With birthdays, holidays, graduations, and other special events on the horizon, you may be getting a jump start on your gift searching venture. Maybe a family member has been expressing their dreams of playing a certain instrument, maybe a loved one has shown interest in taking music lessons, or perhaps one of your friends is in need of a pleasurable hobby – whatever the case may be, you’ll certainly add a spark of enjoyment to their lives by surprising them with their very own musical instrument! We know there’s a lot of choices on the market, so here’s a few Sam Ash picks to give you some ideas and help you narrow down your search:


Benjamin Adams DK7000 Portable Keyboard Package

The DK7000 Portable Keyboard Pack is all-inclusive set that comes with everything a beginner needs to get started. A small 40″ x 17″ x 6.7″ unit weighing only 12 pounds, the DK7000 Portable Keyboard has 61 waterfall keys and packs 300 diverse and dynamic sound presets, 300 rhythm accompaniment styles, and 50 onboard songs with 3-step lessons. A built-in metronome and recorder aid in keeping tempo and tracking learning progress, and a music stand attaches right into the keyboard so no one has to tape their sheet music to the wall. It can be easily set up in any home atop the adjustable x-style stand, and runs on the given power supply or optionally on batteries. The player can sit comfortably on the padded bench while gliding their fingers across the sleek keys, and can play for all to hear through the built-in speakers, or monitor silently through the included headphones.


Ludwig Questlove Pocket Drum Set

Simple and affordable, yet all-inclusive, this 4-piece configuration is perfect for beginners. Featuring a 16″ bass drum, 10″ rack tom, 13″ floor tom, and 12″ snare drum to cover the basics, it also comes with a foot pedal, hi-hat cymbals, a crash ride cymbal, stands, a drum throne, drum key, and a pair of sticks. There are several sparkling wrap finishes to choose from, and each one is accompanied by Questlove’s free 6-part online tutorial for introductory lessons that guide the player through set-up, tuning, technique, and patterns to develop their own Pocket beats.



Carlsbro’s CSD120 Electronic Drum Set

Dive into the digital age with this electronic set, featuring the Commander 120 Drum Module with 250 drum and percussion samples, 20 preset drum kits, 10 user preset kits, 20 onboard songs, and an illuminated LED display for easy control.  A dual-zone snare pad, single-zone tom pads, cymbal pads, pedals, and more allow for realistic rim shots and acoustic sounds. The kit includes a collapsible stand and cable harness for easy setup and storage, as well as a drum key, sticks, and a headphone jack for hours of practice that won’t disrupt the neighbors.



Carlo Robelli’s G600CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Carlo Robelli’s G600CE provides the basics for a newbie. Its large dreadnought body and single-cutaway design provide comfort while playing. Agathis back and sides coupled with a spruce top, 20-fret blackwood fingerboard, and chrome tuners provide lovely tonal quality and aesthetics. TEQ-3BT electronics with 3-band EQ and a built-in tuner allow the player to get started with ease and purely amplify their sound to their liking. A padded gig bag, strap, and picks are also included to keep this guitar safe and ready to go at all times.


Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack
A true all-in-one set, this pack houses an Epiphone Les Paul Special-II LTD, gig bag, combo amplifier, cable, strap, and medium picks to get the show on the road (or living room). The guitar features two characteristic humbucking pickups, clipped dove-wing headstock, solid bolt-on maple neck, and precise tuners for buzz-free sound and classic style. Portable and bringing 10-watts of power to the table, the Epiphone Electar combo amp has a built-in 6″ speaker, open-back cabinet design, master volume and tone controls, and a Clean/Overdrive button to paint riffs with pure colors. A subscription to eMedia’s introductory guitar lessons is also included to grant beginners easy instructional videos, interactive feedback on their progress, and helpful tools like Note Tracker and Finger Tracker. In addition to English, the lessons are also available in French, Spanish, and German.


Squier Affinity Series PJ Bass
Professional feel and sound with a low price tag, the Squier Affinity Series Precision Electric Bass (PJ) rocks a few updated features from previous versions. Its three-ply pickguard is shaped to compliment the double-cutaway alder body, while the C-shaped maple neck lets the player slide up and down the scales with ease. The unique PJ pickup configuration gives players ultimate versatility through a standard single-coil Jazz Bass bridge pickup combined with a standard split single-coil Precision Bass pickup. Pick it up and you can’t help but feeling like a rock star!


Benjamin Adams 100 Series Instruments

For a traditional start into the world of music, check out any of our Benjamin Adams 100 Series instruments. Great for all ages, these instruments are crafted from professional metals and woods for authentic sound, but are built to last and endure the touch of beginner wear and tear. They also come in student outfits complete with a case, and in many cases other accessories including mouthpieces, bows, rosin, cleaning rods, reeds, cork grease, instrument cloths, and more. Whether you go with a trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, or violin, you’ll be sure to find an ergonomic design covered in a beautiful finish that brings your loved one the excitement and responsibility of owning their own instrument, and maybe that of joining a full performance ensemble!


Pioneer DDJ-200 DJ Controller

If you know someone who’s pioneering their way to becoming a DJ, or someone who just loves to create their own mixes for fun, then the Pioneer DDJ-200 is just the gift to brighten their day! Designed for beginners and professionals alike, this controller’s connective options are versatile and travel-friendly. It connects to most Androids, smartphones, and tablets, is compatible with Mac and PC computers, and works with many streaming services for a limitless supply of music that’s accessible at the touch of a button. Tutorials are included through the WeDJ app to get the user started in DJ basics, techniques, and using the controller. Features like Transition FX and Phase Sync are built directly into the system to provide track analysis and reproduce sound in the best light, all helping the beginner get right on their feet.


Still stuck on your decision or simply not finding quite what you’re looking for? We have tons of options at Sam Ash. We’ll help you pick the perfect present to match the needs and likes of your loved one. Call 1-855-375-1261 and speak to one of our experts today for personalized help from real musicians!

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Tiffany Williams started her musical journey at the age of 7 when she learned to play the keyboard. By the 6th grade the viola became her passion, and she played in her middle and high school string and symphonic orchestras, pit orchestra, and Chamber Ensemble. She has participated in multiple music events and festivals including Music in the Parks and NYSSMA (levels 5/6), and was inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society. In college she played in the string orchestra and was selected to play in the Binghamton Symphonic Orchestra. As a member of the Binghamton Explorchestra she played, conducted, and had the opportunity to showcase two of her own compositions. Pursuing her musical endeavors, she challenges herself to learning other instruments, and has composed 14 songs which are now copyrighted in the U.S. Library of Congress. She continues to play and compose and is delighted to be a part of the Sam Ash team.