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.

6 Top Humbucker Pickups

Six Top Humbucker Pickups to Supercharge Your Guitar Sound

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We take a closer look at some of our most popular aftermarket humbucker guitar pickups.

Cymbals Buying Guide

Cymbals: How To Choose The Right Ones For Your Drum Kit

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A buying guide for choosing the right cymbals to match your drum kit, music and budget

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!

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!

Best Keyboards and Pianos for Beginners

The Best Keyboards and Pianos for Beginners

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Musician's Friend helps identify the key features to look for when shopping for a beginner digital piano or electronic keyboard.

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.

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.

Stocking Stuffers for Musicians

9 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 9 stocking stuffers and gift ideas for guitarists, drummers and more.

SG Guitar Buying Guide

The SG Guitar Buying Guide

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How to Choose the Gibson SG or Epiphone SG electric guitar that's right for you and your budget

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