Now, we're fully aware of how fussy musicians can be when receiving gifts. We're guilty of taking our musical equipment a little too seriously – but don't worry, we are here to help with this guide to the best gifts for guitar players.
Gone are the worries of disappointing your dear guitar playing buddy with a sub-par overdrive pedal, garish strap, or guitar gadget they have no use for.
In this guide, we've compiled a list of killer guitarist-friendly gifts that we'd be more than happy to receive from our loved ones. Included is a wide range of tools every guitarist should have in their gig bag, exciting practice aids, and even a couple of guitars if you're feeling generous. So, regardless of budget – we've got gear starting from as little as seven bucks – you'll be sure to find something that fits the bill.
Gifts for guitar players: Under $50
Many players are scared of slide guitar. It may look difficult, but it can offer a level of expression that you simply don’t get when playing the guitar normally - and trust us, it isn’t as hard as it looks. Slides come in many shapes and sizes and a variety of different materials. So, we would opt for a chrome slide for beginners, as these are incredibly robust and offer a bright, articulate tone.
Restringing your guitar can be an ordeal, but the D’Addario Pro-Winder can make it a whole lot easier. This super-affordable tool combines a string cutter, bridge pin puller, and a string winder that will fit most electric guitars, acoustic guitars, ukuleles, and mandolins. This is the kind of tool that every guitarist should have in their case or gig bag at all times.
Why buy guitar picks when you can make your own at home? This plectrum punch can turn most pieces of thin plastic – credit cards, lids and so forth – into new picks. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be reusing waste material in an environmentally friendly way.
As guitar players, we are constantly making slight adjustments to how our instrument feels to play. From tweaking the action to fine-tuning the intonation and setting the neck relief, these are all elements we like to get just right.
The Ernie Ball Musician's Tool Kit includes everything you need to make these adjustments yourself, such as a heavy-duty string cutter, peg winder, 6-in-1 screwdriver, ruler, and a hex wrench set. It even comes with a microfiber polish cloth and Ernie Ball Wonder Wipes for making the guitar shine.
Cool looks, supreme comfort and reasonable price; what's not to love about the KLIQ AirCell guitar strap? Air-filled cells on the inside of the 3-inch strap improve comfort during long jam sessions and distribute the weight of your guitar evenly. Because of these cells there's less strap in contact with your shoulders too, helping relieve you from excessive heat and moisture.
Gifts for guitar players: From $51-$100
A good guitar needs a good guitar stand. Not only will it allow them to display their prized possession proudly, but it will also keep the guitar safe. The Hercules GS412B Plus guitar stand features an Auto Grip System which locks your guitar in place, meaning it’s extra secure, while the height-adjustable neck means it will fit almost any guitar.
As with all Hercules products, this stand has been specifically designed to not react with guitar finishes such as nitrocellulose lacquer, meaning it is safe for high-end guitars from brands such as Gibson and Martin.
The latest flagship from G7th - producer of arguably the most popular and best guitar capos around - comes with their Adaptive Radius Technology which allows the capo to adapt to the curve of the fretboard, and more importantly, the strings going across it. Their claim of maximum tuning stability with minimum tension in every position on any guitar neck is certainly a bold one – but also very much true.
If you're going to treat someone to a new guitar cable, then you might as well make it the gold standard. The Mogami Gold Series guitar cable has an ultra-high density (UHD) spiral shield and conductive polymer sub-shield to help prevent excessive noise and preserve that signal. The Mogami comes in a variety of lengths and boasts a 'no excuses' lifetime guarantee, too.
Whether it’s in the kitchen, games room or recording studio, this Fender Bar Stool is guaranteed to brighten up the place. Though the less in-your-face Custom shop logo version may appeal to the more higher-end guitarist, there’s something quite special about the fiesta red of the classic Fender design. These stools are available in 24 and 30 inch heights.
Ask any guitarist and they’ll tell you there’s no feeling that compares to playing through an enormous amp stack, with enough volume to make your cheeks wobble. While we’d back this up, there’s also a time and a place for everything, and mid-week when the kids have gone to bed is not the right time for full-volume practice. The Blackstar Fly 3 can’t compete with larger guitar amps for volume, but it has great tone on tap and can run via battery for those portable practice sessions. Oh, and it’s deceptively small too so won’t get in the way at home.
Pedals are always a good shout when it comes to finding gifts for guitarists. There are many types of guitar pedals that all offer different sounds, but an overdrive pedal will always go down a treat. The Electro-Harmonix Soul Food can go anywhere from a very light boost to a fairly heavy distortion, making it suitable for a wide range of genres and playing styles.
The Soul Food is referred to as a ‘transparent overdrive’, which means it won’t change the tone of your guitar any more than it has to. Inspired by the Klon Centaur - of which one was recently listed at $500,000 - the guitarist in your life will be pleased to get a slice of that tone without the remortgage-your-house price tag.
Sometimes the thought of setting up your entire rig is enough to kill the motivation for practice. Well, the Fender Mustang Micro makes practicing easy, fun, and inspiring. This mighty little headphone amp manages to pack in 12 amp models and 12 effects from the Mustang amp series, as well as Bluetooth streaming for playing along with your favorite songs.
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Part of the joy of playing an instrument is being able to record yourself and create entire masterpieces from the comfort of your own home. A decent microphone will mean acoustic guitar players, singers and other non-electric instrument performers can get their sounds into a computer, ready for production. The Rode NT-USB Mini is a small (but perfectly formed) USB microphone which requires no other equipment to operate than a computer or laptop. It’s also ideal for podcasts, video production and even those relentless Zoom calls which take up so much time nowadays.
Why not give the gift of music? Whether you are looking for the ultimate present for a keen guitarist in the making, an intermediate player looking to broaden their horizons, or an old dog looking for new tricks, you can't go wrong with a Guitar Tricks gift certificate.
For a limited time, one of our top choices for the best online guitar lessons is currently offering a gift certificate for a 1-year annual subscription for only $99! This will give the recipient access to a wealth of content, with lessons covering everything from Bob Dylan to The Beatles, Nirvana to Prince.
Gifts for guitar players: From $101-$200
With a ridiculous 80-hour battery life and improved ergonomic design, the Major IV’s are an awesome update from Marshall. Not only do they look the part with that iconic logo adorning each ear, but they also have amazing high end clarity and ‘roaring’ bass, so they’re perfect for music nerds as well as everyday listeners. Marshall has included Bluetooth 5 in this latest model for a better connection, so if you want to listen to music on the go then these are a no brainer.
If the guitarist you’re buying for is anything like us, they’ll be partial to an effects pedal or two. Or twenty. Help bring some order to their life with the Pedaltrain Classic Pro pedalboard - one of top picks for the best pedalboards out there. This 'board provides a dedicated base on which the player can store and transport their pedals, thanks to a handy included carry case. It’s not the most glamorous gift for guitar players, but it’s one they’ll be glad to receive.
Gifts for guitar players: Over $201
With up to 13 hours of looping time, this compact little number from Boss is really one of the best looper pedals around. The in-built drums are a godsend for practicing your timing, and 99 onboard memories mean you’ll never forget that next Grammy-winning riff. Boss even includes a USB output to backup your recordings, and an AUX input for when you fancy looping part of your favorite song to jam along to.
The Positive Grid Spark is easily one of the most popular practice amps to hit the scene in recent years, and with 10,000 guitar and bass tones available via the accompanying app, it’s easy to see why. Powered by the extremely powerful BIAS software, this humble little amp is capable of perfectly reproducing the tone of your heroes, as well as helping you find your own voice.
The incredibly clever Auto Chord and Smart Jam functions will revolutionize your practice routine by giving you the ability to work out the chords of any song and even jam to dynamic backing tracks generated from your own playing.
Squier's take on the Fender's classic 70's Telecaster Thinline guitar brings iconic looks and sound to the table at an unbelievably low price point – this would make an ideal beginner electric guitar. With a white pearloid scratchplate, finely carved f-hole and Squier-embossed humbuckers, Squier's version of the guitar certainly looks the part. Sound-wise, there's plenty of versatility here, delivering bags of punch and a nice open mid-range.
This little beauty from Martin is perfect for those who want a big sound from a small package (and one of the best acoustic guitars under $500). The 000Jr-10 is one of the cheapest all-solid acoustics around, consisting of a high grade Sitka Spruce top and Sapele Mahogany back and sides. Plus, the smaller body size means it’s super easy to play, with lots of articulate bright tone, as well as bags of punch. It’s got that typical Martin look, and the build quality to match - making it a perfect beginner acoustic and for intermediate players, too.