February 2019

Gear Award 2019

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 2019 editorial cycle, thus earning them Premier Guitar’s coveted Premier Gear Award.

ARTICLES

Takamine EF360SC TT Review

February 19, 2019
A torrefied top makes this classy and super-playable Takamine a sweet-sounding alternative to vintage.
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Komet K.O.D.A. Review

February 14, 2019
A Swiss Army amp-in-a-box.
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Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 Review

February 7, 2019
Solid-state circuitry makes this programmable powerhouse light, and super-flexible, too.
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Quick Hit: Rocket Surgeon Codename: Black Hat

February 6, 2019
A utilitarian fuzz that refuses to play the copycat game and ends up being totally predictable … and yet somehow also refreshingly unique.
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Quick Hit: Bogner Ecstasy Blue Mini

February 3, 2019
A wildly useful distortion that stretches far beyond the company’s hard-rock roots.
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Balthazar Film Noir 50 Review

February 1, 2019
Shine on, you crazy Selmer clone!
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Dusky Hypatia Review

January 17, 2019
Rowdy and refined distortion tones come naturally to Dusky’s newest stompbox.
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BC Audio Bel Air 40 Review

January 15, 2019
A stellar 6V6 combo with inspiring, innovative options.
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Korora Audio Spira Review

January 4, 2019
A unique modulation effect derived from a fascinating audio illusion.
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Breedlove Pursuit Concertina E Review

January 3, 2019
Surprising dynamism, punch, and balance in a budget small-body flattop.
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Triangle Big Muff Review

January 1, 2019
EHX revisits the Muff that started it all.
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Caparison Horus-M3 CC Review

December 24, 2018
Courtney Cox’s signature shred machine extracts shreddy versatility from a streamlined control set.
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Squier Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH Review

December 18, 2018
With this new workhorse, adding a double dose of humbucker to the Jazz formula equals a whole lotta bass.
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Sadowsky MetroExpress Review

December 11, 2018
A premium brand unveils a new model with an accessible price of entry.
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Quick Hit: Ananashead Meteorite

December 10, 2018
An inexpensive, sturdy silicon Fuzzrite hits the biker-fuzz bull’s-eye.
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Dunable SplatterBlaster Review

December 6, 2018
Two fuzzes, one box—and zillions of tones.
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Carr Telstar Review

November 27, 2018
A thrilling Fender/Vox hybrid.
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MXR EVH 5150 Chorus Review

November 26, 2018
Eddie’s chorus pedal is full of idiosyncrasies and interesting tonal surprises.
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