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Gear Award 2018

The products listed here received 90-percent or higher cumulative ratings for relevant categories (tones, playability or ease of use, build/design, and value) in reviews published during the 2018 editorial cycle, thus earning them Premier Guitar’s coveted Premier Gear Award.

ARTICLES

Quick Hit: SviSound RetroZoid Germanium Fuzz

October 19, 2018
From Bulgaria with love, this tiny wonder puts convincing Bender, Muff, and Fuzzrite tones in a single, pedalboard-liberating package.
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ZT Lee Ranaldo Club Review

October 18, 2018
Small, light, and super-powerful, this solid-state amp is a blank slate that brims with character.
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Marshall Origin 50C Review

October 11, 2018
A big-toned bargain that’s perfect for pedalboard tone sculptors.
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Quick Hit: ValveTrain PowerTrain Studio 20

October 7, 2018
An incredibly simple cabinet that adds glowing tube warmth to your digital setup.
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Op-Amp Big Muff

October 2, 2018
The black sheep of the Big Muff family returns—as brash and beastly as ever.
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Wren and Cuff Super Russian Review

September 26, 2018
A multifaceted Muff clone offers brutalizing and beautiful sides of the Sovtek coin.
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Joe Gore Porkolator Review

September 25, 2018
Meet a Harmonic Percolator-inspired powerhouse that dazzles with dynamics, sonic complexity, and the clout of a heavyweight.
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Line 6 HX Effects Review

September 23, 2018
A wickedly versatile multi-effect unit with remarkable flexibility.
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JHS Bonsai Review

September 20, 2018
Many modes of TS-style overdrive—every one a winner.
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Mastro Valvola LFO Optical Tremolo Review

September 18, 2018
Optical analog tremolo and a digital brain make this Italian trem’ a grab bag of modulation tricks.
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Tsakalis AudioWorks Phonkify Review

September 15, 2018
Envelope filter and octave combine to reach realms beyond the same old jam and funk riffs.
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ZVEX Vibrophase Review

September 14, 2018
ZVEX’s phaser/vibrato retains the rich, immersive modulation tones of its candle-driven design concept predecessor.
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Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Review

September 10, 2018
Reverb’s depths made accessible in a small and super-economical package.
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ThorpyFX Fat General Review

September 7, 2018
Parallel compression equals transparency and copious options in a top-flight British squeezebox.
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Fender Marine Layer Review

September 5, 2018
An affordable, well-made reverb pedal that nails vintage tones and dips into the ethereal.
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Stomp Under Foot Sonic Generator Review

September 1, 2018
Maximum muffery and more!
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Wilson Effects Slapback Review

August 31, 2018
Dual digital delay engines drive a simple and super-colorful device.
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EarthQuaker Devices Aqueduct Review

August 29, 2018
An insane-to-elegant modulation tool that suits chaotic creators and control freaks alike.
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Boss/JHS JB-2 Angry Driver Review

August 26, 2018
Two overdrive titans combine to become a hydra-headed beast of dirt tones.
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Quick Hit: EarthQuaker Devices Westwood

August 16, 2018
With the ability to dial in transparent boost or use the active EQ to summon radically voiced overdrive, what’s not to love?
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