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We've reviewed a ton of cool gear over the past 12 months, but these stood above the rest and won our coveted Premier Gear Award.

This year more than 40 guitars, basses, effects, and amps from a diverse group of gear makers earned the coveted Premier Gear Award from our discerning editors. Here is our gear of the year.

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The box may not be truly tiny—but the Uni-Vibe-style sounds are totally huge.

Deep, luxurious, detailed, and very authentic modulations. Nice attention to detail.

No expression pedal option. Rate wheel not as expressive as treadle.

$399

Sabbadius Tiny-Vibe 69
sabbadius.com

5
4
4
3.5

Argentina's Sabbadius is not messing around when it comes to Uni-Vibe-style pedals. Their authentically styled and photocell-driven Funky-Vibe pedals come in five incarnations—including models designed to replicate Jimi's Uni-Vibe sounds from Woodstock and the Fillmore East shows that birthed the Band of Gypsys LP. They also build Funky-Vibes intended to replicate variations built in 1968 and '69.

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A smartly ergonomic and streamlined digital delay and modulation machine that walks the line between warm, familiar, and wild.

Smartly organized control set encourages intuitive, interactive performance. Nice build quality. Nice range of familiar-to-wild sounds.

Modulation depth control gets very deep, very fast.

$249

Red Witch Binary Star
redwitchpedals.com

4.5
4.5
4
4

Delays with modulation are common, but delays that do deep, varied modulation colors often live on the more complex side of the user-friendliness spectrum. Red Witch's Binary Star digital delay occupies a practical middle ground between basic modulation-enabled delays and menu-stuffed beasts that can weigh you down when you're in a fast-moving, creative mindspace. The Binary Star's design is ideal for spontaneous artists and performance thanks to a sensitive control set that offers easy access to familiar and far-out textures.

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