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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.

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Greer Soma ’63 Review

June 21, 2019
Brownface-style tones are just the beginning for this early-’60s-flavored, Fullerton-inspired preamp.
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Victory V4 The Kraken Review

June 18, 2019
Packaging the Kraken amp’s preamp in a stompbox yields a flexible, malleable, and monstrous high-gain machine.
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Martin Modern Deluxe OM-28 Review

June 14, 2019
It’s new school. It’s old school. Medium school, maybe?
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Taylor Grand Pacific Builder’s Edition 717 Review

May 30, 2019
A Taylor for guitarists who don’t dig Taylors?
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Abasi Concepts Pathos Review

May 14, 2019
An uncommonly articulate and detailed high-gain machine.
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Caroline Hawaiian Pizza Review

May 10, 2019
Don’t hold the pineapple!
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Quick Hit: Xotic Super Sweet Booster Review

May 8, 2019
A dynamic boost that is way more than a one-knob wonder.
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Taurus Vandall-500 Review

May 6, 2019
This dual-preamp class-D bass beast boasts toughness through its build and finesse with its EQ.
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Quick Hit: Peterson StroboStomp HD Review

May 3, 2019
It won’t mix a margarita, but it will likely cover all your tuning needs.
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Mesa/Boogie California Tweed Review

May 2, 2019
A spectacular new spin on a 1950s formula.
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Wampler Fuzztration Review

April 26, 2019
A beast of an octave fuzz with versatility in mind.
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Reverend Triad Bass Review

April 21, 2019
Joe Naylor's latest 4-string is a triple-pickup champion of versatility, playability, and lookin’ good.
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Magnetic Effects Lonely Robot Review

April 19, 2019
A malleable, many-headed RAT clone that can be menacing or mellow.
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Quick Hit: Carvin X1 Tube Preamp Review

April 18, 2019
Vai’s “Blue Powder” amp gets distilled into a hefty-ass pedal with convenient recording and practice capabilities.
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Orange TremLord 30 Review

April 5, 2019
Transatlantic tones and tremolo mark a deviation from Orange tradition.
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Jext Telez Black Drone Wasp Review

March 26, 2019
The company's first original design aims squarely for the nastiest-fuzz-in-the-universe crown.
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Source Audio True Spring Review

March 12, 2019
The digital gurus’ super-authentic spring reverb emulation offers plug-and-play simplicity and deep-diving customizability.
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IK Multimedia iRig Stomp I/O Review

March 6, 2019
This audio interface/MIDI controller is perfect for iOS devices—and lots of other things.
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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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