Top 10 First Looks of 2020

A shit year didn't mean shit gear—here's our most-popular gear demos featuring fresh pieces from Epiphone, Fender, Suhr, EHX, MXR, and others.

10. Guild X-175 Manhattan Special

Thanks to its DeArmond Dynasonic pickups, true hollowbody tone delights await in this classy and handsomely styled 6-string that won't break the bank.

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9. Fender Brent Mason Telecaster

B-bender, mini-bucker, and copious switching options make this session master's signature Telecaster a twanging tone chameleon.

8. Electro-Harmonix 5MM

Check out the big amp tones from a little box that won't bust your eardrums (or your bankroll).

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7. Fender Player Duo-Sonic

A streamlined, short-scale solidbody that spans Stratocaster tones and Telecaster simplicity.

6. Electro-Harmonix Ram's Head Big Muff

From Gilmour to Mascis, the mighty Ram's Head has always represented the pinnacle of Muffery. Now this econo version delivers the goods for a fraction of the vintage-madness price.

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5. MXR Timmy Drive

Paul Cochrane teams with MXR to build a tiny and accessibly priced take on his ultra-legendary overdrive.

4. EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath

Guitar phenom ​Yvette Young tap dances around the ethereal, ambient, cavernous world of EQD's latest reverb.

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3. Suhr Hombre

Sweet simplicity meets tasty tremolo in a brownface-inspired tone machine.

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2. Fender American Professional II Stratocaster

The world’s most iconic electric evolves again—this time with a roasted pine body, contoured heel, rolled fretboard edges, and more articulate pickups.

1. Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard "Norm Burst"

Fat tones, fast neck, and scads of vintage Les Paul vibe at an easy-to-own price.

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