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We've reviewed a ton of cool gear over the past 12 months, but these stood above the rest and won our coveted Premier Gear Award.

This year more than 40 guitars, basses, effects, and amps from a diverse group of gear makers earned the coveted Premier Gear Award from our discerning editors. Here is our gear of the year.

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Intrigued but also daunted by sophisticated amp modelers? Strymon's latest brilliantly bridges the gap with a simple stompbox-style interface boasting a handful of stellar amp emulations.

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Pros:
Three excellent amp models. Simple amp-style interface. Supports third-party IRs.

Cons:
No XLR outputs. Stores only one favorite setting without optional footswitch or MIDI.

Street:
$399

Strymon Iridium
strymon.net



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A DSP-driven blackpanel Deluxe that dares players to differentiate between tube and digital.

Super-accurate emulation of blackface Deluxe Reverb performance characteristics. Effective attenuator. Super light. Fair price.

Odd, thinning compression characteristics when paired with extreme fuzz.

$899

Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb
fender.com

4.5
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A legacy as weighty as Fender's can be a curse and a blessing. On one hand, the visual simplicity, elegance, and enduring appeal of most Fender products means that they don't have to reinvent the wheel every day. On the other, deviation from classic formulas can incite minor riots among purists.

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