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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 Acoustic Guitar Amps - All Prices

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar Amps

If you have an acoustic guitar with pickups you need a specialized acoustic amp if you want to bring out the natural tone of your instrument. These amps aim to be transparent so they are also good at amplifying vocals - this means that many of these amps are also designed to work well as small PA systems.

Best Electronic Drum Pads - Digital Percussion & Control

The Highest Rated Electronic Drum Pads

Tired of lugging around drums? Electronic drum pads can either augment your live and recording set up or replace them all together. All of these have MIDI and can be used to trigger external sound modules or DAW software.

The Best Studio Monitors - All Prices Up To $1000

Studio Monitor

When you need to work on your recorded music you need to hear exactly how it sounds, warts and all. Multimedia and hi-fi speakers are not suitable for the task because they color the sound. This is where good studio monitors come in...

The Best Solid State Guitar Amps

The Highest Rated Solid State Guitar Amps

Solid state amplifiers offer a lot of advantages and there are a ton that sound amazing. They’re (generally) cheaper, more durable, don’t have to warm up/cool down, and are significantly easier to transport than most tube amps.

The Best Cheap Audio Interfaces - Under $100 & Under $200

The Highest Rated Audio Interfaces Under $200

Gearing up for recording has never been easier, all you need is your computer, instrument, microphone, and a good audio interface. With so many cheap audio interfaces available, this guide will help you make the best choice with our list of current market favorites.

The Best Cheap Electronic Drum Set For Beginners

Beginner Electronic Drum Sets

Electronic drums are a heck of a lot of fun to play with, but more importantly they're the best way to learn, practice and improve your chops without making all the noise associated with acoustic drums - just slip your headphones on and you're good to go!

Best Guitar Amps Under $200 - Combo/Head/Pedal

The Highest Rated Guitar Amps Under $200

This guide is designed to help anyone who is currently looking for a good inexpensive guitar amplifier. We cover amp heads and pedal board amps in addition to combo amps.

The Best Electronic Drum Amps / Drum Monitors

The Highest Rated Drum Amps

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.

The Best Acoustic Preamp Pedal Guide

The Highest Rated Acoustic Preamp Pedals

Preamps for acoustic guitars and other acoustic instruments are great for bringing out a more natural and clear sound. Every kind of acoustic pickup has it's trade-offs and good preamps help emphasize the acoustic tone, add warmth and make the sound more realistic as well as reducing any unwanted frequencies.

The Best USB Audio Interfaces: 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 12 / 16 Channels & More

The Highest Rated USB Compatible Audio Interfaces

As you take your home recording to the next level, you will outgrow your 2-channel audio interface. This guide is designed to help you with this expansion, featuring the best stand-alone audio interfaces that have 4 to 16 simultaneous analog inputs.

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