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.

Trumpet Buying Guide

Trumpet Buying Guide

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From student models to professional trumpets, we cover all the basics including materials, playability features, the many different trumpet types, and things to look for when shopping.

Clarinet Buying Guide

Clarinet Buying Guide

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

One More Tour: New Life for Iconic Guitars

One More Tour: New Life for Iconic Guitars

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5 rock guitars that have starred in some of this century's biggest comebacks.

Marshall MG Amps Buying Guide

Buying Guide: Marshall MG Series Amps

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No models or digital forgeries—just 100% pure, unadulterated Marshall!

Guitar Pack Buying Guide

Guitar Value Package Buying Guide

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A guitar value package that includes all the the right accessories can be a great choice for beginning guitarists. They’re not only budget-friendly but also let you get started playing right out of the box. Read on to learn how to choose the right electric or acoustic guitar value pack for your music and budget.

5 Timeless Songs and the Guitars Behind Them

5 Timeless Songs & the Guitars Behind Them

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From grunge to classic rock: a look at some genre-defining electric guitar tones.

Keyboard Amplifier Buying Guide

Keyboard Amplifier Buying Guide

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The things to consider when shopping for an amp for your digital piano, synthesizer, organ or other electronic keyboards.

The Top 10 Apps to Help You Make Better Music

The Top 10 Apps to Help You Make Better Music

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By Ryan Piercy

As part of iOS Month at Musician’s Friend, we’ve compiled a list of the top music apps to help you do more with your phone and tablet than you ever thought possible. Making music with a mobile device is no longer a novelty, as these apps can transform your iPhone or iPad into a musical instrument, a recording workstation, digital turntables, and more! All are available for download at the Apple App Store.

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