Another year, another dazzling parade of pedals, guitars, amps, modelers, and accessories that made our noggins spin.

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B.A. Ferguson Classic Class Shirley

The Classic Class Shirley is about as nice a compromise between the worlds of Gibson and Fender as you are likely to find. Light, compact, and with a sweet blend of humbucker sonorities and 25 1/2”-scale zing, the Shirley’s plentitude of sounds makes the $1,500 price tag look like a bargain.

$1,499 street
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This year’s Premier Gear Award winners are, as usual, an eclectic set—full of old-school vintage homage, leading-edge digital developments, and imaginative meetings of those worlds. Dig in and dig it as we revisit the gear that fired the enthusiasm and wonder of our editors and contributors in 2017.

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