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The Best Christmas Gifts for Guitarists in 2014

Published: Wed November 19, 2014  News Feed

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!

The Best Christmas Gifts for Guitarists in 2014

THE HOTTEST NEW GUITARS

Epiphone Limited-Edition Sheraton Union Jack - £669
Epiphone Sheraton Union Jack
This super-cool semi-acoustic guitar is perfect for Oasis / Noel Gallagher / Britipop fans, mods, punks or anyone who fancies a rockin' guitar with this classic British look. Superb finish and sound!

This is one of the most beautiful Les Paul guitars we've seen in a long time, and give Gibson a run for their money! You don't even need to be a fan of Slash and Guns'N'Roses to appreciate the beauty and quality of this instrument. The more affordable Epiphone Slash Guitar Packs are also a great buy.

Another limited-edition guitar, celebrating 60 years of the Stratocaster, perhaps the world's most popular electric guitar. It has great features and looks stunning. For under £400, it's a bargain!

Gibson really innovated this year, and the newly released 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!

In 2014, Ibanez became the first major manufacturer to release an electric guitar that comes with a Kaos Pad multi-fx unit attached to its body - their own version of the innovative guitar used by Matt Bellamy of Muse, the first major artist to have a Kaoss Pad built into his guitar. Like any 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!

THE BEST GUITAR AMPS


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.

Fender Pawn Shop Vaporizer - £209

Fender Vaporizer
Quite possibly the best-value valve amp on the market today! Released early this year, the Pawn Shop vaporizer is an all-tube amp, featuring real spring reverb and a single 12". This amp simply oozes vintage goodness, and is perfect for those who want great tones in the style of old Selmer amps or Jimmy Page's Supro... for a fraction of the price! Great for recording, awesome for gigs. 10 out of 10!

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.

Roland Cube 10GX - £95

Roland Cube 10GX
Roland have been making Cube amps for three decades now. They've changed and evolved over the years, but the essence remains - affordable practice amps with outstanding tones. In 2014 the new Cube 10GX was released, and it's better than ever! This amp can do anything - from jazz to hi-gain heavy metal, it always sounds great! And it follows the new modern trend of offering customisable amp setting via phone app. For the price, unbeatable!

VOX TV Front Valve amps - from £269

Vox TV Front Valve Amps

In 2014, Vox released Limited-Editions of their three popular valve amps: the AC4, AC15 and AC30 got a new, vintage-style "TV Front" style makeover. They look great, they sound awesome... they are Vox amps, after all!

THE COOLEST FX PEDALS

Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine - £153

Image: Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Pedal

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
Image: Korg Nuvibe Uni-Vibe Style Vibrato Chorus Pedal
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.

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 Boss DM-2W Waza Craft - £135
Image: Boss DM-2W Custom Delay Pedal
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
Image: Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction Fuzz Pedal
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!

Watch demo:



TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay pedal - £235
Image: TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay Pedal
 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.

Watch demo:



THE BEST GADGETS FOR GUITARISTS THIS CHRISTMAS

What would be Christmas without gadgets? Here's a list of the best and most affordable gadgets for guitarists, released in 2014. Perfect, and very special, stocking fillers...

Focusrite iTrack Pocket iPhone Recording Interface - £79

iTrack Pocket
This is a perfect gift for singer-songwriters who want to make HD recording of themselves in an easy, straight-forward way, and also useful for anyone who wants to quickly film and upload videos to YouTube without compromising on quality, so it's great for guitarists who may wish to upload YouTube demos, for instance.

Gibson Pro Audio Memory Cable - £79.99
Gibson Memory Cable

This is a guitar cable that can simply be used as any other guitar cable... but it's also much more! It has built-in recording capability courtesy of TASCAM, allowing you to record your guitar without microphones or whithout it being plugged to anything else! A very clever and innovative idea, also very useful for recording sessions, when you can store your clean guitar signal on the cable, then play the same performance again using different fx pedals! Find out more about the Gibson Memory Cable.

New Looper Pedals - Boss RC1 Loop Station
and Electro-Harmonix 360 Nano Looper


Loop pedals

We've covered fx pedals just before, but these two are so fun and affordable they deserve to be highlighted here! These are two of the easiest-to-use, cheapest loop pedals around. Perfect for singer-songwriter guitarists who fancy a setup similar to Ed Sheeran's, or simply any guitarist who may like to experiement with looper pedals.

Focusrite iTrack Dock - £169.99

Focusrite iTrack Dock
This is a great tool for guitarists who own an iPad. It turns your iPad into a portable, powerful, high-quality recording studio, and you can also use your favourite apps and plug the iTrack into your amp, to experiment with sounds! The iTrack Dock Studio Pack is even better, as it comes with condenser microphone, headphones and cable.

 
 
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