Our favorite guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories from the last 12 months.
Schecter PT Fastback II B
Shawn Hammond, who has done a lap or two with Bigsby-equipped T-styles, was knocked out by how many tones he could extract from the Fastback II’s coil-tappable humbuckers. But it was the super-slinky playability, thoughtful appointments, and accessible price that clinched a Premier Gear award.
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.