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The Best Gifts for Guitar Players in 2021

The Best Gifts for Guitar Players in 2021

So, you have a guitarist on your list and you’re not quite sure where to begin? We’re here to help with a list of guitars, gear and gifts sure to please new players and seasoned shredders alike. And when in doubt, we have one gift that always fits—a Guitar Center gift card.

Electric Guitars for Beginners

Squier Stratocaster Electric Guitar Pack

The Stratocaster is an iconic electric guitar, and the Squier Strat is a perfect choice for beginners. It’s lightweight and features three selectable single-coil pickups to provide a range of tones for any style of music. This Strat pack includes a Squier Frontman 10G amp, which is the ideal size for practicing and has a headphone jack to give the rest of the house a break. A gig bag, strap, cable and picks round out this gift pack.

Squier Stratocaster Electric Guitar Pack

Pictured: Squier Stratocaster Electric Guitar Pack 

Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack

The Les Paul Special II is Epiphone’s best-selling guitar, and it’s easy to see why. It puts Les Paul power at a beginner’s fingertips without breaking the bank. It boasts a mahogany body and neck and two humbucker pickups. This Les Paul beginner pack also includes an Electar 10-watt practice amp with overdrive, plus all the gear they'll need to rock it, including a strap, gig bag, tuner, cable, picks and free online lessons.

Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Pack

Pictured: Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Pack 

For more great electric guitar ideas, check out our comprehensive electric guitar buying guide.

Acoustic Guitars for Beginners

Yamaha F335 Acoustic Guitar

Guitarists have loved Yamaha acoustics for more than 50 years for their craftsmanship. The Yamaha F335 is a great entry point for new guitarists, with a laminate spruce top and meranti back and sides for bright, clear tone. Details like the tortoiseshell pickguard, gold die-cast tuners and F Series headstock logo give it a classic touch.

Yamaha F335 Acoustic Guitar

Pictured: Yamaha F335 Acoustic Guitar 

Mitchell D120 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

With a slim, easy-playing neck and scalloped bracing for a lighter body without sacrificing resonance, this Mitchell D120 dreadnought is ideal for beginners and young players. Its mahogany body, thinner finish and spruce top provide a bright tone and plenty of projection. Body and neck binding and an eye-catching rosette lend this guitar the look of a luxury instrument.

Mitchell D120 Acoustic Guitar

Pictured: Mitchell D120 Acoustic Guitar 

Learn more about how to choose the best acoustic guitar with our in-depth acoustic guitar buying guide.

Guitar Lessons

Having the guitar is one thing. Knowing what to do with it is a different ballgame altogether. Guitar Center Lessons helps guitarists at all levels, from beginners to advanced students looking stay sharp and boost their chops. We offer one-on-one lessons online and in-store, with a curriculum tailored to the player's own goals.

Give the Gift of Gear

D'Addario Equinox Headstock Tuner 2-Pack

The tuner is the first and most vital piece of gear in any guitarist’s toolkit. Headstock tuners have become the go-to for players because of their size and simplicity. The D’Addario Equinox tuner uses the instrument's vibrations rather than sound to get the right pitch. This makes it easy to tune up in a noisy rehearsal space without interference. The second tuner is great for another instrument or as a backup; it also comes in handy when a friend drops in to jam.

D'Addario Equinox Headstock Guitar Tuner

Pictured: D'Addario Equinox Headstock Tuner 2-Pack 

MusicNomad The Ultimate Professional Grade 5-Piece Guitar Care Pack

Keep any guitar beautiful with this professional-grade guitar care pack from MusicNomad, the brand our own techs at Guitar Center Repairs use. It features three must-have products—Guitar ONE All-in-1 cleaner, Guitar Polish and F-ONE fretboard oil, plus two premium microfiber towels. This kit cleans, polishes and protects all stringed instruments, including electric and acoustic guitars.

MusicNomad Guitar Care Pack

Pictured: MusicNomad Guitar Care Pack 

Dunlop Trigger Curved Guitar Capo

The capo is the guitarist’s best friend, allowing open chording high up on the neck. This Dunlop curved trigger capo pops on and off with ease, and it’s built to last, made of aircraft-quality aluminum and with strong spring-action grip that keeps pressure consistent.

Dunlop Trigger Curved Guitar Capo

Pictured: Dunlop Trigger Curved Guitar Capo 

VOX amPlug

VOX is a storied name in the world of guitar amps—the sound of the British Invasion and one of the most beloved brands for guitarists of all genres. The handy VOX amPlug headphone amp plugs directly into the guitar and provides amp-like sound for the guitarist, and silence for everybody else. VOX provides the amPlug in multiple models, including a version that mimics their iconic AC30 amp, plus models geared directly for bass players or those seeking classic rock or metal tones. With three amp modes and nine onboard effects, amPlug offers big sound without rattling the walls.

VOX amPlug AC30 Guitar Headphone Amp

Pictured: VOX amPlug AC30 

Dunlop Recording Variety Guitar Pick Pack

Believe it or not, the humble guitar pick comes in just about as many varieties as guitarists themselves. Each player has a preferred thickness (gauge), shape and material, with some picks designed for acoustic or electric guitar, and others optimized for lead. Dunlop has put 18 of their most popular picks into a single variety pick pack for guitarists to sample. From USA Nylon to Tortex Flex, players will have a blast discovering their favorite.

Dunlop Variety Guitar Pick Pack

Pictured: Dunlop Variety Guitar Pick Pack 

Gear for the Stage and the Studio

JHS Pedals 3-Series Effects Pedals

Guitarists love effects pedals. They’re always looking for the perfect sound—that crunch or spooky echo of their dreams. Kansas City’s JHS Pedals has been building amazing boutique effects pedals since 2007, and now they’ve made their sound more attainable than ever with the affordable 3-Series guitar pedals. These minimalist boxes are packed with sonic goodness, and you can choose from overdrive, distortion, fuzz, delay and more. Check out How to Shop for Guitar Pedals for more info on what cool noises guitar pedals can make.

JHS Pedals 3 Series Distortion Pedal

Pictured: JHS 3-Series Distortion Pedal 

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio Pack

Whether they’re tracking their progress, writing songs or making a demo, guitarists love to record their work. An audio interface allows anyone to get studio-quality sound fast by connecting a good microphone to their computer. The studio legends at Focusrite created one of the best-selling interfaces on the market with the Scarlett 2i2, and they’ve assembled this all-in-one studio pack with an excellent condenser microphone, studio headphones, cables and a mic stand attachment, giving guitarists a studio setup at their fingertips. Plus, our Home Recording Essentials Buying Guide provides all the info and tips they need to get started.

Focusrite Scarlett Recording Pack

Pictured: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio Pack 

Fun Gifts for Guitarists

Ernie Ball Slinky Coasters

Rock ’n’ roll wouldn't be possible without Ernie Ball's Slinky strings. First released in the ’60s, they are still treasured today for their tone. This Sinky coaster set incorporates the classic graphics, and are a great touch for the rehearsal space, living room or anywhere the guitarist wants to sip and play.

Ernie Ball Slinky Coasters

Pictured: Ernie Ball Slinky Coasters 

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 [6 LP]

Eric Clapton has been one of the most respected guitarists in the world for generations. His Crossroads Guitar Festival, which benefits the Crossroads Centre drug treatment facility in Antigua, brings together the who’s who of guitarists. This 6-LP Crossroads set was recorded live at the 2019 festival, and features a mind-blowing list of artists, including two Guitar Center Guitar-A-Thon greats, Gary Clark Jr. and Marcus King, as well as the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Keb’ Mo’, Sonny Landreth, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Los Lobos and more. Perfect for the vinyl-loving guitarist on your list.

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 6-LP Set

Pictured: Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 [6 LP] 

Marshall 24'' Swivel Barstool

Whether it’s a row of stacked 4x12'' speaker cabinets at an arena concert or the iconic Bluesbreaker in the studio, Marshall has been one of the biggest names in electric guitar amps for more than half a century, used by some of the most influential artists in history. This Marshall barstool gives a rock ’n’ roll flair to any practice space, studio or kitchen.

Marshall Amplification Swivel Barstool

Pictured: Marshall 24'' Swivel Barstool 

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