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.

How to Choose the Right Direct Box (DI)

How to Choose the Right Direct Box (DI)

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A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

Learn the differences between active and passive DIs, how they work, and how to harness them onstage and in the studio for better sound.

Pearl Drums Buying Guide

Pearl Drums Buying Guide

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Find the right Pearl drums to match your music and budget

How to Choose the Right Drum Sticks

How to Choose the Right Drum Sticks

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A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

Choose the right drum sticks with our expert guide that explains those stick numbers and letters and the impact of various tips, woods, and shapes.

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Mandolin

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Mandolin

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A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

How To Choose Drum Heads

How To Choose Drum Heads

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Replacing your worn out drum heads will restore the sound of drums that have lost their punch. How to Choose Drum Heads is your expert guide to finding the right replacement drum heads to match your music and budget.

Ukulele Strings Buying Guide

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Ukulele

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A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

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