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 Strings for Your Mandolin

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Mandolin

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Need help choosing replacement strings for your mandolin? Read on for all the info you'll need to make an informed buying decision.

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Ukulele

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Ukulele

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For a tiny investment, a fresh set of quality strings can improve or revive your ukulele’s sound. Many lower-cost ukuleles for sale are shipped with less than optimal strings, and a better quality set can make a surprising difference in their sound. In this guide we will help you choose the set that’s right for your uke.

Lunchbox and Mini Amps Buying Guide

9 Lunchbox and Mini Amps That Deliver a Big Sound

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They may be little, but these micro-sized guitar amps have virtues far beyond their modest stature.

Jazz Bass vs. Precision Bass

Jazz Bass vs. Precision Bass: The Key Differences

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Are you a potential J Bass or P Bass player? We’ll help you sort out the differences.

The Les Paul Buying Guide

The Les Paul Buying Guide

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Finding the Gibson or Epiphone Les Paul That’s Right for You and Your Budget. First, we’ll put the Les Paul in its historical context, then we’ll walk you through the many models available today. Use this guide to pinpoint the Les Paul that matches up with your music, your style, and your budget.

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Banjo

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Banjo

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Confused by all the choices? We’ll help you pinpoint the right set of strings for your banjo and playing style.

Best Guitars for Metal

Battle Axes: A Guide to Guitars for Metal

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Find the right electric guitar for grinding out those extreme heavy metal tones.

How to Choose the Right Drum Sticks

How to Choose the Right Drum Sticks

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Choose the right drum sticks with our expert guide that explains those stick numbers and letters and the impact of various tips, woods, and shapes.

DJ Lighting and Stage Effects Buying Guide

Band and DJ Lighting and Stage Effects Buying Guide

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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.

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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