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 Guitars for Metal

Battle Axes: A Guide to Guitars for Metal

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Find the right electric guitar for grinding out those extreme heavy metal tones.

Marshall MG Amps Buying Guide

Buying Guide: Marshall MG Series Amps

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No models or digital forgeries—just 100% pure, unadulterated Marshall!

Snapshots: 6 Top DAWs

Snapshots: 6 Top DAWs

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The straight skinny on our bestselling digital audio workstation software.

7 Popular Guitar Amps Under 200 Dollars

7 of Our Most Popular Guitar Amps Under $200

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Two hundred bucks can buy some very capable guitar combo these days. Here's a roundup of some of the best.

Finding the Best Travel Guitar

Good to Go: Finding the Best Travel Guitar

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How to choose a travel or mini guitar that’s road-ready and suits your music and budget.

6 Top Humbucker Pickups

6 Top Humbucker Pickups to Supercharge Your Sound

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A look at some of our most popular aftermarket humbucking guitar pickups.

Keyboard Amplifier Buying Guide

Keyboard Amplifier Buying Guide

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The things to consider when shopping for an amp for your digital piano or synthesizer.

Martin Guitar Buying Guide

Martin Guitar Buying Guide

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How to choose the right Martin guitar to match your budget and music.

14 Combo Amps Under $500

Big Sound for Small Budgets: 14 Combo Amps Under $500

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14 guitar combos to help you achieve serious sound without breaking the bank.

Choosing a Guitar for Kids

Beyond Toys: Choosing a Great Beginner Guitar for Kids

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Find the electric or acoustic guitar that’s right for your budding musical genius…and your budget.

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