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Best of 2019: MusicRadar's review of the year

Guitars

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Hands-on demo: up close and personal with Fender's new top-line American Ultra Series
We acquaint ourselves with new neck profiles, compound radius fingerboards, revised body contouring and noiseless pickups on the US guitar giant's 2019 flagship models

Hands-on demo: there are no surprises with Gibson's 2019 range - and that's a very good thing
It’s back to basics for this year's more affordable electric guitars

The 15 best guitar amps: our pick of the best amps for beginners and experts
Find the best heads and combos for rock, metal, blues and beyond with our guide to tube and digital modelling amps

The 10 best multi-effects pedals: our pick of the best guitar FX modellers
Find the best multi-FX and amp modeller pedals for your guitar rig

The 18 best electric guitars: our pick of the best guitars for beginners and experts
Find the best electric for rock, metal, blues and beyond

The 10 best overdrive pedals: our pick of the best drive pedals for guitar
The dirt pedals you need to play

Tech

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Hands-on demo: Does the Korg Volca Nubass actually need the Nutube?
Useful acid house tool demoed and discussed

The best hardware synthesizers 2018: keyboards, modules and portable synths
From budget synths to the best high-end polys

Best USB audio interfaces 2018: our pick of the best audio interfaces for music production
Find the best PC/Mac USB and Thunderbolt audio interfaces for producers, guitarists, singer-songwriters and more

What's the best piano? Acoustic and digital pianos for beginners and pros
Which piano should you buy? Find out here

The best studio monitors in the world today: budget and pro music-making speakers
Affordable and high-end solutions for music production: Updated for 2018

The best monitor headphones in 2018: high-end and budget options for the studio
The finest in-ear and over-ear cans for music producers

The 11 best DJ software applications in the world today
Our top free and paid-for mixing tools and DJ software for PC, Mac, Android and iOS

The 18 best synthesizers 2019
From budget monosynths to the best high-end polys, we've got the perfect synthesizer for you

Drums

The 10 best electronic drum sets 2019: our pick of the best e-drums available
The best electronic drum kits for beginners and experts

The best drum sets 2019: our pick of the best acoustic drum kits for beginners, intermediate and pro drummers
Find the best drum sets for studio and stage