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Russo Music 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Christian Seaman • Posted on 12/19/2018 • 6 min read

Well, here we go again! Call it “A Very Russo Christmas” this year - or whatever your favorite holiday cliche - and ditch the sweaters, jewelry, and new cars for easy steps into creativity and performance. Every family or group of friends has an aspiring musician, whether he or she plays at home, frequents the local coffeehouse open mic night, or tours the country in the back of barely-road-legal cargo vans. Below, you’ll find some of the best buys for every musician in your life - outweighing mail order steak by the pound and certainly checking in as “The gift that keeps on giving”!

Fender Monterey

This bluetooth speaker is easy to use and complements a musician’s favorite room with vintage aesthetic. Besides of course Bluetooth connectivity, 1/8” and RCA aux inputs are available, making the Monterey capable to be used with your favorite turntable, CD player, or the rediscovered iPod Mini that got you through eighth grade. Onboard controls are volume, treble, and bass. The Monterey is available in black/silver or Tweed configurations. A standard IEC power cable juices up the Monterey, adding to user friendliness - no proprietary power transformer to be potentially lost here!

Fender Monterey

Fender Voodoo Child Cables

Add a little Jimi Hendrix inspiration to your favorite guitarist’s or bassist’s collection with the new Voodoo Child instrument cables from Fender. This classic style, 30’ coil cable is available in black, white, or purple, and features vintage-style plugs - right angle on one side, and an oversized straight barrel plug on the other. Why coil cables over straight? Many players enjoy the warmth and organic response delivered by an oversized coil cable - and they don’t tangle!

Fender Voodoo Child Cables

Martin Authentic Acoustic

Authentic Acoustic is Martin’s new and improved full line of acoustic guitar strings. It is a revamped, simplified lineup of Martin’s popular string series, each having longer life than their predecessors. The Authentic Acoustic string line feature SP, Marquis silk reinforced strings, and Lifespan 2.0 strings, which protect the wrap of the string from corrosion and provide a more comfortable feel on the fingers.

Martin Authentic Acoustic

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators

To incorporate the old board game adage “From ages 9-99”, these PCB-printed synthesizers are easy gateways into making music. Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators introduce rhythmic and melodic sequencing to musicians and non-musicians alike, and quickly create inspiration to write patterns, beats, and songs. There is a quick learning curve to the Pocket Operator line, however Teenage Engineering provides tons of online content for getting around the first few steps. Give it about seven and a half minutes and you’ll be hooked.

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators

Hercules EZ Grip Guitar Stands

These popular instrument stands work for electric, acoustic, or bass guitar alike. Hercules EZ Grip guitar stands lock the instrument in place by its own weight. Pick the guitar up straight, and the neck cradle unlocks. The base of the stand is angled backwards, preventing your favorite axe from taking a nosedive into the repair shop.

Hercules EZ Grip Guitar Stands

Shure SM57

One of the most widely used and bulletproof microphones [still] on the market today, the SM57 is a go-to choice for recording or capturing acoustic instruments, vocals, guitar amplifiers, snare drums. You name it, the SM57 can capture it! Shure microphones carry a two-year warranty.

Shure SM57

Fender Bullet Tuner

This chromatic tuner for guitar or bass is quick, accurate, and stealthier than that other clip tuner with the funny name. Featuring a 360º hinged base and extra bright display, the Fender Bullet Tuner is stage ready and fits to near any guitar headstock with ease. This tuner also features an auto-sleep mode, preventing unwanted battery drainage.

Fender Bullet Tuner

Music Nomad Premium Guitar Care Pack

Here in the shop, our techs work with Music Nomad instrument cleaning and maintenance tools and solutions. Of course, ask us any time if you’re not sure which Music Nomad product to use. This guitar care pack features three of the company’s most popular products:

  • The Guitar ONE, a clean/polish/wax cleaner for gloss finishes
  • F-ONE Oil, an all-natural cleaner and protectant for unfinished fingerboard woods (commonly Rosewood and Ebony) containing no petroleum or wax
  • (1) 12x12 premium suede cloth

This care pack is perfect for most electric and acoustic guitars, and is small enough for easy fit in a guitar case or gig bag.

Music Nomad Premium Guitar Care Pack

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Rupert Neve-designed Focusrite preamps have been one of the leaders in pro audio and recording since the 1980s. The 2i2 is a two channel recording interface perfect for those taking the first jump into digital music production. It is bus powered, which means its power is self contained and requires only to be plugged into a computer. The 2i2 features a headphone out on the front panel, and two speaker outs to run into your favorite pair of reference monitors. Out of the box, the Focusrite 2i2 includes intro versions of Abelton and ProTools recording software to allow a user to start recording as soon as he/she pleases!

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Pedaltrain Nano+

Pedaltrain pedalboards have led the pack over the past decade plus in effect pedal protection and transportation. Their aircraft-grade aluminum structure is lightweight and modular, and will not harbor any spilled liquid thanks to its railed design. The Nano+ is small, affordable, and easily holds approximately five pedals. Inside the board’s fitted soft case is a survival pack of soft and abrasive side velcro, zip ties, and a strap for over-the-shoulder transport.

Pedaltrain Nano+

Fender Grace Vanderwaal Ukulele

Television phenom and now household name Grace Vanderwall won the world over with her performances and subsequent victory on America’s Got Talent. She is also the youngest Fender artist with a signature model instrument. Her signature soprano uke features a unique satin Navy Blue finish, gold hardware, and bound neck. Easy to play and backed by style, the Grace Vanderwall ukulele is designed to inspire just as the artist herself has. *An electric-acoustic option is also available.

Fender Grace Vanderwaal Ukulele

Audio Technica ATH-M40X Headphones

These professional monitoring headphones from Audio Technica are tuned flat for unbiased audio for tracking or monitoring music. They are a closed-back design, whereby outside frequencies will not be heard over what the user is monitoring. The M40X headphones also feature non-hardwired/detachable cables, and AT ships this model with two - one straight and one coiled, allowing for cabling with or without extra slack.

Audio Technica ATH-M40X Headphones

Taylor Guitar Slide

New from Taylor Guitars, these guitar slides are made from Ebony. They provide a smooth feel like a glass slide but without harsh high end. Bob Taylor, the company’s namesake, is part owner of Crelicam, an international supplier of Ebony located in Cameroon, Africa. Like all Taylor products featuring ebony, the wood is harvested through Crelicam. This puts Taylor Guitars at the front end of ebony preservation and proper harvesting and replanting.

Taylor Guitar Slide

Earasers Earplugs

Earasers attenuate sound and filter out harmful midrange and high frequencies rather than muffle or deaden sound. Their soft silicone construction gives the user a more accurate hearing experience when used as directed as compared to that from using a conventional foam earplug. These premium earplugs are manufactured by Persona Medical, the US’ oldest hearing aid laboratory and manufacturer of high-end custom mold hearing aid and protection devices. Couple your set of Earasers with their Stash Can Earplug Carrying Case for reliable protection and quick access on a set of keys.

Earasers Earplugs

Hercules DG300B Tablet Holder

This tablet holder fits devices ranging 7-10”. It is lightweight and compact, folding to fit into most accessory pouches or gig bags. The DG300B is fully adjustable and fits most microphone stands, keyboard stands, drum hardware.

Hercules DG300B Tablet Holder

D’Addario Humidikit

The dry winter months are detrimental to solid wood acoustic instruments, and keeping humidity regulated is crucial to prevent cracks in the guitar’s body wood or bracing. The D’Addario Humidipak system regulates guitar humidity at 50% in its case. Their gel-composite solution, created by Boveda, requires no filling with water or any similar action - simply insert the packs into the kit’s provided mesh sleeves and place inside the guitar and case. For additional coverage, this kit includes the D’Addario Humiditrak - a stealthy Bluetooth transmitter that allows the user to monitor his/her guitar(s) via smartphone with the Humiditrak app. The Humiditrak also sends an alert if an instrument takes a fall or receives hard impact in the case.

D’Addario Humidikit

Russo Music Asbury Park 1960 Logo Hoodie

How could we resist?! Rep your favorite indie music shop and stay warm with our signature zip-up hoodie. We have two designs to choose from - our 1960 Logo and our Amps and Effects design. The cut is modern and fits slim - we recommend sizing up.

Russo Music Asbury Park 1960 Logo Hoodie