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

Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200


Guitarists seeking a compact, self-contained amp/effects setup that can fit in an airplane overhead and handle arena-sized gigs will find the 200-watt Black Spirit very enticing. Weighing under eight pounds, the programmable, 4-channel, solid-state amp offers a host of built-in effects and includes the company’s Red Box AE+ DI/speaker simulator. Offering deep clean-to-high-gain tone-shaping capabilities, the Black Spirit excels at heavy styles from thrash to modern, detuned metal.

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$879 street, hughes-and-kettner.com

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