It’s estimated that up to half of a guitar player’s waking time is spent rummaging through tabletop clutter and jacket pockets for a stray guitar pick. A pick punch goes a long way toward solving this massive time-sucking problem by allowing them to make guitar picks out of anything the punch is capable of cutting through. But like any great tool, it’s only helpful if used responsibly. If they start attacking the credit cards and window blinds, it might be time for an intervention.
For a luthier, a player with multiple guitars, or anyone else who has to restring frequently, an automatic string winder is almost a necessity. Cranking the tuning pegs to get the guitar’s strings up to tension (or unwinding them before removing) is the most tedious part of the whole string changing process, and this drill-like contraption helps to get it done in a fraction of the time. NOTE: This isn’t a beginner’s tool, because you need to know when to stop tightening the string so that it doesn’t snap. But for an experienced guitarist/guitar tech who restrings guitars often, this is worth its weight in gold.
With 10 Grammys and almost 50 years on stage, Carlos Santana teaches you how to play guitar in his spiritual style. Learn how he weaves emotion, artistic expression, and musical genres from across the world to create a sound that transcends classifications and connects with audiences. Join Carlos in his studio as he breaks down his process note by note—so you can discover the soul of your sound.
As a beginning guitar player, one of the easiest ways to learn new songs is to look up tabs or videos on your phone. But positioning your phone can be tricky, especially if you have to continually look back and forth between the screen and your own fingers on the fretboard. A smartphone capo allows you to keep your phone in perfect position to easily read lyrics and chord diagrams while you’re playing.
Even the best guitars need a little work every once in a while to stay in top playing condition. And you don’t need the most sophisticated tools in the world to make the necessary adjustments or provide the proper care — but you do need the right ones. This Ernie Ball tool kit provides the essentials in a handy little carrying case.
If there’s one gift on this list that will make any electric guitar player squeal with happiness, it’s this one. Given its tiny stature, this might look like a toy, but it’s not. The sound of the Orange Micro Terror is nothing short of amazing. Even through the 8” Orange speaker cabinet (pictured) it delivers plenty of wallop and loads of genuine vintage Orange tone. But hook it up to a full-size speaker cabinet, and prepare to be utterly blown away. Not to mention, have you ever seen something look so adorable and awesome at the same time?
Different guitar players often have vastly different ideas about how to care for a guitar. Some are obsessively protective, while others don’t mind beating and battering their instrument until it looks like a used doorstop. If you know a guitar player who protects their axe like a newborn baby, this maintenance kit from Dunlop will help them keep it looking shiny and pristine for years.
The EBow is a handheld device that uses a small electromagnetic field to vibrate the guitar’s strings, so you can play without picking, strumming, plucking or touching the strings at all. Moving and holding the EBow in different ways allows you to create a variety of different unique effects, from ephemeral orchestra-like sounds to undulating synth noises. The EBow opens up all kinds of sonic possibilities that can’t be recreated with just your hands.
Technology may be shockingly smart these days, but unfortunately your computer is still too dumb to stand up when you do. Though on that note, when it does become smart enough to stand up with you, you should probably run. On second thought, once the machines are that smart it’s already too late. Just sit back down and wait for the computer to tell you what to do next. If you don’t make any abrupt movements, it might spare you. In the meantime, buy this adjustable standing desk for someone you care about so they don’t ruin their posture.
The dual computer screen is one of today’s uber-nerd status symbols. Let the investment bankers have their Rolls Royces and the pimps their gold plated canes. The pinnacle of luxury living for a gamer is a super high resolution dual screen, so they can engage in some next level merkage (gamer slang). But it’s not just for video game junkies. Plenty of professionals have sworn off the single screen setup for good, pledging their allegiance to the gods of multi-tasking.
They say change always starts with the person in the mirror. But when you look into this mirror, you actually see two people. There’s you, and then there’s someone else in way better shape who’s trying to get you to do things you might not really feel like doing. And that’s not just any old fit person who’s goading you on — it’s an elite personal trainer from a top gym. So you better listen. This is the perfect workout gift for someone who needs that little bit of extrinsic motivation, but is narcissistic enough to kind of like staring at themselves while they work out. So, pretty much everybody.
A virtual cooking class with Gordon Ramsay is a chance to learn from a culinary master without the yelling and food punching you've seen on TV. His MasterClass lessons feature the seven-star Michelin chef in his home kitchen teaching everything from kitchen setup, buying ingredients, prepping, plating, and pairing restaurant quality recipes that wow guests. Crispy duck with red endive and spinach anyone?
Sleep Pod is a first-of-its-kind sleep solution designed around the science of Deep Touch Pressure Therapy that can help you fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer. Sleep Pod applies a gentle, calming pressure to your entire body, much like a hug. This helps to reduce anxiety and gets you ready for sleep.
In classier quarters this might be called a “decanter.” But the built-in stupidity of a decanter is that it’s really just a big glass you’re not allowed to drink out of. You see, in the genteel world of wine, “classy” consists of adding unnecessary steps to what should be a simple process. Of course, bourgeois society has attached all kinds of stigma to drinking straight from the bottle, so some kind of compromise is necessary. And that compromise is right here.
Phones actually have more germs on them than a typical public restroom. This smart cleansing machine might not eliminate the dirty content sucking up the data on their phone, but it will be sure to return sterile swiping to their wired existence. Personal device hygiene should not be overlooked by today’s touch-screen fanatics. A high-tech disinfectant, this ingenuous accessory will decontaminate wireless communication and restore cleanliness to the digital age. Oh, and it also charges while it cleans!
So many of your household appliances would be better if they weren’t fixed in place. Wouldn’t you sometimes like to bake in the backyard? Do the laundry on your roof deck? And what about the toilet? Wouldn’t you like to…well, never mind. For now, we’ve got the inflatable hot tub. Move it, deflate and store it, set it back up and inflate it in three minutes whenever it’s needed.