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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.


Sadowsky MetroExpress

Built in Tokyo through a partnership with Japanese luthier Yoshi Kikuchi, the MetroExpress is the first factory-made model to carry the Sadowsky name. The 5-string comes equipped with the same preamp Roger Sadowsky uses in his handbuilt NYC basses, and with its ash body, maple neck, rock-solid construction, and meticulous setup, it also invokes the classic Sadowsky tone—a solid low B and lots of personality in the upper mids.

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$1,975 street,

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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,