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.

14 Combo Amps Under $500

14 Combo Guitar Amplifiers Under $500

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Check out 14 guitar combos to help you achieve serious sound without breaking the bank.

DAW Software Controller Buying Guide

DAW Software Controller and Control Surface Buying Guide

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How to choose the right DAW control surface or MIDI controller to match your software, music production methods and budget.

Guitar and Bass Effects Buying Guide

Guitar and Bass Effects Buying Guide

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Take a deep dive into the specs and features that matter when you shop for stomp boxes or multi-effects processors

Semi-Hollowbody Guitar Buying Guide

Semi-Hollowbody Guitar Buying Guide

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The essential things to know when you go shopping for a semi-hollowbody electric guitar.

World Percussion Buying Guide

World Percussion Buying Guide

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Don’t know a djembe from a doumbek? Here are the essentials you need to know when shopping for hand drums, congas, shakers, cajons, djembes and many more percussion instruments from every corner of the globe.

How To Choose a Great Beginner Guitar for Kids

How To Choose a Great Beginner Guitar for Kids

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Find the electric or acoustic guitar that’s right for your budding musical genius…and your budget.

Digital Piano Buying Guide

Digital Piano Buying Guide

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How to choose the best digital piano for home use or stage/studio performance that matches your skill level, music and budget

How to Choose the Right Guitar or Bass Amp Replacement Speakers

How to Choose Guitar or Bass Amp Replacement Speakers

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The ins and outs of replacing and upgrading speakers in guitar and bass combo amps and speaker cabinets

What's a Good Guitar Amp for a Beginner?

What's a Good Guitar Amp for a Beginner?

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How to find a great starter guitar combo amp that makes sense for your music and budget

Saxophone Buying Guide

Saxophone Buying Guide

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

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