Music Instrument Product Reviews

Get the straight skinny on the music gear you want with The Hub’s exclusive Hands-On Reviews. You’ll find in-depth details on all manner of musical instruments including guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, and many more. Looking for live sound or recording hardware or software? We’ve got you covered there too. Whether you’re a DJ seeking to amp up your show, a beginning guitarist looking for learning tools, or a seasoned weekend warrior searching for the right music gear and accessories to fit your needs and budget, count on The Hub for no-B.S. product reviews. And be sure to stay tuned as we continue to add new music equipment reviews in the coming months.

Marzi Montazeri: Randall Thrasher Guitar Head

Marzi Montazeri's New WMD: The Randall Thrasher Guitar Head

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The Heavy As Texas/Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals shredder reveals why this fire-breathing 120W all-tube amp has become the key to his onstage assault. He also offers up a quick-lick lesson to put in your riff toolbox.

Review: Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeakers

Hands-On Review: Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeaker Series

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Product Review: Alesis DM iPad Dock

Dock Into A New Ecosystem Of Drums with the iPad DM Dock from Alesis

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Transform your iPad into a fully-functional drum module loaded with sounds and training tools to sharpen your chops.

Hands-On Review: A Designs HM2EQ Hammer Equalizer

Hands-On Review: A Designs HM2EQ Hammer Equalizer—The Path to Higher EQ

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By Barry Rivman
Musician’s Friend Senior Staff Writer

In the jargon of producers and recording engineers, equalizers fall into two general categories: "surgical" and "character." The surgical EQ is used correctively, e.g. when you wish to focus on a problem frequency without affecting the neighboring frequencies. Much like a surgeon, you want to go into a narrow band with a very precise cutting tool–an appropriate simile since we primarily "cut" or reduce problem frequencies. Examples would be taming harsh frequencies on cymbals; sibilance or plosives in vocals; fizz or wool on distorted guitars; or overly woofy bass.

Gear Review: Jupiter 1600I XO Trumpet

Gear Review: Jupiter 1600I XO Trumpet

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By Christopher Dean Elliott

The first thing you notice when you open the Jupiter 1600I XO’s case is its beauty. It is a classic design with a stunning silver plate that would instill a pride of ownership in any player. The bell engraving is a simple cursive XO whose austerity reflects the restraint and good taste that is present throughout this elegant instrument.

The Indestructible Shure SM58 Mic

The Indestructible Shure SM58 Mic: Our Torture Tests Video Prove It’s a Survivor

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Shure Mike abuses this iconic mic with a series of punishing tests that would quickly trash lesser microphones

Triad-Orbit Stand System

The Triad-Orbit Stand System: A Smarter Way to Mount Your Mics and Other Gear

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Mic stands don’t get usually get much attention until they fall apart or take a nosedive with one of your prized Neumanns mounted on it. The engineers at Triad-Orbit have clearly spent a lot of time thinking about mic stands, and it shows. They build some of the most rugged, adjustable, stable and smooth-operating stands we’ve ever encountered. And a line of adapters allows you to integrate Triad-Orbit components with conventional stands. An extensive range of couplers and other hardware gives you nearly limitless options in setting up and positioning stands.

Product Review: Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

Product Review: Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

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Powered high-fidelity headphones with a built-in audiophile amp

NS Design CR5 Radius 5-String Bass Guitar

NS Design CR5 Radius 5-String Bass Guitar

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A bass that can do it all...or at least come close enough for jazz.

Reviews from the Road: The Gibson Memory Cable

Reviews from the Road: The Gibson Memory Cable

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A premium instrument cable that captures those inspired moments on the fly

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