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The Year in Gear 2015

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


Walrus Audio Bellwether

While many manufacturers stretch the limits of digital delay to surreal extremes, Walrus’ Bellwether reveals how utterly amazing analog delays can sound when bucket-brigade technology is utilized to its fullest. The 12 onboard BBDs deliver a full second of delay and beautiful LFO modulation. With its effect-loop and realtime control options the Bellwether is contender for the ultimate BBD echo unit.
$349 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.