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These guides are designed to help you find the most highly rated options when you're buying music equipment. Every item presented has a Gearank Rating and the number of owner and user opinions that have been evaluated by the Gearank Algorithm for this purpose.

The Best Guitar / Instrument Cables - Straight & Angled

The Highest Rated Guitar Cables

Guitar cables can't make you sound better, but bad ones can make you sound bad, if not totally cut off your sound. This results in uninspiring and often awkward experiences that musicians try to forget. So get yourself one of the top rated cables and avoid the problems.

The Best Keyboard Amps - All prices up to $1500

The Highest Rated Keyboard Amps

Keyboard amplifiers tend to be quite versatile with many able to amplify a wide range of input sources from keyboards and synths to vocals, electronic drums, acoustic guitars, bass, drum machines and backing machines. Some of the multi-channel options can even be used as small PA systems ideal for practice sessions or performing in small venues.

The Best Classical & Nylon String Guitars - From $100 to $1000

The Highest Rated Nylon String Guitars

This guide covers all the main types of guitars with nylon strings including classical, flamenco, hybrid and both acoustic and acoustic-electric models. It also provides advice on topics such as Tonewoods, Scale Length, Nut Width, Action / String Height, Acoustic and Acoustic-Electric options.

The Best Cheap Beginner Electric Guitars Under $200

The Highest Rated Beginner Electric Guitars

This guide is primarily meant to help beginner guitarists to get a good affordable guitar. And it is also a good resource for experienced players who want a cheap guitar to modify and experiment with.

The Best Drum Practice Pads & Mutes: Single/Snare + Sets

The Highest Rated Drum Practice Pads

If you're serious about improving or maintaining your drumming skills, practice shouldn't end the moment you step away from your drum kit. Training with drum practice pads keeps your skills sharp while helping you notice small things to improve because you're no longer bombarded with high decibel sounds.

The Best Acoustic Guitars - Between $100 & $1000

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitars

For this March 2022 Edition we short-listed 97 guitars available from major online American retailers and examined more than 25,100 rating and review sources in order to find the highest rated acoustics to recommend.

The Best Multitrack Recorders - Digital

The Highest Rated Digital Multitrack Recorders

This guide is about digital multitrack recorders that have everything you need built-in for recording, mixing, and producing music - if you're looking for handheld multitrack recorders then please read our Handheld Recorder Guide.

The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards

The Highest Rated 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboards

49 Key controllers hit the sweet spot for many musicians and music producers. They are much more of a playable instrument than their smaller 25-Key siblings, yet still compact enough to be reasonably portable and not take up too much valuable space in a home recording studio.

The Best MIDI Interfaces for PC / Mac / iOS and More

The Highest Rated MIDI Interfaces

MIDI has been connecting musical equipment since 1982 and it's still going strong. Here we present to you the best MIDI interfaces for connecting your computer, tablet or even phone to your other MIDI gear. We've focused on interfaces with single in/out ports as these are what most people without complex setups need.

The Best Bass Amps - Combo Up To $1000

The Highest Rated Bass Amps

56 combo bass amps rated for this guide covering all of the information that you’ll need in order to make an informed purchase, and we’ve recommended some great amps in case you don’t feel like scrolling through scores of different options trying to figure out which one will work best for your situation.

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