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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.


Dusky Hypatia

The Hypatia, which comes from the mind of amp-builder Chris Rossi, spans overdrive, distortion, and fuzz colors. That’s no mean feat, particularly when the pedal also exhibits the superlative responsiveness enabled by the Hypatia’s input buffer. That responsiveness also means flexibility that might find you leaving most of your other dirt pedals behind.

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$180 street,

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Plus! December Premier Gear Award Winners!
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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,