Guitar Accessory Box in Disguise
What to Buy a Guitar Player: Unique Gift Ideas
Guitar players can be a difficult breed when it comes to buying gifts. A guitar player knows what he or she wants and sometimes obsesses over wanted accessories. If you don't play guitar, then you probably don't realize how many good gifts you can buy for guitar players.
Some guitar accessories become a must for any guitarist who has been playing for a while. Some of these guitar gifts are just plain fun.
Use these guitar gift ideas from a guitar player, who can help you buy a guitar gift that he/she really wants. Your gift is sure to be unusual and unexpected.
The guitar player you give your gift will be surprised that you got such a thoughtful guitar gift. These guitar player gifts work for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's day, and any other special occasion.
My Unusual Guitar Player Gift Ideas
Most of the time you think of picks, strings, strap, gig bags, and capos as great guitar player gifts. The following items are what a real guitar player might actually want, so beware. These unusual gifts for guitar players might surprise you.
- Ammo Box
- String Winder
- Lemon Oil
- Guitar Slide
- EBow (electronic Bow)
- Allen Wrench Set
- Guitar Humidifier
- DIY Crafty Guitar Accessories
- Ear Protection
- Portable Recorder
- Guitar Pick Maker
- Other misc. Items
Ammo Box for a Gift
Why buy an ammo box as a gift for a guitar player? Because I use one to keep all my guitar tools and extra strings, and it works great. These airtight and watertight ammo boxes are the perfect width to put sets of strings in.
You can store your polish, cloths, sting winders, Allen wrenches, jeweler screwdriver set, etc. all in the box. When string change time comes, get out the box, do the maintenance, and put it away. I got the idea from my dad using one as a toolbox.
String Winder and Cutter Tool
String Winder and Cutter Tool
Most guitar players would like to spend their time playing guitar, not changing strings. Give them the gift of playing less and spending less time on string changes using a string winder. Make sure you get the winder that also has a string cutter.
I have one, and use it all the time. The winder is not a necessity even though it speeds up string changes, but the cutter is. You might as well get both in one package. I have never used the model with a tuner also built in, but I want one.
Planet Waves String Winder
Lemon oil fretboard cleaner should be used at least a couple times a year, depending on how much you play. Think about other things that your fingers touch, such as a computer keyboard.
Over time, your skin oils and dirt builds up on any surface. Lemon oil cleans the fretboard and increases the life of the wood. Believe me when I say this works. I have seen the nasty black dirt on my rags.
Guitar Slides Make Great Gifts for Guitar Players
If your guitar player plays blues or bluegrass, then it's likely he'll want a slide. Your options of materials include classic glass bottleneck, Pyrex, ceramic, brass, chrome, or the innovative JetSlide. The JetSlide is a really cool way to play slide, and still be able to use your fingers for fretting at the flick of your finger. Here are some details on the materials and how they sound.
- Glass Slides: The glass slides will give a warm smooth sounding slide tone. Great for anyone wanting to play on electric.
- Brass Slides: Brass gives you a more harsh tone and long sustain. Brass gives you more volume also, if you are playing acoustic unplugged.
- Ceramic Slides: Ceramic is much like glass tone with an even warmer sound and more sustain.
- Chrome Slides: Gives you the sustain of a brass slide, with warm and even tone. The best overall material in my opinion.
Make sure you keep in mind that slides come in finger sizes. Medium will fit a medium adult finger. Most kids have skinny fingers, so buy small if you need. Also, if you can't decide which type of slide to buy, get the chrome. Chrome slides are somewhere in the middle in qualities most of the tonal qualities.
DIY Guitar Slides
Ebow (Electronic Bow for Guitar)
Inspiring Music Using the Ebow
An Ebow for the Cellist in your Guitarist
If you know a guitar player who would like to play other stringed instruments or even woodwind instruments, the EBow might be a perfect gift. I've had my EBow for a couple years, and I have enjoyed using it at church for modern rock style songs. I am able to hold long drawn out notes for an airy violin-type sound.
An EBow is not the cheapest accessory, but it can quickly become valuable to a guitarist who prefers using his hands instead of his feet for effects. You have ultimate expressive control once you get the hang of the EBow, slight nuances change the tone and volume of the sustained note.
I created an inspirational relaxation video and the EBow was used for the smooth string sound coming from the left that you hear at the beginning. These hand-held pieces will work on electric and acoustic guitar, but do take more precise positioning for acoustic guitar.
Ebows are Amazing!
Allen Wrench Set
Allen Wrenches for Truss Rod Adjustments
Why would you buy an Allen wrench set as a gift for a guitar player? A steel bar runs through the neck of a guitar that adjusts the curvature of the neck. Adjusting the truss rod is important for getting the guitar sounding and playing as good as it can.This is part of what we call the "set up."
An Allen wrench set will give your guitar player the tool to improve his or her own guitar. I have had a lot of luck adjusting my truss rods, but it can feel like you are breaking something the first time you try it.
This next part only applies to people who live in dry climates, like me. If you live in a wet climate, chances are it get pretty hot, so you have to worry about the heat warping your guitar. If you live in a climate that gets dry, like Indiana in the Winter, then you have to worry about the top of the guitar cracking. Most people don't know that the fret board also needs humidity. If your fretboard shrinks due to lack of moisture, then your fret wires will begin to protrude from the sides of your guitar neck.
You can buy a guitar humidifier system, or you can make one with a Tupperware. Since you are buying a gift, it would be a little tacky to make one, but here's how you do it anyway. Get a cheap Tupperware/Ziploc container. Poke small holes in the top. Seal a wet sponge inside the container and place it in your guitar case with your guitar.
Tuners and More
I have used the Pitchjack tuner many times with my electric guitars. The nice thing is that it is tiny and doesn't require an instrument cable to plug into your guitar. Other ambient noises won't effect the tuning because it's plugged in, which is perfect for when your band mates are all making a bunch of noise during sound check time.
Although Kyser capos are an industry standard and not super unique, most guitar players have more than one guitar. It's very convenient for me to keep multiple capos in different playing settings. For example, keep one in your case and one hanging on your stand at home. Then it will always be ready for you when you need it. These capos are nice too because you can clip them on the end of your guitar's headstock for temporary storage while you're playing or while it's sitting on your guitar stand.
Keep Your Strings Clean and Smooth
FastFret is a little wooden handled string and fretboard cleaning device. It makes you feel like you are swiping a glue stick down the fretboard, but it leaves your strings feeling fresh. I use this stuff when I want to make it a little longer between string changes. It seems to liven up the strings and if nothing else, keeps the strings from getting that "sticky" feeling.
Somehow the strings feel more dry after using FastFret. You may also notice a little more brightness to the string tone.
Home-Made Guitar Picks
Guitar Pick Maker
There's something about having the right guitar pick that makes playing more enjoyable. Some people want a pick that is unique, while more sensible players go for function. If you want to give a gift that keeps on giving, buy your guitar player a guitar pick maker.
The pick maker punches picks out of any plastic you have handy. For example, you could try old I.D. cards, plastic jugs and bottles, credit cards, or gift cards. If you want to be really clever, but a guitar pick maker and then buy a gift card. That way the gift card can be spent on something and then it will become a few guitar picks.
The possibilities are endless with this thing because your guitar player will be able to try a variety of materials, which will lead to him or her finding the perfect fit. It will create a great conversation piece for the guitar player when picks don't look like "normal" store-bought guitar picks.
Guitar Wall Hanger
Guitar Hanging Wall Stand
The guitar wall hanger is one of my favorite accessories. It allows me to save space and to pick up one of several guitars at any time. The guitars look nice on the wall, almost like art. I usually get a lot of "wow!" comments when people see the guitars hanging on the wall. It's almost like being in the guitar store and just picking up a guitar to try off the wall.
The main reason I got the guitar hanger is to practice more. The convenience of the guitar available to play at all times leads to more time playing. So, if any one of these gift ideas were to make someone a better player it would probably be this idea. Guitar players with guitars sitting in cases under the bed aren't really guitar players. They used to be guitar players who found something else more important to keep out in their living space.
Organize the Guitars
Portable Recorder for a Guitar Player
I have the Tascam DR-05 and I love it. The great thing about having a little portable recorder is the ability to get ideas down anywhere and any time. The DR-05 records good quality stereo sound, so it's an ideal recorder for someone who is creative with music.
I know that most phones these days will record sound, but the reason I like to have a separate recorder is for the ability to record higher quality sound in stereo. Originally I had thought that I would want a rechargeable recorder, but I've found that the convenient AA battery power has allowed me to be ready to record any time. Many times my walks in the neighborhood turn into idea generating sessions.
The Convenient Way to Record Song Ideas
Guitar Player Gifts Conclusion
Now that you have some ideas for what to buy as a gift for a guitar player, you will have to do a little research to find out what you should buy. Acoustic players will need some of the items more than electric players, while others may be important for any guitar player. I play both electric and acoustic, and I would love any of these items as gifts. Some of these things are easily lost or will need to be replenished. Having two of some of these items is not necessarily a terrible thing.
Keep this page bookmarked for the next time you need to buy a gift for a guitar player. You can get more ideas for the next special occasion.
DoctorDarts on April 10, 2012:
Awesome hub; gifts to get MYSELF, I've run out of new guitar gadgets to get!
Blake Flannery (author) from United States on September 01, 2011:
Yes, guitarcassesonline, you are right. A case is a good gift, but it doesn't fit my focus of the article which is UNIQUE gifts for guitar players. Seemed too obvious for me, but with a name like yours, I can understand what you are thinking about all the time.
guitarcasesonline on September 01, 2011:
An upgraded guitar case (say a flight case or a higher end woodshell case) or a second case (like a high quality gig bag) can also make a great gift for a guitarist.
TomC35 from Georgia on February 21, 2011:
I wish I could afford all these goodies.
JBroyer44 on December 14, 2010:
I love the ammo box idea..brilliant!
DaveL from UK on November 25, 2010:
Any chance some one could bring out 'Instant Hendrix Mad Skills'? I would buy that straight away! :)
Abhishek Jain on July 06, 2010:
Very interesting, thanks for posting the idea.
PeterPatton on July 02, 2010:
Great gift ideas! The Sidewinder and string cutting tools definitely can come in handy when it comes time to change strings!
Vintagegibson on July 01, 2010:
Great idea.The Military Ammo box just made the gift looks cool.
beginner acoustic guitar on May 12, 2010:
Now I want a capo!
Blake Flannery (author) from United States on January 14, 2010:
Tina V, Glad I could help.
Springboard, That's what I do.
Springboard from Wisconsin on January 14, 2010:
All great ideas...I'll pass them onto my wife. :)
TINA V on December 15, 2009:
I am not a musician so I don't much about instruments. I am thinking of buying a new guitar for my nephew. This hub and your other article on buying a first guitar are very informative. This will help me a lot. Thanks for sharing your ideas.