Music Instrument Buying Guides

Overwhelmed by the mindboggling array of music gear out there today? Dazed by all the specs, features, and technobabble? Can’t figure out if you want a guitar with active or passive pickups? Stymied over the best way to get started recording or playing live? Can’t decide what recording equipment is right for your home studio? Uncertain what guitar amp is the right fit for your music and budget? You’ve arrived at the place to get the answers you need. We’ll help you choose the music gear and instruments that makes sense for your style and budget with straightforward, no-B.S. information you can count on.

Best Keyboards and Pianos for Beginners

The Best Keyboards and Pianos for Beginners

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The crucial things to look for when shopping for a first piano or electronic keyboard

Studio Monitors Buying Guide

Studio Monitors Buying Guide

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How to choose the right monitor speakers to match your music and budget

Recording Equipment Buying Guide

Recording Gear Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio recording equipment to match your skills, music, and budget

Audio Cable Buying Guide

Audio Cable Buying Guide

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How to choose the right connectors and cables to match your gear and budget

Clarinet Buying Guide

Clarinet Buying Guide

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How to choose the right clarinet to match your music, skill level, and budget.

Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar

The Best Bass Guitars for Beginners

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How to choose the right electric bass to keep the beginning bassist in the groove without busting your budget

Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

The Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

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How to find the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to help make you a better playing and sounding guitarist

Saxophone Buying Guide

Saxophone Buying Guide

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How to choose the right saxophone to match your skill level, music and budget

Violin Buying Guide

Violin Buying Guide

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How to choose the violin that matches your skill level and budget

Stage Monitors Buying Guide

Stage Monitors Buying Guide

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How to choose the right stage monitor speakers or in-ear monitors to match your budget, music and shows

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