Resources for Musicians

The Hub is the place to be for the critical resources musician’s need when shopping for gear and instruments. You can count on on our exclusive Buying Guides to walk you through the complexities of everything from recording equipment to live sound gear to the ins and outs of choosing the right guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard. You’ll learn all about the key features and specs and how to choose the music gear that’s right for your style and budget. The Hub’s always-expanding Hands-On Product Reviews dive deep into specific music gear and instruments to give you the perspectives of seasoned musicians. Bookmark this page and check in at The Hub whenever you feel the need for some more gear knowledge.

Electronic Drums Buying Guide

Electronic Drums Buying Guide

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Shopping for an electronic drum kit, drum module, triggers, pads or cymbals? Here’s what you need to know to get into digital drumming.

Microphone Buying Guide

How to Choose a Microphone: Dynamics, Condensers, Ribbons and More

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When you're shopping for new microphones, you'll encounter a range of different types of microphones spanning a vast range of prices. The sheer volume of specifications and features associated with the hundreds of available models can be confusing, leaving you with little basis for comparison aside from a microphone's price.

Best Recording Gear for Beginners

The Best Recording Gear for Beginners

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How to choose the right audio and recording equipment for your home studio or mobile rig to match your ambitions, budget and music.

The Les Paul Buying Guide

The Les Paul Buying Guide

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Finding the Gibson or Epiphone Les Paul That’s Right for You and Your Budget. First, we’ll put the Les Paul in its historical context, then we’ll walk you through the many models available today. Use this guide to pinpoint the Les Paul that matches up with your music, your style, and your budget.

Best Keyboards and Pianos for Beginners

The Best Keyboards and Pianos for Beginners

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Musician's Friend helps identify the key features to look for when shopping for a beginner digital piano or electronic keyboard.

What’s the Difference Between Major and Minor Chords?

What’s the Difference Between Major and Minor Chords?

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Want to understand the difference between major and minor chords? The experts at Musician's Friend are here to help you!

Electric Guitar Strings Buying Guide

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Electric Guitar

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Need help finding the best strings for your electric guitar? Musician's Friend will help you pick the right set for you and your guitar.

Piano and Keyboard Buying Guide

Pianos, Keyboards & Synths: How to Choose

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From affordable starter pianos and MIDI controllers to sophisticated synthesizers and keyboard workstations, learn what to look for when you shop for an electronic keyboard to match your budget, music and skills.

6 Top Humbucker Pickups

Six Top Humbucker Pickups to Supercharge Your Guitar Sound

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We take a closer look at some of our most popular aftermarket humbucker guitar pickups.

How to Choose the Right PA System

How to Choose the Right PA System

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From live sound mixers to PA speakers and monitors to mics, get the info you need to take your show to the people.

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