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The Best Gifts for Guitar Players

The Best Gifts for Guitar Players

By Brad Tolinski

Do you have the task of buying a great holiday gift or gadget for the guitarist in your life? Don’t fret! No matter what your budget is, let us provide you with some awesome suggestions of gifts for guitar players. Whether you’re in the market for strings (guitar players always need more of those!), or an incredible Spark smart amp (see below), you’ll find something in the following list that will have your special guitar-playing someone—even if it’s yourself—smiling well into the upcoming new year.

Best Gifts for Guitar Players

Spark Smart Guitar Amp

The Spark smart amplifier has been hailed by Guitar World, Guitar Player, TechCrunch and Engadget as one of the best and most advanced guitar products of 2020. This powerhouse 40-watt intelligent combo amp and app features onboard amp type settings, tone controls, effects, a built-in tuner, tap tempo and much more. It allows players to access 10,000+ amp-and-FX presets on ToneCloud, powered by Positive Grid’s BIAS realistic tube amps and effects, and the amp’s Smart Jam feature generates authentic bass and drums to accompany any chord progression. Sound too good to be true? Let’s just call it a Christmas miracle!

Price: $299

Buy here: positivegrid.com/spark

Stringjoy Guitar String Subscription

There’s nothing quite like a new set of strings to make a guitar sound like a million bucks, but remembering to buy them can be a royal pain. Well, tell your favorite guitarist to worry no more. With the Stingjoy guitar string subscription service, you can send a fresh set of guitar strings straight to their door at regular intervals year around. Simply choose the strings you want to subscribe to, how often you want them delivered, and Stringjoy will take care of the rest. If you ever need to change the brand, delivery frequency, or your payment or shipping info, you can cancel or edit your current subscription at any time right from an online account page. A great gift idea for guitar players!

Price: $11.90 - $37.90

Buy here: stringjoy.com/categories/subscriptions

Dunlop Trigger Capo

Your husband, wife, son or daughter may have a capo, but probably not one as durable, stylish and easy to use and the Dunlop Trigger Capo. This professional curved-radius acoustic guitar capo allows you to quickly and easily change key with a squeeze of the hand without hindering your fingers or scratching the neck of your guitar. The Trigger also comes in an assortment of cool colors including black, gold, nickel and brushed metal. A great gift for guitar players and a perfect stocking stuffer.

Price: $21.51

Buy here: jimdunlop.com/37083002001-trigger-capo-acoustic

ESP LTD EC-256 Guitar

The LTD EC-256 takes many of the coolest aspects of ESP’s higher-end EC Series models, and offers them in a super-affordable guitar guaranteed to make any holiday brighter. Its classic shape is excellent for all musical styles and genres, and it features the kind of multiple bindings on the body and headstock that you’d expect on a much more expensive instrument. The EC-256 features a mahogany body, fast three-piece thin U-shaped mahogany neck, and a roasted jatoba fingerboard with 22 extra-jumbo frets. Two ESP designed LH-150 humbucking pickups complete the picture. The EC-256 would be a sweet Christmas purchase at twice the price.

Price: $449

Buy here: espguitars.com/products/9572-ec-256-blk

Sennheiser HD 300 Pro Headphones

Looking for amazing value in professional monitor headphones? The newly developed Sennheiser HD 300 PRO delivers a neutral, high-resolution working sound, which is why it ranks high on our best gifts for guitar players. Its huge depth of detail passes through even in the loudest of environments. No matter if you are editing, playing or composing music, and regardless of whether you’re behind a drum kit, at the mixing desk, in a live setting or in the studio, the HD 300 PRO provides the details that you need for making good playing or production decisions.

Price: $200

Buy here: en-us.sennheiser.com/hd-300-pro

BIAS FX 2 Standard License

Guitar World magazine called BIAS FX 2, our award-winning amp-and-effects processor that turns your computer into a fully customizable guitar and amp rig, “a truly must-buy for guitarists who want to explore an entire new world of expressive power, freedom and convenience.” Featuring an extensive collection of all-new revamped amps, pedals and HD racks; all-new fuzz, time and harmonizer modelers and exclusive Guitar Match guitar emulation software, the BIAS FX 2 is pedalboard heaven. Sounds like a good Christmas gift for guitar players to us!

Price: $99

Buy here: positivegrid.com/bias-fx/

Xvive U2 Rechargeable 2.4GHZ Wireless Guitar System

Give the gift of freedom with the well-priced professional Xvive U2 Digital Guitar Wireless system. With extremely clean audio quality, a simple setup, and steady reliability, the Xvive U2 is setting a new standard in digital wireless guitar systems. You get a 20Hz–20kHz frequency response, a compact form factor with no bodypack or wires, only 6ms of latency, and operation in the 2.4GHz ISM band for pristine signal transmission with no dropouts. Plus, the rechargeable Li-ion batteries last up to 5 hours per charge, and the U2's transmitter and receiver are housed in tough ABS plastic to stand up to life on the road.

Price: $154.90

Buy here: xviveaudio.com/u2-p0056.html

Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar

The electric guitar has long been an international symbol of freedom, beauty, and rebellion. In Play It Loud, veteran music writers Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna tell the story of this American icon. It’s a tale of inventors and mythologizers, of scam artists and prodigies as varied and original as the instruments they created. The Wall Street Journal and Forbes both praised the unique book, as did ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons who proclaimed, “Everything knowable now becomes known about the plugged-in ax that changed the world. A comprehensive history of the electric guitar in cultural context is something long wanted, awaited and needed. At long last, it has arrived.” Featuring a forward by Carlos Santana, this is a timeless gift idea for guitar players anywhere and everywhere.

Price: $17

Buy here: penguinrandomhouse.com/books/532317/play-it-loud-by-brad-tolinski-and-alan-di-perna-foreword-by-carlos-santana/

PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 High Definition Recording Kit

A great gadget for mobile musicians, guitarists, and podcasters, the 2-in, 2-out AudioBox USB 96 audio interface is bus-powered, compact, ruggedly built, and works with virtually any PC or Mac recording software. It boasts two combo mic/instrument inputs with high-performance Class A mic preamplifiers, MIDI I/O, and professional-quality, 24-bit, 96 kHz converters. And it comes with PreSonus’ amazing Studio One Artist DAW software for Mac and Windows.

Price: $99.95

Buy here: shop.presonus.com/AudioBox-USB-96

Truefire Gift Certificate

Looking for a great Holiday gift for a guitar player but tight on time? With a TrueFire E-Gift Certificate, your guitar player playing loved one can get access to 40,000+ interactive video guitar lessons including 900+ guitar courses, 30,000+ tabs, 20,000+ jam tracks, plus a free download bonus, new releases every week, and much, much more! They also can choose to download awesome guitar courses from famous and popular educators like Steve Vai, Matt Schofield, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, Robben Ford, David Grissom, Johnny Hiland, Sonny Landreth, Andy Timmons, Carl Verheyen, Dweezil Zappa, and many others.

Price: $25 - $300

Buy here: truefire.com/gift-certificates

Focusrite Scarlett 212 (3rd Gen)

If your guitar-playing significant other has expressed a desire to record on their computer, chances are they’ll need one of these gadgets for Christmas. The Focusrite Scarlett 212 hardware interface provides the means for connecting microphones, musical instruments or line level audio signals to a computer running Mac OS or Windows. An essential element to any home or professional recording environment. And, like the name suggests, it’s the color red, so it’ll look nice under any tree!

Price: $160

Buy here: focusrite.com/en/usb-audio-interface/scarlett/scarlett-2i2

She Rocks Mug

If your girlfriend, wife, mother or daughter rocks, let them know how you feel with this unique She Rocks ceramic mug. They’ll be thrilled! And better yet, let them know the profits go to The Women’s International Music Network (thewimn.com) which brings women from all facets of the music industry together. The organization produces events, creates opportunities for performance and networking and works to bring the conversation around diversity in the industry into the forefront. The WiMN seeks to create a hub to connect women in all facets of the music industry and works to expose role models, events and educational opportunities that focus on women in music.

Price: $15

Buy here: thewimn.com/product/she-rocks-hand-mug/

December Guitar Cloud Symposium Ticket

The Guitar Cloud Symposium (GCS) is the brainchild of guitarist extraordinaire Jennifer Batten. One of the early graduates of Musicians Institute, she is known for playing and touring with legends like Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck, and pushing the boundaries of performance and education. GCS is a regularly scheduled series of online guitar seminars conducted on Zoom by some of the world’s greatest guitarists and teachers. The next Symposium is scheduled for December 11 - 14 featuring classes and lectures by super shredders like Batten, Angela Petrilli, Vicki Genfan, Gretchen Menn and Daniele Gottardo. As gifts for guitar players go, this is just the ticket!

Price: $449/early enrollment prices start at $399

Buy here: guitarcloudsymposium.com/

Final Thoughts: Best Gifts for Guitar Players

It's no secret that shopping for guitarists can be an overwhelming task, so we hope this gift guide provides you with some peace of mind and eases your holiday shopping experience. Whether the guitarist in your life is interested in recording, sharpening their skills, or just jamming out in the new year, take comfort knowing that you can deliver the perfect present.


Brad Tolinski is perhaps best known for his work as the editor-in-chief of Guitar World Magazine for 25 years. He is also the author of Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page (Crown); and Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound and Revolution of the Electric Guitar (Doubleday), which was the basis for a 2019 guitar-focused exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Most recently he edited the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Issue of CREEM magazine, and his latest book Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen (Hachette) will be coming out in October 2021.

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