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December 18, 2014

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A Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians

It's that time of year, and you waited too long. That's okay - we're musicians, and we've been late to a gig or two, too. The good news is that, well, we're musicians, and we know exactly what we want for Christmas. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, let us help guide you in the right direction.

For the Electric Guitar Enthusiast

So, your giftee already has an electric guitar, or maybe you know they have one on the way. A word to the wise: don’t forget the amp and cable. There’s nothing worse than a new guitar you can’t plug in. To avoid a Blue Christmas, we recommend checking out our mini amps starting as low as $24.95, and if you can't decide on which cable to pick up, advice is FREE at 888-686-7872.

Do you hear what I hear? You will, with the right gear.

Check these out:

1. Danelectro Honey Tone Mini Amp Aqua: $24.95
2. Lava Krakatoa Coil Instrument Cable 25' Angle-Straight: $99.95

For the Acoustic Guitar Rock Star

This holiday season, let's remember the time-tested saying, "KISS" - or "Keep It Simple, Stupid". Don't overthink gifts for the acoustic guitarist in your life. Buy a simple stand, and make the guitar easy to pick up and play every day. A humidifier is also a good idea during the dry winter months.

Check these out:

1. Planet Waves Humidipak Auto Humidity Control System: $19.99
2. Hercules Single Guitar Stand: $34.95
3. Hercules Wood Wall Mount Guitar Hanger: $27.99

Wanna stand up and rock out?

Good luck without a guitar strap! Don't let a recently gifted guitar crash to the floor. Different guitars have different attachments for straps, so be sure they match up before you checkout.

For most players, these items are must-haves:

  • Capo, string-winder, tuner, extra strings, and picks: These items are small and perfect additions to a guitarists' arsenal. They also make great stocking stuffers.
  • Gig bags: A lot of guitars come with a case, but if you want something more durable with lots of storage, we highly recommend picking up a gig bag. Mono and Reunion Blues both make outstanding products, and they're budget-friendly, too.
  • Books and sheet music: If you are familiar with the level and types of music that fit your player, books and sheet music are great ways for them to learn to play or expand their arsenal of songs. If he/she doesn’t ‘read music’, stick to tablature.

Still not sure what to get?

Most musicians would have the time of their life exploring Chicago Music Exchange, in-store or online. Don’t hesitate to purchase a Gift Card and let them find exactly what they want. Nothing Jingle Bell Rocks like being able to give the exact effects pedal your giftee has always wanted, without the stress of shopping attached.

In the end, you can spend $10 or you can spend $10,000, but what really matters is the thought behind the gift! If you're picking up a gift for a guitarist, make sure it's something useful for that particular musician. Let's try our best to avoid a silent night - pick it up, plug it in, and rock out this holiday season!

In the comments section, let us know what gifts you're looking forward to! It might help someone else buy a gift for a friend, or it might help someone buy a gift for you - it wouldn't be the first time Santa visited Chicago Music Exchange.

Alyssa Welch
Alyssa Welch