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The Year in Gear 2015

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


Truetone/Visual Sound Route 66 V3

You’d be hard-pressed to find an overdrive more versatile than the new Route 66, which actually combines an overdrive and a compressor. The overdrive alone overflows with personalities, enabled by a voice switch, clean-mix knob, bass knob, and more. Add that versatile compressor, and you have a tool to tame an unfriendly and unfamiliar backline beast.
$179 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.