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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.


Bogner Ecstasy Blue Mini

After introducing his Ecstasy amp decades ago, Reinhold Bogner became an in-demand builder for hard rock and metal guitarists. Now he has packed essential elements of his Ecstasy circuit into a compact pedal. With its active 3-band EQ, “variac” switch, 3-way gain toggle, and multiple EQ profiles, the Blue Mini offers inspiring sounds for not only metalheads, but also those who dwell on the lower end of the gain scale.

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$199 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,