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Gear Award 2016

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Gear Awards

The Year in Gear 2016

November 28, 2016
Come with us, time travelers, as we revisit a year’s worth of axes, amps, stomps, basses, baritones, and other tools of our music-making trade—all deemed worthy of the Premier Gear Award.
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Lester G Deluxe Review

November 28, 2016
We dig into Mike Matthews' sweetly swirling and huge-sounding new streamlined rotary simulator.
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Yamaha Revstar RSP20CR Review

November 25, 2016
Top-flight quality and go-fast looks in a sweet-sounding solidbody.
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Black Cat Monster K-Fuzz Review

November 24, 2016
A menacing and expressive octave fuzz classic is recast in a more practical and musically malleable form.
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Two-Rock Cardiff Review

November 14, 2016
Can you have EL84 sparkle and bounteous bottom?
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Shin-Ei Vibe-Bro Review

November 4, 2016
Fans of the legendary Uni-Vibe rejoice—the revived brand's new offering yields ravishing tones from a setup that's remarkably like the original.
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Aphazing

Experimental Noize Aphazing Review

October 17, 2016
This multifaceted phaser is a tweaker’s delight—and a big, big bargain.
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Bogner Goldfinger 54 Phi Review

October 14, 2016
Reinhold's latest yields burly blackface and tweed tones, as well as crazy versatility.
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Boostron

Mu-FX Boostron 3 Review

October 13, 2016
An inspired combination of drive and compression effects in a beauty of a pedal from a stompbox legend.
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Boss CE-2W Waza Craft Chorus Review

October 4, 2016
The standard-bearer chorus returns as a more multifaceted modulation machine.
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DOD

DOD Looking Glass Overdrive Review

October 3, 2016
Transparency equals flexibility in a sweet-sounding and dynamic drive unit.
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Ibanez Analog Delay Mini Review

September 29, 2016
This little purple prize packs classic sounds in a bulletproof and super-affordable package.
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TC Electronic

TC Electronic Sub ’N’ Up Octaver Review

September 27, 2016
The far reaches of octave-effect capabilities are made accessible via this compact new digital box.
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EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche Run Review

September 26, 2016
Digital expansiveness and inviting, expressive functions add up to a potent, outer-limits echo instrument.
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Panama Fuego X Review

September 25, 2016
A compact, handwired powerhouse that delivers big tones and big value.
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Immerse

Neunaber Audio Effects Immerse Reverberator Review

September 12, 2016
A rare combination of the familiar warmth of classic reverb tones with some modern (and unexpected) surprises.
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Supro 1305 Drive Review

September 11, 2016
Supro mimics its amp transformers’ properties to create a more organic and dynamic drive.
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Wren and Cuff Elephant Skin Review

September 9, 2016
Wren and Cuff and Mastodon’s Troy Sanders collaborate to bring life to a bass-fuzz monster.
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Skreddy Rover Fuzz Review

September 8, 2016
This silicon-driven, Tone Bender-inspired fuzz is so much more than just a good, affordable clone.
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Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR Review

September 7, 2016
The San Dimas lives again in a more versatile incarnation.
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