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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.


Jext Telez Black Drone Wasp

While we joked that the Black Drone Wasp’s power might best be measured in mega tonnage, the sonic reality is not that far off. The BDW is loud with a capital “L.” What makes it extraordinary, however, is how complex, wide-spectrum, and rich those louder-than-bombs sounds can be—meaning you’ll sound beautifully sonorous as you pummel your bandmates into submission.

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$259 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,