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The Year in Gear 2018

Step inside Premier Guitar’s magical, miraculous time machine and revisit the gear that stood head and shoulders above the rest as Premier Gear Award winners in 2018.

Sound City

Sound City SC30

A minimalist monster, the 30-watt 1x12 SC30 combo provides a phenomenal range of tactile tones distinguished by crisp presence, rich overtones, and superb dynamic response. It’s not based on a particular vintage model, but it definitely provides a mid-1960s playing experience, with an emphasis on power tube distortion. The SC30 doesn’t sound quite like an old Marshall JTM45, but anyone who digs “Bluesbreaker”-style amps should feel right at home here.

$2,395 street

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