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 DJ Equipment

How to Choose the Best DJ Equipment

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Shop smart for DJ controllers, interfaces, software and hardware. Know what to look for when building a rig to fit your budget and skills.

Bass Amp Rig Buying Guide

How to Choose the Best Bass Amplifier

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Tips for finding the best bass guitar amplifier and speaker cabinets to match your budget, music and the venues where you play.

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Bass Guitar

How to Choose the Best Strings for Your Bass Guitar

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Need help figuring out which bass strings to buy? We'll help you pick the right set for you and your bass.

Microphone Buying Guide

How to Choose a Microphone: Dynamics, Condensers, Ribbons and More

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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.

Travel Guitar Buying Guide

How To Choose 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.

DJ Lighting and Stage Effects Buying Guide

How To Choose the Best Band and DJ Lighting and Stage Effects

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Need help choosing the right lighting and effects for your next gig? Let the experts at Musician's Friend help you out.

Best Beginner Bass Guitars

The Best Bass Guitars for Beginners

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How to choose the best beginner electric bass to keep the budding bassist in the groove without busting your budget

Bass Guitar Buying Guide

How to Choose a Bass Guitar

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In this buying guide we’ll walk you through all the essentials of choosing a bass guitar. You’ll learn about the parts of the electric bass, its electronics, the various body types, pickups, and much more.

The Best Audio Gear for Podcasting: Microphones, Interfaces and More

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Looking for the best podcasting audio equipment? Choose the right microphones, headphones, and audio interfaces for recording great sounding podcasts.

How to Choose an Ukulele

How To Choose Your Ukulele

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If you need help choosing your first (or next) ukulele, you've come to the right place.

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