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 PA System

How to Choose the Right PA System

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From live sound mixers to PA speakers and monitors to mics, get the info you need to take your show to the people.

Best Recording Gear for Beginners

The Best Recording Gear for Beginners

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How to choose the right audio and recording equipment for your home studio or mobile rig to match your ambitions, budget and music.

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.

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.

Acoustic Guitar Strings Buying Guide

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Acoustic or Classical Guitar

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Need help choosing the best strings for your acoustic guitar? Let the experts at Musician's Friend help!

Best Guitars for Beginners

The 6 Best Beginner Acoustic Guitars and Electric Guitars

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Need help 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.

Piano and Keyboard Buying Guide

Pianos, Keyboards & Synths: How to Choose

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From affordable starter pianos and MIDI controllers to sophisticated synthesizers and keyboard workstations, learn what to look for when you shop for an electronic keyboard to match your budget, music and skills.

Electric Guitar Strings Buying Guide

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Electric Guitar

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Need help finding the best strings for your electric guitar? Musician's Friend will help you pick the right set for you and your guitar.

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.

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

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