Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists

5th Nov 2013 | 17:00

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Christmas gifts for guitarists 2013
Keep the strummer in your life happy come the holidays

Christmas is close... too close. But panic ye not! MusicRadar is on hand to make sure that you've got plenty of gift ideas for the guitarist in your life.

After all, there's nothing worse than a miserable musician on Christmas morning. Handily, you can avoid long semi-drunk afternoons spent in silence by taking a look at our gift guide.

We've included presents to suit every budget, from pick tins all the way to elaborate care kits and beyond. Read on for more ideas to make a guitarist's Christmas dreams come true than you could shake an overly-stuffed stocking at. Ho ho ho...

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Nineboys Cigar Box
£99 / $159.99

It might look like the hastily devised weapon of a cigar shop owner in the event of the zombie apocalypse, but the Nineboys Cigar Box is in fact a whole lot of three-stringed guitar fun.

Suitable for all sorts of down-home guitar goodness, it'll make the guitarist in your life feel authentically folksy and make a pleasant noise into the bargain, so it's a win-win.

For more information visit the official Nineboys website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Fender Custom Shop Cruztools Tool Kit
£80.38 / $128.99

It's hard to feel rugged and properly maintain your nails (as a good guitarist should), but Fender's Custom Shop Tool Kit by Cruztools should go someway to correcting that.

Containing everything a guitar player could need to properly maintain his instrument in a handy kit, including feeler gauges, screwdrivers and a set up guide, this is a pretty essential addition to any serious player's gig bag.

For more information visit the official Fender website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Diago Commuter soft pedalboard
£55 / $90

Constantly gigging and tired of lugging around a heavy pedalboard? Then do yourself a favour and check out Diago's Commuter soft pedalboard.

A handily transportable board with a built in handle, carry case and capability to hold up to ten standard size effects pedals, it's exactly the sort of thing a guitarist on the go might appreciate in his Christmas stocking.

For more information visit the official Diago website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Fender Telecaster/Stratocaster/bass bookends
£85

Even if you hated the guitar (which, if you live with some guitarists, is a perfectly reasonable position), you'd have to admit that these are pretty cool bookends.

It's amazing that Leo Fender's iconic designs even look good when they've been chopped up to hold books in place, and any guitarist is pretty much guaranteed to enjoy having these bad boys on his shelves.

For more information visit the official Fender website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
G7TH Performance acoustic capo
£40.99 / $65

The G7TH is a serious capo, and this is a serious gift set, including a presentation box and a swanky limited edition gold or black finished capo.

Quite likely the last capo the discerning guitarist will buy (until he inevitably loses it and has to buy another one).

For more information visit the official G7TH website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Gibson Care Kit
£22.99 / $39.99

If you've just forked out a large wedge of cash for a Gibson Les Paul, chances are you'll want to look after it.

And what better way to do that than with the Gibson Care Kit? It includes polishing clothes, fretboard conditioner, body polish and more, and comes in its own rather natty little bucket.

For more information visit the official Gibson website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Fender cutting boards
£52.78 / $84.99

Guitars and cooking don't traditionally mix, but that hasn't stopped Fender carving out a new niche for itself in the world of kitchenware.

These cutting boards will give your knives a nice tone, and are almost guaranteed to imbue your vegetables with authentic vintage flavour. Probably.

For more information visit the official Fender website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 DI
£89.99 / $145

If it ain't broke, don't fix it - just give it more tonal options. That's exactly what Hughes & Kettner have done with the Red Box 5 DI.

The Red Box can take its signal from a line out or effects send, and the sound is fat, tight and punchy just like a hard-working 4x12, and with switches for loose/tight, vintage/modern and small/ large options you have access to eight subtle variations.

For more information visit the official Hughes & Kettner website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Gibson Montana Strap
£59.99 / $91.95

There's nothing worse than putting a cheap strap on an expensive guitar. Nothing. We mean it.

OK, we probably don't really mean it, but entrusting your pride and joy to the staying power of a cheap old strap is asking for trouble. Gibson's Montana strap is soft, thick and made from lovely, lovely leather. It looks ace and it'll last forever, which sounds good to us.

For more information visit the official Gibson website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Dunlop artist pick tins
£7.49 / $12

Guitarists lose plectrums. It's just the way it is. No matter how many you think you have, the day will inevitably arrive when you can't find a single one of your little plastic buddies.

Dunlop artist pick tins - with designs including Jimi Hendrix (pictured), Johnny Cash and '68 Comeback Special Elvis - are not only full of lovely new plectrums, but also a handy place for players to keep them when they're not getting their strum on.

For more information visit the official Dunlop website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Laka VUC50 ukulele
£90 / $145

It's always good to broaden musical horizons, and there are few cheaper - or more fun - options than a ukulele.

The Laka VUC50 by Vintage is all-mahogany and even features an on-board tuner, so there won't be any string-based confusion. Hooray!

For more information visit the official Vintage website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Dunlop Rev Willy's Porcelain slide
£23.99 / $38.50

Bored of brass? Giving up on glass? Then Reverend Willy's Mo-Jo ceramic slide might be the one for you.

Tonally distinctive and full of old-school charm, this is a stocking filler that could open up a whole new sound for slide guitarists on the hunt for something different.

For more information visit the official Dunlop website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Gibson Pick Tin
£12.99 / $19.99

Gibson does 'classy' very well, and this pick tin is another good example of the company's refined taste.

The collectible tin contains 50 plectrums, which is definitely more than the average guitarist can lose in a week, with thin, medium, heavy and extra heavy options available.

For more information visit the official Gibson website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Logjam Music Logarhythm and Travelog
£74.99 and £59.95 / $120 and $95

If you're a big fan of a-stampin' and a-hollerin', the Logham Logarhythm and Travelog might be right up your alley.

Designed to give solo players a bit of bottom end thump, these are the very definition of stomp boxes and will give performers an extra percussive dimension. Well worth stepping on.

For more information visit the official Logjam website.

Christmas/holiday 2013 gift ideas for guitarists
Rockslide glass slide
£21 / $33.70

The slide of choice for the likes of Billy Gibbons and Myles Kennedy, the Rockslide is a whole different grade of glassy goodness.

Hand cut and moulded to be as comfortable a slide as possible, you'll be able to make a hell of a racket with one on your finger - a must try for any discerning slide player.

For more information visit the official Rockslide website.

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