Top 10 Xmas Gadgets For Guitarists
Xmas time is here again, and we decided to choose our top 10 favourite guitar gadgets that will bring a smile to the face of any guitarist come the 25th. Santa, take notes!
1) Robot Guitar
The big instrument launch of 2008 is also that promises to change the face of music. The Limited-Edition Gibson Robot Guitar is set to revolutionize guitar-playing forever: a self-tuning guitar that also offers alternate tunings at the push of a button, this is the first guitar ever to feature robot technology, and Dolphin Music is amongst the selected dealers selling it. £1499 view product
2) Pocket POD
Pocket POD® exhibits all the celebrated features and pro tone that makes POD a standard in recording studios everywhere. Don’t be fooled by the smaller package, Pocket POD is packed with over 300 custom presets dialed in by some of today’s hottest rock stars like Maroon 5, P.O.D., 311, Hoobastank and many more.
Battery-powered and about the size of a tuner, Pocket POD is completely portable. Use it for effects in front of your amp, or just plug in headphones and practice anywhere, anytime. Guitarists are sure to love it! £64.99 view product
3) Micro BR
The ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio. Only slightly larger than an iPod, the tiny-yet-powerful Micro BR is a dream for musicians on the go. The Micro BR offers four simultaneous playback tracks (plus 32 Virtual Tracks), MP3 compatibility, onboard multi-effects, built-in rhythm patterns, a tuner, USB, an SD Card slot, and more. No guitar case or gig bag should be without one! At £130, it’s a bargain. view product
4) Limited-Edition Z-Vex Union Jack pedals
It looks like this is the “limited-edition xmas!” But, unlike the Robot Guitar or microKorg Black, the Z-Vex Union Jack pedals can only be purchased from Dolphin Music – we comissioned those handmade pedals, and they are limited to an exclusive 10 units per model: the Fuzz Factory, the Super Hard-On and the Box Of Rock.
These pedals are destined to become collector’s items, and were manufactured with the same high-standards Z-Vex has always been known for. Find out why so many top-selling artists such as Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Flaming Lips use Z-Vex! From £169 view product
5) Orange Micro Crush
Standing at just 5” tall, the Micro Crush’s highly portable design belies the remarkably full bodied tones available from its 4” speaker. The amplifiers Tone and Volume controls allow you to dial in a number of different guitar sounds, and Over Drive distortion is available at the push of a button. One of the most useful features is the inclusion of a fully functional chromatic tuner. A Great little amp! £29 view product
6) Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 – Kontrol Edition
Guitar Rig 3 is the ultimate all-in-one guitar and bass solution. Simply connect your guitar with your computer via the enhanced Rig Kontrol 3 foot pedal and you are ready to go. The on-board studio-quality soundcard routes the signal to your speakers, while the software grants you access to an incredible number of perfectly modeled classic amps, cabinets, mics and effects – all arranged in a super-simple drag-and-drop rack format. Any style, any time – the perfect solution for professional studio and live setups. £318.99 View Product
7) Line 6 Spider™ Valve 112 40-Watt 1×12” Tube Combo
2007 has been a great year for guitarists – limited edition Z-Vex pedals, Robot Guitars, Jimmy Page & Led Zeppelin…but lets not forget one of the most revolutionary releases this year – the Line 6 Spider Valve amps, which combine amp modeling technology with proper, 100% tube sound – this is it, a guitarist’s dream come true! Just as Line 6 revolutionized the world of amps through its pioneering modeling technology, Spider Valve shatters the boundaries of tube amp performance by applying that same tonal range to Bogner’s all-tube amp design, boutique component selection and stellar voicing.Spider Valve delivers 12 channels of amp modeling – combined with several flavors of built-in modulation, delay and reverb – driven by an all tube, all Bogner amplification design boasting 6L6 power tubes, 12AX7 preamp tubes and premium Celestion® Vintage 30 speakers.Good price at £449 View Product
8 ) Behringer Guitar Link USB interface
Cheap and very useful. The Guitar Link UCG102 interface is an amazing practice tool that lets you hook up your guitar to your computer in a flash, giving you the best of both worlds. The UCG102 guitar-to-USB interface lets you jam and record using modeling amps and effects without the need for any other gear but your guitar. The compact interface links your electric guitar to a PC or Mac computer via a typical USB cable, allowing you to rock with sophisticated software such as the included Guitar Combos Behringer Edition from Native Instruments, Kristal Audio Engine multi-track sequencer and Audacity audio editor. It also features a Headphone output for silent practicing. £30.99 View Product
Not sure you could call this a “gadget” but it’s still one of the coolest releases this year! If you like Tenacious D and the film “Pick Of destiny”, then this is the plectrum for you! Made of Satan’s own tooth (allegedly…) it’ll turn you into an instant rock god.
Maybe not a Jimmy Page-like rock god…but more like a Jack Black kinda rock god… £4.95 (pack of 6) View Product
10) Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster® Custom Road Worn/ Rosewood
Excuse us, Gibson, the Robot Guitar might be fantastic, but the coolest guitar released in 2007 wasn’t a futuristic one, but a road worn mess…that looks back to the past rather than the future.
The legacy of Joe Strummer (1952-2002) continues to live on, grow louder and shake up the establishment with the release of the Joe Strummer Telecaster, modeled after some of the beat up and battle-hardened Telecaster guitars (especially his famous ’66 model) he wielded as leader of “the only band that matters”—seminal Brit punk commando unit the Clash.
Designed in cooperation with the Strummer estate, the guitar has a highly distressed “road-worn” treatment that emulates the worn-to-the-wood layers of gray auto primer and flat black spray paint he made famous. It also features a “Revolution Rock” engraved neckplate and a limited edition art customization kit that includes Strummer-inspired stencils, stickers and graphics by designer Shepard Fairey. £839 View Product