Our favorite guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories from the last 12 months.
Mesa/Boogie Mark Five: 25
The Mark Five: 25 probably deserves a special award for packing so much explosive potency in such a diminutive head. While this compact 25-watter would probably struggle to keep up with a 100-watt stack, the two-channel mini monster proved insanely versatile, delivering everything from clean sparkle to thrash saturation with ease.
$1,299 (head) and $449 (cabinet) street
In the years we’ve compiled our annual list of Premier Gear Award winners, we’ve probably never seen a list more eclectic than 2015’s. From high-gain monster amps and atmospheric reverbs to mini overdrives and wahs, 2015’s award winners covered all the bases.
As always, it was a joy to see how both big-time musical instrument industry players and little shops a step removed from the garage managed to haul in Premier Guitar’s prize for gear excellence. And if anyone’s counting, we’re pretty sure we also set a record for Premier Gear Award winners. So we hope you’re comfy—this list of primo gear may take some time to cover.