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Christmas Gifts for Musicians: Our Picks for 2020

By Sydney Henry
November 06, 2020
Christmas Gift Guide for Musicians



It's almost the most wonderful (busy) time of year, which means you don't have time to spend hours online shopping for your musician. We made it easy. Keep scrolling to see our top picks for this year in each category, as well as a short review of each pick.


Electric Guitar

Beginner Guitar:

Ibanez Artcore Semi-Hollow in Tobacco Flat

Ibanez Artcore Electric Guitar


5 word review: Small size, powerful and playable.

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Step-up Guitar:

Fender Player Stratocaster in Buttercream


5 word review: Classic sound but modern feel.

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High-end Guitar:

Ibanez Pia Steve Vai in Stallion White and Gold


5 word review: Intense voice and stunning details.

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Acoustic Guitar

Beginner Guitar:

Yamaha STORIA III in Chocolate Brown


5 word review: Comfortable, accessible, high-quality, and balanced.

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Step-up Guitar:

Takamine Dreadnought in Brown Sunburst


5 word review: Play great anywhere and everywhere.

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High-end Guitar:

Taylor 717e in Wild Honey Burst


5 word review: Stunning aesthetic, complex Taylor sound.

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Beginner Bass:

Squier Mini Precision Bass in Black



5 word review: Lots of variety and controllability. 

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Step-up Bass:

ESP D-5 in Mahogany Natural Satin


5 word review: Solid feel, quality tone, smooth.

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High-end Bass:

Fender Flea Signature Active Jazz Bass in Satin Shell Pink


5 word review: Ready to rock, unique look.

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Best Value Amp:

Fender Champion 20 1x8 Guitar Combo Amplifier



5 word review: Small but mighty, straightforward, no-nonsense.

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Step-up Amp:

Trace Elliot 2x8 Bass Cabinet Amplifier


5 word review: Power, punch, volume, compact, WOW.

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High-end Amp:

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Combo Amplifier 


5 word review: Tube rectifier, tried and true.

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Best Value Pedal:

Boss ST-2 Power Stack Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal 



5 word review: Stack amp sound, but road-ready.

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Step-up Pedal:

MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal


5 word review: Flexible, instant tone. Gain king.

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High-end Pedal:

Strymon BlueSky Reverb Effects Pedal


5 word review: Best reverb money can buy.

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Audio & Recording

Our Interface Pick:

FocusRite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface


5 word review: Classic, reliable choice. Professional quality.

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Our Headphone Pick:

Roland RH-5 Headphones


5 word review: Great for any need, anywhere.

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Our Mixer Pick:

Soundcraft Ui12 12-Input Remote-controlled Digital Mixer


5 word review: Features galore, live or recording.

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Beginner Keyboard:

Yamaha PSR-E360DW Keyboard


5 word review: Sensitive, great learning features, portable.

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Step-up Keyboard:

Roland JUNO-DS 61-Key Synthesizer & Keyboard in Special Edition Black


5 word review: Weighted keyboard + synth = unbeatable.

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High-end Keyboard:

Roland Fantom-8 88-Key Synthesizer, Keyboard, & Sampling Station


5 word review: Everything you want and more.

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Roland EC-10 El Cajon Electronic Layered Cajon


5 word review: Your classic cajon, but better.

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Electronic Drums:

Behringer XD8 USB 8 Piece Electronic Drum Set


5 word review: Studio-ready sound, feels mimics acoustic.

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Percussion Pad:

Roland SPD-SX Controller and Sampling Percussion Pad


5 word review: Tons of options, powerful capabilities.

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Beginner Ukulele:

Kala Surf Series Concert Ukulele in Surf's Up



5 word review: Easy to play, beachy style.

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Step-up Ukulele:

Kala Sparkle Series Concert Ukulele in Stardust Gold


5 word review: Stand out, both look and sound.

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High-end Ukulele:

Ibanez Electric Acoustic Concert Ukulele in Mahogany


5 word review: High quality for serious players.

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(BONUS) Stocking Stuffers for Musicians

Guitar Strap:

Taylor Guitars Taylor Swift Guitar Strap


5 word review: Comfortable, durable, iconic Taylor style.

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Guitar Picks:

Taylor Celluloid 351 Guitar Picks in Tortoise Shell (1.21 mm) 12-pack


5 word review: Can't go wrong with picks!

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Guitar Accessories:

Fender Sunburst Stratocaster Bookends


5 word review: Uniquely shows love of guitar.

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Nothing catch your eye? Don't worry. We have tons more for you to look at on our website and in store. And if you ever need a recommendation for just what your musician would love, we're happy to help! Just call or come in and we're happy to assist you. Either way, don't wait... Christmas will be here before you know it!

About Author
Sydney Henry

Sydney Henry is the marketing specialist at Bailey Brothers Music Company. In her spare time, she can often be found with coffee, a book, and her three cats.


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