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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.


Sandberg Forty Eight

While the relic’d Forty Eight reviewer David Abdo took for a ride displays some obvious cues from Gibson Explorer and Thunderbird models of yesteryear, it proved to be in a class all its own. Decked out with a Sandberg V-style split-coil and Power Humbucker combo, it’s ready to rock, but it shows its mettle as a very versatile axe as well.

$3,035 (as equipped)

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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.