The Best Christmas Gifts for Guitarists in 2014
2014 has been a great year for guitarists, with a good mix of new and innovative gear, and reissues of old classics (usually with some added new features). This is what most guitarists love, after all - to have a foot in the past, to feel that connection with the guitar heroes who inspired them, but also to be in touch with what's new, with what can give them new sounds and crative possibilities! So, this is our list of the Best Christmas Gifts for Guitarists this year!
Epiphone Limited-Edition Sheraton Union Jack - £669
Epiphone Slash Guitar Packs are also a great buy.
Gibson 2015 Models have surprised many guitarists, for including many bold innovations such as wider neck, built-in tuner and adjustable nut. Of course, one thing remained unchanged: the stunning looks, fantastic quality and legendary tone that make Gibson such a popular brand! Many of the new models are already in stock, with more due to arrive in the following months. It's really hard to pick one... but this SG Standard is surely one of the nicest!
Ibanez guitar, the RPKP6 is comfortable to play, and perfect for players who like to play it heavy and fast. Great also for Muse fans, or any guitarist who loves to experiment with new sounds and gear!
This is a very innovative and versatile amp. Very light, but still powerful and loud enough to be used at gigs, it features 5 speakers, and was designed to also be used as an audio, bluetooth speaker for the home - and it certainly looks stylish! However, one of the best features, is that you can dial many different tones via iPhone app, and share them online with others. Despite the modern look and features, this amp is also able to recreate classic guitar tones. You can also opt for the larger, louder model, the Line 6 AMPLIFi 150.
If you're looking for Fender quality on a cheaper product, we recommend the Fender Mustang I V2, released in 2013 but still very popular, great for beginners and for recording.
|Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine - £153
This pedal was an instant hit this year! It's a very useful - and fun! - fx pedal, that makes your guitar sound like a vintage organ. Or, if you keep the dry output up and turn down the organ sound a bit, it sounds great to beef up any performance, with an extra layer of sound in the background... without having to hire a keyboard player! Simply, an amazing pedal!
Watch the demo:
|Korg NuVibe - £399
||Korg have done an amazing job at resurrecting - and modernising - the legendary Uni-Vibe effects pedal, the lengendary chorus/vibrato used by Jimi Hendrix in Woodstock. It gives you lush chorus, and those classic Leslie rotating speaker sounds. For fans of Hendrix, Beatles, Cream - and even Arctic Monkeys! - this pedal is a great choice.
Watch the demo:
| Boss DM-2W Waza Craft - £135
||The original Boss DM-2 is one of the earliest, and best, compact pedals by Boss. A classic bucket brigade analogue delay that's still sought-after today. After many decades, it's back! But rather than just reissuing it, Boss have upgraded the DM-2 with some "Waza Craft" magic! So now, it's fit for the 21st Century guitarist, used to longer delay times.
In other words - the DM-2 is not just back... it's better than ever! Watch demo:
Don't forget to check the other Boss Waza Craft pedals!
|Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction Fuzz - £41
||Electro-Harmonix, once again, released quite a few amazing pedals this year, but the Satisfaction Fuzz arrived earlier, with little fanfarre. Why should you care? Well, this pedal perfectly reproduces the sound of the first ever commercial Fuzz pedal, the Maestro FZ-1 Fuzztone, which was used by The Beatles and made famous by The Rolling Stones, who used it, you guessed, on 'Satisfaction'. This is the sound that inspired them all - Big Muff, Fuzz Face, Tone Bender... an original Fuzztone can be sold for over £300, but the new Satisfaction fuzz makes this tone available for under £50! Bargain!
|TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay pedal - £235
|| TC Electronic have released some great delay pedals recently, so it's really hard to pick one! But the Flashback Triple Delay is probably the most impressive! This is a great delay for the creative guitarist who likes to experiment, and great for fans of the multi-head tape delays used by artists such as David Gilmour in Pink Floyd.
New Looper Pedals - Boss RC1 Loop Station
and Electro-Harmonix 360 Nano Looper
Focusrite iTrack Dock - £169.99