The Year in Gear 2019
November 21, 2019
The 60+ guitars, amps, pedals, basses, and accessories that stood out from the crowd and earned our coveted Premier Gear Award this year.
Rocket Surgeon Codename: Black HatWhereas many twin-knob fuzzes aim for vintage Tone Bender, Fuzz Face, or Fuzzrite vibes, Rocket Surgeon’s new three-transistor affair (two silicon, one germanium) infiltrates a less-explored middle ground that offers shades of all three while eschewing those designs’ quirkier, less-predictable aspects. At any setting, the Black Hat cleans up like a killer tube amp when you rein in your guitar’s volume knob, which makes it a hugely adaptable utility pedal.
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$169 street, nordstrandaudio.com
Plus! December Premier Gear Award Winners!
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1. Peavey Invective.MH — $699 street, peavey.com
2. Chase Bliss Dark World — $349 street, chaseblissaudio.com
3. Comins CGS-16 — $2,399 street, cominsguitars.com
4. Ernie Ball Music Man Short-Scale StingRay — $1,999 street, music-man.com
5. EBS MicroBass 3 — $349 street, ebssweden.com