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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 Nylon / Classical Guitar Strings

The Highest Rated Nylon Guitar Strings

Nylon has been the material of choice for flamenco, classical, and many fingerstyle guitarists for decades. First introduced as an alternative to the gut strings used prior to the material’s introduction, nylon has proven itself to be a best option due to its affordability and resilience.

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

The Highest Rated Guitar Amps Between $100 & $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 7 String Guitars - $200 to $2000

The Highest Rated 7 String Guitars

Here are the highest rated 7-string electric guitars up to $2000 along with advice to help you find the best one for your needs.

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 MIDI Pad Controllers

The Highest Rated MIDI Pad Controllers

For the modern electronic musician, performing goes beyond playing keyboard MIDI controllers and tweaking knobs. Songs arranged in the studio can now be performed and altered live. Sounds, samples or even entire sections of music can be triggered with the help of dedicated MIDI pad controllers assigned to specific functions in a DAW.

The Best Classical & Nylon String Guitars - Up to $1000

The Highest Rated Classical & 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 Overhead Mics For Drums - Matched Pairs

Setting up Overhead Drum Mics

While many of us are infatuated with gear, your sound when recording is only as good as the equipment you use to record. Finding the best overhead drum mics can be a challenge, so rather than go in blind check out this guide.

The Best Battery Powered Guitar Amps - All Prices

The Highest Rated Battery Powered Guitar Amps

A battery powered guitar amp gives you the freedom to play on the go. Inspiration can also hit you from the most unexpected of times so an amp that is ready to play anywhere is a valuable tool for guitarists. Instead of taking time to fire up your entire rig just to get ideas down, a portable battery powered guitar amp can get you going right away.

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 Guitar Amps Under $500 - Combo, Heads & Pedal Board

The Highest Rated Guitar Amps Under $500

The sub $500 price range is the sweet spot where you can find many guitar amps with good value and overall quality. Here we look at the best of these market leading combo, head and pedal board amplifiers, to help you in your pursuit of great guitar tone and functionality.

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