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.

How to Choose the Right Drums, Cymbals and Hardware

How to Choose the Right Drums, Cymbals and Hardware

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From complete drum sets to individual snare drums, toms and bass drums, plus all the percussion accessories and learning resources, we give you the intel you need to choose the right drumming gear.

Six Ways to Find a Bargain Guitar

Six Ways to Find a Bargain Guitar

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Cheap doesn’t have to mean garbage. Learn how to find a beater acoustic or electric guitar on a super-tight budget that plays well and sounds decent.

Guitar and Chromatic Tuners: How to Choose

Guitar and Chromatic Tuners: How to Choose

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From pitch pipes to sophisticated electronic music tuners, find the right model for your instrument and budget.

iOS Gear for DJs Buying Guide

iOS Gear for DJs Buying Guide

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How to choose the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to keep the beats coming seamlessly

How to Choose the Right Direct Box (DI)

How to Choose the Right Direct Box (DI)

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A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

Learn the differences between active and passive DIs, how they work, and how to harness them onstage and in the studio for better sound.

iOS Gear for Drummers Buying Guide

iOS Gear for Drummers Buying Guide

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Take a tour of the newest iOS-aware gear that's taking the art of drumming into spheres unimagined just a few years ago.

Flute Buying Guide

Flute Buying Guide

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How to choose the right flute to match your music, skill and budget

Instrument Amplifier Buying Guide

Guitar, Bass and Keyboard Amplifier Buying Guide

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How to Choose the Right Amp for Your Guitar, Bass, or Keyboard

DJ Headphones Buying Guide

DJ Headphones Buying Guide

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The features and specs that matter when you’re shopping for a great pair of DJ headphones.

Combo, Half Stack, or Full Stack?

Guitar Combo, Half Stack or Full Stack?

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Which one’s right for you & the places you play & record?

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