Eight KILLER 'Last Minute' Christmas Gifts for Guitarists...

As Andy Williams possibly once sung, "it's the holiday season, with the whoop-de-do and hickory dock... and the creeping obligation to get your shopping done early".

In an effort to help you avoid the now traditional, last minute, "shopping center stampede," here's a list of eight gift ideas for guitarists on your list so that you can be back home and enjoying a cold one on the sofa in no time flat...

- Ditto Looper X2

With the Ditto Looper X2, effects maestro TC Electronic's Corp. has delivered a powerful looper in a compact package.

A USB connection means you can transfer loops to and from a PC, while the FX switch allows you to add speed altering effects to your loops. Finally, there's an an impressive five minutes of loop time and 24-bit audio, resulting in great sound reproduction.

- Dunlop "PrimeTone" Guitar Picks:

These plectrums from Dunlop are predominantly aimed at articulate, fast players that need a pick to match their style. Primetone picks are made from Ultex, hand-finished and have the option of imprinted grips to prevent slippage.

- D'Addario Planet Waves American Stage Instrument Cable 10 Feet:
American Stage cables are built to ensure that your tone comes through exactly the way you want it. Planet Waves uses audiophile-quality wire that's made in the USA and designed to reproduce the natural tones of your instrument with zero interference. The plugs are made by Neutrik in their state-of-the-art facility in Lichtenstein in accordance with Planet Waves' patented specs. The exclusive Planet Waves In-Line solder process creates a permanent bond between wire and plug, making a clear connection with incredible strength and durability. Using only the finest materials, custom designs and precision USA manufacturing methods, American Stage delivers a professional performance cable. The result is pure, natural tone. 

- Orange Crush PiX CR20L 1x8" 20-Watt Practice /Bedroom Amp:
Looking for an affordable combo amp with a unique look and killer sound? The Orange Crush PiX CR20L fits the bill perfectly! Covering the range from clean to overdrive, the Orange CR20L is the perfect amp for any style of music you play. A built-in headphone output is perfect for your late night practice sessions. And an aux input lets you plug in your MP3 or CD player so you can play along with your favorite songs and bands. Stand out from the crowd with the Orange Crush PiX CR20L!

Boss DR-3 Dr. Rhythm:

Great for jamming or practice, the DR-3 Dr. Rhythm lets guitarists and songwriters add incredible-sounding drums to their music. This ultra-affordable drum machine includes some of BOSS's best acoustic and electronic drum kits and a selection of bass sounds. Great for jamming, the DR-3's Rhythm Progressions and multiple variations make it easy to create a realistic-sounding drum track for any style of music. And with Total Sound Control, you can tweak your kits to perfection.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2:
Focusrite didn't stop at stellar sound quality and flexible routing with the Scarlett 2i2 - you also get the Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS plug-in suite featuring Focusrite's acclaimed Scarlett compression, reverb, gating, and EQ! These plug-ins give you access to the vibe of classic Focusrite studio hardware with the flexibility of software processing. Factor in the included Ableton Live Lite 8 production and performance software, and you've got a complete music production suite that's ready to go whenever inspiration strikes. Start making music today with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface!

Audio-Technica AT2041SP Studio Pack:

Here's a genuine recording mic value! The AT2041SP Studio Pack offers two versatile 20 Series condenser microphones for use in home, project and commercial studios. Equally at home with digital and analog recording devices, the two included studio condensers deliver remarkable specs and superior build. The critically acclaimed AT2020 side-address condenser is ideal for vocal and instrument applications, while the new AT2021 small-diaphragm condenser is a natural for all acoustic instruments, overheads, hi-hat and piano.

- Mackie 402VLZ4:
The Mackie 402VLZ4 is, first and foremost, a Mackie mixer. It houses two of Mackie's premium-quality Onyx mic preamps for natural, transparent sound, and one stereo channel. Its mic/line channels are equipped with a 2-band EQ. Signal routing is easy and flexible. On top of all that, the Mackie 402VLZ4 is built Mackie-tough - trust this mixer to perform even in the most harrowing situations.