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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.


Balthazar Film Noir 50

Based on the Selmer Truvoice Treble ’N’ Bass 50 that Syd Barrett used on Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the handwired Film Noir 50 is a cool, quirky 50-watt head with a throaty core voice. Chicago-based amp maker Balthazar de Ley uses two EL34 tubes to power the expertly crafted amp, which interacts with distortion pedals in endlessly fascinating ways and definitely nails the Syd sound.

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$1,849 street,

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,