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.

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.

Six Ways to Find a Bargain Guitar

Six Ways to Find a Bargain Guitar

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Cheap doesn’t have to mean garbage. Learn how to find a beater acoustic or electric guitar on a super-tight budget that plays well and sounds decent.

Guitar and Chromatic Tuners: How to Choose

Guitar and Chromatic Tuners: How to Choose

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From pitch pipes to sophisticated electronic music tuners, find the right model for your instrument 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.

Stratocaster vs. Les Paul: Which Is Right for You?

Stratocaster vs. Les Paul: Which Is Right for You?

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We break down the primary features and compare two iconic axes - the Les Paul and the Stratocaster

Flute Buying Guide

Flute Buying Guide

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

Instrument Amplifier Buying Guide

Guitar, Bass and Keyboard Amplifier Buying Guide

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How to Choose the Right Amp for Your Guitar, Bass, or Keyboard

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