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 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

Gretsch Drums Buying Guide

Gretsch Drums Buying Guide

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Find the Right Gretsch Drum Set to Match Your Music and Budget

Affordable Acoustic and Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Affordable Acoustic & Electric Guitar Buying Guide

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Finding an inexpensive guitar doesn’t mean you have to settle for junk. Discover the smart places to cut back on your expectations.

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.

Violin Buying Guide

Violin Buying Guide

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How to choose the violin that matches your skill level and budget

Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

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How to find the right iOS-compatible audio equipment for your iPhone or iPad to help make you a better playing and sounding guitarist

BOSS Guitar Pedals Buying Guide

An Essential Six-Pack of BOSS Guitar Pedals

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We highlight a half dozen go-to effects pedals that turn up regularly in the signal chains of the world’s most esteemed guitarists.

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