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  • Top 10 Best Volume Pedals for the Guitar in the UK 2021 (Fender, Ernie Ball and More)

    Top 10 Best Volume Pedals for the Guitar in the UK 2021 (Fender, Ernie Ball and More)

    While a volume pedal is unlikely to be the stand out performer on your pedalboard, they are an essential piece of equipment for any aspiring guitar player. Their main draw is that they help you control your master volume – no surprises there – but they also have the ability to create ambient swells and increased dynamics throughout your set.All of these attractive features make them a solid gear addition – all you have to do is find the right one for you and your board. That's where we come in, with our buying guide and list of the best full-sized and mini volume pedals from the likes of Ernie Ball, Fender and Boss. They're all easily ordered from Amazon, eBay and Gear4Music, too. 
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  • Top 10 Best Drumsticks in the UK 2021 (Vic Firth, ProMark and More)

    Top 10 Best Drumsticks in the UK 2021 (Vic Firth, ProMark and More)

    It can be a long and gruelling task for a drummer to find the perfect set of sticks to suit their playing style and personality, with drumsticks often being seen as an extension of their bearers arms. The good news is, heaps of broken wood and evenings of throbbing muscles can be avoided by finding a complimentary set of sticks.Whether your style is jazz, metal, church or rock and you want the best drumsticks for an electronic or an acoustic kit, this guide can help. We have included the top drumsticks for beginners and seasoned players available on Amazon, eBay and Gear4Music from Zildjian, Vater, Ahead and more to make sure you can drum all day and all night long!
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  • Top 10 Best Overdrive Pedals in the UK 2021 (Boss, Earthquaker and More)

    Top 10 Best Overdrive Pedals in the UK 2021 (Boss, Earthquaker and More)

    When it comes to a guitarist’s arsenal of sounds, arguably none is more crucial than their overdrive. In fact, if we were gambling folk, then we’d put money on the fact that this would be 99% of people’s desert island pedal.  Although there are 1000s of pedals out there, thankfully, most overdrive pedals derive from a small number of classic circuits. In this article, we're here to help you choose a new overdrive pedal, before sharing our ranking of the top 10 best in the UK on Gear4music, Amazon and eBay. From classics circuits, to newer experimentations, each one has it's own unique flavour. So read on to find out more!
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  • Top 10 Best Fuzz Pedals in the UK 2021

    Top 10 Best Fuzz Pedals in the UK 2021

    The fuzz pedal was invented in 1960 after a recording session for a Marty Robbins song called "Don’t Worry", where the guitar amp faltered and created a fuzzy sound. Marty decided to include it on the track anyway and people went crazy for the result! The fact that no-one had ever heard anything like it before meant everyone wanted the tone. Soon after that, the guitar world changed forever as we started to put sound controls at our feet.  Essentially, a fuzz pedal is a circuit that breaks the audio coming from the amp, clipping it so hard that it sounds distorted; that's why great guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards love it! While most fuzz pedals are pretty similar, what sets them apart is their tone - so let’s find the right one for you. Whether you're after a germanium pedal with a classic design or an op-amp for under £100, we've got a range of options for you to check out!
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  • Top 10 Best Reverb Pedals in the UK 2021 (Electro-Harmonix, Boss and More)

    Top 10 Best Reverb Pedals in the UK 2021 (Electro-Harmonix, Boss and More)

    When boiled down to the basics, reverb is essentially one sound bouncing off the walls and back to the listener. This process creates a short echo, and it feels like there’s a sense of space in the music. This is one of the oldest tricks in the music book, but luckily, nowadays we don’t have to play in huge concert halls as some smart folks have managed to manipulate that sound and put it into a trusty stompbox. Seeing as there are so very many guitar reverb pedals out there, we’ve put together a short buying guide that will lay out the options available to you to help you create your perfect tone. Then, you can see our top-class recommendations on Amazon, Gear4music and eBay including Electro-Harmonix's famed Oceans 11 and offerings from Boss and Fender.
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  • Top 10 Best Guitar Amps for Home Use in the UK 2021 (Fender, Marshall, and More)

    Top 10 Best Guitar Amps for Home Use in the UK 2021 (Fender, Marshall, and More)

    Whether you're dreaming of playing the centre stage at Manchester M.E.N or trying to write a top 10 hit in your spare time, you need to practice playing your instrument regularly in order to hone your craft. An amp is a vital part of your overall set up at home, but how do you know which one is going to be right for you and your electric guitar? While fellow musicians will appreciate the auditory assault that a 100W stack amp can provide, your partner or neighbours probably won't. So, in our top 10 list, we’ll be looking at small yet powerful products with varying wattages that'll be able to provide your desired sound without disturbing others. With amps from brands like Fender, Marshall, and Blackstar on offer, you're bound to find one that brings out the best sound from your guitar.
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  • Top 10 Best Microphones for Home Studios in the UK 2021 (Shure, Aston and More)

    Top 10 Best Microphones for Home Studios in the UK 2021 (Shure, Aston and More)

    Although we’ll always romantically recall the 4-track, with the advancements in recording technologies over the past twenty years there’s never been a better time to record at home. Whether for live vocal singing, piano, drums or acoustic guitars, one of the main components every home studio requires is a mic, but finding the right one can be overwhelming. So, in the spirit of keeping you engaged with your creativity, we’ve put together a guide that streamlines all the factors you need to know. Hopefully, it'll give you a much clearer idea of what type of equipment you need for your setup. We’ll also share the ten best all-around microphones for home studios available to order from Amazon, Gear4music and eBay.
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  • Top 10 Best Home Studio Monitors in the UK 2021 (Yamaha, KRK and More)

    Top 10 Best Home Studio Monitors in the UK 2021 (Yamaha, KRK and More)

    There comes a time in a producer’s life when, sadly, headphones just aren’t up to the job anymore. That’s why when it comes to recording, mixing, mastering or editing audio, a pair of sonically transparent and colourless studio monitors are essential. With these, the bass will rumble deeper, the trebles twinkle clearer and everything will be heard just how you made it. However, plenty of studio monitors can cost well into the thousands, which is probably more than your average home producer is willing to spend. So, instead, we scoured the net to find the best budget options (some of which are under £200 and even £100) that provide a decent quality sound without you having to sell a limb. But, before we jump in, take a look at our buying guide to hone down your choice. 
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  • Top 10 Best Delay Pedals in the UK 2021 (Boss, Behringer and More)

    Top 10 Best Delay Pedals in the UK 2021 (Boss, Behringer and More)

    With all the best will in the world, even the most creative guitarists can only go so far before they begin to experiment with their sound. This journey often leads them to the world of guitar pedals, and one of the most popular modulation effects is the delay. Essentially, a delay pedal is a simple effect that records and plays back any music that is played through it. This can be done fast or slow, and depending on the settings you use, it can create a subtle and short or a large, atmospheric sound. The trouble is deciding which to buy, as they can range from cheap £20 models up to and way over £100. This guide and list aim to help you find the perfect pedal for your needs, whether you can be found jamming shoegaze, country, metal or ambient. 
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  • Top 10 Best Bass Guitars for Beginners in the UK 2021 (Yamaha, Fender and More)

    Top 10 Best Bass Guitars for Beginners in the UK 2021 (Yamaha, Fender and More)

    Bass guitars are a timeless and almost ubiquitous piece of musical equipment. They're used by musicians across the spectrum, from modern hip hop and RnB to classic rock, jazz funk, soul, disco and everything else. So if you're looking for an electric bass guitar but you've found the huge range of styles and brands on offer to be a bit intimidating, you're not alone. That's why we wrote this guide – from beginner-friendly short scale four-string jazz basses to slightly more advanced five string models with bigger fretboards, we guarantee there's an option on this list for every type of soon-to-be bass wizard. And all of them are available at the UK's biggest sites including Amazon, eBay and Gear4Music. Easy!
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  • Top 10 Best Electric Guitars for Beginners in the UK 2021 (Epiphone, Yamaha and More)

    Top 10 Best Electric Guitars for Beginners in the UK 2021 (Epiphone, Yamaha and More)

    When it comes to getting started on your way to becoming the guitar hero you were destined to be, finding your weapon of choice can be daunting. Along with all the new terminology and the dazzling instruments, all of which are dying to make your wallet considerably lighter, you have the issue of not knowing what is going to suit your needs best. However, it can become a little more focused if you filter out options that aren’t so suitable for you. We’ve made this simple buying guide that should separate the jazz-enthusiasts from the punks, that way, we can focus on the features that will help and encourage you to explore the world of guitar playing. We'll also recommend ten great buys from Epiphone, Fender and more including options under £200 and £300.
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  • Top 10 Best Electronic Drum Kits in the UK 2021 (Yamaha, Alesis and More)

    Top 10 Best Electronic Drum Kits in the UK 2021 (Yamaha, Alesis and More)

    There was a common belief in the music world that we would have a boatload more great drummers around if only the people who wanted to play actually could; they chose a quieter instrument that didn't bother the household instead. Luckily, bashing around on the pots and pans has become much easier thanks to the invention of electric drum kits, which allow you to play in near silence using headphones. But even for the most experienced drummers, finding the right set can be tough. To help out, we’ve created a straightforward buying guide that focuses on the vital considerations. We’ll then reveal the ten best kits on Amazon, eBay and Gear4Music, including cheap beginner sets under £500 like the Alesis Nitro Mesh as well as investment kits for budgets under £1000 from Yamaha and Pearl. 
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  • Top 10 Best Bass Amps in the UK 2021 (Ashdown, Orange and More)

    Top 10 Best Bass Amps in the UK 2021 (Ashdown, Orange and More)

    When it comes to buying picking up a new bass amp, the features will heavily determine what and who the amp is most suitable for. Therefore, you need to establish where and how you plan on playing with it. After all, your neighbours aren’t going to be too impressed if you turn it up to 11 on a Tuesday night when they’re trying to have their tea. Whether you’re looking for a mini combo that’s perfect for practising, or a gig-ready amp to play to a crowd of hundreds, our guide to picking up the best bass amp is going to have you covered! From tube amps to solid state, we’ve ranked 10 of the best bass amps available on Amazon, Gear4music and eBay to help you overpower those darned guitarists who always seem to be searching for a little more volume.
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  • Top 10 Best Looper Pedals in the UK 2021 (Boss, Electro Harmonix and More)

    Top 10 Best Looper Pedals in the UK 2021 (Boss, Electro Harmonix and More)

    Whilst looper pedals aren’t often on the top of a guitarist’s wish list they are an invaluable tool that can be used for any style of playing. This pedal will essentially record a section of your riff or chord progression, then play it back to you. This frees you up to play a second riff, a third and so on, all of which will be layered on top of the original. These pedals can add a tremendous amount of depth to one’s live set, as well as giving you a ‘second’ guitar player when you’re practising at home. The difficulty lies in finding the right one. In this article we go over footswitches, loop length and much more to help make your decision that much easier. With options to suit new players finding their feet and ones for seasoned pros, we've ranked the top 10 best in the UK on Amazon and Gear4Music!
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  • Top 10 Best Acoustic Guitars for Beginners in the UK 2020 (Yamaha, Epiphone and More)

    Top 10 Best Acoustic Guitars for Beginners in the UK 2020 (Yamaha, Epiphone and More)

    Buying an acoustic guitar is one of the most exciting prospects for any budding player. It's the critical 'make or break' stepping stone that sets you up for certain success or potential disenchantment through an unsuitable instrument. Brands like Yamaha, Stretton Payne, Epiphone and Donner all build beginner guitars with success solely in mind. We've compiled ten top-notch beginner guitars from Amazon, eBay and Argos, to suit both buyers on a budget and those wanting to invest in something special. From dreadnaughts to classical guitars, there's a perfect beginner acoustic for everyone's unique size and story. Many of our picks also come with all the accessories needed to hit the ground running!
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  • Top 10 Best MIDI Keyboards in the UK 2021 (Akai, Arturia, Novation and More)

    Top 10 Best MIDI Keyboards in the UK 2021 (Akai, Arturia, Novation and More)

    Since the first MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) keyboards debuted in the early 2000's, there’s been an explosion of brands and models on the market. Whether you're a musician searching for a USB piano, or a music producer looking for a studio controller, these days you're almost spoiled for choice!Not sure where to start? In this article, we help you find the right MIDI keyboard for your musical needs. Our buying guide encompasses everything from 88 key behemoths with touch pads and loop control, to highly portable 25-key options for the on-the-go music making. So read on to find out the ranking of the top 10 best in the UK, available on Amazon and eBay.
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  • Top 10 Best Ukuleles in the UK 2020

    Top 10 Best Ukuleles in the UK 2020

    If you're looking for a new creative hobby, you might want to consider getting a ukulele. One of the most accessible musical instruments for beginners, they’re compact, portable and it only takes a few chords to learn how to play your favourite songs!In this article, we’re here to help you start strumming with our guide to buying a ukulele online. Discover whether a soprano, concert or tenor is right for you and which strings to look for to take your playing to the next level. From authentic koa wood to accessory packed kits for beginners, we’ve ranked 10 of the best ukuleles to buy in the UK on Amazon, eBay and Argos!
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  • Top 10 Best Guitar Capos in the UK 2021

    Top 10 Best Guitar Capos in the UK 2021

    The capo is a trusty stead for guitar players, allowing them to change the key they're playing in whilst still being able to use familiar chord structures, as well as to simplify songs that would otherwise require more complex chords. These wonderfully simple accessories are used by players of every skill set, and are interchangeable on both acoustic and electric guitars. There's a surprisingly wide range of capos to choose from, which is where our buying guide comes in! We’ll take a look at the main questions you’re facing, help you answer them, and then point you in the direction of our favourites for beginners and pros alike. We've got all the well-known brands and options for every budget, which you can snap up from Amazon and eBay in a click.  
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  • Top 10 Best Digital Pianos in the UK 2020

    Top 10 Best Digital Pianos in the UK 2020

    While it might be a dream to grace your stately mansion with a finely tuned grand piano, what many musicians and learners opt for is a digital instrument. With 88 weighted keys, authentic sound quality, and no need for tuning, digital piano manufacturers such as Yamaha, Roland, Casio, Korg and Kawai offer incredible value and performance for everyone from professionals to complete beginners.The biggest advantages of digital pianos for many shoppers are in terms of size, weight and cost. The higher the competence of the player, the more important the feel of the instrument also becomes. Taking in everything from portable to upright models, at all price points and from a variety of brands, this guide will help you find your ideal instrument, from sites such as Bonners, Argos, and eBay. 
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  • Top 10 Best DJ Controllers in the UK 2021(Native Instruments, Numark and More)

    Top 10 Best DJ Controllers in the UK 2021(Native Instruments, Numark and More)

    Whether you're a mixing and scratching beginner or professional, comparing DJ controllers is exhausting! Our soundscape is ever-evolving, and keeping up with the latest advances in equipment can feel impossible. Should you buy a modular or all-in-one, is Serato DJ or Ableton software integration better, and are Native Instruments controllers worth the money?In this article, we attempt to answer these questions and more, uncovering some of the best DJ controllers available on Amazon, Gear4mucic and eBay from top-rated brands, including Numark, Pioneer and Roland. With options under £200, £500, and even £100, read on for our top 10 ranking favourites!
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  • Top 10 Best Turntables in the UK 2021 (Pro-Ject, Rega and More)

    Top 10 Best Turntables in the UK 2021 (Pro-Ject, Rega and More)

    The turntable (or record player) has returned. After a few decades discarded in attics or the back of your Nan's garage, it has established itself once again as a firm favourite during the so-called streaming era. A good record player can transform your music, allowing you to hear it in a whole new light. And maybe, if you're a bit of an audiophile, the way it was supposed to be heard.Whether for beginners or old-timers, the options online for playing vinyl are immense. Should you look for modern features like built-in speakers, USB ports or Bluetooth? What is a phono preamp? Our guide will steer you through this turbulent sea of soundwaves, looking at trusted brands like Rega, Sony and Crosley on Amazon, Argos and more, covering budgets of under £200 and over £300 alike. Happy listening! 
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