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The Year in Gear 2015

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


Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini

The “cute factor” of micro pedals doesn’t have the impact it once did, but the sonic merits of the Tube Screamer Mini quickly make enclosure size an afterthought. The TS Mini is 100% classic Tube Screamer, delivering the same tasty grit and clean- boost-to-distortion versatility that made the best TS pedals legends.
$79 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.