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About Musician's Friend

Welcome to Musician’s Friend, your number one stop for all things music! We are a company founded by musicians, for musicians. Our mission is to provide high-quality instruments, gear, and resources to help musicians of all levels and backgrounds achieve their artistic goals.

Whether you’re a beginner looking for your first guitar or an experienced pro shopping for studio equipment, we’ve got you covered. We carry all the top brands across every instrument category – guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, recording gear, live sound, DJ equipment, and more. Beyond products, we offer lessons, artist interviews, guides, and other content to inform and inspire.

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Why Choose us

Our Extensive Selection – the Gear You Need to Sound Your Best

The foundation of any great music store is its selection. At Musician’s Friend, providing musicians access to quality gear is our top priority. We carry all the biggest brands in the industry like Fender, Gibson, Taylor, Shure, Roland and more. Our catalog includes over 15,000 products – everything from guitars, amps, drums, keyboards, recording equipment and beyond.

Even niche, vintage and hard-to-find items can be found in our Marketplace from verified sellers. We offer instruments from ukuleles to harps, electronics from interfaces to live sound, accessories from picks to stands, and much more. You’ll find beginner packages for those just starting out as well as specialty products for seasoned players.

Compared to other online music retailers, our inventory is simply unmatched in depth and variety. Our expert buyers are constantly scouring the globe to curate our catalog and provide you access to the latest gear. We forge close relationships with manufacturers to offer exclusive and limited edition products you won’t find anywhere else.

We aim to have the gear to meet the diverse needs of musicians at every experience level, budget, genre and style. So whether you’re a country singer needing a new acoustic guitar, a church pianist looking for keyboards, a DJ shopping for controllers, or a rock band outfitting a studio – Musician’s Friend has you covered.

Check out our extensive selection of products and you’ll quickly see why we’re the #1 choice for music equipment. Our inventory has everything to help you sound your very best.

Our Low Prices – Saving Musicians Money for Over 50 Years

Access to professional gear often comes with a hefty price tag. But at Musician’s Friend, we believe costs shouldn’t be a barrier to quality equipment and achieving your musical potential. That’s why we offer the most competitive prices around.

As one of the world’s largest online music retailers, our buying power allows us to negotiate exclusive discounts from the top brands. We price match authorized dealers so you can shop with confidence knowing you’re getting the very best deal. For extra savings, we offer promo codes, personalized Premier Member discounts, and special financing through Affirm or the Musician’s Friend Gear Card.

During major sales events, you can save hundreds on popular gear. We also carry an extensive inventory of quality used and open box items available at reduced prices. Free shipping and free returns on qualifying orders makes it even more affordable to get gear in your hands.

For students, teachers and schools, we provide additional educational discounts to help keep learning costs low. Rentals allow you to try before you buy so you can test gear without fully committing.

No matter your budget, Musician’s Friend provides savings and deals to help maximize your dollars. We want to make professional equipment accessible at prices working musicians can afford. We’ve been saving musicians money for over 50 years and will continue doing so. Check out our latest sales and coupons and let Musician’s Friend help you get fully equipped without breaking the bank!

Our Online Convenience – Your Music Superstore at Home

One of the biggest benefits of Musician’s Friend is the convenience of shopping online. Our website makes browsing, researching and buying gear an easy 24/7 process. Detailed product descriptions, specs, images, demos and reviews allow you to make informed purchasing decisions.

Our expansive inventory is available at your fingertips – no driving to multiple stores or dealing with limited selections. Orders ship fast, and you can track delivery so your gear arrives right when expected. Our mobile site and apps allow you to shop from anywhere, with useful features like notifications for sales and new releases.

Wish Lists let you save items to revisit later. As a Premier member, you get personalized recommendations and exclusive offers tailored just for you. Services like free tech support, instrument set up and repairs, and a 45-day return policy provide confidence and peace of mind when buying online.

We’ve designed Musician’s Friend to be your complete music superstore at home. No more hauling heavy equipment or waiting for assistance. Our website brings the entire music store experience online so you can spend more time playing and creating.

From product research to checkout, we make online shopping seamless. Take advantage of our premier benefits and let Musician’s Friend satisfy all your gear needs from the comfort of home.

Our Expertise and Support – Musicians Helping Musicians

What truly sets Musician’s Friend apart is our expertise. Our Sales Engineers aren’t just salespeople – they are professional musicians themselves, with years of playing experience and hands-on product knowledge. They can offer personalized advice tailored for your gear needs and music.

You can get specialized recommendations via chat, phone or email. Our site provides detailed buying guides to help you select the right instruments, electronics and accessories. The Musician’s Friend Blog and YouTube channel are packed with tips, how-tos, and interviews with today’s top artists.

For challenging technical questions, our Technical Support team provides free troubleshooting so you can keep equipment working its best. After ordering, you get VIP service from our team including expedited shipping, delivery updates, and support monitoring backorders or returns.

Setup and installation services are available for complex gear purchases like drum kits or PA systems. For repairs, our experienced techs can accurately diagnose issues and get your equipment back up and running. Lesson Center connects you with vetted music teachers for everything from beginner lessons to advanced instruction.

Really, we strive to provide lifelong support beyond the initial sale. Our passion is helping musicians like you make progress and get the most out of your gear. You won’t find this degree of commitment to service and customer satisfaction from any other retailer.

Tap into our expert advice and let the music pros at Musician’s Friend guide you to the right gear for your needs.

Our Music Community – Connecting with Fellow Artists

At Musician’s Friend, we believe in bringing musicians together and strengthening the community. That’s why we launched ChordBuddy, an online forum where artists connect to collaborate, learn, get feedback, and more. You can share your music, find bandmates, chat about gear and production, and form meaningful relationships with fellow musicians.

Our robust social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and more provides another way to engage. We share artist spotlights, music news, playing tips, lessons, and exclusive deals. Our annual GearFest event in Austin, TX draws music enthusiasts and brands for demos, workshops and live music – a celebration of the musician’s lifestyle.

We proudly sponsor local and national music nonprofits working to empower youth, support schools, and provide access to music education. And programs like Loudwire’s Gear Factor support up-and-coming talent.

These community-focused initiatives demonstrate our commitment to supporting musicians beyond just gear. We want to unite artists worldwide through a shared love of music. The passion, creativity, and talent across the music community inspires us.

Join the conversation on our social channels and connect with our community of artists. Musician’s Friend celebrates musicians and brings you together with like-minded people.

Our History and Heritage – Musicians Serving Musicians Since 1970

Musician’s Friend has an amazing legacy stemming back to our origins. In 1970, I opened a small music shop in Hollywood, CA driven by my dream of serving fellow musicians. We embraced a musician-focused approach from day one – acquiring gear to meet artists’ needs, sharing playing tips and advice, fostering a sense of community.

Over 50+ years, we’ve grown into one of the world’s premier musical instrument retailers. But throughout our evolution, Musician’s Friend has stayed true to our roots. We are still run by musicians, for musicians. Everything we do is centered around helping artists make great music and progress on their artistic journeys.

We diligently curate our catalog to offer only quality, relevant products – because we’re musicians ourselves. Our passion shines through in every area of our business. We strive to build personal, genuine relationships with every artist we serve.

While we’ve expanded, Musician’s Friend still operates as a merchant – not just a big box retailer. Our musical heritage and mission to unite and support musicians remains unchanged. We’ve helped launch careers and make artistic dreams reality by equipping artists with the right gear.

It’s a legacy we’re extremely proud to continue for decades to come. Musician’s Friend has served musicians since 1970, and with your support, we’ll keep serving artists for the next 50+ years and beyond. We can’t wait to help you on your musical adventure.

Join the Musician’s Friend Family

I hope this inside look has shown what makes Musician’s Friend the ultimate choice for your musical needs. Our vast selection, low prices, online convenience, expertise, community and decades of heritage serving artists sets us apart. Everything we do is driven by a genuine passion for empowering musicians like you.

We’ve spent over 50 years perfecting the art of supporting artists’ musical journeys. From beginners to pros, we have the gear, guidance and community you need to progress. Our Sales Engineers are ready with personalized advice to help you sound your very best.

So join the Musician’s Friend family today and let us support your musical vision. Check out our latest sales and deals, connect with our community forums, and explore our expansive inventory. We can’t wait to help you reach your full creative potential.

When you shop Musician’s Friend, you’re not just buying gear. You’re joining a tribe of artists united by music. We look forward to serving you!

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Starting out making music can feel overwhelming with all the equipment options out there. Here’s a simple starter kit to get up and running:

  • Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) – This is the software you’ll use to record and produce music on your computer. Popular options are Logic Pro, Ableton Live, FL Studio, etc. Many have free trial versions.
  • Audio Interface – This connects your instruments to your computer so you can get sound in and out of your DAW. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a popular affordable interface.
  • Microphone – To record vocals or acoustic instruments, you’ll need a mic. The Shure SM58 is an industry standard dynamic mic to start out.
  • MIDI Keyboard – This allows you to play software instruments and control your DAW. The Akai MPK Mini is a compact, affordable option.
  • Headphones – Invest in a good pair of studio headphones like the Sony MDR-7506 so you can accurately monitor your recordings.
  • Cables – XLR cables to connect mics, 1/4″ instrument cables, and USB cables will be essential for your setup.

That covers the basics to start recording demos and developing your skills! As you progress, you can add monitors, acoustic treatment, external instruments, and more.

To produce music at home, you’ll want a relatively recent Mac or Windows laptop or desktop with at least 8GB RAM, an Intel i5 processor or equivalent, and an internal SSD drive for optimal performance. Here are some key specs to look for:

  • RAM: 16GB is recommended minimum, 32GB ideal for complex productions. This allows you to run multiple software instruments/plugins.
  • CPU: An Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, or AMD Ryzen 5 or 7. More cores the better for multitasking.
  • Storage: An internal SSD (at least 500GB to 1TB) for your OS, DAW, and session files. External HDDs can store your sample libraries.
  • Ports: USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 3, or USB-C ports to connect audio interfaces, MIDI controllers, and hard drives.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.13 High Sierra or later. Many music production apps require the latest OS.
  • Display: A 1920×1080 display or higher resolution is recommended for mixing and editing.

Pay close attention to your processor, RAM, and internal drive speeds when selecting a system. This can have a big impact on how many plugins and tracks of audio your computer can handle.

Great studio monitors or speakers are critical when mixing and producing your own music. Here are some top-rated monitor options for home studios:

  • Yamaha HS5 – Affordable, balanced 5″ monitors perfect for bedroom producers. Clear midrange and tight bass.
  • Presonus Eris E5 – Great bang for buck with 5.25″ woofers. Detailed, accurate response ideal for mixing.
  • Adam Audio T5V – A step up with 5″ carbon/rohmer woofers. Big open soundstage with crystal clear highs.
  • Kali Audio LP-6 – Detailed 6.5″ monitors with excellent imaging. Flat frequency response works for any genre.
  • Genelec 8030C – Industry standard pro monitors with unmatched accuracy. Worth the investment for critical mixing.

Look for monitors with at least a 5″ woofer, front ported design, balanced XLR inputs, and room correction controls like acoustic tuning EQ. Getting acoustic treatment in your room is also recommended. Position monitors correctly and invest in stands and cables. Starting with an affordable but high quality set like the Yamaha HS5 is ideal for home studios.

Here are some versatile microphones perfect for home studios:

  • Shure SM57 – A dynamic industry standard for recording electric guitar, snare drums, amps and more. Great on just about anything.
  • Shure SM58 – The iconic cardioid dynamic vocal mic used by countless singers live and in the studio. Affordable and reliable.
  • Shure SM7B – A studio favorite dynamic mic for pro vocal and speech recordings like podcasts. Warm lows and smooth highs.
  • Rode NT1-A – A large diaphragm condenser with crystal clear sound for vocals and acoustic instruments.
  • AKG P420 – Affordable large diaphragm condenser that can handle anything with detailed capture.
  • Shure SM81 – Small diaphragm condenser perfect for acoustic guitar, piano, cymbals, and overhead drums.
  • Audio Technica AT2020 – Excellent entry-level condenser mic for vocals and general use. Clear sound on a budget.

Any of these mics can provide that studio quality sound for home recordings. Do some research to pick the right one for your needs.

Starting out producing music, you’ll want an affordable, portable MIDI keyboard controller. Great options for beginners include:

  • Akai MPK Mini MKII – Compact 25 key controller with pads and knobs. Easy to setup and great for travel.
  • Arturia Minilab MkII – Slim 25 key controller with drum pads, transport controls, and assignable knobs.
  • M-Audio Oxygen 25 – 25 full-sized keys and 8 assignable knobs/faders. Seamless integration with music software.
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 – 25 key smart keyboard, fully integrated with NI instruments and effects.
  • Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 – Portable 25-mini-key controller made for Ableton Live. Pads, faders, and knobs.

Look for 25-49 key range, USB bus-powered connectivity, velocity sensitive keys, assignable pads/knobs, and transport controls. Check compatibility with your music software. Getting started on a portable MIDI controller will be lots of fun!