Exclaim! Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Music Gear and Audio Equipment of 2023

BY Exclaim! StaffPublished Dec 6, 2023

It's now easier than ever to turn your bedroom into a state-of-the-art studio: affordable microphones mean that hi-fi audio is just a click away, and musicians' signature model guitars allow anyone to use the same gear as their heroes. From turntables and fancy earplugs to guitars and capos, here's the must-have gear for the musician on your holiday list.

Audio-Technica Sound Burger

Back by popular demand, this portable record player provides the high-quality, rich sound that vinyl lovers covet with the convenience of taking that great sound everywhere you go — parties, picnics, camping trips and compact spaces like your dorm room. The Sound Burger is packed with 12-hour battery life, seamless Bluetooth capabilities to connect your headphones or speaker, and a retro, lightweight design that makes you forget you're even holding something.

Kirk Hammett's Epiphone 1979 Flying V

Epiphone has reproduced the famed guitar Hammet used on Metallica's influential early records. Built from a mahogany body, it features two Gibson T-Type humbucker pickups and a metallic(a) purple finish.

The Fender Shields Blender

A reissue of the Fender Blender octave fuzz box customized by My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields. It adds a foot-switchable SAG circuit that emulates a tube amp cranked to 11.

Tom DeLonge's Fender Stratocaster

Just in time for blink-182's new reunion album, Fender has released a new version of Tom DeLonge's signature Stratocaster, featuring a Seymour Duncan humbucker, master volume control, and a custom neck plate with the guitarist's original artwork.

Seagull S6 Collection 1982 dreadnought acoustic

Canadian guitar manufacturer Seagull has released a special version of its S6 acoustic guitar to commemorate the model's 40th anniversary. It's made in Canada from sustainably sourced wood.

Sennheiser Profile USB Mic

Shout it out loud online with this USB-C powered microphone. Designed for podcasting, the Profile includes gain, mix and volume controls, as well as a table stand and boom arm for optimal placement.

Soundbrenner Minuendo Earplugs

Looking to protect your ears at concerts or during music practice without sacrificing sound quality? Minuendo are the world's first acoustic stepless earplugs with manual adjustments ranging from -7db to -25db. Enjoyment and protection for your ears in any music environment.

St. Vincent's Sterling Goldie (2023 edition)

Annie Clark' s signature Sterling "Goldie" guitar gets a 2023 update with three humbucking pickups, five-way switching, a nyatoh body, a roasted maple neck and a reverse headstock.

Third Man Hardware X Dunlop Trigger capo

Made from aluminum, this capo marries the Dunlop Trigger design with Third Man's famed black-and-yellow aesthetic for those who like to raise their pitch in style. It comes in both yellow-on-black and black-on-yellow.

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