Buying for that special guitarist in your life can be tough. For one, they are usually pretty good at buying for themselves. So how do you find something useful that will be sure to impress? We’ve put together a few of our favorite gifts that we believe any guitar player would be happy to have, whether they have something similar or not.
Mono bags are well known among musicians as a top of the line way to carry your favorite guitar. They make a range of durable and ultra-protective gig bags that are sleek as well. The M80 is Mono’s gold standard gig bag known for a smart layout and a strong impact resistant design. The Tick is a clever carrying case for all of the accessories needed on the go, and for a limited time, they are being offered together! From now through the end of the year, pick up the M80 and get an $89 Tick thrown in for free.
Mono M80 with Free Tick 2.0
Playing guitar isn’t just about riffs, just like muscle cars aren’t about going 0-60. Yes, that is part of the fun, but these intricate instruments need tweaking when not being played, and every guitarist should have a sturdy set of tools to get the job done. Music Nomad has made a name out of creating the products that keep instruments ready to play. So if you're not going to buy your loved one a guitar (trust us, we understand), then why not get them the tools to keep the guitars they have playing well for a lifetime?
Music Nomad Premium Guitar Tech Screwdriver And Wrench Set
Martin has been around a long time and perfected some of the guitar worlds greatest traditions. So when they came out with a revamped line of strings late last year, everyone was intrigued. In that year, Martin accomplished exactly what they set out to; take a great product and make it better. Guitarists are always on a quest for the perfect tone, so we nominate Martin Authentic Acoustic strings as an interesting way to give your favorite guitarist something refreshing and new.
Martin Authentic Acoustic Strings
This is the 21st century, and effect pedals are just as important as any amp. Glad we got that out of the way. D’Addario supports this ecosystem with the best accessories that you didn’t know you needed.
Now before you say, “Are you suggesting a power strip as a gift?”, let us explain. When amplifiers and effects are built, they are done so with the expectation of a clean and consistent power supply. Unfortunately, this is not what they get from many outlets across the U.S. On top of that, there is nothing more aggravating as a guitarist than fighting over limited outlets. Electricity is messy, and can often compromise the tone that so much blood, sweat and tears has gone into building. So before writing this one off, know that the D’Addario Tour Base Power Supply is a tough all-metal surge protector that ensures that no pedal or amp goes unplugged.
D'addario Tour Grade Power Base
If you have a pedal board, then the terrifying thought of a cable issue at the worst moment has crept into your mind. Luckily, D’addario comes to the rescue with an affordable and thoughtful patch cable design that mixes extremely low clearance and strong build quality. The Flat Cables have an oxygen-free coaxial copper conductor with a couple layers of noise rejection shielding giving you a clear and uncolored sound. Sometimes the little things are the best gifts, so don’t overlook the gift of peace of mind with the D’addario Flat Cables.
D'addario Flat Patch Cables
This isn’t the most exciting entry on our list, but it is definitely an important addition to any guitarist's live-show tool kit. The small plug, which can be dropped into any guitar case, will turn a standard extension cable into an IEC cable for your amp. Redundancy is important when the show must go on, and this simple gift protects against something most guitarists will experience in their journey.
Daddario IEC-Nema Plug Adapter
The guitar strap is an essential tool of expression for a guitarist. It’s a practical accessory that conveys a mood or style and thus, you can never have too many! Souldier takes that idea to heart, and that is why they put so much effort into handmaking beautiful and unique designs that are manufactured right here in the USA. Whether a guitar player has 1 or 10, a well-chosen strap is always a welcomed gift.
Sometimes the best gifts are those that come with a story. The Taylor Ebony slides are made of sustainably sourced West African Ebony from the Taylor Guitars mill in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Crelicam sawmill was purchased by Taylor Guitars with the express purpose of growing a community around this hollowed tonewood and to bring sustainable practices to it’s harvesting so that it can continue to be used in guitar manufacturing responsibly for generations to come. This journey, aptly named “The Ebony Project”, is an amazing example of preservation and these slides are a token of that creed.
As the name suggests, the Swiss Things is the Swiss Army knife of pedalboards. The main purpose of the Swiss Things is to preserve your tone and make organizing a growing pedalboard simple, and it is jam-packed with useful features. The list of features is too long to cover in a paragraph, but it’s safe to say that Earthquaker covered all of the bases. 2 separate effect chains (both True Bypass) with Earthquakers Flexi-switching, check, tone saving volume pedal alternative, yep, multiple amps without grounding/phase problems, you got it. If you are serious about your pedalboard build, the Swiss Things is an ideal piece to that puzzle.
Sometimes it’s nice to get the gift that isn’t expected. The Ebow is a unique device , one that inspires in ways that you wouldn’t expect until you give it a try. Powered by a single 9v battery, the Ebow replaces the pick in your hand and vibrates the string you hover over to create unlimited sustain effect, among other bowing sounds. This is a gift that can help get a guitarist out of a funk, and spark the creative process in new and unusual directions.
Some may make the mistake of seeing the Taylor GS Mini as a starter guitar, made miniature for the novice player. They couldn’t be more wrong. The GS Mini is the perfect pick-up-anytime guitar. Sporting a solid Sitka spruce top, the scaled-down Grand Auditorium design still delivers a large warm tone and its small stature makes it perfect for traveling and keeping nearby to play at a moment notice. It’s the kind of guitar that sparks more playing just by being around. A well-built parlor size, the GS Mini would be a welcomed bonus to any guitarist’s collection.
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