2019 Musician Gift Guide

The holiday season is officially here and I want you to get the right gifts for the musician (or future musician) in your life!

Books: Hal Leonard has lots of fantastic books out on the market that you can order online or pick up in store for beginner, intermediate and advanced bass. My book beginner theory book is also a great option if you or someone you know wants to learn music theory! 

Strings: Of course what musician doesn’t need strings! If you are looking to buy bass strings below are a few recommendations.

Unsure what type of strings to buy? Check out my free downloadable guide here

Bass Starter Kits: Learning to play the bass can be expensive so by purchasing a starter kit you are getting a cost-effective gift. They are cost-effective so that you don’t have to purchase a separate guitar, amp, books, straps, etc. There are many name brand bass starter kits that you can get from Musicians Friend, Guitar Center, Sweetwater and your local music shops.

Here are a few recommendations: 

Bass Lessons: Taking lessons is a great option when first learning to play bass or other types of instruments.

You can go to your local music store and enlist the help of teachers that they have on staff to have in-person lessons.

You can also go online and enlist help from musicians all over the world. Sites, such as JamPlay and Take Lessons put you in touch with teachers that can help you digitally right from the comfort of your own home.

 If you want to be more hands on, then getting in-person lessons is your best bet. You can check out your local music shops or Guitar Center to sign up. Some places may even have a number of free lessons if you purchase an instrument through them!

Straps: There are many different types of strap materials and styles out on the market. Finding the right strap can be determined by the comfortability, cost-effectiveness and playability that you or the musician in your life is looking for. 

Some Brands of Straps I Like: Levy’s Leathers, Ernie Ball, Perri’s, Dunlop, Fender, etc. 

Tuners: Keeping your instrument in tune is important. There are many different tuner options including: clip-ons, pedal tuners, and handheld. Depending on price point, a tuner can be a nice stocking stuffer or a great overall gift.

  • Clip-On Tuner: Snark Clip-On Chromatic Tuner
  • Handheld Tuner: Korg Handheld Tuners
  • Pedal Tuner: Boss Chromatic Tuner

Amps: Having a good amp is vital for getting your signature sound out there to the masses. Buying an amp for the musician in your life will not only amplify their sound but also save them money because they can be expensive. There are many different types of amplifiers out there including mini amps, amps with headphone jacks, combo amps, effect amps, etc..

There are many great brands to choose from as well including:

  • Ampeg
  • Orange
  • Fender
  • Peavey
  • Warwick


Pedals: If you are looking to spoil the musician in your life, getting an effects pedal is the perfect gift. There are many varieties of multi-effect and single effect type pedals out there so it is a good idea to pick the musician in your life’s brain a bit to get the right one.

Single and Multi-Effect Pedal Brand Recommendations:

  • Digitech
  • Big Muff
  • Electro-Harmonix
  • MXR
  • Boss
  • Dunlop

String Cleaners: A great stocking stuffer and inexpensive gift is of course string cleaners! String cleaners are always great to have on hand when your strings need a nice crisp sound. 

GHS Fast Fret String Cleaner

 Ernie Ball String Cleaner

 ToneGear The String Cleaner Tool for Bass

 I hope this guide helps you choose the right products for the musician in your life!

Happy Holidays!

Categories Getting Gig Ready Series, Learning The Bass, Music Theory

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