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 information you can count on.

Stratocaster Buying Guide

Stratocaster Buying Guide

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The specs & features that matter when you shop for a Fender or Squier Strat

The Fender Stratocaster is among the most iconic electric guitars to have ever been produced, and it’s been a major influence on the sounds of modern music. Since it’s introduction in 1954, the  Strat has been featured on countless recordings, and played by rock, punk, jazz, blues, soul, R&B, and country artists the world over. During its six-decade history, the Stratocaster has consistently been one of the most popular (and copied) guitars in production.

Brass Instrument Mouthpiece Buying Guide

Brass Instrument Mouthpiece Buying Guide

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How to  find the right trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, trombone, French horn or other brass instrument mouthpiece that makes sense for your music, budget and skill level.

Violin Buying Guide

Violin Buying Guide

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

How to Choose an Ukulele

Ukulele Buying Guide

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The ukulele is back—with a vengeance!

And there’s never been a better time to get started playing the uke, given the hundreds of available models to choose from in every price range. Today you’ll also find lots of resources to help you learn the ukulele and develop your playing skills. We’re committed to helping you find your way through the dizzying array of ukuleles on the market to that model which makes sense for your musical tastes and budget.

Piano and Keyboard Buying Guide

Pianos and Keyboards: How to Choose

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From affordable starter pianos and MIDI controllers to sophisticated synthesizers and keyboard workstations, learn what to look for when you shop for an electronic keyboard to match your budget, music and skills.

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Bass Guitar

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Bass Guitar

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The strings on your electric bass have a powerful influence on the its tone and playability. If you’ve explored Musician’s Friend’s huge selection of bass guitar strings and come away a little confused, this guide’s for you. We’ll walk you through the ins and outs of choosing the bass strings that make sense for both your music and instrument.

How to Choose the Right DJ Equipment

How to Choose the Right DJ Equipment

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Shop smart for DJ controllers, interfaces, software and hardware. Know what to look for when building a rig to fit your budget and skills.

Best Recording Gear for Beginners

The Best Recording Gear for Beginners

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

Beginners Guide to Buying Drums & Percussion

The Beginners Guide to Buying Drums & Percussion

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How to choose the right starter drum kit, cymbals, drum accessories or percussion instruments to bring out the best in your budding musician while maintaining your budget and sanity.

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

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