Guitar Crate is all about helping players build strong relationships with their instrument. This isn’t some random collection of guitar stuff you may not want or need. This is a thoughtful selection of useful, valuable tools that any guitarist can use. They hope you find some discoveries in every crate that help you grow as a musician.
Guitar Crate is a subscription service for guitar and bass players. They now offer several options, Guitar Crate (Premium), Guitar Crate Plus, Bass Crate, and Pedal of The Month, as well as some “other” crate options, such as Strings & Picks, a one-time Gift Guitar Crate, and coming soon is a Strings Only crate.
Guitar Crate Premium is $20 a month, and includes a set of strings, as well as an assortment of gear; and Plus is $40 a month and includes 2 sets of strings, and even more extras. Both guitar crates have an option of electric or acoustic. The Bass crate includes strings and other gear for $40 a month. Pedal of the Month lets you set a monthly budget of $100, $150, or $200 dollars, and as the name implies, you are sent a pedal every month. There is also the Strings & Picks crate for $10 a month, which is exactly as it sounds and comes with just picks and strings, and for a one time $100 fee, there is the Gift Guitar Crate, which comes with a mix of guitar gear including strings, picks, tools, and other fun items for the guitar player in your life.
Since I last reviewed Guitar Crate they have also added international shipping! The cost of shipping within the USA is included in the monthly cost, and if you are outside the USA the shipping cost is just $10 more.
As I mentioned above, I had reviewed the Guitar Crate Plus before, right around 2 years ago now. I was recently sent another Guitar Crate Plus, and I was eager to take a look, as their service has undergone many changes since last time. Right away I noticed a change in the box itself. It is now slimmer (it was actually delivered into my mailbox, instead of to my door), and the artwork is different. Now, let’s see what’s in the box.
The Guitar Crate once again seems tightly packed. There is only a little unused space.
The first thing I pulled out of the box was this Guitar Triller. I honestly had no idea what it was, as I had never seen nor heard of one before. I did some looking around, and found their website, and instantly became interested in this neat item. It basically is used to play the guitar, in your pick hand, and can be used as a regular pick, as well as held and used in a few other ways, to replace the various odd and end items musicians have used to play their guitars (pencils, spoons, screwdrivers, etc). This item is an example of why the Guitar Crate is so interesting and fun. You can be introduced to things like this, that you would like, and would use, but had no idea even existed.
The next thing out of the box were these Ernie Ball Super Slinky guitar strings. This is actually my favorite brand of strings, although I prefer the heavier gauge Beefy Slinky strings. When you subscribe, you actually can choose brand, and gauge for the strings you receive, or you can even choose the “surprise me” option, if you don’t know what you like, or want to try something new.
Next thing out of the box were these D’Addario XL medium gauge strings. These strings are along the gauge I use, but not my personal brand of choice. Although D’Addario is a good brand, and is just one of a few brands you can get strings from.
This cool, leather pick holder key chain was next out of the box. It is from Jim Dunlop USA, and even came with some guitar picks. Although the guitar picks it came with are thinner than I use, this key chain can hold the ones I prefer to use.
When I pulled this out of the box, I couldn’t stop laughing. From Clayton USA, this package of Pick Of Destiny replica picks are fantastic. They are a decent thickness, so they are actually usable, and have 3 different edges to play with. Little surprises like this really make opening up a monthly crate very enjoyable. You really never know what will be in there.
And last, but not least, out of the box came this Pro-Winder. This handy device is from D’Addario’s Planet Waves line, features a bridge pin puller for acoustic guitars, a winder that grips pegs and helps turn them, and a hardened steel clipper for cutting excess string. It is definitely a nice item to have, and a great way to finish out the box.
Just as last time I checked out a Guitar Crate Plus, I am pleased, and enjoyed the experience of seeing what I got. It is still a relatively unique service, as I still haven’t really seen many options for instruments in a monthly crate. The value still seems to be there, if you price out the individual items, you still are coming away ahead, and had the fun of a box full of surprises. I, once again, definitely recommend this for guitar fans of all kinds, or as a gift for that guitar lover in your life. Now that they have expanded their options, even having a crate for bass players, and offering international shipping, Guitar Crate is really worth checking out.