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.

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.

Saxophone Buying Guide

Saxophone Buying Guide

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

Recording Gear 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

While cables may not be the sexiest part of your setup, understanding how they work and what to look for when shopping will eliminate hassles and ensure you get the best possible sound. This guide will get you up to speed on all the in and outs of audio cabling to help you choose the correct cables for your purpose.

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

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

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

Violin Buying Guide

Violin Buying Guide

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

World Percussion Buying Guide

World Percussion Buying Guide

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From drum circles to bands that feature hand percussion, interest in world percussion instruments has never been greater. In this buying guide we will familiarize you with the many instruments available today, their history, and the music genres in which they’re found.

How to Choose the Right Guitar or Bass Amp Replacement Speakers

How to Choose the Right Guitar or Bass Amp Replacement Speakers

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A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

The ins and outs of replacing and upgrading speakers in guitar and bass combo amps and speaker cabinets

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