Dig into the details of new gear from Martin, ValveTrain, Big Ear N.Y.C, Prestige, and more!

ValveTrain Thunderball

ValveTrain's bang-for-the-buck amplifier formulas typically leave us impressed. But from what we heard, the new Supro Thunderbolt-inspired Thunderball could be the most punch-per-dollar ValvaTrain has ever delivered. The $1,199 head (a $1,499 combo is also available) is a streamlined and simple monster, powered by two 5881s, two 12AX7s, and a 5AR4 tube rectifier also features a variable attenuator, bright switch, and pentode/diode switch.

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We've reviewed a ton of cool gear over the past 12 months, but these stood above the rest and won our coveted Premier Gear Award.

This year more than 40 guitars, basses, effects, and amps from a diverse group of gear makers earned the coveted Premier Gear Award from our discerning editors. Here is our gear of the year.

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