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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.

ARTICLES

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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klon vs klones homepage

Klon vs. Klone: 5 Affordable Stomps Go Head to Head with a Gold Original

April 17, 2020
Hear how close the EHX Soul Food, J. Rockett Archer, NUX Horseman, Wampler Tumnus, and Way Huge Conspiracy Theory come to nailing the tone of a legend.
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Wren and Cuff Garbage Face - homepage

Melt Faces with a Muff-y Machine Made for Mascis

April 9, 2020
Ram’s Head-style circuit meets germanium treble booster in a stomp built to deliver Dinosaur Jr.’s wall of sound: The PG Wren and Cuff Garbage Face review.
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ThorpyFx Heavy Water - homepage

One Boost Pedal to Rule Them All?

April 1, 2020
Yeah, it does “pristine,” but it also offers ferocious, incredibly touch-sensitive fuzz—minus the noise. The PG ThorpyFX Heavy Water review.
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Wampler-Terraform-homepage

Wampler Terraform: The Premier Guitar Review

March 19, 2020
Myriad tones, from classic to tweaky, lurk in this one-stop modulation shop.
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j rockett-APE-homepage

J. Rockett APE: The Premier Guitar Review

March 17, 2020
Liven up your lame digital delay with the ultimate EP-3-style booster.
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Breedlove Organic - homepage

Breedlove Wildwood Concert Cutaway CE: The Premier Guitar Review

March 12, 2020
Sleek, stylish, affordable, and balanced, this compact, all-solid mahogany flattop excels in amplified performance situations.
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Fender jazzmaster homepage

Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster: The Premier Guitar Review

March 9, 2020
The Jazzmaster finally gets an upscale modern facelift—with enhanced playability and expressive potential as the payoff.
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Danelectro The Breakdown - homepage

Danelectro The Breakdown: The Premier Guitar Review

March 8, 2020
Tone freaks, take note: It’s badass—but not just for the usual “bang-for-buck” reasons.
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Victory - Copper - homepage

AC30 Tones for the 21st Century

March 3, 2020
A lighter, more flexible take on a British-voiced ’60s stalwart: The PG Victory VC35 "The Copper" review.
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Ernie Ball - Volume - Tuner - homepage

Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner: The Premier Guitar Review

February 28, 2020
When it comes to obvious pedal combinations, could tuning and volume control be the new peanut butter and jelly?
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Strymon Iridium homepage

Strymon Iridium: The Premier Guitar Review

February 26, 2020
Intrigued but also daunted by sophisticated amp modelers? Strymon's latest brilliantly bridges the gap with a simple stompbox-style interface boasting a handful of stellar amp emulations.
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Source Audio Collider - homepage

Source Audio Collider: The Premier Guitar Review

February 21, 2020
The greatest hits from a powerhouse digital reverb and an equally potent digital delay are distilled into a single, super-convenient space-and-time manipulator.
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Dean - homepage

Dean Thoroughbred Select Quilt Top TCS: The Premier Guitar Review

February 18, 2020
Flashy and fabulously playable, this single-cut boasts a surprising number of tonal personalities.
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Retro Sonic Flanger - homepage - award

An 18V Mistress for the Rest of Us

February 13, 2020
Looking for a Gilmour-esque flanger? Here's a compact and buttery-sounding take on the Pink Floyd legend's Animals-era modulation machine. The PG Retro-Sonic Flanger review.
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