Resources for Musicians

The Hub is the place to be for the critical resources musician’s need when shopping for gear and instruments. You can count on on our exclusive Buying Guides to walk you through the complexities of everything from recording equipment to live sound gear to the ins and outs of choosing the right guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard. You’ll learn all about the key features and specs and how to choose the music gear that’s right for your style and budget. The Hub’s always-expanding Hands-On Product Reviews dive deep into specific music gear and instruments to give you the perspectives of seasoned musicians. Bookmark this page and check in at The Hub whenever you feel the need for some more gear knowledge.

10 Commandments for the Performing Musician

10 Commandments for the Performing Musician

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The do’s and don'ts that will keep your show on track, convert the crowd into fans and get you return engagements

Seven Ways to Decide if Your Guitar’s a Treasure or Just a Keepsake

Vintage Value: 7 Ways to Decide if Your Guitar’s a Treasure or Just a Keepsake

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Wondering about the value of that old guitar? Here are some ideas to help you decide if it’s worth appraising or if your guitar’s value is mostly sentimental.

Tips & Tricks for Getting Into Tune Fast and Easily

Tuning Triage: Tips & Tricks for Getting Into Tune Fast and Easily

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Being able to quickly and accurately tune a guitar is one of the hallmarks of an experienced musician. Learn how to sharpen your tuning skills.

Resonator Guitar Buying Guide

Resonator Guitar Buying Guide

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How to choose a resonator guitar that matches your budget and music.

Seven Online Guitar Tuners Rated

Seven Online Guitar Tuners Rated

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We look at a handful of virtual guitar tuners and compare their capabilities with real, hardware-based units.

Vince and Jenny Gill Interview

Vince & Jenny Gill: We Talk to a Country Gentleman and His Talented Daughter

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The Gills open their home, hearts and studio to the Musician’s Friend crew

Dylan at 73—Still Defying Expectations

Dylan at 73—Still Defying Expectations

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America’s preeminent bard comes up with some doozies in a free-ranging interview

This Week in Music History: February 23

Byrd Grounded…Janet Panthered…Bowie Bonded

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of February 23

Gene Clark Janet Jackson David Bowie

Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Review

Product Review: Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess

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Built to handle the diverse performance demands of the Rush frontman, this LP covers sonic territory well beyond the capabilities of ordinary guitars.

Tip: Muffling Your Drums Part 2

Tech Tip: Muffling Your Drums—Part 2

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How to choose drum heads that dampen excessive ring and overtones in your drum kit

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