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The Year in Gear 2015

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


PRS S2 Vela

The Starla marked a step away from the PRS mold, but the S2 Vela is an even bolder jump. Little about the guitar—apart from its headstock and quality build—are prototypically Annapolis. Man, the Vela is beautifully built. And how about the way those coil-tappable Type-D pickups straddle the line between vintage Stratocaster and DeArmond? For some, they might be the ideal humbuckers.
$1,279 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.