Bass players are hugely important members of the music world. Their position as mediators between the drums and other instruments is unique, and, quite often, they are equally unique individuals themselves.
20 Gifts for Bass Players - Awesome Choices for Bassists
If you have an important and unique bass player in your life, here are some amazing gift ideas.
Table of Contents
- 20 Gifts for Bass Players - Awesome Choices for Bassists
- 1. Sony MDR7506 Professional Headphones
- 2. VOX AP2BS Bass Headphone Amp
- 3. Mogami Gold 10-Feet Instrument Cable
- 4. Shure PGXD14 Digital Wireless System
- 5. OnStage XCG4 Tripod Stand
- 6. Gator 4G Series Bass Gig Bag
- 7. Peterson StroboClip HD Clip-On Tuner
- 8. D’Addario EXL160 Nickel-Wound Bass Strings
- 9. String Swing Wall Hanger
- 10. TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor
- 11. Orange Crush Bass 25 Amp
- 12. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Studio Headphones
- 13. Music Nomad MN105 F-ONE Oil
- 14. Music Nomad MN201 Polishing Cloth
- 15. Behringer BOD400 Bass Overdrive
- 16. Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome
- 17. KLIQ AirCell Guitar Strap
- 18. Alpine MusicSafe Pro Hearing Protection
- 19. Elagon Guitar Pro Care Cleaner Kit
- 20. Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- How Do You Choose the Right Gift?
- What Not to Give
If your beloved bass player doesn’t already have a pair, buying him/her a set of quality headphones might be a good idea. This goes twice if they’re into recording and need to hear all the nuances.
The MDR7506 headphones are also very comfortable and easily adjustable. They sound great and offer a great level of noise cancellation.
This set from Sony offers professional tone quality and sturdy build. The box includes a soft-padded transport bag and a 1/4” adapter.
Headphone amps are primarily made for musicians (bassists included) who are unable to use conventional amps for practicing at home. Also, they’re a great solution for musicians who travel a lot and don’t want to lug their equipment around. If your bassist is one of them, a headphone amp is a great gift for bass players.
This Vox mini-amp comes in with a standard ¼” plug and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. The plug is foldable and the amp can easily fit in a gig bag pocket. The AP2BS offers great tone and reliability, as well as classic, elegant styling.
Despite being one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment, a quality guitar cable contributes greatly to the tone of the instrument. Moreover, it is always good to have a backup cable, or even two.
The Mogami Gold cable comes in a lot of length options to be used in both studio and stage settings. The jacket is made of high-quality carbon impregnated PVC. It offers crystal clear tone with next to zero noise. The end jack is a straight one.
This instrument cable is one of the best options in its price range and a great gift for any musician who plays an electric instrument.
Wireless systems are the best way to avoid cable clutter on stage. A decade or two ago, these systems were expensive and reserved for high-earning bands. Nowadays, there are budget-friendly options which offer excellent performance.
Shure’s PGXD14 Digital Wireless System comes with one battery-operated (2x AA batteries, not included in the package) body pack which can be attached to a belt or guitar strap, one digital receiver, and one ¼” instrument cable which connects the bass and the body pack. The rig has a 200’ reach. This is an awesome gift for a gigging musician.
Though often overlooked, a guitar/bass stand is an important piece of stage equipment, especially if the band has no roadies and the members use multiple instruments during their sets. They also come in handy for bands that perform two or three sets with breaks in between.
The OnStage XCG4 Tripod Stand is an affordable bass/guitar stand made with performing musicians in mind. It rocks a high-quality metal frame and soft EVA rubber-wrapped yokes. The locking keyway will make sure the guitar/bass stays in place and doesn’t fall over. The height of the stand can be adjusted (19-1/4” - 24”). It also doesn’t require assembly.
A gig bag is another great idea if you want to surprise the special bass player in your life with a thoughtful gift. Aside from their main purpose (transportation), gig bags can be used to store tools and accessories, such as screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, capos, cables, spare strings, and many more.
Gator is probably the most popular case & gig bag manufacturer for a variety of instruments. This padded electric bass gig bag comes with a huge pocket along the neck section, as well as a pair of smaller ones on the body section. The bag is made of durable materials and has a thick padding.
The tuner is an essential piece of accessory that should be found in every musician’s gig bag. They come in many shapes and sizes, with clip-on models being the most popular type.
The Peterson StroboClip HD is a universal clip-on tuner for stringed instruments. It has a large, bright and clear display, and is very easy to use and adjust.
This tuner is known for its impeccable accuracy. It's got a sturdy build, so it should last a long time. The clip jaws are made of soft rubber, so it won't damage the bass when attached to it.
A set of fresh strings is one of the best ways a musician can show their stringed instruments some love. Consequently, buying your bassist a set of new strings will show them that you care for not only them but for their four/five/six-stringed companion as well.
D’Addario’s EXL160 is among the most popular bass strings around, used by casual players and pros alike. The 160s are considered workhorses among bass strings, thanks to their affordability, versatility, and fantastic durability. They can deliver anything from easy jazz and blues to country and all the way to high-octane rock & metal.
There are three main ways to store a guitar or a bass: a gig bag/hardshell case, stand, or wall hanger. The hanger is there for players who have limited space or want their instrument/s to always be within grasp.
The String Swing Guitar Hanger is a high-quality hanger made with a solid oak base and a foam-padded yoke pivot. The package also includes the screws and anchors needed to fix the hanger onto the wall. This is a universal guitar/bass hanger that can be used with any brand and model.
Guitar and bass pedals are a great way for musicians to add versatility to or find their own signature tone. They’re easy to add and remove from the rig and fun to fiddle around with. Compressors are among the most commonly used pedals, next to overdrive, wah, reverb, and octave.
The TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor is a compact stompbox (guitar and bass pedals are activated and deactivated by stepping/stomping on the switch) made for heavy-duty on-stage use. It is affordable and potentially a great addition to a bassist’s rig.
Orange is one of the most acclaimed brands of guitar and bass amplifiers. They’re renowned for their characteristic orange color cabinets and heads, as well as superior delivery and durability. If your bassist needs a reliable rehearsal and practice amp, this 25-watt rocker might be a good choice.
The Orange Crush Bass 25 Amp is a compact combo amp (amplifier and speaker are combined into one cabinet) equipped with basic EQ options (bass, mid, treble) and a robust output. It also features a chromatic tuner and standard 3.5mm headphone in and out jacks.
Ask any recording engineer and they will tell you that the quality of the recording equipment can make or break an album. This also goes for speakers and headphones. If your special bassist is preparing to record their masterpiece, they should have the best equipment they can get their hands on.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is a professional set of studio monitor headphones. Even though among pricier sets, the M50x is a great investment as it delivers superb clarity and build quality.
A clean and well-maintained fretboard makes an instrument sound better, as well as easier to play. This goes for all stringed instruments, including basses. While there are no hard and fast rules as to how often a fretboard should be cleaned, it is important to do it with the proper oil or solution which won’t harm the wood.
Music Nomad’s MN105 F-ONE Oil is an affordable fretboard cleaning oil that uses natural ingredients. It doesn’t contain lemon extracts, which makes it safe for all commonly found fretboard tonewoods (maple, ebony, rosewood, walnut, bubinga).
Guitars and basses also need to be polished from time to time, as they endure a lot of wear and tear during long playing and recording sessions. Therefore, quality polishing oil/spray/crème and cloth are among the essential guitar/bass care kits.
If your beloved bass player takes pride in how their bass shines after polishing, buying them a high-quality polishing cloth might be a good idea. The Music Nomad MN201 is made of microfiber. It is super-soft and comes with non-hemmed edges. The dimensions are 12” by 16”.
While being one of the essential pedals in an electric guitar player’s rack, the overdrive pedal is not that common in bass rigs. There are notable exceptions, however, with the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead fame being the most prominent example.
Behringer is famous for its affordable and durable pedals, and the BOD400 is no exception. This compact overdrive stompbox can dial in a roaring inferno or purr like a kitten, depending on what the player is aiming for. If your beloved bassist is of the experimental and inquisitive kind, then this might be an awesome gift for a bass player.
Playing to a metronome beat is one of the best ways to build up precision, technique, and speed. The classic mechanical metronome has been around since the late 17th century and has helped countless players reach new heights as musicians.
The Soundbrenner Pulse brings metronome to the 21st century in the form of a wearable accessory. It can be strapped around the wrist, thigh, or upper arm. Instead of clicks, it works via vibrations. Up to five devices can be synchronized to follow the same beat and tempo. A cool gift for any bassist keen on improving their technique.
Spending hours playing in a stand-up position can put a lot of stress on a musician’s shoulders and back. This is especially true for an electric bass player. It is, therefore, important to invest in a quality bass guitar strap.
KLIQ’s AirCell guitar strap is made of neoprene (a type of synthetic material) and rocks the innovative AirCell padding for added comfort. The 3” width helps distribute pressure evenly across the shoulder.
The strap is adjustable, ranging from 46” to 56”. Only exceptionally tall players, or players who like to hang their instruments extremely low, will find this range insufficient.
It goes without saying that rock concerts are meant to be loud, but it is a thin line between loud and too loud. Many a concert-goer and musician on stage have damaged their hearing due to excessive sound volume, which can lead to permanent hearing loss over time. That’s why a huge number of performing musicians rely on quality ear plugs to protect their ears.
If your friend performs with his/her band, a set of ear plugs might be a very convenient gift for a bassist. The Alpine MusicSafe Pro is a set of high-quality plugs. They are specifically designed for performing musicians and come with three sets of replaceable acoustic filters of different densities (to cut off at different frequencies). Alpine’s own Thermo Shape material lets them easily adapt to the wearer’s ears.
In order to perform to its full potential, an instrument needs proper maintenance and due care. The electric bass is no exception. While many players have some or most of the essential maintenance and care tools, few have them neatly organized. Enter specially designed cleaning and maintenance kits.
Elagon’s standard kit comes packed in a neat and well-organized pouch with a zipper. The kit contains a set of eight Allen wrenches, string-cutting pliers, lubricant stick, ruler for setting up string action, polish cloth, and a bottle of guitar polish. This is a universal kit for string instruments.
Despite their advantages, full-sized guitar and bass amp and speaker cabinets are sometimes too big and heavy to carry around. That’s where portable speakers come in.
The OontZ Angle 3 by Cambridge Soundworks packs 10 watts of power into a 5” wide and 2.8” tall case. This Bluetooth speaker features a standard 3.5mm audio input, 100’ range, and 12 hours between charges. This is a great solution for solo street performers looking to minimize the weight and size of their equipment.
How Do You Choose the Right Gift?
You might be like me and find it quite hard to choose what gift to get someone. Even if you’ve known the person for years and know them very well, it can still be a challenge.
There are a few tricks you can use to help you decide on what gift to get them.
Compare gift ideas with others
The first thing you can do is to ask others for ideas or to find out what others are getting them. This can help you figure out what they might like or need, and will help avoid an awkward situation where they are getting the same gift twice.
Get ideas from them indirectly
Another way, although a bit trickier, is to try and pick up on any hints during conversation.
Some people tend to hint at things they want when talking to people leading up to birthdays or holidays.
You can also try asking them or talking about certain things. This way you can gauge their reaction to see if they might like something as a gift.
Look around their home or studio
You can also use some detective skills to try and find out what they might want or need.
The next time you’re over at their home, simply look around at other things they have. This can give you clues to what they are interested in or things that it might look like they need.
I’m not talking about going through their things, however, I’m simply talking about looking at whatever you can see out in the open that isn’t private that might give you any hints.
Buy things they’ll always need
When in doubt, a good go-to gift will be something that they always need or need regularly.
Strings, picks, fretboard cleaner, things that need to be replaced regularly is never a bad choice as a gift.
Strings and picks are especially great since bass strings are quite expensive, and picks are always disappearing.
What Not to Give
The biggest thing you should probably avoid is a joke or ‘gag’ gift. Most people probably won’t find a joke gift as entertaining as you think, and the novelty will wear off fairly quickly.
Unless you’re certain that the person will find it funny, like it’s an inside joke between the two of you, a joke gift might not be the best choice.
The other thing to avoid, as I mentioned, is double gifting. If you can avoid it, don’t get the same gift as someone else. The same goes for giving them something they already have.
It won’t be the end of the world, but could be awkward for everyone involved.
If there’s a special bass player in your life, you can’t go wrong with any of these 20 bass-centric gifts.