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

Crazy Tube Limelight


For all its historical importance, the original Maestro FZ-1 (the “Satisfaction” fuzz, if you forgot) is a relatively neglected circuit among the fuzz clone cult. The Limelight, however, reveals what a great baseline the FZ-1 can be for circuit exploration. The Limelight’s deviations from the original circuit are significant, but it retains the original’s honking voice while enhancing sustain and expanding its low-gain capabilities—a super-cool recipe.

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$209 street, crazytubecircuits.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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