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From time to time we write articles about things that we hope other musicians and visitors to Gearank.com will find useful. If you're looking for music equipment buying guides then please go to our Gear Guides section.

Musical Instrument Amplifier Overview

Musical Instrument Amplifiers

Because different instruments have different timbres, each type requires specialized amplifiers. This has given birth to the many amp types that are available today, including guitar amps (which also branch out to acoustic and electric guitars), bass amplifiers, acoustic instrument amplifiers, keyboard amplifiers, drum amplifiers and multi-purpose amps

The Different Types of Guitar Strings Explained

Guitar Strings

Though they may not be as exciting of a topic as instruments or amplifiers, Guitar strings have different responses and different feels, and when the right type of string is used it’s a huge asset to your playing. Likewise, when the wrong type of string is used it can be incredibly detrimental.

The Different Types of Electric Guitars Explained

Electric Guitars

The electric guitar is unique in that you could make the case that it’s a collection of instruments, rather than a unique type. No other instrument (with the exception of the electric bass guitar) has enjoyed the prevalence the electric guitar has, and the different types of guitars cover a huge range of different genres and styles.

The Different Ukulele Sizes Explained

Ukulele Sizes to Scale

Unlike some other instruments, ukulele sizes aren’t named like separate instruments (violin vs. viola, and mandolin vs. mandola). This has led to confusion, and because the different body types sound and feel different to play many musicians aren’t sure which body style will be right for them - this guide will help you understand what each shape and size is.

The Different Types of Acoustic Guitars Explained

Acoustic Guitars

This article provides an excellent overview of the main types of acoustic guitars and tonewoods.

Reading this will help you understand which size, shape and materials are best for different styles of playing and different sounds.

The Different Types Of Mics And Their Uses

The Different Types Of Mics And Their Uses

This will help you understand the what the main kinds of microphones are that are used in music production, both live and recording, and what each type of mic is typically used for.

Topics covered include: Microphone Polar Patterns, Diaphragm Sizes, the 3 Main Types of Microphones used in Music, and the practical applications of each type of mic.

Extensive Home Recording Studio Equipment List

Extensive Home Recording Studio Equipment List

Whether you're setting up your first project studio at home, or even if you have quite a bit of experience in this area, you'll find this long list of home studio equipment will cover just about every type of gear you'll need to consider.

Live Sound Equipment - Music Gear for Live Performance

music equipment for live performance

Here is an extensive guide to the range of music equipment used in live performance and is intended for use as a reference for musicians, technicians and venue owners.

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How Gearank Works

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