Gigantic New Guide: The Best Guitar Gifts

We’ve already covered the best gifts for drummers and a huge list of gifts for musicians. Now, we’ve got guitar lovers covered as well, with our brand new guide to the best gifts for guitarists here.

Best Guitar Gifts - Gift Ideas For Guitar Players


If you’re looking for something to give the guitarist in your life, this page is for you. We cover the best gear across a wide range of prices, starting from under $20. Check out our ultimate guide on the best gifts for guitar players here.

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts passes away at age 80

Sad news for the drumming world today, as Charlie Watts passes away at a hospital in London.Charlie Watts - Rolling Stones Drummer

No cause of death has been released, however Watts’ publicist released a statement saying that he “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”

Charlie Watts joined the Rolling Stones in 1963, and was part of the band’s first stable lineup. Since then, he has formed the band’s rock-solid rhythm foundation and has been an integral member both in the studio and live.

Earlier this month it was announced that Watts was to undergo an “unspecified medical procedure”, and was unable to perform with the band.

Travis Barker Drum Gear Up For Grabs!

Travis Barker has listed a huge range of drum kits, drums, mixers, electronic drums, drum machines, and more for sale on Reverb.

Travis Barker Drum Kits For Sale

Central to the collection are two drum kits:

  • The OCDP “Troy Lee Designs” Drum Kit that was used in the music video for “I Feel So” by Box Car Racer. The kit is comprised of three toms (12×9, 14×12, 16×14), a 22×20 bass drum, and a 14×7 snare.
  • The OCDP “Evel Knievel” Drum Kit used in Blink 182’s video for “Adam’s Song”. This kit includes 12×8, 14×12, and 16×14 toms, a 22×20 bass drum, and a deep 14×8 snare drum.

Both of these Travis Barker drum kits have some minor scuffs, but are otherwise in great condition. The Troy Lee kit will set you back USD $30,000. If you’re short on cash, the Evel Knievel kit is a more affordable USD $25,000. The kits sport Remo drumheads across the board, with Remo Emperor and Remo Ambassador drumheads on the snare and toms, and Remo Powerstroke heads on the bass drums.

You’ll also find a lot of electronic drum gear, all with much more reasonable price tags.

Here are a few highlights:

  • A Roland SPD-SX for USD $550 (heavily used but fully functional besides a row of pad lights)
  • A Roland SPD-S for USD $400 (fully functional with a few scuffs)
  • Yamaha, Roland, and Alesis electronic drum kits ranging from USD $800 to USD $2,300
  • Drum machines and MPCs
  • A large number of boom boxes and turntables
  • Bongos and congas
  • PA systems, studio monitors, amps, and a lot of recording hardware
  • Keyboards, guitars, and bass guitars

All gear comes with a signed certificate of authenticity from Travis Barker. If you’re interested, take a look at the full store on Reverb here.

Freddy Charles Article & Practice Pad Review

Two new articles are now online, this time focusing on the all-important practice pad.

Freddy Charles Drum Practice Pad

As a drummer, the practice pad is the go-to tool to improve your chops. There’s an endless number of pads out there, making it difficult to figure out which one is best. Luckily we’ve come across a great one: the Freddy Charles signature practice pad. It’s built for bounce, and (importantly) you get some very nice educational content with the pad to ensure you’re making the most of the rebound the pad provides.

Read our review of the Freddy Charles practice pad here.

Freddy was also nice enough to also write an article for us, which shows beginner drummers where to start when using a practice pad. Take a look at Freddy’s great article on learning drums with a practice pad here.

1974-1977 Neil Peart Drum Kit For Sale

Looking to own a piece of history? Currently being auctioned is Neil Peart’s drum kit – a Slingerland set used on Rush’s tours and albums between 1974 and 1977.

Update: This drum kit sold for USD$500,312 -yes, half a million dollars- on December 10th

Neil Peart snare drum

The Neil Peart drum kit is a chrome wrapped Slingerland kit made in Niles, Illinois, USA. Made of 3-ply shells of maple, poplar, and mahogany, the drum set is comprised of:

  • Two 22″ bass drums, with blue resonant heads showing the “Rush” logo and “neil” “peart” across each head
  • Two 13″ toms
  • 14″ tom (with resonant head signed by Neil Peart)
  • 16″ floor tom
  • 14″ copper wrap Artist snare drum
  •  6″, 8″, 10″, & 12″ copper wrap concert toms

Neil Peart live drum kit

Neil Peart’s cymbals include:

  • Two Zildjian 8″ splash cymbals
  • 13″ Zildjian New Beat hi-hats
  • Two Zildjian 16″ medium crash cymbals
  • 18″ Zildjian medium crash cymbal
  • 20″ Zildjian medium crash cymbal
  • 22″ Zildjian ping ride cymbal
  • 18″ Zildjian pang cymbal

The drum set also includes a wide range of LP cowbells, chimes, bells, woodblocks, and more.

Neil Peart drum set for sale

Along with standard hardware, the drum kit features Neil Peart’s dual Ludwig Speed King bass drum pedals (one on each drum), with a square felt bass drum beater.

When it comes to drumheads, Peart played both Remo and Evans heads across the kit. Most of the drum set’s batter heads are clear Remo Controlled Sound, while resonant heads include blue Evans all weather rock heavy duty heads. The snare drum features a Remo Ambassador snare side drumhead.

Peart’s concert toms feature unnumbered Remo experimental heads – while there’s no clear information on the exact type of head these are, they look like Remo Controlled Sound with a white dot (rather than the standard black dot). Remo Experimental heads are prototypes, and are sometimes given to performers for testing purposes.

Neil Peart Remo Experimental drumheads

Neil Peart originally purchased the drum set from Toronto music store Long & McQuade in mid-1974, very shortly after first joining Rush.

A few weeks later, he was playing these drums on Rush’s first USA tour, where the band opened for Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.

The drum set was then used to record the classic Rush albums Fly by Night, Caress of Steel, and 2112, along with the 1976 live-in-Toronto album All the World’s a Stage. Soon after, the drum set was retired.

Neil Peart chrome Slingerland drum kit signed

This Neil Peart drum kit is clearly roadworn from the years of touring and recording: The drumheads are covered in stickmarks, paint is missing from the bass drum hoops, and there’s snare rash on the rack tom from years of heavy use.

The drum set has an incredible starting bid of US$80,000, and will likely be sold for much more. Read more on auction house Bonham’s webpage.