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Gear Award 2018

Sound City SC30 Review

July 17, 2018
This ’60s-inspired combo is a minimalist monster.
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Yamaha CSF3M Review

July 16, 2018
Silky playability, sublime sounds, and top quality add up to a small-body super value.
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EVH 5150III 1x12 50W 6L6 Combo Review

July 10, 2018
Improvements to this 6L6 combo mean tone variation and versatility that transcend Van Halen sound templates.
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PRS Mark Tremonti MT15 Review

July 2, 2018
The Alter Bridge guitarist's signature amp dishes serious punch and high headroom with just 15 watts.
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Jext Telez Jonathan Wilson’s Canyon Climber Review

July 2, 2018
The studio wizard and Roger Waters road guitarist teams with the pedal outfit to expand the horizons of a famously brutish fuzz circuit.
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Quick Hit: Pigtronix Octava Micro

June 24, 2018
Amazing oomph and wonderfully weird ring-modulator tones somehow cram in next to classic octave sounds in this tiny treasure.
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Quick Hit: MXR Classic 108 Fuzz (Mini)

June 21, 2018
Searing silicon Fuzz Face sounds in a mini enclosure with a buffer to boot!
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Blackbird Savoy Review

June 19, 2018
A flax-composite design marvel delivers wooden looks and tones in a near-indestructible instrument full of personality.
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Swope Guitars Dakota Review

June 14, 2018
Crafted by a builder with a serious shop pedigree, this unique detour from the standard P formula is style-rich, tone-wealthy, and ultra-comfortable.
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Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce Review

June 11, 2018
This Grand Auditorium-sized flattop boasts a new bracing system with instantly perceptible sonic consequences.
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Framus Pro Series Teambuilt Television Review

June 7, 2018
The shape of a ’60s German oddity returns in a high quality, ultra-playable, and versatile modern electric.
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Two-Rock Bloomfield Drive Review

June 1, 2018
An impressive modern take on a Dumble.
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Quick Hit: Dusky Mandorla

May 22, 2018
A great amp builder builds a boost that—surprise—feels like a seamless extension of your amplifier.
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Diminutive Darlings: Short-Scale Bass Review Roundup

May 15, 2018
We check out three downsized rumblers—the Fender JMJ Road Worn Mustang, Spector Bantam 4, and Supro Huntington II.
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Land Devices HP-2 Review

May 8, 2018
This fine Harmonic Percolator derivative leaves you wondering why the circuit remains a relative secret.
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Source Audio Ventris Review

May 1, 2018
A powerful dual reverb that packs big blendable voices that feel like vintage treasures—or keys to infinity.
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Dr. Z Z-PLUS Review

April 17, 2018
A versatile low-watt monster with a whole lotta roar.
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Pigtronix Mothership 2 Review

April 16, 2018
Badass synth tones from a petite pedal.
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Koll Super Cub Review

April 9, 2018
Humble 1960s designs are reborn in a high-performance boutique gem.
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Subdecay Vector Review

April 6, 2018
Analog dirt tones and digital control equal a crunchy to fuzzy to metallic distortion jack-of-all-trades.
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