The Categories:
Small Package, Big Tone
Tons O'Tones
The Kitchen Sink
Fresh Approach
Redux Deluxe
Tone Enhancers
Nice Price
As the end of another year approaches, it’s time to look back over the huge collection of great gear we’ve checked out since our first award issue last December. It’s been quite a year for us, and an interesting year all around for guitarists and gearheads of every stripe. Economic woes may have put a damper on the grand plans of buyers and sellers alike, but the gear … the gear that came our way this year was every bit as cool, innovative, beautiful, ingenious, exceptionally crafted and great sounding as it was the year before. We’ve seen the continued growth of numerous trends and the ever-increasing competition to provide guitar players with equipment that gives them what they need. It’s safe to say that although things may have slowed down somewhat, and many changes may be in the works, we’re still in the middle of a golden age of gear.

In the spirit of not fixin’ what ain’t broke, we’ve left the format largely intact from last year, so you’ll recognize most of the award categories. Of course, like any self-respecting group of detail-obsessed gearheads, we couldn’t resist the temptation to make a few tweaks here and there. We decided to forego a few of last year’s categories and we’ve introduced a few new ones.

Without further ado, we present the 2009 Premier Gear Awards…