Finding a groovy gift for your favorite guitarist doesn’t have to be as difficult as attempting to perform Van Halen’s “Eruption” on a ukulele. Let us help make things easy on you with this curated list of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, accessories and other items at various prices. Whether your guitarist is a beginner or a gigger, you’ll discover all kinds of goodies to make them smile. If you’re still concerned about getting something “just right,” let them decide by giving a Guitar Center gift card.
Table of Contents
Electric Guitars for Beginners
Squier® Stratocaster® Electric Guitar Pack
Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack
Acoustic Guitars for Beginners
Yamaha F335 Acoustic Guitar
Mitchell D120 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
Mitchell MU45F Exotic Soprano Ukulele
Give the Gift of Gear
Fender® Mustang® Micro
Super Snark 3 Clip-On Tuner
MusicNomad The Ultimate Professional Grade 5-Piece Guitar Care Pack
Dunlop Pure Formula 65 Guitar Care Products
Dunlop Trigger Curved Guitar Capo
Gear for the Stage and the Studio
GAMMA Effects Pedals
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio Pack (Gen 4)
Line 6 HX One
Fun Gifts for Guitarists
Fender 4-Pack Leather Amp Coasters
Perri's Nylon Guitar Straps
Fender 24" Barstool
Gifting Guitar Gear
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.
Pictured: Squier Stratocaster Electric Guitar 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.
Pictured: Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Pack
For more great electric guitar ideas, check out our comprehensive electric guitar buying guide.
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.
Pictured: Yamaha F335 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.
Pictured: Mitchell D120 acoustic guitar
Learn more about how to choose the best acoustic guitar with our in-depth acoustic guitar buying guide.
The Mitchell MU45F Exotic soprano ukulele is a wonderful choice for anyone looking to jump into the uke craze, add to their performance or studio repertoire or just have fun with an instrument that’s relatively easy to get started on. An instruction book is even included for beginners. The MU45F looks great, plays nicely and sounds Maika‘i loa (awesome).
Pictured: Mitchell MU45F Exotic Soprano Ukulele
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 to stay sharp and boost their chops. We offer in-store one-on-one lessons with a curriculum tailored to the player's own goals.
There's nothing more fun than plugging into a cranked-up amp. But it's not always possible to rock the house when others are around. The Fender Mustang Micro headphone amplifier lets guitarists play and practice in private with 12 amp models and 12 effects, like spring reverb, tape delay and more. It recharges via USB and can also be used as a pocked-sized recording interface. Built-in Bluetooth lets them play over YouTube lessons or along with their favorite band.
Pictured: Fender Mustang Micro
The Snark Super Snark 3 clip-on tuner has a vivid color display that ensures you can tune up on dark stages or in bright sunlight (if you’re busking al fresco or playing an outdoor festival). The round display swivels 360 degrees, so however you position the Snark Super 3 on your headstock (or elsewhere), you’ll be able to see what you’re doing. The tuner offers several tuning modes (chromatic, violin, ukulele and mandolin, and alternate tunings such as Eb, D, G, C and F), and if you hate dealing with battery-powered accessories, check out the Snark Super Snark Rechargeable Tuner.
Pictured: Super Snark 3 Clip-on tuner
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.
Dunlop Pure Formula 65 guitar care products ensure your instrument looks as stunning as your playing. The Pure Formula 65 Nano Gloss Finishing Polish not only glams up your finish, it also protects it from smudges, superficial scratches and sweat. Fight grime with the Pure Formula 65 Silicone-Free Intensive Cleaner, which deep cleans your instrument with safe and environmentally friendly ingredients. Keep your fretboard shred ready and looking fabulous with Pure Formula 65 Coconut Oil Fretboard Conditioner. The treatment hydrates most unfinished woods, restoring color and grain detail, as well as enhancing playability. If you like going for a combo plate, rather than a la carte, pick up the Dunlop Pure Formula 65 Silicone-Free Care Kit, which includes a cleaning cloth, the Silicone-Free Intensive Cleaner and Coconut Oil Fretboard Conditioner.
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.
Pictured: Dunlop Trigger Curved Guitar Capo
The GAMMA series of stompboxes is an affordable lineup of six pedals—all named after ancient deities (or the atmosphere) and all designed to produce Mt. Olympus-like power, tone and flexibility. The mythic tale unfolds with essential effects for crafting awesome tones, as well as inviting inspiration to your stage and studio performances, songwriting sessions and band rehearsals. The family of GAMMA sonic gods includes the Atlas Boosted Overdrive, Bacchus Dynamic Driver, Cumulus 3-Way Reverb, Eros Clean Chorus, Hades Metal Distortion and Narcissus Warm Delay. As befits their almighty stature, all pedals in the GAMMA series feature heavenly metal-flake finishes, chassis and knobs made to be Hercules tough, and buffered bypass for stout, consistent signal output.
Pictured: GAMMA Cumulus 3-Way Reverb
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio Pack (Gen 4) is the up-to-date version of the iconic recording company’s home-studio bundle. If your guitarist is into recording their own tracks, and they already have a Mac or PC, the Scarlett 2i2 Studio Pack will get them doing sessions right away. No other gear is needed to set up a basic home-recording space. The Studio Pack includes a software suite (filled with recording, mixing and mastering programs), a Focusrite CM25 MkIII condenser microphone with pop filter, SH-450 closed-back headphones and XLR cables. Gen 4 of the Scarlett 2i2 recording interface offers some automatic features that make recording tracks incredibly easy—even if you’re a total beginner.
Pictured: Scarlett 2i2 Studio Pack (Gen 4)
The Line 6 HX One is one of the hippest ways to get a bounty of effects on your pedalboard without devouring the substantial real estate you’ve assigned to your favorite pedals. Designed to take up about the same surface area of a single stompbox, the HX One delivers more than 250 effects from Line 6’s renowned HX processors. The HX One offers 128 preset slots, and the ability to easily tweak parameters with three top-panel knobs, or even automate them using the pedal’s Flux controller. The HX One is the perfect solution for players who need “just a couple more effects” from time to time, but don’t want to buy additional pedals or trade out their current collection of stompboxes for a multi-effects processor. With a Line 6 HX One onboard, you’ll always have the effect you need underfoot.
Pictured: Line 6 HX One Multi-Effects Pedal
Some guitarists can get mighty cranky if you try to put a drink atop their amps, but you can safely plop hot or cold beverages onto these Fender 4-Pack Leather Amp Coasters. Designed to look like a Fender Twin Reverb, these coasters will look loud and proud while protecting the surfaces in your home.
Pictured: Fender 4-Pack Leather Amp Coasters
Don't underestimate the importance of having a good strap. Perri's nylon guitar straps keep acoustic and electric guitars secure and in proper playing position. Fully adjustable, they fit guitarists off all sizes. Each strap is made in North America and comes in a variety of colors. Pick one out to match their personality or instrument.
Pictured: Perri's 2" Nylon Guitar Straps
The Fender 24" barstool lets musicians and fans alike take a load off in style. The padded, rotating cushion and footrest feels comfy if you’re a player taking a rest at a rehearsal, performing while sitting down or listening to studio mixes. Music fans can spice up their game room, home theater or family bar with some rock-and-roll attitude. Another super cool stool is the Taylor 24" barstool in a rustic rawhide look. It also has a swivel cushion and footrest, as well as giving you the opportunity to fib that it's Taylor Swift’s barstool of choice.
Pictured: Fender 24" barstool
Guitarists love gear—oh, do they love gear—so it’s hard to go wrong if you’re gifting them with… gear. But we also know you want to do something wonderful for the player in your life, and if you’re in any way concerned or confused about the selections in this guide, we can offer another option to get some assistance. Simply call our friendly Guitar Center Gear Advisers at 855-697-0864, or chat with one of them right here on our website. A Gear Adviser can provide personal, concierge-style expert advice to ensure you get just the right gift for your favorite guitarist.