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 information you can count on.

Stocking Stuffers for Musicians

Stocking Stuffers And Gift Ideas For Musicians

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If you need a great gift for the musician in your life, you'll want to check out these stocking stuffers and gift ideas for guitarists, drummers and more.

Alesis Strike Pro Red Sparkle

11 Great Gift Ideas for Drummers and Percussionists

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If you're searching for the perfect gift for a drummer or percussionist, you'll want to check out these 11 fantastic stocking stuffers, gift ideas, and more.

Gretsch Drums Buying Guide

Gretsch Drums Buying Guide

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Find the Right Gretsch Drum Set to Match Your Music and Budget

How to Choose a Left-Handed Guitar or Bass

Tips Every Left-Handed Player Needs to Choose the Right Guitar or Bass

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Lefties get left out of some of life’s simple pleasures, but not guitars. Learn everything you need to know about playing and purchasing a lefty guitar or bass.

DJ Gift Guide from Musician's Friend

9 Great Gift Ideas for DJs

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Need to find a gift for a DJ? Check out these 9 great gift ideas from Musician's Friend!

Headphones and Earphones Buying Guide

Headphones and Earphones Buying Guide

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What do you look for in headphones and earphones? While there are many models to choose from, your planned use should help greatly to narrow your choices.

Stratocaster Buying Guide

Stratocaster Buying Guide

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A comprehensive buyer’s guide to all Fender and Squier Stratocaster series electric guitars to help you choose the best Strat model for you.

How to Choose Musician-Friendly iOS Music Gear

How to Choose iOS-Compatible Music Gear

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A buying guide to choosing the right iOS-compatible audio/MIDI interfaces, keyboard controllers, microphones, DJ gear, docks and speakers, plus iOS accessories

DJ Buying Guide to Keyboard Controllers

How to choose a MIDI Keyboard Controller for DJ'ing

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How to choose a keyboard controller to help run your show and create killer grooves and songs

Saxophone and Clarinet Mouthpiece Buying Guide

Saxophone and Clarinet Mouthpiece Buying Guide

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Mouthpieces exert a huge impact on your instrument’s tone and playability. Learn how to choose one to match your music, budget and skill level.

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