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The Year in Gear 2015

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


Dunlop CM95 Clyde McCoy Wah

The original Clyde McCoy wah looms large in guitar legend as the wah from which all others were spawned. You don’t just slap on the Clyde McCoy name without engendering big expectations. In this case, Dunlop delivered. The CM95 is deep, rich, vocal, and expansive in its tonal range. And Dunlop’s new halo inductor lends both sonic authenticity and surprisingly quiet performance.
$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.