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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.


Xotic Super Sweet

“Deceptively Simple” could just as easily be the name of Xotic’s Super Sweet boost. The lone, little gain knob on the pedal’s face even doubles as an LED—taking notions of design economy to the extreme. But there’s more to the Super Sweet than a simple gain control. Four DIP switches enable high-end cut and boosts to the low-mid, high-mid, and bass frequencies, making the Super Sweet a backline player’s hero-in-waiting.

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$120 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,