Holiday Gift Guide 2017 for Guitarists

Guitar Girl Magazine Gift Guide 2017
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For the guitar enthusiast in your life, this holiday season is a great time for buying gifts at bargain prices.  From guitars to electronics, guitar straps, picks, music, jewelry, apparel, and more, there’s no end to the choices available this holiday season!

There are great deals right now on Black Friday through Cyber Monday.  If you miss those deals, there will be more ahead!

Check out our recommendations of some of the hottest gear we feel would be great gifts, some of which we had the opportunity to review.

Avoid the crowds at the malls, and cyber shop today!  Happy Holidays!

Taylor Guitars

Earlier this year, Taylor Guitars introduced their Academy series guitars designed to inspire everyone from beginners to seasoned players looking for a great guitar at a great price. Along with that new series, they also introduced the GS Mini-e Bass which is a delight to play.

Taylor Guitars Dreadnought Academy 10e

The Adacemy 10e is a Dreadnought guitar that distills the essential features of a great acoustic guitar into a budget-friendly form. This series was designed with developing players in mind, so the goal was to create as comfortable a playing experience as possible.

  • Body Body type: Taylor A10 Dreadnought 15/16th-Scale Cutaway: No Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce Back & sides: Layered Sapele Bracing pattern: Academy Series Bracing Body finish: Matte 2.0 Varnish Orientation: Right handed Neck Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm) Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony Neck wood: Saplele Scale length: 24.87 in. Number of frets: 20 Neck finish: Matte 2.0 Varnish Electronics
  • Over the past four-plus decades there’s a resounding theme from Taylor Guitars: passion for improving the guitar-playing experience
  • As a company that’s passionate about exposing more players to the pleasures of making music, Taylor isn’t content to see people throw in the towel before they have a chance to get their groove on
  • The Academy Series, which includes the Academy 10e Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar, represents Taylor’s effort to support the development of the entry-level guitar player
  • Taylor believes that in many respects a player who is just beginning deserves the best-playing guitar

Check out our review and decide if it’s the right guitar for you!

Product Review: Taylor Guitars Academy 10e
Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Priced at $649.00 on Amazon, Sam Ash, and other online retail stores.

Taylor Guitars GS Mini-e Acoustic-Electric Bass

This is a great little bass that’s fun to play.  We had the opportunity to review this little beauty and fell in love right away!  Thanks to the breakthrough Taylor design, the GS Mini Bass offers players a remarkably inviting small-scale acoustic bass that’s compact, lightweight and ultra-comfortable on the hands.

  • GS Mini-e Acoustic-Electric Bass Regular Natural
  • There’s something undeniably inviting about the Taylor GS Mini’s scaled-down size, yet playing just a few notes reveal the impressive voice of a full-size instrument
  • That mix of portability and musicality has proven to be a winning combination that fits into so many scenarios in life, from the couch to the campfire to the concert hall
  • It’s not too big, it’s not too precious, and it’s not too expensive
  • That broad-based accessibility has given it a resounding universal appeal, not to mention a built-in fun factor

Check out review – Product Review: Taylor Guitars GS Mini Bass

Priced at $699 on Amazon, Sam Ash, and other music store retailers.


Fender Limited Edition Duo-Sonic HS Electric Guitar with Pau Ferro Fingerboard Canary Diamond

Fender Duo Sonic HS Electric Guitar - Canary DiamondThis guitar is a dream.  The all-girl band Warpaint, plays the Duo-Sonic and they have shared their experiences on playing the Fender offsets. We recently had the opportunity to review the Duo Sonic and loved it.  A modernized version of a student-turned-classic instrument originally released in 1956, the Duo-Sonic HS model’s compact form belies its giant-sized sound and it’s the ideal companion for adventurous players who aren’t afraid to buck the norm and shatter expectations.  It has a double cutaway solid Alder wood body with a bolt-on Maple C neck. The scale length is 24 inches and the fret board is made of Pau Ferro.  The Duo-Sonic HS new pickups that let the true voice of the instrument shine. The single-coil Duo-Sonic neck pickup is joined by a vintage-spec humbucking bridge pickup for flexible tone that can match any playing style imaginable.

Be sure and check out our review!

Fender Duo Sonic HS Electric Guitar review by Guitar Girl Magazine 

They come in several cool vintage colors, but I personally like the Canary Diamond finish. Priced at $524.99, it’s a great value.

I also love it in Daphne Blue!  Sam Ash has that one in stock!

Free shipping and the guaranteed lowest price as

Fender Duo-Sonic HS Electric Guitar (Daphne Blue)

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Detroit Wallace Guitars 

Inspire the Musician in Your Life This Holiday Season with One-of-a-Kind Wallace Detroit Guitars

Wallace Detroit GuitarHandcrafted guitars made from reclaimed wood of Detroit landmarks will bring years of enjoyment for the music lover in your life

Wallace Detroit Guitars lifestyle photoThis holiday season, Wallace Detroit Guitars is bringing the meaning back to gift giving with its one-of-a-kind, handmade guitars. One part the ultimate ‘players’ instrument and the other part beautiful objet d’art, Wallace Detroit Guitars are timeless instruments that will provide years of inspiration for the musician in your life. Made of reclaimed wood from several Detroit historical landmarks, each guitar has its own unique story and is the only one like it in the world.

Prices start at $1,995 and I believe are custom ordered.  They’re beautiful so check them out!

Check out Amazon for great prices on guitars!


JamPlay Online Lessons

If you are a beginner guitarist or someone wanting to brush up on their technique that you’re buying for this holiday season, online lessons are a great way to give. They can learn to play guitar online in their own home with JamPlay.

All week they’re having “Black Friday Week” and they have an amazing deal that is selling at a crazy rate. Maybe since it’s their lowest price of the year! Enjoy 1 Month at JamPlay with their “Epic Chords” JamTrack Pack for just $5.00. Wow!! With upcoming Master Courses, Live Platform, and over 450 courses… there’s no better time to pick up a membership.

JamPlay Black Friday Week dealThe $5 deal ends promptly at midnight on Monday, November 27, so don’t miss this opportunity.  Enter code BF2017 at checkout!

Guitar Straps

Capturing Couture

If you’re looking for a gorgeous guitar strap as a stocking stuffer, Capturing Couture is offering several of their guitar straps at a great discount for the holiday season.

Capturing Couture GTR20-RDRS-Red-Organza-Guitar-Strap-on-guitar


The Organza 2 inch guitar strap is simply beautiful and so comfortable.  Originally priced at $99.00, it’s on sale now for $45.58.



Capturing Couture GTR20-SOFB-Sofia-Black-Guitar-Strap-on-guitar


The Sofia Black 2″ guitar strap is another one of their beautiful and comfortable guitar straps that is absolutely gorgeous. This one was originally priced at $89.00, and is on sale now for $26.70.  What a deal!

Click on the image below to be taken directly to their website.

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff designs statement-making handbags and accessories with her trademark leathers, studs and edgy hardware. Along with hand bags, shoes, watches, clothing, and accessories, she also designs beautiful guitar straps. From embroidery to studded, furs, jacquard prints, and appliques, these straps are made of high quality materials and fashin forward style.


IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia has some really great products that are quite reasonable and will make excellent gifts for the guitar enthusiast.

iRig Acoustic Stage

IRig Acoustic Stage is a very useful tool for acoustic guitarists. It’s a is a revolutionary digital microphone system made for any type of acoustic guitar, including steel string guitars, nylon string guitars, and even ukuleles. The device produces studio quality acoustic guitar sounds that can be used for live shows or high-level home recordings.

It’s portable and priced at around $99/USD and it is a great device for any musician of any skill level to have in their arsenal.  Available at IK, Amazon or other online retailers.  It’s on sale at Amazon now for $74.06!

iRig Acoustic Stage Product Review


iRig Pro I/O

The handy iRig Pro I/O from IK Multimedia is a pocket-sized, full featured audio and MIDI interface that has a solid feel and sturdy construction. It’s sleek black frame looks great.  If you’ve grown up recording with 4 track recorders and then onto Pro Tools, it’s amazing to work with such a tiny, yet powerful, portable recording device.  It’s fun to use, easy to understand, and versatile. It works with almost any gear in a home studio- microphones, guitars, keyboards, and MIDI.  Also comes with some really great apps for musicians for free!

Priced at $149.99 and is available at, Amazon, and other online retailers.


IK Multimedia - iRig PRO

iRig Keys

IK Multimedia also recently came out with iRig KEYS which is a keyboard controller range featuring a built-in audio interface. iRig Keys I/O is much more than just a simple controller, it is a true studio centerpiece providing users with a flexible way to complete their music productions from start to end using a single piece of equipment that is unmatched for speed and simplicity of use. This would be a great addition for guitarists to have in their arsenal for recording.  Only $99.00!



IK Multimedia - iRig KEYSThey have so many great other gadgets, too, so definitely check them out this holiday season.

Orange Amps

Orange Amps just recently released two new pedals we think are awesome.  The Fur Coat is a vintage fuzz and the Getaway Driver is an overdrive, cab sim, class A type pedal. Both have been designed by Orange’s Technical Director, Adrian Emsley.

Orange Fur Coat Vintage Fuzz Pedal with Adjustable Octave

The Orange Fur Coat Fuzz is loosely based on the old Foxx Tone Machine which was a great fuzz from 1970. A version of this was later made by Prescription Electronics under the name Experience, which added a swell feature to the existing design. These are also sought after and sell for lots of money secondhand. It features Volume, EQ, Octave, & Fuzz Controls and is powered with a regulated 9-12V DC center-negative power supply.  This is their only True Bypass pedal.


orange-amps-fur-coat-pedal-front Orange Amplification Fur Coat Vintage Fuzz Pedal

The Getaway Driver is an amp-in-a-box type pedal with just three dials – Volume, Bite (tone) and Gain. While the pedal adds its vintage vibe on all amplifiers, it really excels when used with the amplifier’s clean channel, even ones with a bright cap.

Both pedals are priced at $155 each and can be found on Amazon, Sam Ash, and other music retailers.


Orange Amplification Getaway Driver Overdrive Pedal

Orange Amplifiers Micro Crush PiX 3 Watt 9-Volt Mini Amp

Check out the Orange CR3 mini combo amp. We love the portability. Smaller than a bag of actual oranges, this little amp’s got way-huge tone. Just pop in a 9V and you’re good to go. Pushing a 4″ speaker with a mere three watts, the sound of the CR3 is still 100% Orange all the way. And unlike other so-called mini amps, the CR3’s got a full set of controls, including volume, tone, and overdrive. There’s even a tuner and a headphone output on the CR3. And to top it all off, the CR3 is made of the same wood, covered in the same surfacing, and features the same grille cloth found on most Orange amps. How cool is that!?

Priced at $69 which is great for a small amp packed with a huge tone!


Orange Amplification Micro Crush PiX 3-Watt 1×4″ Guitar Combo Amplifier

Fun Stuff

Guitar Jewelry is always a fun present for the guitarist. What girl doesn’t like jewelry?

Guitar picks make great stocking stuffers?  As guitarists are “picky” about the picks they use, find out what thickness and materials they prefer.

Guitar Apparel can define your style as a musician – rock, folk, funk, grunge, pop!  What’s your style?

Wall hangers, guitar strings, fun lifestyle finds — anything relating to guitars.  We’ve seen coffee mugs, cheese platters, spatulas, baskets, and so many cute things!


Samson and Hartke

Samson and Hartke are running specials for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These are valid from 11/23-11/27.

Samson Q2U USB Microphone Pack.  Regularly priced at $59.99, but during the sale, marked down to $44.99.

Samson’s Q2U combines the convenience of digital and analog audio capture into one dynamic microphone. With XLR and USB outputs, the Q2U is the first choice for home/studio and mobile recording, as well as stage performance. The Q2U is simple to setup and outshines microphones that cost more than twice the price. It comes with a mic clip, desktop tripod stand with extension piece, windscreen, XLR cable and USB cable… A package with everything you need to start recording right out of the box.

  • High-quality dynamic handheld microphone with XLR and USB I/O
  • XLR output plugs directly into any console
  • Plugs directly into any computer with a USB input
  • 5 mm stereo headphone jack with volume control for no-latency monitoring
  • Includes: Q2U Dynamic Cardioid Microphone, Desktop Stand, Mic Clip, USB Cable, and XLR Cable


Samson Q8x Handheld Dynamic Mic (*Buy One, Get One Free) Regularly priced at $99.99, but during the sale, it’s buy one, get one FREE.

Samson’s flagship Q8x Professional Dynamic Vocal Microphone provides the ultimate in sound reproduction for live and studio vocal and instrument performances. This high output mic faithfully captures a wide dynamic range with exceptional mid-range clarity. Its supercardioid pickup pattern provides maximum gain before feedback, while an updated body design and pneumatic capsule shockmount minimize handling noise.

  • Premium dynamic vocal microphone with exceptional mid-range clarity
  • Supercardioid pickup pattern with excellent off-axis rejection
  • Smooth, flat frequency response of 50Hz-16kHz
  • Handles high SPLs of up to 150dB for close miking situations
  • Improved pneumatic capsule shock mount minimizes handling noise

Samson Z55 Professional Reference Headphones.  Regularly priced at $149.99, but during the sale, marked down to $99.99.

Samson’s flagship Z55 Professional Reference Headphones meet the highest standards of critical studio reference head-on. The Z55s offer exceptional detail and clarity with an immersive soundstage and frequency response that’s impeccably balanced. The Z55s deliver all the subtle elements of a mix. No hype, just the ultimate in sound reproduction, comfort and convenience.

  • Lightweight, low-profile design with genuine lambskin cushioning
  • Collapsible, closed-back design with 90 degrees rotating ear cups
  • Premium 45mm drivers with rare earth magnets
  • 10Hz?25kHz frequency response
  • Detachable 8′ straight, 4′?10′ coiled and 4′ straight with microphone and call/answer control cables


Samson QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier.  Regularly priced at $69.99, but during the sale, marked down to $54.99.

You’ve positioned your microphones, set your levels and everyone’s ready to record. Now, you need a way for each performer to hear themselves. That’s where the Samson QH4 comes in… The QH4 is a 4-channel headphone amplifier designed to distribute your audio to up to four individual headphones, each with its own volume control. Its compact design is perfect for use with any studio or desktop workstation, as well as with your laptop or smartphone when you’re recording on the go.

  • 4-channel stereo headphone distribution amplifier
  • Four independent 1/4″ stereo headphone channels
  • Individual volume control on each headphone channel
  • Two balanced 1/4″ input connectors
  • Stereo 1/8″ Aux input and output

Samson M30 Powered Studio Monitors.  Regularly priced at $79.99, but during the sale, marked down to $59.99.

Samson’s MediaOne M30 Powered Studio Monitors are a compact, full-range speaker solution for all your desktop and multimedia applications. Whether you’re listening to music, producing tracks, watching videos or gaming, this stereo monitor pair features an internal amplifier, solid wood construction and high-quality components that produce big sound, while occupying minimal desktop space.

  • 3″ copolymer woofer that provides tight lows, complemented by a 3/4″ silk-dome tweeter housed in a custom waveguide that adds smooth highs with a wide sound stage.
  • Powered by an internal 20-watt (10 Watts per channel), studio-grade a/B amplifier to produce robust, detailed sound.
  • 1/8″ (3.5mm) output allows you to integrate a powered subwoofer with your Media One M30s to create a 2.1 system

Samson Stage 200 Dual-Channel Handheld VHF Wireless.  Regularly priced at $129.99, but during the sale, marked down to $99.99.

Samson’s Stage 200 is a dual-channel wireless microphone system that provides two handheld dynamic microphones that transmit to a single rugged metal receiver. Each handheld features Samson’s Q6 mic element, providing crisp, clear sound and reliable VHF wireless performance for home karaoke, live presentation, education, house of worship and other dual-performer applications.

  • Dual-channel VHF wireless system
  • Fixed frequency design for instant setup
  • Two frequency bands (region dependent) support up to four performers simultaneously
  • 1/4″ audio cables and AC adapter included

Hartke Bass Attack 2 Bass Preamp/Direct Box.  Regularly priced at $149.99, but during the sale, marked down to $99.99.

The Bass Attack 2 combines Hartke’s classic preamp/direct box circuitry and striking tone into a rugged, zinc die cast stompbox-style design. Its ultra-clean, flexible output stage and vast array of tone shaping controls include 1/4″ and balanced XLR direct outputs and Hartke’s legendary Shape EQ, Contour and Overdrive effect.

  • Bass preamp and direct box with overdrive
  • Shape EQ circuit with Frequency and Amount control
  • Bass and Treble knobs with Contour EQ switch
  • Overdrive effect with Mix wet/dry control
  • Powered via two AA batteries, AC adapter (sold separately) or phantom power

Don’t forget to support your favorite artists by purchasing their merch.  I know that Jewel, Alanis Morissette and Meiko are having Black Friday Deals, so be sure and check your favorite artists’ website to see what deals they have for the holidays. You can also support them by purchasing their music through Amazon, iTunes and so many other places.

And, of course, there’s always gift cards!!

Shop Amazon Gift Cards. Any Occasion. No Expiration.

We hope this helps you find that perfect gift for your favorite musician!



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