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Gear Award 2020

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 2020 editorial cycle, thus earning them Premier Guitar’s coveted Premier Gear Award.

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The Year in Gear 2020

December 17, 2020
It may be the understatement of the century, but this year was weird. Even so, the killer gear kept coming. Here are the goods that stood out as extra-great amongst our annual haul of Premier Guitar reviews.
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Balthazar Cabaret 13 Review homepage

13 Watts of Ringing, Raging Splendor

December 2, 2020
This unique, low-wattage combo produces a potent mélange of Vox and Fender sounds—and sings with a loud and outsized voice. The PG Balthazar Cabaret 13 review.
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PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo review homepage

PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo: The PG Review

November 26, 2020
With a blendable piezo pickup, Annapolis’ affordable electric hollowbody becomes extra versatile.
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Revv G20 Review homepage

Restoring Balance to the Blazing Tube-Amp/Digital Galaxy

November 5, 2020
If you’re a diehard devotee of tube-amp filth but want in on IR action, this innovative architecture may be just what you’ve been waiting for. The PG Revv G20 review.
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Origin Effects RevivalTREM review homepage

Origin Effects RevivalTREM: The Premier Guitar Review

October 16, 2020
A positively luxurious stomp nails the liquid textures of brown-panel Deluxe bias tremolo.
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Cascade Pedals Hosstortion review homepage

An ’80s Cult-Classic Reborn

October 12, 2020
Warm, articulate, natural overdrive and distortion tones offer an alternative to the same old OD blues. The PG Cascade Hosstortion review.
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Death By Audio Rooms review homepage

Death By Audio Rooms: The Premier Guitar Review

October 11, 2020
Unique, complex reverb tones lurk in a fun and imaginative stomp that’s an ergonomic and utilitarian delight.
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Flower Pedals Hosta Auto Wah review homepage

An Auto-Wah That Aims for More

October 8, 2020
This soulful filtering machine dishes warm fundamental tones, smooth envelope effects, and rich, throbbing modulation textures. The PG Flower Pedals Hosta review.
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Mad Professor Super Black review homepage

Classic Fender Amps in the Palm of Your Hand

September 30, 2020
The PG Mad Professor Super Black review.
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Source Audio EQ2 Review homepage

Source Audio EQ2: The Premier Guitar Review

September 25, 2020
It may not seem as "cool" as a raging fuzz or a complicated modeler, but this programmable wonder can unlock literally thousands of tones lurking within your existing rig.
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Caroline Megabyte Review homepage

Friendly Alien Seeks Echo Romance with the Digi-Curious

September 24, 2020
Need help overcoming irrational analog-delay addiction? This PT2399-driven fox will sweetly, gently (or not) lead the way. The PG Caroline Guitar Company Megabyte review.
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DryBell Engine Review homepage

Rangemaster Boost Meets Marshall Muscle

September 23, 2020
If you dig English non-master-volume amps, this "foundation preamp" will drive you straight to heaven. The PG Dry Bell Engine review.
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Mojotone BlackOut British review homepage

Mojotone BlackOut British: The Premier Guitar Review

September 18, 2020
This intriguingly flexible take on the 18-watt formula serves up vintage authenticity while upping the EQ power considerably.
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Stone Deaf Noise Reaper noise gate review homepage

Smashes Hum Dead!

September 13, 2020
This crafty noise gate removes unwanted racket with minimal effect on dynamics. The PG Stone Deaf Noise Reaper review.
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Danelectro Back Talk Reverse Delay-homepage

Danelectro Back Talk: The Premier Guitar Review

July 2, 2020
A welcome reverse delay reissue is a mind melt in a box.
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jhs pedals pg-14 paul gilbert distortion homepage

JHS PG-14: The Premier Guitar Review

June 22, 2020
Paul Gilbert’s signature stomp offers impressive midrange control and surprisingly blown-out tones at its extremes.
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Martin SC-13 Acoustic Guitar Review homepage

Martin SC-13E: The Premier Guitar Review

June 5, 2020
A unique and responsive acoustic with an electric soul.
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Jam Delay Llame Extreme Analog Delay homepage

Ear-Twisting Textures Are the Cherry on Top of a Superb Analog Delay

May 22, 2020
The PG Jam Pedals Delay Llama Xtreme review.
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EPIPHONE  Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard “Norm Burst” - homepage

Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard “Norm Burst”: The Premier Guitar Review

May 1, 2020
Deliciously vintage details distinguish an affordable Les Paul that delivers authentically old-school performance, too.
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