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Gifts for Guitar Lovers

Gifts for Guitar Lovers

Posted by Matt McCracken on 10th Nov 2021

We’ve reached that time of year again! frosty mornings, shorter days, darker nights, and of course, the relentless Christmas marketing machine. If you’ve got a guitarist in your life and you’re unsure what to purchase for them, then this guide is for you! Navigating the melee of Black Friday bargains and social media ad bombardment can feel overwhelming at times, but as musicians and music lovers first and foremost, Northwest Guitars are here to help.

Making the Right Choice

Us guitarists can be finicky buy for, but fear not, for there are certain essentials that we are always happy to receive! You don’t have to know your spalted maple from quilted to ensure the guitarist in your home is happy this Christmas.

Some of these items are essentials that we always need renewing, some will be new to us, enhancing our instruments and even our playing. We’ve separated these items into electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar to ensure you get the right thing for your loved one this Christmas, whether you’re looking for a little stocking filler, or you’re putting together a care package for the guitarist in your home.

Gifts for Electric Guitar Players

Electric guitarists are the most well catered for in the music industry. This is down to the popularity of the instrument, which has hundreds of millions of players worldwide. Buying for electric guitar players is easier than others, but there are still certain hurdles to navigate, so let us do the hard work for you!

Ear Protection

If the guitarist in your life plays live, or regularly goes to gigs then these  D’Addario Pacato Ear Plugs will be incredibly useful to them. Not only will they help them hear better on stage, but they do the double duty of protecting the most important asset a musician has, their ears. Wearing ear plugs is essential to prevent tinnitus from long term exposure to loud noises, and every guitarist needs a set of these in their armoury.

D'Addario Pacato Ear Plugs - £23.99

D'Addario Ear Plugs

Guitar Slides

Slide guitar is a whole discipline within the electric guitar, and the  D’Addario Chrome Plated Brass Slide is a great place for guitarists to start if they’ve never delved into it. It takes some getting used to, but can really enhance the understanding of the guitar from a technical and creative standpoint, opening up a world of new sounds to experiment with. A slide is also a great gift for any acoustic guitarist!

D'Addario Chrome Plated Brass Slide - £13.84

D'Addario Guitar Slides

Electric Guitar Strings

Probably not the sexiest item on this list, but  Ernie Ball String Packs are an essential purchase for any guitarist. We literally cannot play without them! There are several choices of string gauge, so if you want more info on that, then check out the String Gauge Guide. If you’re still ensure, then going for the Regular Slinky is your best bet. We’re always happy to receive new strings, and you can be assured that unlike that jumper you bought last year, they will definitely get regularly used!

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky 3 Pack - £17.99

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky

Guitar String Lube

A lot of guitarists don’t realise that they can make their strings last longer by wiping them down before and after use.  GHS Fast Fret does two jobs for guitar players, both cleaning and lubricating the strings. This ensures that guitar strings last longer, and enhances the playability of the guitar itself by allowing your hands to slide quickly across the strings.

GHS Fast Fret - £7.00

GHS Fast Fret

Gifts for Acoustic Guitar Players

Acoustic Guitarists are a slightly different breed to electric guitarists, but are still very well catered for by the music industry. A lot of guitarists get their start on acoustic guitar as it’s considered a great foundation for building hand strength and dexterity, so if you’ve got a new guitarist in your house then these gifts will help them continue their guitar playing career.

Clip on Guitar Tuners

A clip on tuner works brilliantly with an acoustic guitar, picking up the natural vibrations that resonate through the instrument to help guitarists get their guitar in tune. A tuner is an essential purchase for any guitarist, but often new guitarists are left frustrated by bulky and unreliable tuners that come in acoustic guitar starter packs. With the  Snark Clip On Tuner, you can rest assured their guitar is always in tune, giving them the perfect playing platform to spring forth from.

Snark Clip On Tuner - £11.99

Snark Clip On Tuner

Acoustic Guitar Humidifiers

Long term care of acoustic guitars often goes under the radar, even for guitarists who’ve been playing for a long time. Acoustic guitars in particular are at the behest of temperature changes, so leaving your acoustic in a room that is too dry can cause the wood to warp and the neck and fretboard to shrink, causing issues with playability. The  D’Addario Humidipak takes care of that problem, ensuring they can store their guitar anywhere in the house without worrying about damage to the instrument.

D'Addario Humidipak Humidity Control System - £28.70

D'Addario Humidifier for Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar Strings

Strings are essential for all guitarists, and these  Martin Authentic Acoustic 3 Packs will keep them playing! Martin Guitars have been manufacturing instruments since 1833, so you can rest assured they know a thing or two about what makes a great guitar string. If you’re unsure of what gauge to get, we’d recommend the Extra Light gauge for new guitarists, or Medium gauge for those that have been playing a bit longer.

Martin Authentic Acoustic 3 Pack Extra Light - £16.99

Martin Authentic Acoustic Guitar Strings

String Winder

The humble  String Winder is not a flashy gift, nor is it expensive, but by God it is useful. There are loads of guitarists who are hand winding their strings, blissfully unaware there’s a much easier way! String Winders can really be a game changer, allowing guitarists to quickly change their strings without the time consuming bit of winding the strings on. If the guitarist in your life doesn’t have one of these then trust us, they will thank you!

Northwest Guitars String Winder & Peg Puller - £2.99

String Winder

Gifts for Bass Guitar Players

The bass guitar player is the underserved and unsung hero of the guitar world. The foundation of any great musical act, the bass may not be as flashy as electric guitar or as sophisticated as the acoustic guitar, but it is the most essential part of any sound, alongside the drums. Bass Guitar players have slightly less choice than Electric and Acoustic Guitarists, but there are still plenty of great gifts you can get for bass players this Christmas.

Guitar Cables

Cables are a renewable item and bass players will go through many of these in their lifetime. You can help bass players this Christmas by getting them a high quality cable that will last longer. A good quality cable ensures that sound signals are transferred reliably and accurately, whilst being durable enough to put with the abuse musical instrument accessories suffer during life on the road. Our selection of  Ernie Ball Cables gives you loads of options for length and a great selection of colours, helping you give them something stand out this Christmas.

Ernie Ball 10ft Braided Cable - £17.99

Ernie Ball Guitar Cables

Guitar Cleaning & Maintenance

Dr Duck's Ax Wax can be used on any part of the bass guitar, making it a great gift for the bass guitar player that likes to take good care of their instrument. This cleaning fluid will ensure the fretboard remains gunk free, the body stays clear of streaks, and strings are well lubricated. It’s friendly to vintage instrument finishes and even works on the metal hardware components of the instrument, making it a great all in one gift idea. Dr Duck's Ax Wax also works on electric and acoustic guitars.

Dr Duck's Ax Wax and String Lube - £7.99

Dr Ducks Ax Wax

Bass Guitar Strings

Just like electric and acoustic guitarists, bass players need strings too! Bassists across the years have made a name for themselves for not changing their strings often enough, so this Christmas you can give them some gentle encouragement with a set of  Rotosound Swing Bass Strings. Developed in conjunction with the legendary John Entwistle of The Who during the late 60s, Rotosound bass strings have been played on thousands of hit records, including everyone from Rush to Oasis.

Rotosound Swing Bass 66 Strings - £19.69

Guitar Stands

All guitarists are notorious for precariously placing their pride and joy against fireplaces, tables, chairs, sofas, and pretty much anything else they can find. This dangerous practice has resulted in many a broken headstock, dinged body, or damaged neck, and lets not get into the damage they can cause to floors and walls in the house! With a  Hercules Guitar Stand, you can ensure neither their instrument, nor your new wooden flooring is in danger ever again. An inexpensive gift, these stands also work electric guitars, and the Hercules AGS Guitar Stand is great for any kind of guitar.

Hercules EZPack Guitar Stand - £17.99

How about something different?

Maybe they’ve got everything on this list already, or you just wanted something a little different, whatever it may be, here are a few bonus suggestions for you if you didn’t fancy anything listed above.

Ernie Ball Mugs & Coasters

Nothing says I’m serious about my guitar playing as much as one of these  Ernie Ball Mugs and Coaster Sets! They’re a great gift when you’re unsure how useful something will be for them. It’s a safe bet that every guitarist you know has a drink at some point, and these are perfect for snazzing up their studio space or workshop!

Ernie Ball Slinky Drinks Coaster Set - £4.99

Guitar Picks

Guitar Picks (aka Plectrums) are another one of those essential items that guitarists cannot do without, and are always grateful to receive. Generally speaking, those that are into metal and hard rock, as well as bassists, prefer a thicker gauge, and those that like softer, styles and acoustic guitar players often prefer a thinner pick. If you’re unsure which gauge to go for you should pick then you can’t go wrong with a middle thickness, the Jim Dunlop Tortex Standard is a sure winner here.

Jim Dunlop Tortex Standard 73mm Pack of 12 - £5.99

Jim Dunlop Guitar Picks

Guitar Maintenance Kits

Guitar Maintenance Kits offer a selection of tools for guitarists to ensure that their instrument is in the best shape possible. Great for gigging guitarists or those who like to tinker with things, the maintenance kit is an excellent gift idea that will please any electric, acoustic, or bass guitarist this Christmas.

D'Addario Guitar Maintenance Kit - £79.99

Guitar Maintenance Kits

In Conclusion

Buying for people at Christmas is hard enough as it is without having to Google which gauge of strings is best for playing 70s era Prog Rock. But with these Christmas gift ideas for guitar players, you can rest assured whether they play electric, acoustic, or bass guitar, they’re well catered for!