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.

All The Audio Gear You Need For a House Party

The Music and Audio Gear You Need for Your House Party

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Throwing a party and not sure what audio, music and lighting gear you need? 

Piano and Keyboard Buying Guide

Pianos, Keyboards & Synths: How to Choose

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From affordable starter pianos and MIDI controllers to sophisticated synthesizers and keyboard workstations, learn what to look for when you shop for an electronic keyboard to match your budget, music and skills.

Telecaster Buying Guide

Telecaster Buying Guide

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

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.

Keyboard Gift Guide

11 Gift Ideas for Keyboardists, Pianists and Synth Nerds

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Looking for a gift for a keyboardist or piano player? Here are some fantastic gift ideas to get you started!

Buying Guide: Audio Gear for Podcasting

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Looking for the best podcasting audio gear? Choose the right microphones, headphones, and audio interfaces to carve out your commanding presence in the blogosphere.

Brass Instrument Mouthpiece Buying Guide

Brass Instrument Mouthpiece Buying Guide

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How to find the right trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, trombone, French horn or other brass instrument mouthpiece that makes sense for your music, budget and skill level.

How to Choose the Right PA System

How to Choose the Right PA System

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From live sound mixers to PA speakers and monitors to mics, get the info you need to take your show to the people.

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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.

Best Guitars for Beginners

The 6 Best Beginner Acoustic Guitars and Electric Guitars

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Having trouble choosing the best starter acoustic guitar or best beginner electric guitar? Read on for the Musician's Friend guide to the Best Guitars for Beginners.

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