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The Year in Gear 2015

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


GigRig G2

The G2 impressed reviewer Joe Gore with its ease of use—impressive given the huge eight-bank/15-slot preset capabilities of this professional-grade switcher. With features like “stompbox mode” and programmable pre/post-gain settings, the sonic possibilities are mind-boggling. But as Gore remarked, “G2’s ultimate feat may be the way it makes these complex functions so disarmingly simple.”
$1,199 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.