Last Minute Gift Ideas For The Guitar & Bass Players
It’s crunch time and your holiday shopping is almost done except for that pain in the rear musician, and even worse the one who plays guitar or bass. Of course you can get a gift card to a specialty music dealer or amazon.com that has everything. But we can’t keep gift wrapping little plastic cards, can we? We want some stuff to exchange. Here’s a list of ideas for some “stuff” that you may use to “stuff” a stocking or wrap up as a main event.
A Field Recorder: These devices are great. Very small, easy to operate and best of all, do a great job of recording. The sound quality is impressive and all you have to do is set it up in a room, push a button and then let the music play. Between $100 – $200 you can find quality units made by top names like Tascam, Zoom and Sony. It’s a great gift.
Dunlop System 65 Maintenance Kit: For about $25 you get some great cleaning products to properly take care of a guitar. It includes guitar cleaner & polish, carnuba wax, string cleaner & conditions, fretboard cleaner & condition (NOTE: NEVER USE ANY BRAND OF FRETBOARD CLEANER & CONDITIONER ON A GUJTAR WITH A MAPLE FRETBOARD!), and a polishing cloth.
Lange Ampwedge Amp & Monitor Isolation Pad: For about $30 you’ll be doing your guitarist or bassist a real favor. The ampwedge is extremely well constructed and it does two very important jobs: first, it absorbs vibration so the amps sound is cleaner and it truly does improve sound. The second job is that it safely angles the amp upward to as high as 20 degrees. This helps the musician hear what he or she is playing while the music is rolling and at the same time doesn’t punish people in the front rows with a full assault of sound. It also helps sound project throughout the room. You can buy a metal stand that will angle the amp too, but they’re more expensive, heavier and bulkier to lug around.
Gibson’s Learn & Master Blues Guitar: This is a very well designed and instructed program that focuses on blues guitar. Steve Krenz is a great teacher, the production is very professional and it’s a great gift for a guitarist who wants to expand his or her ability. It’s a lot of instruction for $79. You can simply click on the Gibson’s Learn & Master link on our web site. Yes, they advertise here – and yes, I’ve used every product that I recommend and if I didn’t recommend a product I’d find something else to advertise here. It’s a great product.
Teach Me Bass Guitar: Another resource that has a link on our page and as above, I’ve used it and this one I continue to use. I take bass lessons monthly with master bassist Andy Lalasis and this course has reintroduced me to proper technique, exercises to increase skill, strength and speed, and bass techniques from beginning to the advanced. It’s a great course and a great gift. The teacher Roy Vogt is nothing short of amazing. The course sells for $187.50 and it’s worth every penny.
CRUZTOOLS GIGTRI GROOVETECH GUITAR PLAYER TECH KIT: For about $51 you can get the guitar or bass head on your list some really well made, professional tools to do accurate, precise adjustments and repairs. Heavy duty and in a well organized pouch. I have a set and love it.
Planet Waves Headstand String Changing Stand: For $8.50 this little, overlooked accessory will be used constantly by the guitarist or bassist for changing strings or if they do their own setup. It safely and securely cradles the guitar and serves as the third hand I wished I had (at certain times anyway). Cool little gift for a low price.
Of course, you can always bring home a Martin D-35, Gibson Les Paul Studio, Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass (especially if you’re shopping for me), but these are usually choices we like to make for ourselves – except of course for me and the Geddy Lee bass – I won’t even complain about the color if you bring me one.
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So what’s your opinion? I’d love to hear from you. Let me hear about any other ideas you have a holiday gift for the guitarist or bass player in your life. Write to me or reply on this blog. Be Heard. Prof. Dave