Best gifts for bass players 2024: the ultimate gift guide for the lovers of low-end

Choosing a gift for a musician can feel like a total nightmare, and nobody wants to get it wrong. Luckily for you, our team of low-end lovers has put together this guide to the very best gifts for bass players to help ease the stress. This guide is packed full of affordable bass guitars, must-have pedals, state-of-the-art amps, and truly useful accessories that will go down a storm.

The bass player doesn't get as much love as the vocalists, guitarists, and drummers of this world, yet they're a crucial component of a band setup. Just like an onion you probably wouldn't want one on its own, but you'd certainly miss it if it wasn't part of the final dish. 

So, if you know a bassist who's underappreciated, then any of the gifts on this list are sure to bring a smile to their face. We've accounted for any budget, too, so if you're after a stocking filler or something as their main present, then you're well covered here. 

Best gifts for bass players: Editor's picks

All of the products in this list will make a great gift for the bassist in your life this Christmas, but if you want to know what we'd pick, here are some of our absolute favorites. We've accounted for a range of budgets here, and there's something to suit every kind of bass player.

Best gifts for bass players: Under £20/$20

Best gifts for bass players: Guitar Tab Book

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1. Guitar Tab Book

Allow them to learn the greatest riffs of all time with a classic tab book

Specifications

Price : From as little as $9.99/£9.99

Reasons to buy

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Lots of artists available
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Easy for beginners
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Theory and technique books

Reasons to avoid

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May not have their favorite artist

If you already know their favorite artist, a bass guitar tab book will make a fantastic gift this Christmas. Practicing is pretty boring, to be honest, so one of these books from Musicroom is sure to give them the inspiration to keep on playing. There are loads of big-name artists available, as well as books that focus on techniques and theory that are sure to be a hit come the big day.

Best gifts for bass players: Dunlop 513P140 Primetone

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2. Dunlop 513P140 Primetone - 3 pack

A firm pick that's perfect for bass guitar playing

Specifications

Price: $12.99/£12.49

Reasons to buy

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Firm for heavy bass strings
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Durable to last a long time
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Adds a different sound

Reasons to avoid

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They may prefer playing with fingers

Whilst a lot of bass guitarists use their fingers to pluck the strings, there are many instances where a pick is much better suited to the task. A pick offers a different tonality to the bass guitar and can open up different playing styles for the bass guitarist in your life. The Dunlop 513P140 Primetone is nice and firm, so it will cope with the thick gauge of a bass string. Even if your loved one already uses a pick they're easily lost, and us bass guitarists are always grateful for more accessories.

Best gifts for bass players: Ernie Ball Fretwraps

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3. Ernie Ball Fretwrap by Gruv Gear

The best way to instantly tighten up their tone

Specifications

Price: $17/£18

Reasons to buy

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Prevents string noise
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Great for tapping or slap bass
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A must-have for recording

Reasons to avoid

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You'll need to find out the right size

It may look small and unassuming, but the Ernie Ball Fretwrap by Gruv Gear can make a huge difference to a bass guitar player's sound. Acting as a damper, it sits on the neck of the guitar and prevents any unwanted string noise. For bass players, this tool can really clean up those tapped sections, slap bass parts, or just make for a better sound during live shows or recordings. 

We've picked the small size for this guide as it will fit the majority of 4-string bass guitars, but do check and see what your bass player has to make sure you get the right size for them.

Best gifts for bass players: Ernie Ball Super Slinky Bass

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4. Ernie Ball Super Slinky Bass

The most popular bass guitar strings

Specifications

Price: $19.99/£22

Reasons to buy

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They'll always use new strings
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Comes in lots of different gauges
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Perfect stocking filler

Reasons to avoid

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Some bassists don't like changing their strings

Bass guitarists have a bit of a reputation for never changing their strings, and whilst bass strings tend to last longer than their electric or acoustic brethren, there's definitely a benefit from slapping on a fresh set. Ernie Ball's Super Slinky Bass strings will make a perfect stocking filler this Christmas, giving the bassist in your life a fresh tone. 

We've picked out the most popular gauge for standard 4-string bass guitars here, but there are loads of different gauges to choose from, as well as options for 5 and 6-string bass guitars.

Best gifts for bass players: Under $50/£50

Best gifts for bass players: Dunlop 6500 System 65 Guitar Maintenance Kit

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5. Dunlop 6500 System 65 Guitar Maintenance Kit

Help them take care of their beloved bass

Specifications

Price: $25/£40

Reasons to buy

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Everything they need to clean their bass 
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Comes with two cotton cloths
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Lasts a long time

Reasons to avoid

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Not for maple fretboards

In order to keep their bass guitar at its best, it's crucial they routinely clean and care for it. This involves polishing the body as well as cleaning and conditioning the fingerboard. It may not be the most glamorous job, but we all have to do it. 

The Dunlop 6500 System 65 Guitar Maintenance Kit includes everything they need to keep their bass gleaming, including No. 65 Polish and Cleaner, Bodygloss Cream of Carnauba, Ultraglide String Conditioner, Fingerboard Cleaner and Prep, Deep Conditioner Oil, and two 100% cotton cloths. 

Best gifts for bass players: Fender Jack Rack

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6. Fender Jack Rack

They'll never lose their keys again

Specifications

Price: $34.99/£30

Reasons to buy

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Uses actual amp grill cloth
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Comes with wall mounting kit
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Real guitar jack keychains

Reasons to avoid

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Only for Fender fans

If the bassist in your life has a million bass guitars, amps, and pedals, the Fender Jack Rack might just be the gift idea you've been looking for. It's made out of actual Fender amp grill cloth and has an amplifier input for the ultimate in realism, as well as keychains made from genuine guitar input jacks. It comes with a wall mounting kit too, so will be good to go the moment they open it.

Best gifts for bass players: Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass

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7. Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass

A celebration of the bass guitar by one of the best bassists

Specifications

Price: $35/£44

Reasons to buy

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A comprehensive book on bass
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Beautiful imagery
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Features loads of rock legends

Reasons to avoid

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No protective cover

If the bassist in your life lives and breathes the instrument, then Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass will go down a treat this Christmas. Packed full of incredible imagery and contributions from legendary bass players, it tells the story of his playing career with Rush, by way of all the bass guitars he played. With 400 pages, it's a celebration of all things bass guitar.

Best gifts for bass players: La Bella 760FS Deep Talkin’ Bass

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8. La Bella 760FS Deep Talkin’ Bass

A more unusual gift for the bass player in your life

Specifications

Price: $43/£50

Reasons to buy

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Offers a totally unique sound
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Push them out of their comfort zone
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Excellent stocking filler

Reasons to avoid

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They may already have a set

Flatwounds differ from regular bass guitar in strings due to their construction, which gives a much smoother, warmer bass tone. The playing feel is totally different too, which can open up a whole new world of sonic territory for the bass guitarist in your life.

A set of La Bella 760FS Deep Talkin’ Bass will also go down a storm as they're relatively expensive compared to other bass guitar strings, so if your bassist has been holding back from getting a set they're going to be seriously impressed come Christmas day.

Best gifts for bass players: Vox amPlug 2 Bass headphone amp

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9. Vox amPlug 2 Bass headphone amp

The best gift for silent practice

Specifications

Price: $49.99/$39.99

Reasons to buy

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Great for silent practice
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Sounds fantastic
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Nice and compact

Reasons to avoid

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They won't hear you calling them for dinner

Okay, so you may love your bass playing family member, but that doesn't mean you love hearing them hone their pop and slap technique with yet another rendition of Around The World for the 100th time this week. Well, the Vox amPlug 2 Bass may be the ideal gift for them and you. 

This handy little headphone amp will allow them to plug their favorite set of headphones directly into their bass for silent practice, and will also give them the opportunity to play along with a range of rhythms.  

Best gifts for bass players: Under $100/£100

Best gifts for bass players: Hercules GS412B PLUS Series AutoGrip Guitar Stand

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10. Hercules GS412B PLUS Series AutoGrip Guitar Stand

This gift will allow them to display their prized possession

Specifications

Price: $55/£45

Reasons to buy

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Solid construction 
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Friendly on all bass finishes 
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Adjustable for different basses

Reasons to avoid

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Some may not like the color

This isn't the most exciting gift in the world, but it is one they will most definitely appreciate. A good quality guitar stand is a must-have item to allow them to display their awesome bass guitar without fear of it taking a tumble. 

The Hercules GS412B Plus guitar stand features an Auto Grip System, which locks your guitar in place, meaning it's extra secure while also being height-adjustable to ensure it fits the elongated neck of any bass guitar. 

Best gifts for bass players: Fender FB620 Series bass gig bag

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11. Fender FB620 Series bass gig bag

Protect their bass with this stylish gig bag

Specifications

Price: $99/£65

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of padding
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Sleek look 
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Large front pocket for accessories 

Reasons to avoid

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Won't fit bigger basses

Taking your beloved bass out and about to gigs, rehearsals, or even a mate's house can be a little daunting - there is always a risk it takes a knock or fall. A high-quality gigbag can help keep their bass safe and put their mind at ease. 

With 20mm padding and gentle microfiber lining, this is the most comfortable place their bass guitar has ever been, and with multiple storage pockets, they have plenty of room to store all their essential accessories such as a guitar tuner, cables and music books. 

Best gifts for bass players: Boss TU-3

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12. Boss TU-3

The industry standard tuner pedal

Specifications

Price: $99/£79

Reasons to buy

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One of the best tuner pedals
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Great for beginners
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Compact and rugged build

Reasons to avoid

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They may already have one

A good tuner pedal should be the first port of call for any bass player, whether they're a beginner or they've already been playing a few years. The Boss TU-3 is one of the most popular tuner pedals ever made, and you'll find it on many a pro bassists pedalboard thanks to its excellent accuracy and rugged build quality.

If the bassist in your life doesn't have one of these, it will definitely be a welcome gift this Christmas. Your ears will thank you too, as you won't have to listen to another out of tune rendition of Seven Nation Army.

Best gifts for bass players: Under $150/£150

Best gifts for bass players: MXR M282 Bass Dyna Comp

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13. MXR M282 Dyna Comp Bass Compressor

A bassists best friend in a compact format

Specifications

Price: $149/£169

Reasons to buy

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Makes them sound better
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Compact size
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Lots of control

Reasons to avoid

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Some prefer less options

A compressor pedal is a bassist's best friend when it comes to stompboxes. The humble compressor isn't a fancy effect, but it has a huge impact on tone, taming the dynamics of the bass for a more focused and tighter sound. All the pros use one, and compression is an effect found throughout music as a whole.

The MXR M282 Dyna Comp Bass Compressor will allow you to give the gift of great tone in a compact package. It doesn't take up much pedalboard space, making it great for bassists who already have a lot of effects. There are plenty of options to tweak their tone too, so they'll get loads of use out of it well beyond Christmas day.

Best gifts for bass players: Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff

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14. Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff

A super versatile distortion pedal for bass guitarists

Specifications

Price: $150/£139

Reasons to buy

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Covers a range of different tones
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Super flexible routing
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Lots of fine tuning available

Reasons to avoid

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Could be too much choice for some

One of the most flexible overdrive pedals you can buy for a bass guitar player, the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff will give them loads of options for distorted sounds. It's an incredible flexible pedal specifically designed for bass guitar, so has lots of handy features like a built-in noise gate, wet/dry blend control, and a low pass filter.

Distortion pedals can tend to have a signature sound but the EHX Deluxe Bass Big Muff is one of the most flexible out there, so it's sure to give the bass player in your life something to smile about this Christmas.

Best gifts for bass players: Under $250/£250

Best gifts for bass players: MXR M82 Bass Envelope Filter bass pedal

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15. MXR M82 Bass Envelope Filter bass pedal

Enter the world of funk bass

Specifications

Price: $169.99/£180

Reasons to buy

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The classic tone of funk bass
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Rugged build quality
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Dry control to preserve the original sound

Reasons to avoid

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Only for certain styles of bass

When it comes to classic bass sounds, the iconic sound of an envelope filter has to be at the top of the list. Used by bass pioneers such as Bootsy Collins, Flea, and many more, this dynamic effect is sure to bring the funk. 

The MXR M82 is the perfect pedal for those wanting to dip their toes into the world of envelope filters. With a range of user-friendly controls, it is intuitive, well built and sounds fantastic. 

Best gifts for bass players: Boss GT-1B

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16. Boss GT-1B multi-effects pedal

Every effect they could ever want - in one place

Specifications

Price: $229.99/£209.99

Reasons to buy

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Excellent build quality
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Every effect you can think of
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Perfect for any kind of bass player

Reasons to avoid

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They may already have their own effects

When it comes to effect pedals, it can be difficult to know where to start, and with many single pedals costing around the $100 mark, it gets pretty expensive pretty quickly to try out a bunch of different stomp boxes. That's where the multi-effects pedal comes in. 

This high-tech box will give them access to almost every bass effect under the sun and at an affordable price - and as it's made by Boss, it is practically bomb-proof. Great for beginners or advanced players, new effects are always a welcome addition to the bass player's arsenal.

Best gifts for bass players: Squier Affinity Jaguar bass

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17. Squier Affinity Jaguar bass

The small bass that packs a punch

Specifications

Price: $249/£225

Reasons to buy

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Super cool offset look 
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Fantastic humbucking tone
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Perfect for beginners 

Reasons to avoid

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Not everyone will dig the look

This Squier Affinity Bass looks just as good as it sounds, with its stylishly wonky offset body and high output humbucking pickup. The 32" medium-scale length is a little shorter than a standard bass, giving the Jag a slinkier feel - making it one of the best bass guitars for beginners.

Coming in three fabulous finishes - Charcoal Frost Metallic, Lake Placid Blue, and black - you'll be sure to find one that suits the demands of the bass player in your life.

Best gifts for bass players: $250/£250+

Best gifts for bass players: Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass

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18. Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass

Because there's always room for one more bass

Specifications

Price: $269.99/£279

Reasons to buy

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Unique sound from an electric bass
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Excellent playability
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Another tool in their arsenal

Reasons to avoid

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They might not like acoustic bass

As bass guitar players, we are always seeking new sounds and tones - that's how we can justify having so many instruments - but what do you buy the bass devotee who has one of everything? An acoustic bass is a good place to start, and an affordable option is the Ibanez AEB5E. 

This sleek and highly playable bass sounds incredible and will add something a little different to their collection. Acoustic basses offer a fresh sound on recordings and are great for accompaniment on open mic nights and acoustic sessions.

Best gifts for bass players: Squier Classic Vibe '60s Jazz Bass

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A brilliant mid-level bass guitar that covers a lot of ground

Specifications

Price: $395/£365

Reasons to buy

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Awesome Jazz Bass tone for less
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Supremely playable
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Incredible value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Not many finish options

The Squier Classic Vibe '60s Jazz Bass is based on one of the most popular bass guitar designs ever made, so it's sure to be a hit this Christmas. Despite the relatively low cost of this bass, it hits the mark in terms of build quality, feeling solidly put together throughout.

It's got that signature warm and vibrant Jazz Bass tone too, thanks to the Fender-designed pickups. The neck features a slim 'C' profile, which is a nice middle ground that will suit the vast majority of bass players.

Read the full Squier Classic Vibe '60s Jazz Bass review

Best Christmas gifts for bass players: Orange Little Bass Thing

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20. Orange Little Bass Thing

Don't let the size fool you, this bass amp packs a punch

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight yet powerful tone
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Rugged build quality
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Easy to dial in a great sound

Reasons to avoid

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Geared towards rock music

If they've been really good this year and deserve a treat, then the Orange Little Bass Thing will be a well-received gift this Christmas. Despite its small size this thing packs a punch, just be aware you'll need a bass cabinet to go with it if your bassist doesn't already have one.

It's geared towards rock music but is still plenty versatile enough to produce a range of tones. The low end absolutely thumps too when you crank it. It's got a built-in optical compressor and the small size means it's easy to take to rehearsals and live shows.

Best gifts for bass players: Last minute ideas and subscriptions

1. Music software: Various

1. Music software: Various
Recording music at home is now easier than ever, thanks to powerful laptops and intuitive recording software. It's no wonder then that most musicians have a recording set up in their bedrooms - making plugins an ideal gift! 

Plugins and software are great last-minute ideas as they are instant downloads, meaning there's no need to wait on delivery! Why not tell your giftee what budget you have for them and set them free on sites like Plugin Boutique or Waves

These sites have everything from guitar amp simulators to reverbs, delays and compressors, so they won't be short of options. 

2. Concert tickets: Ticketmaster

2. Concert tickets: Ticketmaster
If you’re shopping last minute for someone who loves live music, then e-tickets for a concert or a voucher to put towards their next gig is a no-brainer. 

There are many sites out there, but Ticketmaster is our vendor of choice. This is due to the vastness of events on offer, plus you can spread the cost of tickets! 

3. Music magazines: subscribe and save!

3. Music magazines: subscribe and save!
Sometimes nothing beats sitting down with a good book or magazine and ditching the tech for a while. You can subscribe and save on music-making magazines right now from Guitarist and Total Guitar, to Guitar World and Guitar Techniques. Head to our subscriptions site or call 0330 333 1113.

3. Gift cards: Any amount

3. Gift cards: Any amount
Ok so gift vouchers aren’t the most inspiring gift idea, but with guitarists being a fussy bunch, sometimes they are the best option.

Buying vouchers for their favourite shop gives them the option to choose what they really want, plus, you can usually get them delivered straight to an email address; ideal if you’re shopping very close to the big day! 

Our recommendations would be Thomann and Andertons in the UK and Guitar Center, Sweetwater and Musician’s Friend in the US.

Best gifts for bass players: Cards and gift wrap

Best gifts for bass players: wrapping paper

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Now that you've selected the perfect guitar gift, you'll need to make sure the card and wrapping paper are a match too! If you’re looking for quirky, handmade options that support independent makers, our first choice would be Etsy. You’ll find plenty of music-themed designs like this awesome guitar print paper.

Best gifts for bass players: Quick links

Below is a selection of our favourite places to grab a bass-related bargain. These are the retailers we trust most and that we believe offer the best deals around. 

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