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Gear of the Year 2017

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


Art & Lutherie Roadhouse

Though it visually evokes a 1920s Gibson L-1, the little Roadhouse is a response to a resurgent interest in parlor guitars. The solid Sitka top is paired with a layered wild cherry body and a silverleaf maple neck, which are harvested from already-fallen trees. The Fishman Sonitone electronics make the guitar gig-ready, and with its modest price tag, the easy-playing instrument represents a value that’s hard to beat.

$449 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.