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.

Clarinet Buying Guide

Clarinet Buying Guide

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

Audio Interface Buying Guide

Audio Interface Buying Guide

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How to choose the right interface to match your computer, recording needs, and budget

Semi-Hollowbody Guitar Buying Guide

Semi-Hollowbody Guitar Buying Guide

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The essential things to know when you go shopping for a semi-hollowbody electric guitar.

Trumpet Buying Guide

Trumpet Buying Guide

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From student models to professional trumpets, we cover all the basics including materials, playability features, the many different trumpet types, and things to look for when shopping.

Mic Preamp Buying Guide

Preamp Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio preamp to match your music, instruments, 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

Guitar Pack Buying Guide

Guitar Value Package Buying Guide

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A guitar value package that includes all the the right accessories can be a great choice for beginning guitarists. They’re not only budget-friendly but also let you get started playing right out of the box. Read on to learn how to choose the right electric or acoustic guitar value pack for your music and budget.

DAW Software Controller Buying Guide

DAW Software Controller Buying Guide

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How to choose the right DAW control surface to match your software, music production methods, and budget.

How to Choose the Right PA System

How to Choose the Right PA System

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From live sound mixers to PA speakers and monitors to mics, get the info you need to take your show to the people.

DJ Lighting and Stage Effects Buying Guide

Band and DJ Lighting and Stage Effects Buying Guide

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Choosing the Right Lighting and Effects to Put You in the Spotlight

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