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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.

Peterson

Peterson StroboStomp HD


Peterson’s robust StroboStomp HD excels in precise, intuitive, glitch-free strobe tuning that’s accurate to +/- 1 cent. You can optionally manage its many features and expansive presets, including 135 “sweetened” tunings, with Peterson’s free software via the StroboStomp’s mini-USB port. The StroboStomp HD operates in true-bypass or buffer mode, and its bright, clear LCD monitor is one of the nicest PG’s Rich Osweiler has ever seen on a pedal.

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$129 street, petersontuners.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


Alex LIfeson, Victor

Anthem Records in Canada and Rhino Records will reissue the first-ever solo albums of Rush's Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. Lifeson’s 1996 album Victor and Lee’s 2000 offering My Favourite Headache will be re-released on August 9, 2024.

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The new Jimi Hendrix documentary chronicles the conceptualization and construction of the legendary musician’s recording studio in Manhattan that opened less than a month before his untimely death in 1970. Watch the trailer now.

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Rivolta Guitars' Sferata | PG Plays
Rivolta Guitars' Sferata | PG Plays

PG contributor Tom Butwin dives into the Rivolta Sferata, part of the exciting new Forma series. Designed by Dennis Fano and crafted in Korea, the Sferata stands out with its lightweight Simaruba wood construction and set-neck design for incredible playability.

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The "Sandblasted" SE Series features a swamp ash top with a unique sandblasted finish in five color options.

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