Premier Guitar features affiliate links to help support our content. We may earn a commission on any affiliated purchases.

The Year in Gear 2019

The 60+ guitars, amps, pedals, basses, and accessories that stood out from the crowd and earned our coveted Premier Gear Award this year.


Korora Audio Spira

Fifty-five years ago, renowned cognitive psychologist Roger Shepard devised a fascinating audio illusion—a tone that seemed to infinitely rise in pitch. Korora Audio’s Spira deploys the Shepard phenomenon as a phasing/filtering effect. It’s also capable of new phase/flange flavors, near-subliminal modulation, shrieking freakouts, and everything in between. Boasting excellent build quality, the Spira uses an old trick to create fresh, inspiring, ear-catching tones.

Read the review
$249 street,

Plus! December Premier Gear Award Winners!
Read the full reviews on the pages indicated below!

1. Peavey Invective.MH$699 street,
2. Chase Bliss Dark World$349 street,
3. Comins CGS-16 $2,399 street,
4. Ernie Ball Music Man Short-Scale StingRay$1,999 street,
5. EBS MicroBass 3$349 street,