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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.

Sam Bush’s 40th Telluride Show Capped by a Gibson Tribute Anniversary Mandolin

Sam Bush’s 40th Telluride Show Capped by a Gibson Tribute Anniversary Mandolin

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Gear Review: Jupiter 1600I XO Trumpet

Gear Review: Jupiter 1600I XO Trumpet

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By Christopher Dean Elliott

The first thing you notice when you open the Jupiter 1600I XO’s case is its beauty. It is a classic design with a stunning silver plate that would instill a pride of ownership in any player. The bell engraving is a simple cursive XO whose austerity reflects the restraint and good taste that is present throughout this elegant instrument.

It’s Monster Bassist Stanley Clarke’s Birthday

It’s Monster Bassist Stanley Clarke’s Birthday

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Chris Hakkens

Stanley Clark turns 63 today and we were reminded all over again what a maestro he is while watching this video from the 1976 Downbeat Poll Winner Awards show:

10th Anniversary Duo Jet NOS

10th Anniversary Duo Jet NOS

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Conjuring up classic ‘50s American design elements from outsized tail fins to pearloid paint jobs, the Duo Jet has remained among the most sought-after electric guitars ever since its mid ‘50s introduction. Treasured by George Harrison, he recorded and toured extensively with his ‘57 Duo Jet, posing with it for the cover of his solo LP, Cloud Nine.

Audio Cable Buying Guide

Audio Cable Buying Guide

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Images: Monster Cable

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.

Star-Spangled Sounds: American Music Roots

Star-Spangled Sounds: American Music Roots

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A diverse collection of musicians reflect on how they’ve been shaped by the USA

The unique musical innovations born in the United States range from the internationally acclaimed pop and R&B of Detroit’s Motown, to the rock and roll of New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen. Regional delicacies like Louisiana cajun and Tennessee bluegrass keep the world hungry for more American music. The basic ingredients of all of these sounds are the homegrown musical genres of blues, jazz, gospel, and country western, and each is as American as apple pie or hot dogs.

On the eve of Independence Day, we asked a wide range of amazing American musicians how the culture, geography, and history of the United States has influenced them, both personally and musically.

Martin Lovers: Show Off Your Pride and Joy to the World!

Martin Lovers: Show Off Your Pride and Joy to the World!

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We know how passionate Martin owners are about their instruments. Now you can declare that pride and share your treasured Martin’s special mojo with fellow musicians.

Achieve Perfect Pedal Order: A Webinar with Steve Vai

Achieve Perfect Pedal Order: A Webinar with Steve Vai

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Sign up now to learn from a master of guitar effects manipulation

Musician’s Friend has teamed up with BOSS to present an exclusive live webinar on July 16 in which Steve Vai will reveal his secrets for setting up your effects signal chain the right way.

This Week in Music History June 30

This Week in Music History: Elvis Hounded…Jimi Discharged…Damned Debuts…Mustaine’s Mad

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The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of June 30

Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” Lyrics Net $2 Million

Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” Lyrics Net $2 Million

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Pricey hotel stationery: Dylan’s sketchy lyrics to his game-changing song are said to be the only surviving version. Photo: AP/uncredited

When the single “Like a Rolling Stone” off Bob Dylan’s LP Highway 61 Revisited was released in 1965, its served as a cannon shot across the bow of pop music, warning that nothing would be the same from that moment on. With its confrontational yet veiled lyrics and six-minute length, it was a tough sell on pop radio.

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