Our favorite guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories from the last 12 months.
Martin 000-15M Burst
Martin’s all-mahogany 15 series guitars have always been studies in simple perfection. With the 000-15M Burst, Martin added a little touch of fancy to the formula, but not at the expense of tone. Joe Gore found the guitar stunningly expressive and crazily capable of shifts in drama, color, and contrast.
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.