Well, its that time of year again. Here are 5 fantastic relatively affordable gift ideas for the guitarist you love (in order of price):
- The Guitar Player Repair Guide by Dan Erlewine - I’ve recommended this before, and I’m recommending it again, and will continue to do so until I’m blue in the face. This book covers everything the budding DIY guitarist will ever need to know regarding maintenance and repair of their guitar. Well, maybe not everything...but it's a darn good reference and a must have for every Frugal Guitarist.
- Pick Punch - Guitar players are literally always in need of picks. And you'd be surprised how expensive these little critters can get, especially if the guitarist in question always seems to be loosing them (ahem, you looking at me?). Pick Punch to the rescue! For ~$25, you can pick up a pick punch to make a pick out of almost any pliable material. You can also pick up sheets of material from their site at $2.50.
- SX Guitars - With prices starting as low as $85, rondomusic.com's SX line continues to receive a solid recommendation from FG. We've reviewed a handful of SX guitars and have always found the instruments to be a fantastic value. Most impressive is their ~$99 SX Hawk Stop Tail (reviewed here under it's old name, the SST57) which places a Gibson style stop tail on a Fender Strat style design.
Vox Pathfinder 15r - This tiny little amp has quite a cult following delivering some surprisingly dynamic tones with a nice Voxy Chime. Its much louder than its 15 watt rating would lead you to believe and has built in tremolo and reverb. At ~$120, its just a killer deal perfect as a practice/backup amp for those with a bigger rig or as a small amp for beginners. Read the full review here.
- Zoom G3 - I was extremely impressed with both the quality and power this unit offers, especially considering its relatively low price. Typical street price runs ~$199, but deals can be found with prices as low as ~$165. Read a full review of the G3 here.