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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.

Bob Taylor and Andy Powers of Taylor Guitars

The Makers: Bob Taylor and Andy Powers of Taylor Guitars

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Musician’s Friend Private Reserve Guitars recently spoke with Taylor Guitars co-founder Bob Taylor and his master luthier Andy Powers. Together, this pair drives a dynamic and innovative guitar-building juggernaut that continues to raise the bar in the world of modern luthiery.

Pink Gets All Acoustic-y with Her Latest LP

Pink Gets All Acoustic-y with Her Latest LP

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In an artistic about face, pop rocker Pink has teamed up with Canadian musician Dallas Green to craft an album of introspective songs that are a far cry from the neo-R&B, party-friendly tunes on which she founded her career. Notable for its delicate two-part harmonies, wistful pedal steel and crystalline fingerpicked acoustic guitar, the album’s lead single, “You and Me”, reveals a sensitivity largely absent in Pink’s earlier work.

Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Reissue VOS Electric Guitar with Bigsby

Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Reissue VOS Electric Guitar with Bigsby: A Classic Reborn

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If you’ve been on the lookout for a mint or near-mint ‘57 LP, you know that they command a king’s ransom these days. The pinnacle of Les Paul lore, goldtops make LP lovers go weak in the knees.

French Horn Buying Guide

French Horn Buying Guide

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

How is an Audio Patch Bay Used?

Tech Tip: How is an Audio Patch Bay Used?

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A patch bay enables you to change the signal flow among the devices in your studio without having to crawl behind all your gear and unplug/replug your cables. In addition to eliminating that hassle, patch bays save wear and tear on the jacks of your equipment. Audio patch bays are switchboards for rerouting audio signals; there are also MIDI patch bays for—you guessed it—rerouting MIDI signals.

Tech Tip: Basic Audio Patch Bay Configurations

Tech Tip: Basic Audio Patch Bay Configurations

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In last week’s tech tip, How is an Audio Patch Bay Used, we talked about how patch bays can help clean up your home studio’s cabling and prevent premature connector wear. This week we address the various ways they can be set up to match your signal routing needs.

Gear Pioneer: Noel Lee of Monster Cable

Gear Pioneer: Noel Lee of Monster Cable

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Making all the right connections in the quest for audio clarity

This Week in Music History: September 15

This Week in Music History: Door Floored…Who Drained…Kiss Uncovered…Willie Waylaid

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of September 15

The Top 10 Apps to Help You Make Better Music

The Top 10 Apps to Help You Make Better Music

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By Ryan Piercy

As part of iOS Month at Musician’s Friend, we’ve compiled a list of the top music apps to help you do more with your phone and tablet than you ever thought possible. Making music with a mobile device is no longer a novelty, as these apps can transform your iPhone or iPad into a musical instrument, a recording workstation, digital turntables, and more! All are available for download at the Apple App Store.

Dizzy Reed Interview

Artist Interview: Guns N’ Roses’ Dizzy Reed

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Keeper of the keys to the kingdom of hard rock

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