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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 Acoustic Preamp Pedal Guide

The Highest Rated Acoustic Preamps

Preamps for acoustic guitars and other acoustic instruments are great for bringing out a more natural and clear sound. Every kind of acoustic pickup has it's trade-offs and good preamps help emphasize the acoustic tone, add warmth and make the sound more realistic as well as reducing any unwanted frequencies.

Best USB Microphones for Vocals & Musical Instruments - Over 96,000 Rating Sources!

The Highest Rated USB Mics

The number one barrier to entry towards having a great microphone is that most of them require an audio interface for recording. Major manufacturers now offer some of their models as USB mics with built in analog-to-digital converters to address the needs of people who simply want a good microphone for recording without an audio interface.

The Best Keyboard Stands - 1 to 3 Tiers; X, T, Column & A-Frame

The Highest Rated Keyboard Stands

A solid and reliable stand is a must not just to help with playing, but also to protect your precious keyboards and synthesizers. This article focuses on stands primarily designed for 49 key instruments and up - if you need a stand for a mini or micro keyboard then you should probably consider getting a music laptop stand or something similar.

The Best Condenser Mics Under $100 - XLR & USB - Over 70,000 Rating Sources!

The Highest Rated Condenser Mics Under $100

When budget is limited, it is best to find gear that squeezes the most value for your money. This applies to condenser mics in the sub $100 price range, where you're mostly looking for an all-in-one budget friendly mic. This guide serves that demand, featuring condenser microphones that have proven themselves to be valuable additions to home studios.

The Best Microphone Preamps - All Prices up to $1000

The Highest Rated Microphone Preamps

Stand alone mic preamps are a great way to enhance the quality and character of your microphone recordings as well as allowing you to add extra mic enabled channels to audio interface. Ordinary preamps built into audio interfaces and mixing desks are usually solid performers but dedicated preamps can add that extra warmth and clarity.

The Best Cheap Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $200

The Highest Rated Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $200

We have examined over 6,800 reviews and ratings in order to present you with the highest rated acoustic-electric guitars that you can buy with a budget of no more than $200.

The Best Acoustic Electric Ukuleles up to $300

The Highest Rated Acoustic-Electric Ukuleles

The ukulele has experienced somewhat of a resurgence in recent years. It’s trademark bouncy and uplifting tone has proven to be an asset to the modern singer-songwriter as well as acoustic focused musicians, and judging by the last few years its prevalence won’t diminish anytime soon.

The Best In Ear Monitors for Musicians - Wireless

The Highest Rated In-Ear Monitor Systems

Hearing yourself well can often spell the difference between mediocre and inspiring performances. In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) let you do just that, by feeding personalized sound directly to your ears while blocking out ambient sounds on stage or in rehearsal.

The Best Concert Ukuleles - Up To $300

The Best Concert Ukuleles up to $300

The ukulele has experienced a resurgence in popularity, and with that has come a huge wave of people trying to figure out which ukulele is right for them. If this sounds like you, check out our recommendations.

The Best Studio Monitor Stands - Desk & Floor

The Highest Rated Studio Monitor Stands

To make the most out of your studio monitors, you'll want to pair them up with top quality stands that are designed for studio use. In addition to positioning and securing your speakers, these stands prevent cabinet vibration from transferring to your floor or desk, which results in improved sonic clarity.

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