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Reviews: Guitars

Premier Guitar's rating system includes brief summations of a product’s pros and cons, as well as pick ratings (0–5) in four categories—Tones, Design/Build, Value, and Playability (for instruments) or Ease of Use (amps, effects, and other devices) or Versatility (pickups and speakers). Items with a total of 18 or more picks (out of 20) win our coveted Premier Gear Award.

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Ernie Ball/Music Man St. Vincent Review

February 4, 2016
A light, ultra-ergonomic solidbody with bolds looks and tones.
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PRS SE 277 Baritone Review

January 19, 2016
This B-to-B-tuned 6-string is easy to play and boasts versatile, articulate, wide-ranging tones.
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Ibanez Talman Prestige TM1730M Review

January 10, 2016
Strat-influenced resurrection of an underrated Ibanez classic yields sweet single-coil tones and killer playability.
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Reverend Descent H90 Baritone Review

January 4, 2016
Though not as simple to operate as it seems, this deep-voiced 6-string may be the most versatile bari on the market.
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Faith FNCETB Neptune Baby Jumbo Cutaway/Electro Review

December 11, 2015
Boutique design touches and silky playability distinguish this Baby Jumbo from the mid-price pack.
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Jackson SLATXMGQ 3-6 Soloist Review

December 4, 2015
Jackson sets a high standard for affordable shred with an all-round extraordinary axe.
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Cort MBC-1 Matt Bellamy Review

November 22, 2015
Cort delivers an affordable, top-quality version of a Matt Bellamy Manson.
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D’Angelico Gramercy SG200 Grand Auditorium Review

November 16, 2015
D’Angelico’s foray into flattops yields a stylish grand auditorium model.
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PureSalem El Gordo Review

October 12, 2015
A vintage-styling mash-up—and a versatile rock ’n’ roll machine.
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Guild M-140E Review

September 21, 2015
This concert-sized flattop offers all-solid construction, slick playability, and quality electronics in a more affordable package.
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Asher GT-3 Review

September 20, 2015
This boutique single-cut’s deceptively simple recipe yields tones that are equal parts Teisco, Tele, Strat, and even Gibson.
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Quick Hit: JGS T3 Africaster Review

August 13, 2015
An exotic-wood T-style with a bevy of nice tones courtesy of Kent Armstrong pickups.
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PRS S2 Vela Review

July 24, 2015
Paul Reed Smith chases the offset crowd with an expressive and dynamic solidbody.
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Ibanez Eric Krasno EKM10T Review

June 19, 2015
Classic lines, quality workmanship, and versatile vintage-style pickups distinguish Eric Krasno’s semi-hollow signature model.
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G&L Detroit Muscle Series Fallout R/T Review

April 30, 2015
Sonic versatility and showstopping looks from a muscle car-inspired solidbody.
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