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The 2012 Gift Guide

More than 50 stocking-rocking presents for the music lover in your life: The best in wireless stereos, books, DVDs, headphones, box sets and much more

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Guitars

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Fender American Vintage 1964 Telecaster
From Merle Haggard's twang to Keith Richards' biggest riffs, the Tele is the most versatile solid-body axe ever. First produced in 1950,it's never strayed too far from its classic specs: the feminine-looking body, dual pickups with a three-way switch system for a resonant sound ranging blues, jazz and country. The company's American Vintage '64 Telecaster recreates that year's incarnation with a lightweight alder body, a thinner C-shaped-neck profile,dark rosewood fingerboard and fiery three-tone sunburst finish. ($2000)
 
Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Signature Model Guitar
Johnny Marr toured with more than a dozen Fender Jaguars while he considered how he'd build his own. Marr's version of the instrument – a longtime favorite for both surf-guitarists and indie rockers – features his own modifications; Bare Knuckle pickups, a simplified simple four-way switch. "When [the switch is] pushed forward into the fourth position, it puts the two pickups in series where they act as one big humbucker, giving a darker, thicker sound that you don't normally hear on a Jaguar," says Marr. It's not ideal for blues playing, but perfect for big arena-sized fuzz-drenched riffs. ($1649)

Martin 00-DB Jeff Tweedy Custom Artist Edition
The Wilco frontman has been a Martin fanatic since 1998's Mermaid Avenue Volume 1. He designed his own 00-DB Jeff Tweedy Custom Artist Edition, a traditional 14-fret mahogany Martin with a modified V-shaped neck, a deeper body for richer sound and a gorgeous shiny sunburst top with a hand-numbered interior signed by Tweedy. "The shape and aesthetic are based largely on my favorite go-to Martins that I have been using for years to write and record music," says Tweedy. ($2399)

Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric 
This semi-hollowbody's deep tone is a favorite for everyone from Lou Reed to the Strokes' Nick Valensi. This affordable new Rivera Custom P93 model features a three Epiphone "Dogear" single-coil P-90 pickups with a gritty bite (think the Beatles "Revolution" intro), perfect for jamming on tracks from Chuck Berry to the Velvet Underground. ($549)

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