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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 DIY Guitar Kits - Electric - All Under $250

DIY Electric Guitar Kits

Building your very own personalized guitar has never been this easy, thanks to DIY (Do-It-Yourself) guitar kits. Here we look at what the market considers to be the best of them, covering a good variety of guitar shapes and styles.

The Best Drum Mic Kits - 4 to 8 Piece

The Highest Rated Drum Mic Kits

Audio engineer Raphael Pulgar presents the highest rated Drum Mic Kits ranging from 4 to 8 mics in each set. You'll also get some solid advice to help you select your best options for miking drums.

The Best Electronic Drum Amps / Drum Monitors

The Highest Rated Drum Amplifiers

If you're looking for an amplifier to use with your electronic drum set, or if you're an acoustic drummer looking for a stage drum monitor, then this guide will help you decide which one is best for your situation. You will also get advice on the alternative types of amplifiers that can also be used with drums.

The Best Dynamic Microphones - Live & Recording

The Highest Rated Dynamic Microphones

With their ability to handle high sound pressure levels and reject background noise, dynamic microphones continue to be vital in both live performances and recording. We have analyzed reviews and ratings of the many dynamic mics on the market, to bring you a list of the top ones deserving of your consideration.

The Best Guitar Amps Under $300 - Combo & Amp Heads

The Highest Rated Guitar Amps Under $300

The $200 to $300 price range has some nice amps with serious tone and flexibility. Since tone quality inspires better and longer playing, and sonic versatility allows for exploration of other musical styles, these amps are ideal for first time buyers, and for experienced players who want something compact. Includes tube and hybrid amps.

The Best Live Vocal Mics - Handheld / Wired

The Highest Rated Handheld Vocal Mics

This focuses on the best mics for live vocals as opposed to ones for speaking conferences or making announcements over PA systems. All these mics are great for vocals, but some can also be used on instruments, and some are also handy studio mics.

Best Digital Pianos Under $500 - Home & Stage

The Highest Rated Digital Pianos Under $500

There's just no replacing the feel and sound of acoustic pianos, but they are not always practical when considering real world space and budget restrictions. This is where we come in with our feature on the Best Digital Piano keyboards, featuring market favorites in the sub $500 price range that have impressed student and professional pianists alike.

Best Portable Keyboards: MIDI, Speakers, Battery Powered

The Highest Rated Portable Keyboards Under $500

Unlike standard MIDI keyboards, a portable keyboard has built-in speakers so you can play anytime without having to plug in additional equipment. The keyboards included in this guide can also run on batteries so you can play them anywhere.

The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars - Under $300, $500, $750 & $1000

The Highest Rated Acoustic-Electric Guitars

Anyone who has ever gigged with an acoustic guitar can tell you what a lifesaver acoustic pickups are. The days where guitarists had to carefully position their instrument in front of a microphone are long gone, because acoustic guitars have become plug and play instruments.

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