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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.


Taylor Grand Pacific Builder’s Edition 717

Taylor’s new Grand Pacific series marks a dramatic departure from classic “Taylor tone.” While many Taylors sound bright, shimmery, and modern, the Grand Pacifics sound warm, dusty, and lived-in. This round-shouldered dreadnought has a torrefied Sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, and a mahogany neck with a subtle compound profile and ebony fretboard. Its innovative V-Class bracing provides phenomenal sustain and a disarmingly even harmonic spectrum.

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$2,899 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,