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

The Highest Rated Overdrive Pedals Under $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 Volume Pedals for Guitar

The Highest Rated Guitar Volume Pedals

A volume pedal is a must-have piece of gear for many guitarists, facilitating control over gain as well as advanced techniques like volume swells. However, because there are so many options available it can be hard to figure out the best volume pedal for a given situation.

The Best Loopers - Pedals & Tabletop

The Highest Rated Looper Pedals

Loopers have become indispensable thanks to their ability to create clones which you can use as virtual backup musicians and singers. Here we look at what the market considers as the best loopers, divided into three categories: Compact, Multiswitch and Tabletop.

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 late January 2021.

The Best Cheap Studio Headphones Under $100

The Highest Rated 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.

The Best Guitar Stands - Acoustic, Electric & Bass

The Highest Rated Guitar Stands

Guitar stands are kind of like a belt. They’re cheap, and you’re not going to see a lot of people debating the pros and cons of different models on forums, but if you don’t get a good one you’ll end up regretting it. So rather than trying to search through scores of different models through online retailers, check out our recommendations.

The Best Headphones for Recording / Tracking - Closed Back

The Highest Rated Closed Back Headphones

Closed headphones are essential for any recording setup to prevent spill into live microphones while tracking. These recommended headphones are all circumaural and are designed specifically for use in recording rather than for standard consumer applications.

The Best Guitar Headphone Amps - Bug & Floor Types

The Highest Rated Guitar Headphone Amps

A good guitar headphone amplifier will let you enjoy your instrument without testing the limits of other people's noise tolerance. Here we look at the best of these headphone amps for guitar, updated for 2021, plus top rated compact guitar processors that can do the job just as well.

The Best Harmonicas for Blues - Top Blues Harps

The Highest Rated Blues Harps

Harmonicas have gained various nicknames, including blues harp, tin sandwich, pocket piano and mouth harp. Its handheld and rectangular design, along with its ability to produce a range of tones are the reasons why the harmonica has earned these names.

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