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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.


Caparison Horus-M3 CC

Caparison builds high-end metal machines for Killswitch Engage and Mattias Eklundh, and now their artist roster includes Courtney Cox of the Iron Maidens. Her signature Horus-M3 CC has a maple body, mahogany wings, a Schaller floating tremolo and locking nut, Gotoh tuners, and a cutaway with access to the 27th fret. The CC’s Caparison pickups offer a refreshing change from the sound of active pickups so prominent in modern metal.

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$2,799 street,

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,