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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 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 Guitar Tuners: Clip On, Pedal, Rackmount & Handheld

The Highest Rated Guitar Tuners

Whether you play Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Bass or Ukulele we've got you covered when it comes to choosing your next tuner. In fact we analyzed over 100,000 owner and user opinions to bring you what we believe is the most comprehensive guitar tuner guide currently available.

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 Headphones for Recording / Tracking - Closed Back

The Highest Rated Closed-Back Headphones for Recording

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 Open Back Headphones for Mixing and Mastering

Highest Rated Open Back Headphones for Mixing and Mastering

Open-back headphones are commonly identified by their vented or mesh-covered enclosed earcups. This design promotes a more natural sound that minimizes internal reflection and standing waves making them well suited to mixing and mastering.

The Best Studio Headphones: Under $200 -> $500

The Highest Rated Studio Headphones

A great pair of headphones can make all the difference in producing quality studio recordings and overall listening satisfaction. This goes especially for home recording environments where proper acoustically treated rooms are less common, often limiting the accuracy of open air speaker systems.

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

The Highest Rated Budget Distortion Pedals

Distortion is the sound that powers hard rock and metal. As such, many guitarists' first pedal is a distortion stompbox, 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.

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 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 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 highest rated chorus pedals in three price ranges: Under $50, $50 to $100 and Over $100.

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