I would have saved these for the forthcoming I Heart Guitar holiday gift guide but who am I kidding: they’re too cool to wait, and will probably be sold out by then anyway! Rebecca Dirks – you know her from those awesome Rig Rundown videos when she was with Premier Guitar – has made a batch of Christmas tree ornaments using real pre-loved 12AX7 preamp tubes. You can buy them on Etsy but you’d better be quick! The listing reads:
“Have your passion for guitar tastefully represented on your Christmas tree with a unique 12AX7 tube ornament made by me, Rebecca Dirks!
Each tube is unique and made to order and available painted or unpainted. Hand-painted tubes can feature snowflakes, an initial, a guitar silhouette (of your choice), or a logo. Please specify custom paint instructions on checkout.
Un-painted tubes are available with authentic, worn GrooveTubes, Sylvania, RCA, Westinghouse, Lindal, or other insignia. Quantities are limited, so first orders get first choice of insignia.
All of the tubes are recycled, non-functional preamp tubes. I originally made these tubes as Christmas presents a few years ago and decided to make more for guitarists who were interested! The run is currently limited to 25 ornaments, but I will try to source more tubes if there’s demand.”