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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.


Friedman Dirty Shirley Mini

Given the company’s high-wattage heritage, it’s hard not to be tickled by the thought of a 20-watt, 1x10 combo bearing the Friedman name. What really tickled us, though, was the outsized and glorious sounds of the Dirty Shirley Mini—and the fact that reviewer Ted Drozdowski couldn’t actually summon a lousy tone from this little powerhouse.

$1,799 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.