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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.


EarthQuaker Erupter

Simplicity is beautiful—and mighty potent—in the form of the EarthQuaker Erupter, a vision of fuzz perfection (at least in the eyes of EQD founder Jamie Stillman) that utilizes a bias knob as it’s only control. The breadth of available tones is inversely huge to the number of knobs, however. And this loud, boisterous box happily hollers in voices ranging from splatty to soaring.

$145 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.