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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 Studio Mics For Vocals - $100 to $1000

The Highest Rated Studio Mics For Vocals

This gear guide will help you find the right studio recording microphones for your budget and needs. The focus is on top rated condenser and dynamic mics that are currently being used to record vocals in home recording and professional studios.

The Best Drumsticks + Brushes & Mallets

The Highest Rated Drum Sticks

Finding the best drum sticks can be a challenge. There’s so much that goes into how they’re designed, and if you don’t get the right type for your needs and skill level you’re not going to get the tone or response you want.

The Best Guitar Humidifiers & Case Hygrometers

The Highest Rated Guitar Humidifiers & Case Hygrometers

Humidifying your guitar is an important part of maintaining your instrument. So to protect your precious instrument from damage, you’re going to want to find the best guitar humidifier for your situation. Check out our recommendations to see which will work best for you!

The Best Acoustic Guitar Strings: Extra Light - Light - Medium - Heavy

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar Strings

When it comes to acoustic guitars, a huge part of your tone is decided by the strings you use. The gauge, the material they’re made from, and their design can all transform your tone; for better or worse. Make the most out of your instrument, equip it with the best sounding acoustic guitar strings - check out our recommendations!

The Best Overdrive Pedals - Under $50, $100 & $150

The Highest Rated Overdrive Pedals Up To $150

Overdrive is an incredibly useful effect. To start with, it gives you familiar rock guitar tones, from subtle grit to crunch. On more complex setups, it can be used to add girth to an already distorted sound, and give your lead the cutting boost to take your solos to the next level. If you’re looking for the best overdrive pedals, check out our recommendations!

The Best Chorus Pedals - All Price Ranges

The Highest Rated Chorus Pedals

Be it subtle or overtly used, chorus is one of the most pervasive guitar effects, used in dozens of the most famous records ever released. Here we look at the best chorus pedals in three price ranges, based on the most recent reviews and ratings up to January 2020.

The Best Cheap Distortion Pedals - Under $50 & $100

The Highest Rated Cheap Distortion Pedals

Distortion is the sound that powers hard rock and metal. As such, many guitarists' first pedal is a distortion box, and the love for this effect continues to grow with experience, with some having tried many different distortion pedals by the time they're playing on stage.

The Best Cheap Studio Headphones Under $100

The Best Cheap Studio Headphones Under $100

You can get some surprisingly good studio headphones for less than $100 these days, however not all types of headphones are available in this price range so we explain what the different types of headphones are and provide you with the information you need to get the best option for your situation, updated for 2020.

The Best Soprano Ukuleles - Regular & Pineapple Shaped

Ukuleles

The soprano ukulele is the smallest standard size and it produces the trademark bright ukulele sounds we've come to know and love. If you're looking for the classic, traditional ukulele tone then this is the size you are looking for. Coming in at about the same size is the lesser known "pineapple" ukulele.

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