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10 for $10: Stocking Stuffers for Guitarists Under $10

Christmas Gifts That Won't Break the Bank

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Giving music-related gifts to guitarists is not easy - often the gift giver doesn't know exactly what a guitarist already owns. The following items have been chosen not only because they are light on the pocket book, but because many of them are things many guitarists don't own - or if they do, could always use more of.

1. Ghs Fast-Fret String Cleaner

fast fret cleaner
This looks like a glue stick - you rub it on your strings, and it not only cleans them, but makes them noticeably more slippery, allowing guitarists to get around the fretboard more quickly. This can be used on an acoustic or electric guitar.

2. Dunlop Gator Grip Standard Guitar Picks .96Mm 1 Dozen)

dunlop picks
Here is a dozen, good quality, middle-of-the-road gauge (thickness) guitar picks from Dunlop. These picks can be used on an acoustic or electric guitar.

3. Planet Waves Microfiber Polishing Cloth

guitar polishing cloth
A simple but very useful microfiber cloth guitarists can use to both polish their instrument and clean the strings of their guitar after use. This can be used on an acoustic or electric guitar.

4. Snark Clip-On Chromatic All Instrument Tuner

This one tips in at a little bit over the $10 mark, but a tuner in this price range is still a bargain. The Snark tuner clips on to the headstock of a guitar, and uses vibration rather than pitch to tune the instrument. This makes tuning in a noisy room much easier. This can be used on an acoustic or electric guitar.

5. Dunlop 220 Chromed Steel Guitar Slide

All guitarists should own a slide. Although absolute beginners will frankly sound horrible using a slide at first, having one around to experiment with makes sense. This Dunlop steel slide is a standard issue model that is exactly what a guitarist needs to get started. This can be used on an acoustic or electric guitar.

6. Perri's Leather Guitar Pick Key Chain

This is a great, super cheap little gift that guitarists will thank you for - a little leather key chain in which to can stash some guitar picks. This gift is appropriate for both acoustic and electric guitarists.

7. Kyser Pro/Am 6-String Guitar Capo

This is frankly not my first choice for capos (for that I'd look to the Shubb), but if you're looking for a super cheap little capo, the Kyser performs perfectly well. This can be used on an acoustic or electric guitar.

8. Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter

Here's a neat little two-in-one device that guitarists will love - a combination string winder/string cutter. This allows you to change strings on your guitar using one tool (traditionally, many guitarists will carry both a pair of pliers and a string winder for string changing purposes). This can be used on an acoustic or electric guitar.

9. Fender Guitar Polish

Nothing fancy here - just a basic guitar polish solution from Fender. Spray on the polish, and use a cloth to wipe the instrument clean. This can be used on an acoustic or electric guitar.

10. Hal Leonard The Ultimate Scale Book

For guitarists looking to practice their technique, or for those interested in learning to play "lead guitar", a simple scale book can make a great, cheap gift. This gift can be appropriate for both acoustic and electric guitarists.

11. Live Wire 1/4" Angle-1/4" Angle 6" Patch Cable 3-Pack

If you play electric guitar, chances are good that you've got an effects pedal or two. In order to use them together, you'll need a series of guitar cables, which many of us seem to lose constantly. This 3-pack of 6" cables makes a great stocking stuffer for electric guitarists.
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