Best Gifts for Guitar Players
Looking for gift ideas for that guitar player in your life? Great, I happen to be a guitar player. I've also been incredibly fortunate to have a lot of super thoughtful and generous friends and family. They have given me all kinds of guitar related gifts, most of which I still use today. So I am uniquely qualified to help you find the best gifts for that guitar player.
I'm including a handful of guitar gifts that I wish I could have. Any guitar player will be happy to have any of these gifts. You can pick out something that he or she will use for years to come and even serve as a reminder of you.
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Many years ago, I got a Guitar Tool Kit from my parents for Christmas. I still bring it to every gig I play. Its in my guitar case right next to my extra set of strings. A guitar toolkit like the ones below let guitarists make repairs on the fly. Breaking a string can mean the end of your gig, but it won't be if you have a backup plan. Having the right guitar toolkit can make a huge difference when you break a string or your strap button falls out.
A guitar multi-tool is a must have for guitar players. When your guitar toolkit is too big take with you, or you just plain forgot to pack it to the gig, a multi-tool can save your bacon. These multi-tools are specifically designed for use on guitars. This one tool ensures your axe can perform at it's very best.
Guitar and Bass Players absolutely love the sound of a fresh set of strings. The only problem is, we don't like to spend our money on new strings. Its not very fun for us and often times we put it off to our detriment. That makes guitar strings an excellent gift! Its really great to be able to change your strings.
You can always ask us what size strings we use, we'll be happy to tell you and won't ruin the surprise at all for us. But, if you are intent on surprising us, size 10's are pretty much the standard for electric and acoustic guitars. Its a safe choice all around. Another way to go about it is to just get us a gift card for the strings. We'll be happy either way I can assure you.
Guitar Detailing Kits
Another really useful gift I got years ago, and one that I still use today is my Dunlop System 65 Guitar Maintenance Kit. Its got EVERYTHING your guitar lover will ever need to keep their instruments in tip top shape. Guitars need regular upkeep and maintenance. There are multiple makers of these kits, any of the following will do just fine.
This gift can last for years!
Things to look for in the kits:
Fretboard Cleaner and/or Fretboard Oil/Conditioner
Fret Polishing Cloth (Micro Abrasive Material)
Clip-On Guitar Tuners
Over the last 5 years, Clip-On Guitar Tuners have become very popular. Nowadays, these tuners have become incredibly accurate and very affordable. They offer the accuracy of a floor-tuner with much more convenience. You just clip them on to the headstock and it picks up the vibrations of the strings.
It doesn't matter if your guitarist has one already. I can tell you from experience, you can never have too many of these tuners. I like to have one for each of my guitars.
Pro Tip: Buy Extra Batteries!!!
Things to look for:
Accuracy and Speed of Tuner
Reputable Brand Name
Extra Features like Built in Metronome
Guitar Strap Locks
Guitar Strap Locks are devices you install on the guitar and the guitar strap itself. They lock your strap right onto your guitar. This is a super-important upgrade and can ensure that you don't damage that beautiful axe. I get these as gifts all the time, and I can never have too many.
There is nothing worse than having your strap slip out of the strap button on your guitar while you watch in slow motion as it plummets to the hard floor! The least that can happen is a small scratch or dent, but the worst can be a broken headstock or a snapped guitar neck. Its happened to many guitarists, thats why strap locks were invented!
Pro Tip: This is an inexpensive gift that can prevent hundreds of dollars in damages.
I prefer the schaller strap lock system, but there are several other good options below.
Locking Tuning Machines
One very cool upgrade for any guitar. These aftermarket tuning machines lock the guitar strings to the tuning posts. The benefit of this is superior tuning stability. Guitarists are constantly tuning. With this upgrade, tuning the strings drops to an absolute minimum.
I rarely have to tune more than once an hour with Hipshot's Griplock tuners. This is one of my all time favorite guitar upgrades!
Things to consider:
These come in two main configurations, 6 Inline Tuners & 3x3 Tuners
Does the guitar you are buying for have 6 tuning pegs all on the same side?
Or does the guitar you are buying for have 3 tuning pegs on each side?
Example: A Gibson/Epiphone Les Paul uses the 3x3 configuration
Example: A Fender Stratocaster uses the 6 Inline configuration
Every Guitarist needs guitar picks. I love getting all different kinds of picks. The best bet is to go with a variety pack because guitarists have preferences when it comes to pick thickness, shape, material, and size.
Guitar Pick Holders
Guitar pick holders come in many shapes and sizes. They are all equally useful and I have just about every kind they make. Make your guitar player's life a little easier. These are a fun gift that will definitely see use!
That about covers it for my guitar gift ideas. Hopefully you found it worthwhile and ordered some really cool gifts. No matter what you choose, your guitar player will love you all the more for your thoughtfulness. If you found this page helpful please use the product links within it. It will help me to keep creating this sort of content. Thank you for reading and I hope you'll come back regularly.
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