Do you have a friend or relative who likes to play music? Are you searching for the perfect gift for him or her? Even though it might seem that your future recipient may have everything that he or she needs, here are some gift ideas that will work for many different musicians:
Autographed sheet music: If your friend or relative has a favorite artist who is still living, purchase a book of sheet music that contains a favorite song. Many famous people are willing to autograph papers or pictures, if a pre-addressed and stamped envelope is included. Find a site online that collects celebrity addresses for autographs, so that you can send the sheet music for that favorite song to be autographed. This may take some time, but will be a unique gift to be treasured for years to come.
Vintage instruments: Many people understandably gravitate towards the newest and shiniest instruments, but there is still something to be said for a vintage one. When holding vintage guitars, for example, many musicians feel like they are holding a piece of music history. Even if the vintage guitars weren't used by music superstars, it's easy to imagine a past owner being on stage and playing to an enraptured audience. Unlike some of the mass-produced items today, vintage guitars and other instruments can last for years to come, making them an heirloom that your friend or relative can pass on to the next generation.
Storage cases: When purchasing an instrument, it's easy for an enraptured musician to overlook where he or she will keep the item. Even for prized vintage guitars or other instruments, the storage space often ends up being a cheap carry bag or battered instrument case. If your friend or relative splurged when purchasing his or her instrument, he or she may not have had enough money left to get it a case it really deserves. Before looking at cases, make sure to find out exactly what type of instrument the case is for. If he or she owns a full-sized bass acoustic guitar, a case that was made for a half-sized regular acoustic guitar obviously won't work. If he or she is happy with the case that came with the guitar, because of the history involved, you could arrange with a local music store to pay for having the case restored and re-lined so that it looks like it did when it was younger.
For vintage stringed instruments, contact a business such as Scott's Stringed Instruments.