Buying for a tricky guitar player? Here’s a guide to weird and wonderful guitarists presents for the player who has everything…
Musicians tend to develop a condition known as G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome) over time. They indulge their love of music by buying it endless gifts of music gear…
As a result, you often find that your musical friends will have every imaginable bit of music gear. It would seem there is nothing you add to this collection of instruments and equipment, if you wanted to buy them a present.
Thankfully, there are all manner of useful, weird and wonderful items that they are unlikely to have even thought of.
Here we present a list of gifts for the guitarist with everything.
Fender Cutting Board
Yes, you read that correctly. If the guitarist in question also likes to work some creative magic in the kitchen, then these are perfect. Made from recycled alder, shaped to a Tele or Stratocaster body shape and with Fender branding, this is a great way of combining two passions.
Look at that- I managed to get through that without a single mention of great chops, or shredding…
Planet Waves Pick Holder With LED
This is a handy, pocket sized gadget which is useful for anyone who plays gigs on darkened stages, or has a habit of loosing plectrums (sorry, plectra…) no matter how hard they try.
At the end of a regular key chain is a small unit, which will hold 4 or 5 plectrums. In addition, a blue LED activated by a button on the device is bright enough to read the controls of your pedal board (or find the keyhole on your fornt door/ car on these cold winter mornings…)
It even holds keys!
EHX is no stranger to unusual guitar effects, but the Electro Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifter Pedal is undoubtedly one of its most unusual. It takes your regular guitar tone and can change the pitch across three octaves. Now there are pitch shifting pedals, and then there’s this absolute beast. The EHX Pitch Fork even offers up a dual mode which allows you to create two different pitches at the same time, making it sound like there’s more than one guitar being played. Go from lush, bright 18 string guitar sounds to doom laden low end sonic monstrosities at the turn of a knob.
You can even change the pitch via an expression pedal meaning you have hands free control over how your guitar sounds at all times. Dive bomb to your hearts content and fly from one end of the musical note spectrum with the bend of your knee.
There really is nothing quite like this pedal. For anyone who may like to add an interesting new dimension to their sound, this is perfect.
Guitarists tend to, well, show off a bit. When they do, they like to wander around a lot, and get close to their audience. The only problem is that the guitar cable can be a bit restrictive when it comes to ‘roaming, the stage.
A wireless guitar system frees the guitarist from these ‘chains’, allowing them to strut the stage, throw shapes and generally roam free.
The AKG WMS40 Mini Instrument Set offers this freedom, in a small package with a low price tag.
Joe is a contributor for the Dawsons Music blog. Specialising in product reviews and crafting content to help and inspire musicians of all musical backgrounds.