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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 Earplugs For Musicians - Singers, Drummers, Guitarists & More

The Highest Rated Earplugs for Musicians

Hearing protection is probably one of the most overlooked types of gear for musicians. Long term exposure to the average concert at around 100db or more can permanently damage our eardrums, reducing our ability to hear. Even worse than hearing loss is developing tinnitus, which is a constant ringing of the ear that doesn't go away.

The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitars Under $1000

Acoustic guitars priced between $500 and $1,000 tend to have better tonewoods and construction than many of the cheaper options. You'll find many of these guitars also have better tonal definition and projection than their lower priced counterparts.

The Best Acoustic Guitars - Between $100 & $2000

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitars

For this 2020 edition we short-listed 97 guitars available from major online American retailers and examined more than 12,300 rating and review sources in order to find the highest rated acoustics to recommend.

The Best Acoustic Guitar Pickups - Active & Passive

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar Pickups

Gigging with an acoustic guitar can be a headache if you don’t have an acoustic guitar pickup, and if you don’t get the best acoustic guitar pickup for you you’re never going to get the tone you want. So rather than go in blind, check out our recommendations!

The Best Capos For Guitar & Ukulele - Up To 12 Strings

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 Practice Amps / Small Guitar Amps

The Highest Rated Practice Amps

A reality of being a guitarist is that you can’t always play at full volume. If you live with other people, especially in an apartment complex, you have to keep your volume at a reasonable level. Thankfully, there’s a solution available: practice amps. To find the best practice amp for your situation, check out our recommendations.

The Best Mic Stands for Stage and Studio

The Highest Rated Mic Stands

This guide is designed to help anyone who wants to get some new microphone stands either for stage or studio use.

The Best Cheap Guitar Amps Under $100 - Combo

The Highest Rated Combo Guitar Amps Under $100

Guitar amps are an integral part to your sound, but a lot of musicians just can’t justify dropping hundreds (or even thousands!) of dollars on a guitar amp. If you’re looking to get a great tone for as cheap as possible, check out our recommended list in this guide.

Best Guitar Amps Under $200 - Combo/Head/Pedal

The Highest Rated Guitar Amps Between $100 & $200

This guide is designed to help anyone who is currently looking for a good inexpensive guitar amplifier. We have expanded the scope to include amp heads and pedal amps in addition to combo amps.

The Best Solid State Guitar Amps

The Highest Rated Solid State Guitar Amps

Solid state amplifiers offer a lot of advantages and there are a ton that sound amazing. They’re (generally) cheaper, more durable, don’t have to warm up/cool down, and are significantly easier to transport than most tube amps.

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