- The Best Gifts for Guitarists
Buying gifts can be tricky at the best of times. As guitarists ourselves, however, we're well aware that we make life a little bit harder for our loved ones when it comes to presents - we're quite a picky bunch.
That's why we figured it's only fair to help out in some way. Think of this as a sort of personalised wishlist for guitarists, by guitarists! Read on for our top tips for guitarist gifts!
- A tuner
- A capo
- A premium guitar strap
- A reliable cable
- A guitar cleaning kit
- A mobile recording interface
- A spare set of strings
- An effects pedal
A Guitar Tuner
Why every guitarist needs a tuner
Every Guitarist needs a tuner no matter the level of experience. Even professional guitarists tune to a good tuner between every take when recording in the studio to make sure everything is bang on! And if it’s good enough for the pros then it’s good enough for the rest of us!
Tuners come in a few different guises. You could have a desktop one like this Boss TU-80. A clip-on tuner that attaches to your guitar, like this Snark Tuner, or The best gift for an experienced guitarist, the TC Electronic Polytune gives you a read out of all 6 strings at the same time and what’s more this one is so small it will squeeze onto even the tightest of pedalboards. Tuners don’t get much more advanced than this (without costing silly money!) so any experienced guitarist will appreciate fast efficient tuning on a tiny pedal!
How does a capo work?
Any guitarist who doesn’t have a Capo in their guitar case is missing out. Not only is it a great tool for transposing a song without having to adapt, a capo also opens your guitar up to different tonalities. You can get cheap and cheerful capos for less than a drink at the pub. However it’s worth investing £10-20 quid. Not only will it be better at fretting the strings for a clean and clear sound, better capos have a clamping design that’s easier to take on and off.
A Premium Guitar Strap
Guitar straps: the unsung heroes
A Guitar strap is an essential bit of gear for any guitarist but many settle for cheaper nylon straps. We can guarantee that no guitarist is going to be disappointed receiving a good quality leather or neoprene strap as a gift! Leather straps look fantastic, are hard wearing and even look better the older they get! Neoprene straps on the other hand are stretchy which allows for better weight distribution. For the ultimate luxury look out for straps that also include memory foam!
A Reliable Cable
Reliability is everything!
A cable should be for life, not just for [insert occasion here]! Well the great news is that many of our popular cable brands offer a lifetime warranty! This means top quality sound, excellent durable materials, and ease of use! Just keep hold of the packaging and if it ever fails, you can bring it in to Andertons Music Co. for a free replacement!
A Guitar Cleaning Kit
Why every guitarist needs a cleaning kit
What do you get the guitarist that already has their pride and joy instrument?
How about a pro cleaning kit to keep it in showroom condition? The Dunlop kit has absolute everything needed from body polish to fretboard lubricant and a cloth so they can use it right away!
A Mobile Recording Interface
How does a mobile interface work?
Where would a list of best gifts be without some sort of gadget? A Guitar interface can turn your iOS device into an amp simulator that lets you practise anywhere you go! Load up your favourite app and start jamming with a wide range of different amps, or start recording your EP! The perfect gift for a guitarist gadget lover with an iPhone or iPad!
A Set of Guitar Strings
Why every guitarist needs spare strings
Guitarists will NEVER have enough guitar strings. Some people think you only change your guitar strings when one breaks, when in actual fact, pro guitarists will change their strings every week! It’s a tonal thing. New strings sound better, stay in tune far longer and bring your guitar to life.
The only thing you may need to get right, is the string gauge and type. Every guitar is specifically set up for a certain gauge of string (the thickness) and if this is changed without another proper setup, it can affect the neck of the guitar. Not to worry though, most guitars come with .009 or .010 strings. Also, make sure you get electric strings if they have an electric guitar and acoustic strings if they favour acoustic.
Guitarists generally have a favourite brand and gauge, so you may need to sneakily find this information from the person you’re buying a gift for.
An Effects Pedal
Pedals: you can never have too many!
Guitarists tend to like collecting things by nature! Effects pedals are the perfect collective material for guitarists. They’re not all so expensive that you can’t justify the purchase of a new one, and there’s plenty of choice to grow a sizable collection!
If you’re looking for something on a budget, a number of brands like Tone City, Mooer, TC Electronic and Hotone offer compact effects at some seriously competitive prices. If you want something a bit fancier that'll provide plenty of creative legroom, our pedal range might just have what you're after!