gear award 2015

Boss’ bucket brigade delay original returns having learned new tricks—and sounds glorious.


In their short production runs, Boss’ analog delays, the DM-2 and DM-3 were done in by digital competition within the Boss family: the DD-2 and DD-3. Had Boss merely revived the DM-2 it would have been cause for celebration. But the newest incarnation, the DM-2w Waza Craft, stretches the capabilities of the original with sonically scintillating results.

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TC Electronic

TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Mini

TC’s polyphonic PolyTune was a hit from its first iteration. The ease—and the sense of reassurance that comes from determining which strings are sharp or flat with a single strum—made it super practical in real-world performance situations. This even smaller version makes it even more utilitarian. It’s an elegant, simple tool and a shoo-in for a Premier Gear Award.
$89 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.

Cort delivers an affordable, top-quality version of a Matt Bellamy Manson.

Hugh Manson and Muse’s Matt Bellamy have collaborated on dozens of guitars over the years. Many are one-of-kind Frankensteins with built-in Fuzz Factory circuits, sustainers, or onboard Korg Kaoss Pads.

Manson and Bellamy recently partnered with Cort to create the MBC-1 Matt Bellamy Signature model. While it’s largely based on Bellamy’s Manson MB1-S series, the Cort MBC-1 costs around 600 bucks—just a fraction of the Manson’s price. And even if it doesn’t have a built in Kaoss Pad like the original, it still boasts cool features like a video game-style kill button to enable some of Bellamy’s tone tricks.

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