bit WAV collection weighs in at a slightly heavier 195 MB. But you’re welcome to use them as you please, so long as you don’t redistribute them.
400 free heavy metal guitar samples by SampleRadar
This pack promises to be a heavy-hitting entry, with 400 heavy metal guitar samples at a generous 568 MB. This is sure to be a delight to anyone who simply doesn’t have the time to learn the guitar (or record so much material).
Besides heavy metal, these samples are well worth trying in more aggressive electronic genres, including industrial.
The team has organized the samples into three major folders – Guitar A, Guitar B, and Guitar C. You’ll find power chords, chugs, riffs, and more inside each bucket. There seems to be a slight difference in tone between each guitar…? I think that’s what I’m picking up.
Just as you’d expect, the samples have been delivered as 24-bit WAV and are drag and drop ready. Just open your DAW, load in the files, and you’ll be off to the races.
174 free western guitar samples by SampleRadar
If there’s one thing we know about folk, western, or country, it’s that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. That said, those who love it, love it, and this collection is simply too cool not to highlight.
The 174 free western guitar samples pack features acoustic and electric sounds. The four included folders, in fact, have been labelled Acoustic, Danelectro, Gretsch Electromatic, and Fender Stratocaster.
From what we can tell, this collection is mostly made up of one-shots, but you’ll be glad to know all the files have been titled appropriately.
The 211 MB collection is available for immediate download, and the files have been delivered in a convenient WAV format for drag and drop goodness.
Pasin Guitar Loops by RJ Pasin
This pack was lovingly put together by RJ Pasin, who meticulously dialed in just the right amount of verb and effects to deliver a smooth sounding collection of samples.
This selection is a little small, at 22 total samples. Fortunately, it does come with the original stems, leads and chords, dry and wet. Of course, they’ve been key- and bpm-labelled for your convenience.
You can cut them up or you can use them as is. The only thing in your way is your own imagination.
It’s a humble pack, but a goodie, nonetheless. Go to SoundPacks.com to learn more.
N GAGE Guitar Loops by Tony Starks
The N GAGE Guitar Loops pack features a collection of funky electric guitar samples, some clean, some with wah-wah, some with a bit of extra grit.
The included loops have all been key- and bpm-labelled to make the selection process easy.
Whether it’s funk, hip-hop, or any genre requiring a groovy stank, the 72 samples provided are sure to bring a cutting percussive vibe to your projects.
Amped Guitar Loops by Echo Sound Works
Here’s another humble but compelling collection of amped guitar loops. These were inspired by the likes of Lauv, The Chainsmokers, and Illenium, among others.
After witnessing the success of their other guitar sample packs, Echo Sound Works went to work on this collection, offering up 25 loops in WAV format.
This pack comes with both acoustic and electric loops, which have been key- and bpm-labelled.
For pop, chill, and future bass, this selection is sure to inspire.
Download: Echo Sound Works
Special K Juice WRLD Type Electric Guitars by MOSTRO
The Special K pack isn’t extensive in scope, but it’s sure to appeal to fans of Juice WRLD.
This 12-sample pack features electric guitars only, and they were recorded with real guitars too.
Inside the pack, you’ll find dry and wet variations, as well as speed foundation files for each loop. Everything has been bpm- and key-labelled and is 100% royalty free.
These guitar sounds are percussive, catchy, energetic, emotionally evocative, melancholy, atmospheric, and just a touch abrasive.
Overall, Special K is a nice little taster pack with some solid ideas.
Small Things Pop Punk Distorted Electric Guitars by MOSTRO
MOSTRO’s Small Things delivers electric guitar samples with a pop punk attitude. The sounds range from whimsical and emotional to catchy and memorable. They’ve done a nice job of capturing the sound of pop punk favorites like blink-182.
The samples featured here all carry with them a 2000s vibe, when California pop punk was arguably at its peak. Of course, the genre hasn’t lost a whole lot of steam to this day.
The Small Things pack reminds us that good things can come in small packages. There are six electric guitar loops included, with dry and wet variations, speed foundation files, and even MIDI bass and chord files per loop.
Everything has been key- and bpm-labelled for your convenience too!
Top Free Electric Guitar Sample Packs & Loops, Final Thoughts
There certainly aren’t a shortage of great, free electric guitar loops out there. With the above as a solid starting point, you can probably find additional free entries we haven’t dug up here.
But if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, then premium options are well worth exploring too. Sure, they have a price tag attached to them, but they also tend to be better quality and come with more files too.
Either way, we hope the guitar sounds you’ve found will add some serious flavor to your tracks!