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.

Universal Audio Headquarters

The History of Universal Audio: A Father & Son Odyssey

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Musician's Friend goes deep on the history of Universal Audio, their iconic 610 consoles and preamps, 1176 and LA-2A compressors and the new Apollo X audio interfaces.

Legendary drummer Hal Blaine in the studio

Hal Blaine: Reflecting on the Life and Legacy of a Drumming Icon

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Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine left his mark on over 35,000 recordings, forever influencing drummers, the instrument and modern music as we know it.

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.

Humbucker vs. Single-Coil Pickups Explained

Humbucker Pickups vs. Single-Coil Pickups: Key Differences Explained

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We take a closer look at the key differences between single-coil pickups and humbucker pickups.

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.

The early years of New England Digital Corporation

Synthesis Pioneer Cameron Jones Talks History and Making A New Synclavier

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Synthesis pioneer Cameron Jones, details the storied history of a company he formed, New England Digital Corporation, and the legacy of its iconic product, the Synclavier. Cameron discusses his ongoing partnership with Arturia, and how his new venture—Synclavier Digital—is the most complete user interfacing version of the original.

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.

Best Guitars for Beginners

The 6 Best Beginner Acoustic Guitars and Electric Guitars

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Need help choosing the best starter acoustic guitar or best beginner electric guitar? Read on for the Musician's Friend guide to the Best Guitars for Beginners.

Telecaster Buying Guide

How To Choose The Best Telecaster

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A comprehensive buyer’s guide to all Fender and Squier Telecaster series electric guitars to help you choose the right model for you.

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.

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