Holiday shopping season is swooping in and Exclaim! is here to help make this year's festive gift-giving experiences a little bit easier. To ensure that you get the entertainment-obsessed loved ones in your life a present that's as exciting and interesting as they are, we've put together a list of the festive season's niftiest gifts.
We've been rolling out the Exclaim! 2017 Holiday Gift Guide in daily instalments. See the complete set of seasonal suggestions so far over here, and check out our guide to picking out the perfect present for the gear aficionado in your life below.
Korg Miku Stomp Pedal
Many guitar gods have been said to make their instrument "sing" but never like this. Korg's new stomp box mimics the sounds of digital Jpop "star" Hatsune Miku. The pedal comes pre-programmed with 11 lyric patterns like "Looh," "Lahh" and "Nyan." Expansions are available through an iPhone app, enabling users to hear their original compositions sung by a vocaloid character. (Korg)
Frank Brothers custom guitar
Three brothers run this small Toronto-based shop that specializes in beautifully made custom rock guitars. Each of their signature model guitars is made to order, with mahogany body and neck and Macassar Ebony fingerboard. Daniel Romano is a fan and Guitar Magazine nominated them for a "Gear of the Year" award in 2017. (Frank Brothers)
Pioneer DJS-1000 Sampler
For gearheads who'd like to strip down their setup comes Pioneer's new club-ready sampler, which includes a built-in effects unit, sequencer and velocity-sensitive performance pads. It will essential serve as a small, portable all-in-one integration unit for mixing, be it at a club or for simplified home creation. (Pioneer DJ)
Sometimes simplicity is best, and this overdrive pedal, from Vancouver company Union Tube & Transistor, is one knob and one button. While it'll give an awesome overpowered boost when necessary, it also just helps boost a guitar's mid-range sound nicely without worrying about constant fiddling. (Union Tube and Transistor)