15 Odd Christmas Gifts for Musicians
Lots of folks aren't aware of it, but Zydeco music was invented in Houston. Allow your zaniest musical buddy to celebrate that heritage in style with this impossible-to-ignore washboard tie! He'll be the center of attention in any band, scratching out a rhythm using the included thimbles. Looks pretty sharp, too, for a hunk of corrugated sheet metal.
Clamp-On Drumset Ashtray
Drummer already got every cowbell, woodblock, set of rototoms and windchimes carried by Guitar Center? Complete his kit at last with this clamp-on ashtray made by Gibraltar. Soon he (or she... hot!) will be able to puff away while pounding the skins without ashing all over your clean, plush practice room carpet. It attaches easily to microphone stands, too.
Jammin Johns Electric Guitar Toilet Seat
According to the Jammin Johns website, outlaw country superstars Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings (and, uh, the guy from Days of the New) boast one of these sunburst beauties in their water closets. Now your favorite amateur can poop like the pros with his or her very own six-string toilet seat! Makes a fantastic awkward conversation piece.
Custom DrumART Bass Drum Head
Any drummer still using the same front bass drum head that came with his kit definitely isn't getting laid. Do your drummer a favor this holiday season and hook him up with a custom bass drum head from DrumART, the company responsible for many of the pros' super-legit rockstar skins. Your band's name and artwork can be uploaded using the DrumART website, or the company can design the art for you. Once that colorful new drumhead goes on, your drummer's claims to women that he used to tour with the Scorpions will suddenly seem a lot more credible.
Swizz Army 6-in-1 Cable Tester
Nothing derails a gig or practice session quite like a busted cable. Exactly what causes a quarter-inch patch cord to suddenly stop functioning may forever remain a mystery, but this little electronic gem will allow your musician friends to quickly determine which of the 17 bullshit, cut-rate cables they purchased from Radio Shack is responsible for the deafening silence emanating from the PA.
Numark iDJ Live Software Controller
Back before entire music libraries fit on a single iPod, DJs used to create mixes using vinyl records. Now that iPods are also completely obsolete, this digital iPad controller will let your friends use modern musical technology to create their own mash-ups using turntables, just like the disc jockeys off old did. Just plug in an iPad and scratch, chop and screw tracks straight from iTunes.
Guitar Sidekick iPhone Holder
Why should the tools in the audience be the only ones obnoxiously holding up their smartphones during a concert? Thanks to the Castiv Guitar Sidekick, that guitarist you have a crush on can read tabs, call his dealer, or record his performance right from his pegboard using an iPhone or iPhone ripoff. Wrap it up pretty enough, and maybe he'll notice you!
Rocksmith Guitar Bundle
If there's a video game musician in your life ready to graduate from the little plastic guitar to the real thing, UbiSoft has you covered. Rocksmith is a lot like Guitar Hero, except you play using a real guitar instead of a dinky toy with stickers on it. The game's makers claim that Rocksmith will actually teach you to play guitar. Whether that's true or not remains to be seen, but Rocks Off is willing to bet that no one has ever looked more bangable playing a video game than they will holding an honest-to-God Les Paul.
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