A Father's Day Gift Guide for The Bass-Playing Dad

A Guide to the Best Gifts of 2015 for that Bass-Playing Dad on Father's Day
By Jon D'Auria ,

What do you give the bass-playing dad on Father’s Day who already has everything? More awesome gear, obviously. Your Pops has stockpiles of socks, ties and little chachkies for his office desk, so why not forego the obligatory Father's Day crap and give him something he'll really get excited for. Now, we're not saying that you need to run out and buy him a $3,000 custom bass or pricey amplifier (although that would pretty much get you out of mowing the lawn for the rest of your life), which is why we put together some great options for any budget. 

Also, take into consideration the meaningless junk that your siblings are going to give him come June 21st. He'll smile and muster up the most genuine "thank you" that he can choke down as he unwraps the season four DVD of Grey's Anatomy that your sister gives him. And he'll likely wince a little inside when your brother gives him that blue golf polo that your mom swears will make his eye color pop on the course. But get ready to see that twinkle behind his eyes turn into a raging fire of happiness once he unveils that new overdrive pedal or set of flatwound strings that you got him as he shoots you a coy smile that says, "Finally someone in this family understands me. You've always been my favorite."

But really, it's your call. We hear that Macy's is having a killer sale on crew neck undershirts that come in three packs...or you can step up your game and give your father the gift he deserves–the gift of bass.

Gruv Gear Fump: Look, your Pops doesn't want that new 808 bass tone that all the kids are trying to cop. He wants that old-school, Jamerson Motown-style tone. But after working long and hard hours, sometimes the muted-hand approach can grow tiresome on his hardworking fingers and palms. So how about getting him this little device that will give him that sweet staccato sound with ease: Get him one: HERE ($19.99)

DR Pure Blues Bass Strings: When was the last time that your dad changed his bass strings? Given all of the time he spends at the office, doing yard work or helping you with your homework or various life problems, it's probably been years. So why not give him a new set of strings that will make his tone pop once again. The brand new round core quantum-nickel DR Pure Blues strings will do the trick just fine: Get him a set: HERE ($25.00)

Ernie Ball Slinky Flatwound Cobalt Strings: On the topic of strings, Ernie Ball's brand new Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings combine the smooth feel of traditional flats with the modern power of Cobalt. Cobalt is strong stuff, much like your dad's character. But these strings are also incredibly bright, just like your old man. And besides, if they're the choice strings of Pino Palladino, then they must be great. Don't you want your dad to be great like Pino? Get him a set: HERE ($34.99)

Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI: So maybe your dad doesn't have an SVT 8x10 cabinet. That doesn't mean he can't still get that classic, rumbling tone from the amp that he already has. The Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI with Scrambler Overdrive is a true Ampeg preamp, delivering a wide range of tone. The classic EQ offers additional tonal control including Ultra-Hi and Ultra-Lo tone shaping. Plus, he can dial in tube-like grind with the all-new Bass Scrambler overdrive. The SCR-DI has all the connections to get Ampeg tone out of any rig and with a built-in headphone out and aux in for practicing along with backing tracks. Get him one: HERE ($249)

Bass Guitar For Dummies Book: Look, let's cut to the chase. Dad's have about as much use for manuals, instructions and guide books as they do high heels. Following guidance may be a skill that a lot of men lack (remember when you took that 2-hour "detour" on that family trip to Disneyland?), but maybe your Pops can flip the script and use this comprehensive guide to help him improve his bass playing. The third edition of Patrick Pfeiffer’s extensive Bass Guitar for Dummies offers a surplus of tools for players of all levels, covering everything from playing techniques, scales, and modes to complex theory and grooving in every genre. Get him one: HERE ($17.77)

TC Electronics MojoMojo Overdrive: Don't be fooled by your dad's private collection of smooth rock and new age albums, the dude wants to rock out and make some noise just as much as you do. So why not give him a pedal that will crank up his distortion levels and let him shred some metal riffage? The TC Electronic MojoMojo overdrive pedal is his ticket to dynamic tube-style bliss. From bluesy breakup grooves to screaming lines and chunky crunch, the MojoMojo covers the full spectrum of overdrive boost. Get him one: HERE ($49.99)

Ibanez Bass Gig Bag: Your dad takes pride in his valuables and likes to keep things in pristine condition. Why do you think you're not allowed to touch his car, computer or autographed Bootsy Collins bass? So why not give him a way to keep his prized possession out of harm's way while not taking a big hit to your wallet? Made from heavy-duty nylon, this bag is built to keep his bass safe and secure. A large exterior pocket is perfect for stashing his cables, strap, or music books. Dual carrying handles make transporting his bass easy and light. Get him one: HERE ($21.99)

Fender Rumble 1x8" Bass Combo: Your mom is always grilling you guys about your clutter and keeping your home clean and spacious, which is why your dad's gear collection is confined to a very limited corner of the basement. How about helping him get a big tone in that tiny space with this powerful bass combo. The Fender Rumble 15 delivers serious bass tone in a compact package. This black beauty offers a basement-friendly 15 watts, letting him rock out without disturbing the neighbors (or your mom's book club). He can shape his sound with the 3-band EQ, and practice along with his favorite tracks thanks to the 1/8" aux input. Get him one: HERE ($79.99)

Vox AP2BS amPlug Headphone Guitar Amp For Bass: You're kidding us, she won't even let him have the combo amp? Well, we can work around this without getting you grounded or your father in the hot seat. The Vox amPlug Bass G2 headphone bass guitar amplifier will help him nail his bass tone, giving him some massive low end, despite the fact that it occupies virtually no space. Sporting a drastically improved analog circuit, the amPlug Bass G2 will provide him with an exceptionally clear and present tone that will inject inspiration into his practice sessions. Get him one: HERE ($39.99)

Sire Guitars Marcus Miller Signature V7: We know what you're thinking. You see a slick looking bass with Marcus Miller's name on the headstock and you think we're ridiculous for having such an expensive gift option that is way out of your price range on this list. Normally, that would be true. But this beauty just so happens to be the Sire Guitars Marcus Miller Signature V7. Marcus Miller and Sire have been on a mission for the past several years to build the best quality bass at a price that is unheard of and make it available to everyone. The result is a new line of Marcus Miller bass models that are awesome sounding, fantastic looking, and high quality but extraordinarily low priced. Get him one: HERE (Starting at $299)

Bass Player Magazine: Or why not get him the best possible gift you can give any bass player? A subscription to BP is the gift that keeps on giving all year long with the best artist interviews, lessons for all skill levels and reliable gear and album reviews. We're not biased or anything, so we can honestly say that this is the single best thing you can get your dad on Father's day to let him know that you really care. Get him one: HERE ($18.99)