gear award 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.

Koll

Koll Super Cub

Saul Koll’s latest creation is an upscale tribute to down-market American guitars of the 1960s, but unlike its ’60s inspirations, the Super Cub is an exceedingly high-performance instrument. Equipped with custom Curtis Novak silver-foil pickups, the guitar offers surprisingly versatile tones ranging from authoritative cleans to brash chunk. Light and ridiculously fun to play, the Super Cub will appeal to guitarists who like svelte instruments and appreciate fine hand-workmanship.

$3,600 street
kollguitars.com

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Vast libraries of IRs and amp and effect models, as well as improvements in interface, memory, and connectivity, make the III tough to beat.

   
 

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State-of-the-art modeling of an incredible array of analog amps and effects. Superb build. Improved interface. Excellent presets. Great connectivity. Deep editing possibilities.

Cons:
Dedicated foot controllers not available till fall of 2018.

Street:
$2,499

Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx III
fractalaudio.com



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Raw and super rich—the KE/64 packs a punch that never overpowers.

   
 

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Top-quality build. Concise, rich, and crazy punchy.

Cons:
A little pricey for a 2-knob overdrive.

Street:
$250

String Theory EFX KE/64 Overdrive
stringtheoryefx.com



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