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  • Last Updated: June 7, 2017

We spend dozens of hours (sometimes hundreds of hours) testing music gear to distill it all down into easy-to-read guides.

  1. What are the technical specs? Do they match or exceed what we need?
  2. What are the people who actually use this everyday saying?
  3. Is it generally available? Where can I get it for a reasonable price?

After we have our guide done, we place some of our partner links on the site. We think this is fair compensation for the time and effort that goes into our reviews. If you think this is somehow a conflict of interest, please read this.

In exchange for the time of our reviewers, our partner links generate a small kickback to MSCGR.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. This is because no matter what piece of gear we review, we can almost always find it on Amazon and provide a link. Even if a particular piece of music gear is out of stock, Amazon kindly notifies you when it is back in stock, or at the very least, when you can expect to see it in stock again.

If you regularly buy music gear from one of our partners, simply click through on their link below before making your purchase.


We like Amazon Prime. Most of my friends and reviewers on this site regularly use it to call in products for testing right here at MSCGR.

You can get a free trial of Amazon Prime by clicking our partner link below:


Reverb is another marketplace specializing in music gear only. We love their passion and selection of both new and used music gear for studio and live performance:


Lately we’ve been seeing a lot more new instruments and music gear on eBay. Signing up is easy. We keep an eye on special deals and closeouts on our favorite items:


Other MSCGR Partners:

We’ve partnered with several online retailers we use often:

Best Buy Music Gear
MacMall - Your #1 Apple Superstore!

Guitar Center Partner



Occasionally our guides will use our Skimlinks partnership to provide purchasing options:



Music Gear Resources

I’ve been a subscriber to Tape Op Magazine since the late 1990’s. You can get your free subscription as well. It’s worth it, as many of the articles require you login as a subscriber anyways:


We like the experts at Sound on Sound Magazine. Their depth of reviews are staggering. When we need specific numbers and in-depth reviews about any of our category finalists, we can almost always find it there. Probably the best resource on a wide array of gear:

Sound on Sound Music Gear


We like online forums on music gear and recording. Some of our favorites for asking specific questions about gear are:



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MSCGR (just pronounced, "Music Gear") is home to dozens and dozens of hours of music gear research distilled down to easy-to-read guides and reviews. You might want to take a look at how to use the site, as well as how you can help support us.

The goal of MSCGR is simple: Save people time and energy shopping so they can get on with their lives writing, recording and playing music, using the great gear we recommend to them.

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