The holidays are upon us! Still haven’t found the perfect gift for that special metal musician in your life? Don’t fret (pun intended) — Metal Injection has got your back!
We’ve put together a helpful collection of holiday gift ideas guaranteed to give metal musicians a merry Christmas and a happy New Year: guitars, drums, synths, accessories, fun one-of-kind offerings from celebrities… the works!
For the WOW Factor
This is the perfect gift for any Evanescence fan … but even more, this mic is being sold for Reverb’s charity initiative, The Official One Mic Reverb Shop, — so all of the proceeds will go to supporting youth music education programs that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic!
Ibanez Guitar Autographed by Dimebag Darrell, John Petrucci, Zakk Wylde, Jerry Cantrell, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Eric Johnson($9,995)
Ok so this might be slighty expensive, but holy mother of god, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
Accept’s legendary founding guitarist actually hashis own Reverb shop. Right now there are three guitars and a vintage 1969 Marshall 50W up for sale!
Chris Adler (Firstborne, ex-Lamb of God, ex-Megadeth) Autographed 12” Remo Ambassador Drum Head($84.99)
Chris Adler continues to be one of the most respected drummers in all of modern metal. This would make a fine addition to any fan’s memorabilia collection!
B.C. Rich MK5-WL-BK Warlock Gloss Black(Used from $450)
Is there any guitar more quintessentially metal looking?
A true classic featuring the Stratocaster-style design favored by dudes like Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) and Phil Collen (Def Leppard).
Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom(Used from $750)
There isn’t a metal fan on the planet who doesn’t recognize Zakk Wylde’s iconic bullseye design. Ideal for banging out pinched harmonic guitar squeals!
ESP LTD EC-1000(New from $999 ; Used from $650)
If the Gibson Les Paul looked more bad-ass and didn’t weigh ten tons, it would be the ESP LTD EC-1000.
Ibanez RG7421 Standard 7-String(New from $400; Used from $364)
When you just need one more string…
Positive Grid Spark(Used from $302),Boss Katana-50(New from $230, Used from $188), andYamaha THR10 II(New from $300, Used from $215) modeling amps
With everyone forced to stay indoors this year, it’s unsurprising that Reverb data shows a serious uptick in searches for amp models that are ideal for low-volume playing. Enter these three bad boys! While capable of 40-watts, 50-watts, and 20-watts, respectively, these amps are known to sound good at low volumes, especially when playing with lots of effects and amp and cabinet simulators.
Of course, some people don’t give a damn about their neighbors — they want everything louder than everyone else! For those players, we recommend…
Based out of Chicago, IL,Dean Costello Audioshould be your first stop for all your old school handmade amps needs!
Orange TT15H Tiny Terror 15-Watt Guitar Amp Head(New from $539, Used from $315)
This small but mighty amp is as portable and rugged as it gets!
Peavey 6505 Plus Mini Guitar Amplifier Head (20 Watts)(New from $600, Used from $404)
A tube-powered brute that packs all the tone of the standard and “Plus” model 6505 heads into a compact enclosure!
Orange TT15C12 Tiny Terror 15-Watt 1×12″ Guitar Combo(New from $632, Used from $375)
Bringing together features like a streamlined gain, tone, and volume control interface, and a versatile two-stage preamp, the Orange Tiny Terror Guitar Combo places classic British amp tone in an accessible package!
Mooer Noise Killer Noise Suppressor(New from $66 ; Used from $45) and theFortin Amplification Zuul Noise Gate(New from $225)
As with amps, a lot of musicians have been searching for ways to reduce noise. These are just two of the best options currently available on Reverb.
Would you rather add some more METAL to your sound? Then we suggest..
ProCo RAT 2 Distortion(New from $70 ; Used from $58)
One of the most widely used distortion pedals ever, and said to be a favorite of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain!
DOD Meatbox Reissue(Used from $140)
A subharmonic synth pedal that adds room-shaking low end to any guitar or bass!
Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal Distortion Pedal(Used from $185)
This pedal provides shredders with an insane amount of boost and tone-shaping!
Fuzzrocious Demon Overdrive(New from $155 ; Used from $131)
Capable of going from a nearly transparent boost to a searing scream with a few knob twists, the Demon is one hellishly good effect!
EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold Power Amp Distortion V2(New from $129; Used from $102)
A dirt-simple distortion device based on the power section of a cranked vintage Sunn Model T.
Up to 80% softer than traditional cymbals, Remo Silentstroke mesh heads reduce the volume of your acoustic kit!
Strukture selected the top-selling cables in the industry and eliminated as much packaging cost as possible without sacrificing quality!
The perfect match for those who like chunky rhythms for rock and roll or blues!
Snark Silver Snark Clip-On Tuner(New from $20)
Now featuring a longer battery life, the nearly-indestructible Silver Snark give you a fast, flawless tuning every time.
Tortex Picks are highly durable with great memory and just the right amount of flexibility for a snappy, fluid attack that’s bright and crisp.
Korg Minilogue 4-voice Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer(New from $500 ; Used from $380)
Perfect for current and future members of symphonic metal bands!
Behringer RD-8 Rhythm Designer(New from $359 ; Used from $303)
This drum machine has 16 Drum Sounds, 64 Step Sequencer, a Wave Designer and Dual-Mode Filter, and tons more cool features to boot.
Or, if you’re ready for something a bit more advanced…
Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer & Sampler(New from $1300 ; Used from $1000)
A revolutionary portable synthesizer, sampler, and controller packed with features and sounds.
Starter Home Recording/Podcasting
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio 3rd Gen USB Recording Bundle(New from $270 ; Used from $210)
With a condenser microphone, headphones and two-input USB interface, you won’t get a better-sounding, more reliable home recording package for the beginner.
Allows you to make high-quality audio recordings to your computer without the need of any additional gear or cabling!
Looking to level up? Check out…
Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone(New from $400 ; Used from $350)
A secret weapon of everyone from platinum producers to broadcast legends, but with a price within reach of bedroom recordists!
Obviously, all of the above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to metal musician-friendly gear. Make sure you head over to Reverb for literally THOUSANDS of more instruments and accessories!
(Santa Illustration by znodden)