Top 10 First Looks of 2022
Sure, perennial big hitters like Gibson, Fender, PRS, and MXR dazzled with fresh offerings, but one surprising stunner earned the most clicks.
10. Warm Audio Centavo & WarmdriveJohn Bohlinger
The vintage-style gear specialists dive into the legacy of two classic drive pedals.
9. Supro AmuletJohn Bohlinger
Power attenuation plus all-tube tremolo and reverb make this a killer club amp at a nice price.
8. MXR Poly Blue OctaveJohn Bohlinger
Pitch shifting, deep modulation, and monster fuzz make this single box a multi-headed tone mutator.
7. Gretsch G5420T Electromatic HollowbodyJohn Bohlinger
Trestle-block bracing and new, refined FT-5E Filter'Tron pickups make a classic shape punchy, powerful, and more feedback resistant.
6. Magnatone StarliteJohn Bohlinger
Maggie’s 5-watt mighty mite bursts with black-panel and tweed-Champ style sounds.
5. MXR Duke of ToneJohn Bohlinger
An impressive taste of what lurks in the King’s chambers for players on a budget.
4. Fender Kingfish Telecaster DeluxePremier Guitar
The Mississippi blues maestro’s signature instrument is a potent and dazzling evolution of an underrated Tele’.
3. Gibson TheodoreJohn Bohlinger
Ted McCarty's archives reveal a long-lost treasure.
2. PRS SE Silver Sky John MayerJohn Bohlinger
An affordable version of John Mayer’s signature solidbody sacrifices little in the way of tone and quality, and sells for well under a grand.
1. Yamaha Revstar Standard RSS02TJohn Bohlinger
A chambered body makes Yamaha's latest café racer-inspired electric a truly lightweight machine.