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.

Best Guitars for Beginners

The Best Guitars for Beginners

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How to choose the right acoustic or electric guitar to match the new player’s musical focus and your budget.

MAPEX SONIClear Edge Technology

MAPEX SONIClear™ Edge Technology

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Mapex rethinks the critical impact of the bearing edge on drum tone with a new approach that will help get your kit in tune fast while offering a broader tonal range.

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.

This Week in Music History: October 20

Expensive Vibrations…Jimi Nixes Nudes…Ashlee’s Syncing Feeling

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of October 20

Beach Boys Jimi Hendrix Ashlee Simpson

Gibson Custom Lee Roy Parnell Signature ‘57 Goldtop

Gibson Custom Lee Roy Parnell Signature ‘57 Goldtop: A Nashville Pro’s Dream Axe

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At first glance, the Gibson Custom Lee Roy Parnell ‘57 Goldtop looks like a typical LP. But when you inspect it more closely and play a few bars, you quickly realize this is far from ordinary Goldtop territory.

Triad-Orbit Stand System

The Triad-Orbit Stand System: A Smarter Way to Mount Your Mics and Other Gear

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Mic stands don’t get usually get much attention until they fall apart or take a nosedive with one of your prized Neumanns mounted on it. The engineers at Triad-Orbit have clearly spent a lot of time thinking about mic stands, and it shows. They build some of the most rugged, adjustable, stable and smooth-operating stands we’ve ever encountered. And a line of adapters allows you to integrate Triad-Orbit components with conventional stands. An extensive range of couplers and other hardware gives you nearly limitless options in setting up and positioning stands.

Focusrite iTrack Pocket iPhone Interface Review

Hands-On Review: Focusrite iTrack Pocket iPhone Interface

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Transform your iPhone into a full-blown audio and video recording studio with this awesome little iOS interface that makes recording, editing, jamming and sharing your music dead simple.

Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

The Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

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How to find the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to help make you a better playing and sounding guitarist

RIP: Keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens

RIP: Keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens

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Jack White’s touring keyboards player Isaiah Randolph "Ikey" Owens was found dead in his Cholula, Mexico hotel room on Tuesday morning, October 14. No cause of death has been thus far announced. White and his backup band, The Buzzards, had played Mexico City on Saturday and were scheduled to perform in Guadalajara on Tuesday. According to Third Man Records’ website, “Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.”

Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar

The Best Bass Guitars for Beginners

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How to choose the right electric bass to keep the beginning bassist in the groove without busting your budget

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