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|Brown’s Guitar Factory BGF Guitar
The first guitar from a bass maker could’ve won the Branching Out award, but the exquisite shimmer of the koa top and headstock faceplate placed the guitar solidly in the artisan category. The BGF features a shape that will stand out on stage, and a pickup configuration that allows for endless tones from humbucker to single coil to piezo and onboard ghost preamp and any endless combinations of those. Reviewer Brett Petrusek said [April ‘08], “Brown’s BGF Chambered Guitar provides a great range of tones to pull the player through the most demanding of musical situations, and the craftsmanship is top-notch.”
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|Xits Piper X30
Often, spicing up an amp consists of a new color of tolex. This is not the case with Xits. The Piper X30 combines stunning woven vinyl and exotic hardwoods for a beauty of an amp. The artistry extends to less visible places—ebony on the backplate, finished wood inside—and to the crafting of the amp’s AC30-inspired tone. Thick, loud and articulate, both channels are stunners.
“…a handmade amp of unsurpassed quality, exceptional good looks, and astounding tone.” – October ’08, online
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|Zemaitis Tribal Tattoo Guitar
We could stare at Zemaitis’ intricate engraving for hours, and everything about the guitar—from the looks to the sound to the price—makes a statement. With a metal top engraved by Zemaitis’ long-time engraver Danny O’Brien, the single-cut Tribal Tattoo excels in its clean tones. As reviewer Adam Hunt put it [September ‘08], “In terms of playability, tone and ergonomics, the Tribal Tattoo is a top-tier guitar that anyone would be proud to add to their collection.”
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|Remember to check out our full list of top rated gear from 2008, only on premierguitar.com.