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All-Star Beginner Gear

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The best gear to get started on

We all start somewhere. But as musicians, the gear we start on makes a big difference. No matter if you aspire to be a festival-rocking DJ or a worshipped drum virtuoso, having gear that will inspire you to go further and develop your talents is crucial.

That's why we've assembled some of our top-rated beginner's gear here, complete with quotes from happy owners. With so many affordable, feature-packed picks for any musician, you're sure to find some great starter gear for yourself or the young musician in your life!

Guitar Pack: Epiphone Les Paul Special II Player Pack

"The small amp is plenty loud to let the neighbors know that a musician is in training next door. Fortunately, there is a headphone jack to keep the peace."
- Paul in Tuscon, AZ

"Best deal for the money...Everything one would need to get started...Way better than what I started with."
- Paul in Hampton, AR

"I can't say enough good about this guitar, I love it. It is not neck heavy, it has a fast neck on it, it's good quality and built extremely well."
- Tim in Annville, KY

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Bass Pack: Silvertone LB11 Electric Bass Package

"This bass is really easy to play. It fits really comfortably in my hands. The thumb rest above the pickups helps a lot to position your picking hand."

"This product has a great look. When I have it over my shoulder, it leans on my body like it was made for me."

"The sound of this bass is surprisingly full and clear for the price. The attack is great and it performs well with any size amp."

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Acoustic Guitar: Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy

"What I love most is the spot-on intonation and its ability to stay in tune. Especially after a day's worth of lessons and constant in-and-out of the car all day. This thing stays in tune better than any other guitar I own...and I've got quite a few."
- Christopher in Rockville Center, NY

"I am in love with this guitar, it plays well out of the box and the action is perfect. Don't let the price fool you, this guitar is for real."
- Dave in Phoenix, OR

"I've played a ton of parlor guitars in my life, but this one beats them all. Great finish, construction and sound. Definitely a blues player's dream!"
- Thomas in Connersville, IN

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Personal Keyboard: Yamaha EZ-220 Lighted Keyboard (61-Key)

"I spent a couple of weeks researching keyboards and prices before I decided on the Yamaha EZ-220 for our family "beginner" keyboard! It has touch sensitive keys, great sound and the light-up key lessons are great for quick sense memory learning. Made by Yamaha so it's top quality!"
- Cherie in McCloud, CA

"When you select one of 100 pre-loaded songs to play, the keyboard keys light up in the song's note order. When the keyboard is in the "Waiting" mode, the lit key waits for you to play it. Then the light moves on to the next note. The second great feature is the EZ-220 links to an Apple iPad and the Page Turner app which follows along with the song, providing sheet music for the Listen & Learn playlist."
- Tom in Durham, NC

"Sound quality is great, the wide variety of drum beats sound good, and it has accompaniment to add in synth and bass lines."
- Jeff in Providence, RI

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Audio Interface: Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2nd Gen

"Just install the driver, plug the unit into the computer with the supplied USB cord, plug in your instrument or mic...then hook up your monitors in the rear of the unit, and you're up and running. The green/red ring that surrounds the gain knob easily shows whether your sound output from your mic or instrument is too loud (red) or just perfect (green)."
- Luke in Rawson, OH

"Great value, very small footprint, sound quality is outstanding and easy to use in Windows 10, highly recommended."
- Terry in Branson, MO

"This unit has lot of features compared to competitors in its price range."

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DJ Controller: Numark Mixtrack Pro 3

"For the price, you couldn't possibly go wrong with picking this unit up! Product works well with VDJ and comes with an option to download Serato."
- Nathan in Edinboro, PA

"This controller is an excellent choice for a beginner or a seasoned professional. It has all the things a DJ needs for a solid performance."
- Martin in Rochester, NY

"Easy to learn for newbies and good for the pro. I have been doing music for over 13 years and this lil controller keeps me from having to bring out the big 1200s."
- Jayton in Minneapolis, MN

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Drum Set: Ludwig LC175 Accent Drive Complete Drum Kit

"I love the drums. These are NOT a starter drum set as the quality is way too high for that. I put a pillow in the bass drum as many of the YouTube drum video people say to do and it sounds great."
- William in Rochester, MN

"I bought the red wine color and they are beautiful. The kit includes everything to get started which is great."

"This was my first drum kit every and I am very happy with it. This kit was priced right and sounds great, it is very well-made. If you are new to drumming then this kit is for you. Rock on my friends."
- Alfred in Stockbridge, GA

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Keyboard MIDI Controller: M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32

"The keyboard itself is an excellent piece of hardware. It only took me a few minutes to figure out how to work everything and I was jamming in no time. If you're looking for something simple that you can take along with you, this is the controller for you."
- Brandon in San Diego, CA

"I really enjoy having the extra 7 keys, since I like to build instrument racked drum kits in Ableton. I like to use a wide range of bass notes, and the 32 provides this."
- CS in Meridian, ID

"It is an amazing little keyboard controller with big keyboard features."
- Charlie in Boynton Beach, FL

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Drum Machine: Alesis SR-16

"I was seriously surprised at how easy this machine is to use and the quality of the drum sounds. You can tell that these are REAL drum sounds and not computerized beats."
- Shawn in Palm Bay, FL

"This little machine has helped my songwriting tremendously. I just pick a pre-set beat and let that act as a prompt to start strumming and riffing new ideas."
- Richard in San Francisco, CA

"There is something magical about just hooking this up anywhere, padding out quick beats and fills, and launching into ideas anywhere, anytime when minus a drummer."
- Dave in Boston, MA

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Groove Box: Novation Circuit Groove Box

"Well, curiosity got the best of me and I am happy to say that the Circuit meets and exceeds my expectations. The unit is very well made and allows me the chance to put together a small set up for the small events that I want to go to and set up quickly. This, a small synth setup and PA system makes quite a bit of great sound in a short time."

"Love this thing. Within ten minutes of plugging it in I was laying out great track ideas."
- Randall in Houston, TX

"Very easy to use right out of the box. Lots of usable sounds for sketching an idea, easy to update and portable. Just grab and go...work, in a traffic jam, waiting room...sky's the limit."
- Bill in Barrington, NH

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