30 Best Gifts for Guitar Players in 2020 – Guitarists’ Favorites
Guitar players are among the most prominent members of a band. More often than not, they make the majority of the band’s music. Some of them may also be solo performers. Whether in a band or on their own, guitar players largely drive and shape the popular music world.
Gifts for Guitar Players - 30 Gift Ideas for Guitarists
If you want to surprise the guitarist in your life with high-quality gear or accessories, check out these carefully chosen gift ideas.
Table of Contents
- Gifts for Guitar Players - 30 Gift Ideas for Guitarists
- 1. AKG K240 STUDIO Headphones
- 2. Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Interface
- 3. PreSonus Eris E3.5 Studio Monitors
- 4. Peterson StroboClip HD Clip-on Tuner
- 5. Gator Frameworks Guitar Seat
- 6. Xvive U2 Wireless Guitar System
- 7. TC Electronic PolyTune 3 Tuner Pedal
- 8. Music Nomad MN109 String Fuel Cleaner and Lubricant
- 9. Roadie 2 – Automatic Smart Tuner
- 10. Planet Waves Planet Lock Guitar Strap
- 11. Vox AP2AC amPlug AC30 Guitar Headphone Amplifier
- 12. Hercules GS523B
- 13. Mogami Gold Instrument-18 Guitar Cable
- 14. Heet Sound Plus E-Bow
- 15. Ernie Ball Power Peg Pro
- 16. D'Addario NS Guitar Capo
- 17. Music Nomad MN103 Guitar One
- 18. Audio-Technica AT2020
- 19. Ernie Ball Glass Slide
- 20. Shure SE215-CL
- 21. D’Addario Humidipak
- 22. Ernie Ball Musician’s Tool Kit
- 23. KLIQ AirCell Guitar Strap
- 24. Dunlop System 65 String Action Gauge
- 25. Marshall MS2
- 26. String Swing CC01K
- 27. Donner Dp-1 Guitar Pedal Power Supply
- 28. D’Addario DIY Solderless Pedalboard Kit
- 29. Music Nomad MN105 F-ONE Oil
- 30. Donner Guitar Pedalboard with Case
Professional-grade headphones are an essential piece of studio equipment, especially for home studios where they can replace monitor speakers. If your guitarist doesn’t have studio headphones, buying him a pair is one of the most thoughtful gifts.
Additionally, quality headphones will allow them to practice and play their electric guitar silently anytime, without annoying others around them.
The AKG K240STUDIO has semi-open ear cups that are a cross of closed-back and open-back headphones. They are routinely praised for being among the best affordable studio headphones and for their crystal clear sound reproduction.
The AKGs feature thick and soft padding around the ear cup and a comfortable headband. Though primarily a studio set, they are also a great choice for electric guitar amps and even listening to music, due to their balanced sound.
Quality gear is a key component of every good recording, as any guitarist can attest to. Back in the day, good recording gear was hard to find and in any event out of the reach for most working musicians.
Luckily, quality recording gear doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg anymore. If your beloved guitar player is into home recording, then the Focusrite Scarlett Solo might be a great option.
This USB audio interface is affordable, simple to use, and a fantastic value for the money. It is primarily for singer/songwriters who want to capture both the instrument and vocals in one take.
Recording music is hard and time-consuming work, especially in a home studio. Sometimes mistakes and minor imperfections make it to the final recording, despite the musician’s best effort. That’s where studio monitors come in with their faithful sound reproduction.
If your guitarist wants to up their recording game, treating them to a pair of good studio monitors might be a good idea. The PreSonus Eris E3.5 reference monitors offer an amazing price-to-performance ratio. Aside from studio duties, these bad boys are also great for gaming, watching movies, and listening to music.
A clip on tuner is simply a must for any guitar player. It is found in every gig bag or guitar case without exception.
The Peterson StroboClip HD is a nice little digital tuner. It comes with a big, clear and colorful display and a long battery life. It can be attached to a guitar’s headstock with the included plastic clip.
The StroboClip HD can be used with both acoustic and electric guitars. The best thing about it is that the ambient noise doesn’t affect its precision and it’s compatible with all guitars regardless of the string count.
When someone mentions guitar players, a rocker jumping all over the stage is probably the first image. However, many acoustic and even some electric guitar players prefer to perform while seated.
The Gator Frameworks Guitar Seat is a great gift for a guitarist who likes to sit down while practicing and performing. It comes with a thickly padded seat cushion and an ergonomic backrest. It can also double as a guitar stand when the band takes a break.
The seat can be easily folded for transport to and from a gig. Finally, this chair has a weight capacity of 300 pounds to fit almost anyone.
If you ask any guitarist to name the ten worst things about gigging, the endless cables lying around the stage will surely be near the top of the list. Perhaps that’s unavoidable back in the days when there was simply no other way to connect things, but today’s wireless transmitters rule the stage.
The Xvive U2 is an affordable and quality digital transmitter-receiver system. It is simple to set up and use, and it’s compatible with all brands and models of electric guitars.
The system comes with rechargeable batteries, super low latency, and the ability to split the signal into four channels. The U2 is also super-compact and easy to carry around.
If your guitarist is just putting together his or her pedal rack, you might want to treat them to a tuner pedal. The TC Electronic PolyTune 3 is a standard stompbox with one switch and a large, easy-to-read display.
The tuner has a large number of pre-programmed tunings and it allows the player to change the reference pitch. Also, the display can be customized in a number of ways to make the tuning process even faster and simpler.
Regardless of the price and the quality of the wood, a guitar can’t sound its best with a set of dirty and unkempt strings. The strings gather sweat, dust, and dirt over time and need to be cleaned regularly to stay in top shape.
The Music Nomad MN109 String Fuel Cleaner and Lubricant is a very good string maintenance kit. It includes an ergonomic applicator with a bottle of string-cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth. The applicator is wide enough to lubricate all six strings at once, drastically reducing the time needed for the job. The microfiber cloth, on the other hand, is durable and easy to wash.
Tuning a guitar in a quiet room is the ideal scenario and a standard microphone tuner will do the job. However, it often has to be done in a crowded room or some other noisy environment. That’s where vibration tuners come in.
The Roadie 2 is a high-quality vibration tuner. It is specific in that it picks up vibrations from the tuning machines instead of the headstock. The Roadie 2 has numerous customization options and over 40 pre-programmed tunings. It also has additional memory slots for alternative tunings.
This tuner is compact, lightweight, and suitable for any gig bag pocket. It works with acoustic, classical, and electric guitars.
Many a guitar got destroyed due to shoulder strap malfunctions. It can happen to amateurs and pros alike and is one of the most common causes of guitar damage. The best way to prevent this is to buy a sturdy strap with a secure locking system.
The Planet Waves Lock Guitar Strap is made of leather and equipped with gentle and sturdy clips. The strap can be adjusted from 59.5” to 35” so it’s also suitable for larger players. It is safe for all guitar finishes. Additionally, there are numerous color options and patterns to choose from.
Instead of combo amp and speakers, a headphone amp is designed to power headphones. In fact, most high-end headphones require an outboard amplifier to sound their best. You’d know if you ever tried to drive a serious pair with your phone.
The Vox AP2AC amPlug AC30 Guitar Headphone Amplifier is a budget-friendly amp that’s jam-packed with features and sound customization options. Moreover, it also has an auxiliary input, so you can hook up another instrument or music source.
Vox makes this neat little amp in several finishes – Blues, Classic Rock, Clean, Lead, and Metal. The amPlug AC30 works with AAA batteries, weighs next to nothing, and can fit in a pocket.
12. Hercules GS523B
Some guitarists like to keep their beauties safe inside guitar cases, while others like to keep their precious six-stringers out in the open. If the latter is true for your guitarist, then you might consider getting them a proper guitar stand.
The Hercules GS523B is an excellent guitar rack. It is big enough for three full-sized acoustic guitars. Of course, it can also hold three electrics or any combination of acoustics and electrics. It is on the affordable side and supremely stable and reliable.
The tubing is made of quality metal and is coated with thick foam in places where it contacts the guitars. Moreover, it can be expanded to accommodate up to six instruments.
The quality of the instrument cable has a significant effect on the tone coming out of the amplifier. Therefore, having high quality cables in pristine condition is of utmost importance for every guitar player.
The Mogami Gold Instrument-18 Guitar Cable is an excellent option as it offers fantastic tone transparency, reliability, and sturdiness. It has UHD spiral shielding which reduces static noise to a minimum.
The Gold Instrument-18 cable is 18 feet long which makes it a great solution for both studio and stage. The connectors are gold-plated to ensure maximum durability and tone purity. This cable can be used with amps as well as effect stomp boxes, and it works with both acoustic and electric guitars.
If your guitarist likes to experiment with the sound and is always on the lookout for the next big thing, then an electronic guitar bow might be the perfect present.
The Heet Sound Plus E-Bow is a hugely popular e-bow, and for a reason. Aside from being affordable, it offers a wide range of options and excellent quality.
The bow can mimic the sounds of woodwind, horn, and string instruments and can be used with both acoustic and electric guitars. It is battery-operated and fits into a pocket. The package also includes an instructional CD.
Winding the tuners by hand can be tiresome and time-consuming. That’s where the automatic string winders come in. With one of those, a guitarist can minimize the hassle and the time it takes to get the guitar ready for a practice session or gig at hand.
Though it may resemble a power drill at first sight, the Ernie Ball Power Peg Pro is a battery-operated string winder. It is super simple to use and armed with one of these, one can drastically reduce the stringing time.
The best thing about it is that it works with all models and types of electric and acoustic guitar tuning machines and pegs.
Capo is an essential part of every acoustic guitarist’s toolbox, though many electric guitarists use it as well. It is there to raise the pitch of the strings, which is especially convenient when the guitarist doesn’t have the time to re-tune the entire guitar.
The D'Addario NS Guitar Capo is a solid and sturdy capo that works with both 6 and 12-string guitars. Both electric and acoustic guitarists can use it. It can even accommodate radiused fretboards.
This capo is made of metal and can be operated with one hand. It also has a screw for tension adjustments.
A clean and well-kept guitar is one of the first signs that a guitarist is responsible and serious about their craft. Therefore, a good cleaning and maintenance kit is a must.
If you’re on a tight budget but still want to put a smile on your beloved guitarist’s face, you might consider the Music Nomad MN103 Guitar One. It is super-affordable and a great gift for any guitarist, acoustic or electric.
The Guitar One solution is a cleaner, polisher, and wax all in one. It has a mild formula so it won’t damage even the most delicate finishes.
When it’s time to record vocals for the album, a quality microphone is necessary. However, not any quality microphone will suffice. Only studio mics.
The Audio-Technica AT2020 is a fantastic cardioid microphone that won’t break the bank. The microphone is compact, elegant, and comes with an adjustable stand mount. It’s capable of recording the tone accurately and giving the more expensive models a good run for their money.
Often praised for its durability and impressive versatility, this mic is used widely by both amateurs and pros.
Blues, country, and southern rock are almost unimaginable without its majesty – the slide. Slides are made of various materials, and glass is among the most popular. That’s because it gives a super-clean tone and is easy on the fretboard.
If you’re looking for a super-affordable gift, you can’t go wrong with a slide. The Ernie Ball Glass Slide is made of 4mm thick glass. It has an outside diameter of 1” which is enough to accommodate most players. It is 58mm long, enough for any six-string guitar out there, including resonators, electrics, and acoustics.
20. Shure SE215-CL
Countless musicians, especially rock and metal, have damaged their hearing with long-term exposure to excessive sound pressure level. That’s why almost all professional musicians today wear in-ear monitors and earplugs.
The Shure SE215-CL earphones are affordable earphones for working musicians who can’t afford custom-made monitors just yet. The earphones can lower up to 37 decibels of noise, enough to protect the musician’s ears even on the loudest stages.
The SE215-CL also has high-quality cables, low-profile shape, and capable drivers. Each package includes foam tips in three sizes (L, M, S) to ensure the proper fit.
Not just humans, but guitars suffer when the humidity is too low or too high as well. This is especially true of acoustic guitars, as they are far more fragile than their solid-bodied electric siblings.
The D’Addario Humidipak is a two-way humidifier that’s meant to treat the inside of the acoustic guitar. The fact that it’s a two-way system means it adds humidity when it’s low and reduces it when it’s too high.
The Humidipak’s default relative humidity level is 45%, which is ok for the vast majority of acoustics out there. The package contains three Humidipak bags, one soundhole mesh cover, and one headstock mesh bag.
They may not be handymen or repair specialists, but guitarists also have their tool sets and kits. These are carefully tailored for guitar maintenance duties and a well-rounded kit is among the most thoughtful gifts you can give a guitar player.
The Ernie Ball Musician’s Tool Kit is packed in a nice and simple carrying case that can fit into a gig bag pocket. The tools included cover pretty much all maintenance, adjustment, and minor repair duties that acoustic and electric guitarists might face on a regular basis. And the tasks that can’t be handled with this tool kit are best entrusted to a guitar repair pro anyway.
Guitarists who spend a lot of time playing on their feet run a high risk of injuring their shoulder and neck nerves and muscles. A wide and thickly padded strap is the best way to prevent injury and help those who are already in pain.
The neoprene KLIQ AirCell Guitar Strap features patented AirCell cushions that make sure the weight distribution is even and balanced. The strap is 3” wide which is far wider than a standard strap. Also, the length can be adjusted anywhere from 46” to 56”.
Though it might seem irrelevant, the distance of the strings from the fretboard plays a significant role in the overall tone of the guitar. While many guitarists leave the string action adjustment to a pro, the handy players would rather do it themselves.
The Co-Link Baroque String Action Ruler is a versatile pocket-sized ruler that can be used on both acoustic and electric guitars, or any string instrument for that matter. All units and conversion tables are expressed in both millimeters and inches, making it even more versatile.
25. Marshall MS2
Micro amplifiers are a great way to have fun on the go and in places where a full-sized amp can’t be used. They are commonly battery-operated and weigh next to nothing.
The Marshall MS2 is a hugely popular micro amp. Despite its minute size, the amp rocks the classic Marshall looks revered among rock and metal guitarists. The amp also weighs less than half a pound and has a belt clip in the rear.
As is to be expected, the MS2 runs on batteries, in this case 9V D batteries. It can play either through the built-in speaker or a pair of headphones.
While some guitarists prefer to keep their prized possessions safely tucked away in guitar cases, others like to keep them on display. If your guitarist belongs to the latter group and lives in a cramped apartment, a wall mount might be a nice gift.
Around for decades, the String Swing CC01K has a great reputation among acoustic and electric guitars alike. The base of the mount is made of hardwood, while the yoke is made of rubber-coated metal. This wall mount is compatible with all guitar brands and models.
Though it’s hard to tell by the audience, a concert stage is quite a messy place and anything that can help reduce the clutter is more than welcome. Along with other measures, some guitarists like to use pedal power supplies.
If your guitarist is struggling with unruly cables, the Donner Dp-1 Guitar Pedal Power Supply might be a good solution. This power supply unit can power up to ten pedals. So, instead of ten power cables, your guitarist will only need one.
The power unit is lightweight and compact so it’s easy to pack up and transport. The package also includes ten link power cables, AC adapter, and two polarity reversal cables.
In an effort to cut cable clutter to a minimum, many guitarists use special short cables to link their pedals. But sometimes that’s not enough, especially if there are many pedals to connect.
To help your guitar player solve the cable issue once and for all, you can buy him or her the DIY Solderless Pedalboard Kit by D’Addario. The package includes 10 inches of cable, a cable cutter, ten ¼” plugs, and a screwdriver.
The fretboard is probably the guitar part that takes the most punishment. Therefore, it needs proper care and love to stay in top condition.
If you want to give your guitarist a thoughtful gift, the Music Nomad MN105 F-ONE Oil is a great choice. The oil is 100% natural and free of any ingredients that might damage the fretboard.
The oil can be used on both acoustic and electric guitar fretboards, regardless of the wood. Finally, it is super-affordable and lasts a while.
Though often overlooked, a pedal board is a very important piece of a performing guitarist’s equipment. It keeps the effect pedals organized and easily accessible. It also reduces the clutter on the stage as it eliminates most of the long cables.
The Donner Guitar Pedalboard with Case is an excellent choice here, as it is a complete package and an affordable one at that. The board is made of a sturdy aluminum alloy and can house two rows of pedals. It comes with a quality canvas bag that has a big side pocket and durable zippers. The package also contains 60” of adhesive tape.
It is no secret that like all other musicians, guitarists love gifts that show appreciation for their craft. Therefore, going with any of these 30 options is guaranteed to put a mile-wide smile on your guitarist’s face.