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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.

Todd Sharp

Todd Sharp JOAT 20

This 20-watt, dual EL84 amp delivers on the promise of its name—an acronym for “Jack of All Tone.” Instead of conventional tone controls, the JOAT offers an ingenious array of biasing, phasing, and feedback tricks to conjure a broad palette of sounds. The 1x12 combo won’t suit all budgets or playing styles, but nuanced players are unlikely to find an amp with greater sonic detail and explosive touch response.

$2,995 street (as reviewed with custom alnico speaker)

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