Another year, another dazzling parade of pedals, guitars, amps, modelers, and accessories that made our noggins spin.
Fuchs Audio Technology ODS Classic
The ODS Classic is ridiculously well made, and its tones are ridiculously rich and defined, with ridiculous headroom and touch response. Andy Fuchs freely admits that Howard Dumble’s amps influenced his own models, which explains all the knobs and switches, including numerous dual-function concentric and push/pull pots. The price is formidable, but the build, sound quality, and versatility are everything you’d hope for in an ultra-premium amp.
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.