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The Year in Gear 2015

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


Source Audio Vertigo

Reviewer Joe Gore didn’t mince words when describing the Vertigo’s tonal authenticity: “This isn’t ‘a good digital approximation,’” he wrote. “It sounds like frickin’ amp trem.” The compact enclosure and simple interface signal that Source Audio is spanning the gap between deep-diving knob tweakers and players with simpler tastes, without sacrificing a shred of processing power.
$149 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.