25 best music making gadgets

Whether you're a heavy metal machine, a jazz hepcat or a synth wizard, you'll be able to make some noise with these musical gadgets

ION USB Guitar

£100, zavvi.com

If you don’t have a room full of Marshall stacks or a dedicated sound engineer stored away in your cupboard then the ION USB guitar is probably the next best thing.

If you’re a Mac user you can record straight into GarageBand via USB, or use the bundled Guitar Rig 4 software if you’re rocking a PC. The supplied video tutorials make it ideal for green-horned shredders too, though it won’t do much to ease your sore fingertips.