Yup, it’s that time of year. You know how I know it’s that time of year? Because the day after Halloween, I heard Frank Sinatra’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in Wal-Mart while I was looking for soap. Which got me thinking, “Crap, it’s almost Christmas! I need to start shopping…” which led me to, “Crap! I work at a retail-type store, and it’s almost Christmas! I need to start blogging!”
If you’re anything like me and you have this constant internal pressure to find your friends and family semi-decent, brand-new shiny things in exchange for their good graces but you also have no idea where to start (and if any of those aforementioned friends/family happen to be musicians or musically inclined), then maybe you’ll find this blog helpful. The Yuletide panic is upon us, and even musicians need a little holly-jolly.
So, in my totally not hasty, very well thought out way, I’ve compiled a list of some things you might want to consider adding to your holiday shopping list this year for all those musicians you love so much (or put up with so much):
Fender FA-100 Acoustic Packs ($149.99):
Say someone you know and love has gotten the itch and wants to start playing acoustic guitar, or maybe they haven’t picked up a guitar since their last girlfriend dumped them back in the 80’s and they want to try again at charming hearts. In either case, a good place to start has already been established by Fender in this convenient, triangle-tastic package. Featuring a full-bodied Fender dreadnought guitar with spruce top and agathis back and sides and includes a gig bag, strap, picks, and a tuner. All the ingredients for a holiday jam session just waiting to happen.
Fender Mandolin Packs ($199.99:
Mandolins are cool, and I really wish there were more of them in modern music. But alas, sometimes it’s hard to find a good deal on a mandolin and being that they are pretty obscure instruments (even with folk music making a comeback in the public eye), it can be hard to figure out how to get started. Those wise-guys at Fender have decided to come up with a pretty decent deal for those who want to spice up your folk-life with the FM-100 Starter Packs. Includes a spiffy sunburst A-style mandolin with a spruce top and nato back and sides, gig bag, finger picks, tuner, and some instructional literature to help you out if you’re a newbie. It’ll really add some baroque attitude to your Yule.
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Fender CD-60’s ($179.99 or $229.99 w/case):
I’ve mentioned these in at least one blog earlier this year, but I’m happy to mention them again. They’re worth at least two, maybe even three mentions. I know! It’s crazy! But regardless of the insanity, it’s hard to argue the sweetness of the deal of the CD-60’s and how cool they are for the money. These are excellent acoustic guitars for being on the budget end. Personally, the $500 acoustic guitar I’ve got at home doesn’t even sound as good as these guys. We’ve got ‘em in either natural, black, or sunburst and for an extra $50, we’ll toss in a hard case. We’ve sold quite a few of these to people of all ages looking for a great beginner guitar that’s worth the investment and have gotten excellent feedback from all.
Greg Bennett ST6’s ($139.99):
They’re back! America’s favorite 3/4 acoustic guitar has returned in a blaze of hallowed glory! Alright, I don’t actually know if the ST6 is America’s favorite 3/4 guitar, but it has been Bigfoot’s favorite for a couple years now, and with good reason. The price point may throw people off, but don’t think inexpensive equals cheesy by any means. These things sound and play pretty badass for the size, simplicity, and money; and just because they’re little, isn’t doesn’t make them just for kids or beginners. Even the most seasoned players can appreciate the ST6 for its modesty, tone, and playability. Featuring nato mahogany top, back and sides, rosewood fretboard, and a classy satin finish. One of my personal favorites as well.
Squier Mini’s ($109.99):
A customer favorite and all too easily dismissed as a novelty item, Squier Mini’s are actually pretty awesome guitars, perfect for beginners or seasoned players in need of something trusty and travel-worthy. I featured these in a blog awhile back that focused on the idea that “bigger doesn’t always mean better”, so I encourage ya’ll again to not be fooled by size and price. These things are great sounding, great playing, and just generally a lot of fun. Available in black, red, or pink (only REAL men play pink, miniature strats!)
Makala Dolphin Ukes ($41.99):
It didn’t take us long to wise up to the fact that ukulele’s are pretty dang popular these days with absolutely everybody, so we covered our bases here at the shop with ukulele’s for every experience level and budget. I’m choosing to feature our inexpensive beginner ones primarily for gift-giving purposes because they make ideal gifts for musicians or people on the look for a new and fun hobby. Ukes lend themselves real easy to new musicians and are just simple enough and fun enough for everyone, including the teeny people who are, incidentally, fans of bright colors and happy aquatic mammals. Great for kids, but also great for adults looking to embrace a little extra whimsy in their holiday.
Peavey Vypyr ViP Amps ($129.99 - $299.99):
For the full details on why these amps are friggin’ rad, check out Ian’s blog on the ViP’s here on the website from a few months ago. These are the newly evolved Peavey Vypyr’s, already a fantastic modeling amp, but with a twist: not only do they do electric guitars, they can also accommodate acoustic and bass guitars with admittedly impressive results. It’s pretty much the amp that does it all in one, and miracle of Christmas miracles, it’s affordable. A choice gift for the guitarist in your life who’s looking to explore the depths of effects, modeling, and multi-instrumental awesomeness.
Again, these are just a few of the cool finds we have at the shop on a regular basis. Find time during your holiday shopping to check us out and ask us about any and all other gift ideas. We’ll find you something cool. After all, we’re all pretty sure Deric is Santa Claus.
Stay excellent, and have a Merry Christmas!