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.

Live Sound DJ Gear Buying Guide

How to Choose the Best Live Sound Gear for DJs

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How to choose the right DJ mixers, controllers, interfaces and PA equipment to match your music, gigs and budget

How to Choose the Right DJ Equipment

How to Choose the Best DJ Equipment

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Shop smart for DJ controllers, interfaces, software and hardware. Know what to look for when building a rig to fit your budget and skills.

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Bass Guitar

How to Choose the Best Strings for Your Bass Guitar

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Need help figuring out which bass strings to buy? We'll help you pick the right set for you and your bass.

Tech Tip: Audio Gear Specifications—What They Do and Don’t Tell You

Understanding Audio Gear Specifications

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Need help understanding specs on your audio gear? The experts at Musician's Friend are here to help!

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!

DJ Lighting and Stage Effects Buying Guide

How To Choose the Best Band and DJ Lighting and Stage Effects

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Need help choosing the right lighting and effects for your next gig? Let the experts at Musician's Friend help you out.

Bass Guitar Buying Guide

How to Choose a Bass Guitar

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In this buying guide we’ll walk you through all the essentials of choosing a bass guitar. You’ll learn about the parts of the electric bass, its electronics, the various body types, pickups, and much more.

How To Set A Compressor For Voice and Instruments

Best Compressor Settings for Vocals, Guitars, Drums and More

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Need help understanding various compressor types and the best ways to use them? You've come to the right place.

Tonewoods and How They Affect Your Guitar’s Sound

How Do Tonewoods Affect Your Guitar's Tone?

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Discover how the sonic character of various wood types helps shape the sound of acoustic and electric guitars.

Tech Tip: What’s the Difference Between Overdrive and Distortion Effects Pedals?

What’s the Difference Between Overdrive and Distortion Effects Pedals?

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Learn about the key differences between overdrive pedals and distortion pedals.

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