Our favorite guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories from the last 12 months.
Alvarez ADA 1965
Many of us associate Alvarez with fast playability, lively tones, and the crossroad where contemporary and classic meet. Little surprise, then, that this affordable dread honoring the company’s 50th anniversary embodies all those qualities. The fact it costs less than 500 bucks is the icing on the birthday cake.
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.