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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.


Hilbish Design Beta

The original Sunn Beta Lead began its unlikely rise to legend status thanks to the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, and the Hilbish Design Beta delivers Osborne’s massive clean-to-sludgy muscle with killer authenticity. It also provides surprisingly powerful active-EQ tone-shaping capabilities—all at a refreshingly affordable price.

$1,100 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.