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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 Electric Guitar Strings - 6 String Sets

The Highest Rated Electric Guitar Strings

We analyzed a record number of guitarist ratings and reviews, more than 125k sources, to bring you the highest rated sets of guitar strings in five standard gauge ranges.

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 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 Cheap Microphones Under $50 - XLR & USB

The Highest Rated Microphones Under $50

With so many low quality mics in the entry-level market, getting a good one can be quite daunting. To help you out, we present you with the highest rated microphones that you can buy for under $50.

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 Acoustic Guitar Pickups - Active & Passive

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar Pickups

Gigging with an acoustic guitar can be a headache if you don’t have an acoustic guitar pickup, and if you don’t get the most appropriate pickup type for you you’re never going to get the tone you want. So rather than go in blind, check out our recommendations!

The Best Parlor Guitars - From $150 to $2000

The Highest Rated Parlor Guitars

Parlor guitars offer a smaller, lighter and more comfortable alternative to regular-size acoustics. More importantly, they have a distinct sound that harks back to Victorian era guitars that were played in parlor rooms, and affordable "blues box" mail-order guitars from the early 1900s.

The Best Stage Monitors - Powered Speakers Under $500

The Highest Rated Powered Stage Monitors

Stage monitors allow performers to hear themselves and others on stage. Without stage or floor monitors it can be very difficult to stay in time and sing in tune. This guide features the highest rated powered options on the market.

The Best Capos For Guitar

The Highest Rated Capos

A capo is a must-have accessory for any guitarist. The ability to play different chords in a variety of positions (for example, playing a C chord with a capo on the second fret makes it a D chord) is an invaluable asset to any vocalist or finger-style musician.

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