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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.

Hands-On Review: LP Aspire and Performer Series Hand Drums

Hands-On Review: LP Aspire and Performer Series Hand Drums

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A closer look at LP's Aspire and Performer Series Hand Drums.

David Bryan of Bon Jovi

David Bryan of Bon Jovi

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30 Years Behind The Keys With Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi

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Still Rocking The Road After 30 Years

Foo Fighters Interview

Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett & Nate Mendel

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As the Foo Fighters proved with their album Wasting Light, the garage doesn't stop being a place of creativity for musicians. It's a sanctuary for most of us. It's where we get our start as musicians and truly hone our chops. The new signature instruments from Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins are all based on early guitars and drums from their garage days that helped pave their musical paths. These instruments pay homage to the originals that created a signature sound and helped develop their personalized sounds. Although most of us won't sell millions of records like the Foo Fighters, they continue to make music that inspires us, moves us and reminds us that even from the humble beginnings of a garage band can come first-class musicianship and worldwide success.

Mike Mangini: Dream Theater's Professor of Percussion

Mike Mangini: Dream Theater's Professor of Percussion

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On the riser of academia or the main stage, Mike Mangini’s knowledge of percussion shines bright. On a firm foundation of science, Mangini catapulted out of his collegiate years in pursuit of like-minded, collaborative virtuosos. After 20-plus years of playing, teaching and preaching, the perennial student of percussion landed his dream gig: full-time member of Dream Theater. We recently sat down with the former professor.

Hands-On Review: Zildjian ZBT Series Cymbals

Hands-On Review: Zildjian ZBT Series Cymbals

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We take a closer look at Zildjian's ZBT Series Cymbals

Tico Torres of Bon Jovi

Tico Torres of Bon Jovi

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The Backbeat of Bon Jovi

Hands-On Review: Sabian HHX Evolution Cymbals

Hands-On Review: Sabian HHX Evolution Cymbals

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We go for a deep dive with the Sabian HHX Evolution Cymbals.

Jordan Rudess: Dream Theater's Restless Keyboard Master

Jordan Rudess: Dream Theater's Restless Keyboard Master

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In an age of producer-driven, computer-generated music, Jordan Rudess stands as an icon of virtuosity within amplified modern music. His technique is nonpareil, his harmonic imagination is vast, and his passion is without limit, and as such, he has emerged as a standard bearer for quality and innovation within the field of progressive metal. As the keyboardist for Dream Theater, the reigning kings of their genre, the audience for his thrilling musicality has swelled into the millions.

Hands-On Review: Lee Oskar Harmonica System

Hands-On Review: Lee Oskar Harmonica System

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We go hands-on with Lee Oskar's harmonicas.

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