Our favorite guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories from the last 12 months.
Hudson Electronics Broadcast
The Broadcast is inspired by the microphone preamps in an old RCA broadcast console. In practical terms, that means it generates its many overdrive shades via transistors rather than op-amps (like a Tube Screamer of Klon). The makes the Broadcast an uncommonly dynamic overdrive that’s both sparkling and harmonically rich.
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.