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The Year in Gear 2015

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

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Klein Epic Series 1959

The Epic 1959 reveals just how far some tone hounds will go to reach their goal. Christopher Klein actually analyzed the chemical composition of original ’59 Strat pickup magnets. Good thing these pickups turned out amazing, offering authenticity and a musicality that just may surpass vintage originals.
$245 per set street
kleinpickups.com

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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.