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Gear Award 2017

ARTICLES

Quick Hit: Radial Tonebone Texas Pro

November 14, 2017
Multiple shades of overdrive and boost come alive in a compact stomp built to last.
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Fender ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review

November 9, 2017
A long-overdue handwired classic knocks it out of the park with tones and no-brainer mods that more than justify the price.
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Hughes & Kettner Era 1 Review

November 7, 2017
A mainstay rock ‘n’ roll amplifier maker delivers an impressive acoustic surprise.
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Gear of the Year 2017

November 7, 2017
Another year, another dazzling parade of pedals, guitars, amps, modelers, and accessories that made our noggins spin.
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Quick Hit: SviSound Techno-FA

November 6, 2017
This pint-sized, Premier Gear-winning analog phaser gives all but the most full-featured swooshers a serious run for their money.
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Stomp Under Foot Alabaster Review

October 29, 2017
A Sovtek-styled Muff clone and a cool boost propel a surprisingly flexible and ferocious fuzz machine.
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Hahn Guitars 112 Review

October 25, 2017
A masterful Fender-inspired mashup with tones of its own.
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Island Instruments Anzol Review

October 20, 2017
An upscale tribute to a downscale guitar.
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Quick Hit: Coppersound Foxcatcher

October 17, 2017
An airy, eager to-please overdrive/boost that moves from transparency to sparkling growl with style and ease.
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Bigfoot Engineering King Fuzz XL Review

October 12, 2017
A potent, uniquely voiced fuzz and a burly but flexible British-style overdrive in a simple but powerful stomp.
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HeadRush Pedalboard Review

October 11, 2017
Intuitive design sets this impressive, powerful multi-effects unit apart from the pack.
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Pinter SB1-J Jazz Jr. Review

October 6, 2017
Though specifically designed for flatwound bebopping, this stellar instrument handles a variety of genres—including aggro ones—with aplomb.
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TC Electronic Echobrain Review

September 16, 2017
A fantastically colorful and expressive bucket brigade analog delay at a ridiculously low price.
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Way Huge Conquistador Review

September 11, 2017
A gated fuzz brims with unexpected complexity and surprising vintage voices.
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Gibson Modern Double Cut Standard Review

September 11, 2017
A wild-card model that blends classic tones and modern playability.
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Ampeg Scrambler Bass Overdrive Review

September 10, 2017
Ampeg’s latest bass-pedal offering conjures up the gritty overdriven tones the company is known for, but through a compact and affordable box.
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Meris Mercury 7 Review

September 3, 2017
An elegant ambient reverb machine with powerful sound-shaping capabilities.
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Electro-Harmonix Canyon Review

September 3, 2017
Echoes abound in a feature-stuffed and compact delay factory.
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EarthQuaker Devices Erupter Review

August 31, 2017
A stupidly simple fuzz delivers artfully complex, chaotic, and controlled distortion sounds.
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Mooer Mod Factory Pro Review

August 30, 2017
Mooer packs ridiculous modulation power into a pint-sized multi-stomp.
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