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The Year in Gear 2015

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


Thorpyfx Gunshot

If you like your stompboxes damn near bulletproof, the Thorpyfx Gunshot is the overdrive for you. Reviewer Alex Maiolo called the Gunshot “well made to the point of being overbuilt”—reassuring words for those of use that have never met a stompbox we couldn’t destroy. The magic, though, lies in overdrive tones ranging from tasty boost to fat and glorious AC/DC-style gain.
$309 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.