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The guitar universe gathered momentum in a big way in 2022—which is easy to see in this year’s wildly diverse parade of Premier Gear Award winners.

Here's a look at 2022’s most notable new guitars, amps, effects, and accessories, reviewed by our editors and writers:

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Unique, complex reverb tones lurk in a fun and imaginative stomp that’s an ergonomic and utilitarian delight.


Recorded via Apogee Duet to Garage Band with Fender Jazzmaster, and Fender Vibro Champ.

Drum machine recorded with room mode reverb.

Rhythm track uses room setting at 20-30% FX level, and modest modulation rate and depth.

The lead track moves through room, digital, peak, and gate reverbs in that order.

At 1:28 the gong reverb appears on a separate track along with the wave reverb set to high depth and modulation rates.

Ratings

Pros:
Scads of unusual, vast-to-tasteful reverb tones. Thoughtful, ergonomic, flow-oriented design. Great contrasts between modes. Fun!

Cons:
Doesn't do super-accurate spring or plate sounds. Some digital artifacts. Expensive.

Street:
$395

Death By Audio Rooms Stereo Reverberator
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Gazillions of tone colors lurk in this box of swampy fuzz and funky filters. The PG Fuzzrocious Croak review.


Recorded via Shure SM57 and Apogee Duet to Garage Band with Guild X-175 and Fender Vibro Champ.
Electric rhythm track recorded at low gain, filter 1 and 2 settings, and high output volume.
Electric lead features real time adjustments to gain, filter 1 and filter 2 settings.
 

Ratings

Pros:
Deep reserves of unexpected filter/fuzz sounds. Amazingly deep fuzz textures.

Cons:
Precise filter settings can be elusive and difficult to return to.

Street:
$189

Fuzzrocious Croak
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