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.

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.

USB Microphone Buying Guide

USB Microphone Buying Guide

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The features and specs that matter when shopping for a USB-friendly mic to record high-quality audio direct to your computer.

Microphone Buying Guide

Microphone Buying Guide

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When you're shopping for new microphones, you'll encounter a range of different types of microphones spanning a vast range of prices. The sheer volume of specifications and features associated with the hundreds of available models can be confusing, leaving you with little basis for comparison aside from a microphone's price.

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide

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What to look for when choosing an acoustic or acoustic-electric guitar that matches your musical style, your budget and skill level.

Martin Guitar Buying Guide

Martin Guitar Buying Guide

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How to choose the right Martin guitar to match your budget and music.

Buying Guide: Audio Gear to Create Amazing Podcasts

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Choose the right microphones, headphones, and audio interfaces to carve out your commanding presence in the blogosphere.

Audio Interface Buying Guide

Audio Interface Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio interface to match your computer, recording needs, and budget

Travel Guitar Buying Guide

Good to Go: Buying the Best Travel Guitar

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How to choose a travel or mini guitar that’s road-ready and suits your music and budget.

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.

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.

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