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<a href="" target="_blank">The Guitar Collection</a>- Over the years, guitar cases have been used to store all sorts of goodies: Guns, midgets, With The Guitar Collection—which comes packed in a custom leather guitar case—you can add guitar book to that list. Well, two books: One volume full of drool- inducing shots of 150 of the greatest axes ever plucked (including the personal property of guitar heroes like Kurt, Jimi, and Keith) and another packed with the histories behind the featured instruments.

<a href="" target="_blank">MiniWatt N3 Tube Amp</a>- Good news: The tube circuit does indeed come with a12AX7 (ECC83) twin triode feeding a single EL84 (6BQ5) per channel. Glad you asked! More specifically, this retro-cool amplifier looks like something out of a late 1950s sci-fi movie but, like an agoraphobic contortionist, still fits in small spaces.
$378 (black or silver)

<a href="" target="_blank">5.1 Sound Egg Chair</a>- The Sound Egg Chair creates a virtual womb of sound, which is much cooler (and less creepy) than it sounds. Stuffed with speakers (including a 10” subwoofer under the seat, which will certainly do a lot for your girlfriend’s appreciation of dubstep), it creates the perfect sonic chamber to enjoy your music/movies/games, while insulating the outside world from the same. It’s also fun for pretending to be Dr. Evil.
From $1,500

<a href="" target="_blank">Gibson Firebird X Robot Guitar</a>- Being a guitar nerd can prove to be an expensive pastime. Even after you’ve shelled out for the guitar itself and an amp the size of a station wagon, you’re still going to be chasing after every effects pedal out there, making sure your flanger works nicely with your chorus and that your overdrive doesn’t sound weird with your pitch shift. That’s the beauty of the Firebird – it comes with a huge selection of effects built right into its circuitry, allowing you to emulate not just effects pedals but specific guitars themselves. And if you’re just a surprisingly wealthy beginner, it tunes itself, so you can avoid those bwahh-bwahhh-bnwahhhhhh-SNAP-“Fuck!” moments.

<a href="" target="_blank">Akai Professional Synth Station 25</a>- The first ever MIDI keyboard controller for iPhone and iPod Touch – and it’s small enough to fit in your backpack. Working with the Akai Synth Station App, you have access to three different synthesizers, over 50 drum kits, editable effects, onboard recording and much more. Awesome for either playing live or just working songs out in demo form, as well as putting on a tiny table and pretending to be Schroeder.

<a href="" target="_blank">Philips Rock’n’Roll Speaker Dock</a>- We’re pretty sure they made this speaker just so they could name it the Rock’n’Roll, but it’s still a neat idea: a dock that you can roll to one side to watch videos on your iPhone in landscape. It’s also neatly portable with decent sound, and runs on either batteries or AC. There is also, presumably, something that stops it from just rolling around by itself, although it might be fun to remove this, set it on the floor and just watch your dog freak the hell out.

<a href="" target="_blank">The Dream Factory: Fender Custom Shop</a>- Over 600 pages of pure guitar porn, this book chronicles the growth of Fender’s legendary Custom Shop from a team of two master craftsmen to one of the most prolific custom shops in history. Including hundreds of photos, interviews with the shop’s founders, its best-known Master Builders and all of its current team, it’s an exhaustive look at a shop that literally builds dreams. Ok, it literally builds guitars. But figuratively, it – oh, you know what we mean.

<a href="" target="_blank">Korg Wavedrum Mini</a>- Want to buy someone a gift they can use to annoy everyone for the rest of the holidays? This is your item! As well as having 100 ready-to-play drum sounds, a bunch of preset audio effects and an onboard looper, it comes with a kick-ass sensor clip that turns any nearby object into a secondary drum pad. We can’t wait to see if it works on our sister’s annoying boyfriend’s face.

<a href="" target="_blank">Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air</a>- So, awesome shape and superior sound quality aside, what sets this beast of a speaker apart from your other docks? The fact that it’s wireless, friend-o, that’s what. Sure, the Jawbone Jambox is fun, but this thing streams music from the device in your pocket (or the laptop in your bedroom, or the laptop in your pocket, if you have unusually large pockets) and blasts it back at you with enough power to down a Sopwith Camel (what? You try making zeppelin-based WWI aeronautical jokes).

<a href="" target="_blank">Beats Wireless On-Ear Headphone</a>- The days of getting your headphone wires caught on doorknobs are over. No, they haven’t introduced a doorknob tax – instead, we’re recommending Beats Wireless On-Ear Headphones, which are the latest in the line of headphones tuned by hip-hop icon, Dr. Dre. These are the ideal gift for the clumsy music fan, along with a Grateful Dead-themed plaster cast and matching Neil Young bedpan.

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Music