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The Year in Gear 2015

Our favorite guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories from the last 12 months.


Dunlop Cry Baby Mini

Though pedal builders have miniaturized nearly every effect type, a wee wah that you can actually rock with your platform boots demands extra design ingenuity. While we can’t deny that this diminutive Cry Baby felt a little strange underfoot at first, after a short time we could only hear the versatility of the three switchable voices and appreciate how sweetly that super compact footprint works on a packed pedalboard.
$99 street

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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.