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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 Small / Low Watt Tube Amps - Combo & Amp Heads

The Highest Rated Small Tube Amps

Want something you can crank at home without annoying the neighbors? Maybe a small gig or two in the future? Need saturated dirty tones for recording? Small, Low Watt Tube Amps are the perfect solution for all these needs.

The Best Guitar Compressor Pedals

The Highest Rated Compressor Pedals

Compressor pedals are the unsung heroes of many musicians’ rigs. This type of pedal is used to remove a portion of a signal’s dynamic range. Depending on how you set the pedal, it either makes quiet notes louder or loud notes quieter (or both).

The Best Capos For Guitar

The Highest Rated Capos

A capo is a must-have accessory for any guitarist. The ability to play different chords in a variety of positions (for example, playing a C chord with a capo on the second fret makes it a D chord) is an invaluable asset to any vocalist or finger-style musician.

The Best Electric Guitars Under $500 - Solidbody

The Highest Rated Electric Guitars Under $500

Guitar teacher Alexander Briones presents the highest rated $200 to $500 solidbody electric guitars arranged by pickup types: Single Coil, P-90, Humbucker, HSS, HSH and other mixed combinations.

The Best Condenser Mics Under $100 - XLR & USB - Over 128,000 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 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 Dynamic Microphones - Live & Recording

The Highest Rated Dynamic Microphones

With their ability to handle high sound pressure levels and reject background noise, dynamic microphones continue to be vital in both live performances and recording. We have analyzed reviews and ratings of the many dynamic mics on the market, to bring you a list of the top ones deserving of your consideration.

The Best Cheap MIDI Keyboards Under $100

The Highest Rated MIDI Controller Keyboards Under $100

MIDI controllers have been fundamental tools for producing music due to their versatility and portability. They provide control over a computer software sequencers and virtual synthesizers, as well as external sound modules. This guide covers highly rated affordable keyboard controllers, with options ranging from 25 to 49 keys.

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.

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