Finding an inexpensive guitar doesn’t mean you have to settle for junk. Discover the smart places to cut back on your expectations.
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.
We break down the primary features and compare two iconic axes - the Les Paul and the Stratocaster
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.
From pitch pipes to sophisticated electronic music tuners, find the right model for your instrument and budget.
How to choose the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to keep the beats coming seamlessly
We highlight a half dozen go-to effects pedals that turn up regularly in the signal chains of the world’s most esteemed guitarists.
Take a tour of the newest iOS-aware gear that's taking the art of drumming into spheres unimagined just a few years ago.
How to choose the right flute to match your music, skill and budget
How to Choose the Right Amp for Your Guitar, Bass, or Keyboard
A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide
Learn the differences between active and passive DIs, how they work, and how to harness them onstage and in the studio for better sound.