Frequently Asked Questions
I’m new to Equipboard. Now what do I do?
What's going on here?
Equipboard is the place to discover awesome music gear. We’re a collaboratively built community by musicians, for musicians. There are several things to do on Equipboard:
- You can browse your favorite musicians’ Equipboards to discover the gear they are using, from your favorite guitarists’ guitars, amps & effects, to the DAW, headphones, and plugins your favorite electronic music producers are using to make their hits. You can follow any artist Equipboard to get their gear updates, and if you want to get in on the action you can add any gear that’s missing or correct any inaccuracies you spot.
- You can build your own Equipboard to show off the gear you have, and keep track of the gear you want. You can also review any gear you’ve had experience with to help thousands of fellow musicians decide what to get.
- You can browse our articles and buying guides, where our expert team puts gear to the test and helps you find what’s best for you. From the best online guitar lessons, to the best MIDI keyboard and best looper pedal, we think you’ll find a guide you can learn from.
How do I get started?
The first step is to explore Equipboard.
The next step is to register (don’t worry it’s free, quick, and easy). Once you register you become part of the Equipboard community. Now you can:
- Follow pro artists you look up to.
- Add gear used by any artist and contribute your knowledge and detective skills.
- Build your own gear collection (we call that your Equipboard).
- Participate in our forum of music loving gear-heads.
What is an Equipboard?
I want to submit something to Equipboard - what’s the process?
How do I submit things to Equipboard?
Anyone who registers can submit gear used by an artist, or just submit a piece of gear to our ever-growing database of gear. However, since everything is contributed by the community (kind of like Wikipedia), you won’t be able to do everything right away. Equipboard has a point system called GearIQ; you start out with 0 and as you contribute more cool stuff you’ll accrue more GearIQ, which unlocks new abilities. Think of it like a game; The more you level-up, the more power you have.
You can read all about submitting on Equipboard here.
What is the Home Page Activity Feed and how does it work?
When you’re signed in to Equipboard, your default home page will be the activity feed, which lets you see the most recent submissions to pro artists and gear reviews from the community. Hundreds of things are submitted each day, and the home page activity feed is a good way to get a bird’s-eye view.
Can I submit non-music gear to artists like the sneakers and sunglasses they’re wearing?
We prefer that you don’t. We used to allow those kinds of submissions which explains why you might still see them on artist Equipboards, but we’re moving away from that. If you submit non-music gear there’s a pretty good chance a mod will rate it as Completely Incorrect which will mark it for deletion.
Can I add myself as a pro artist?
If you’re not a pro artist technically there’s nothing stopping you from adding yourself, but we don’t encourage it. If you don’t have a big fan base then nobody will really see your pro artist page anyhow, so it’ll sort of just be lost in the ether.
Why are items or artists removed?
We don’t like to remove items and artists added by the community, but if our moderators and admins spot something inappropriate, they reserve the right to remove it without notice. There’s also a chance that the thing you added is legit, but is a duplicate of something that already exists and thus was merged.
Can you remove my submission?
Yeah, we can help with that. Contact us and let us know what you want removed (the URL definitely helps speed things up), and why.
OK I submitted something to Equipboard, now what?
NICE! Now read on...
How can I join the discussion on something I submitted?
When you submit gear to an artist, it’s immediately in a Needs Review status. It’s up to other community members to come in and rate the quality, which can be Correct, Needs Improvement, or Completely Incorrect.
We encourage the community to discuss and collaborate to make every submission the best it can be. The goal is for Equipboard to be the most accurate source of info for the equipment artists are using.
You can read all about submitting gear and quality ratings here.
I’m really good at this whole Equipboard thing, can I be a moderator?
Maybe! Moderators are Equipboard community members with special powers to help police the quality of the content on the site. Before we consider anyone for mod status, we like to see a track record of good submissions over the course of at least a few months.
Can you tell me more about Equipboard?
How can I reach you?
Where can I download brand assets to use on my site or article?
If you want to write an article about Equipboard and need assets and branding guidelines, contact us! Remember, it’s written as Equipboard, not EquipBoard.
Who's behind Equipboard?
I want to work at Equipboard, are there any available positions?
Check out careers page.
Does Equipboard generate revenue from purchases made on the site?
Yes, we do. In fact that’s how we keep the
speakers lights on. We participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, as well as other affiliate programs. When you buy something from a link on our site, we may earn an affiliate comission. You can read more in our Affiliate Disclosure.