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.

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

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

6 Top Humbucker Pickups

6 Top Humbucker Pickups to Supercharge Your Guitar Sound

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A look at some of our most popular aftermarket humbucking guitar pickups.

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

Violin Buying Guide

Violin Buying Guide

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

How to Choose Musician-Friendly iOS Music Gear

How to Choose iOS-Compatible Music Gear

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A buying guide to choosing the right iOS-compatible audio/MIDI interfaces, keyboard controllers, microphones, DJ gear, docks and speakers, plus iOS accessories

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.

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.

How to Choose the Right Drums, Cymbals and Hardware

How to Choose the Right Drums, Cymbals and Hardware

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From complete drum sets to individual snare drums, toms and bass drums, plus all the percussion accessories and learning resources, we give you the intel you need to choose the right drumming gear.

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