The 60+ guitars, amps, pedals, basses, and accessories that stood out from the crowd and earned our coveted Premier Gear Award this year.

Rocket Surgeon StarLifter


With its effortless tone shaping and robust DI, the StarLifter qualifies as an almost indispensable device in a bassist’s signal chain. Its 3-way contour switch lays a timbral foundation with optional scooped or punchy, mid-forward settings, and its 3-band EQ is expanded with a flexible mid-frequency control. An impedance switch adjusts the input to 1M- or 10M-ohm operation—crucial for optimizing the pickups of different instruments. A definite best-in-class contender.

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$349 street, nordstrandaudio.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


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