January

Reviews: Guitars

Premier Guitar's rating system includes brief summations of a product’s pros and cons, as well as pick ratings (0–5) in four categories—Tones, Design/Build, Value, and Playability (for instruments) or Ease of Use (amps, effects, and other devices) or Versatility (pickups and speakers). Items with a total of 18 or more picks (out of 20) win our coveted Premier Gear Award.

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Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior Review_homepage

Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior: The Premier Guitar Review

December 21, 2020
Design economy doesn’t stand in the way of delicious, wide-ranging tones on this straight-ahead rock machine.
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Gretsch G6636TSL Players Edition Silver Falcon-homepage

Gretsch G6636TSL Silver Falcon: The Premier Guitar Review

December 18, 2020
How does the Players Edition upgrade stack up on the brand’s sleek 6-string “Cadillac”?
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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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Cort Manson META MBM-1 Review homepage

Budget-Friendly Rock Machine for the Masses: The Manson META MBM-1 Premier Guitar Review

December 6, 2020
Muse's guitar leader's latest namesake model looks stripped-down, but offers many practical extras.
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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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RainSong V-DR1100N2 Review homepage

Carbon + Wood Looks and Sounds Good

November 1, 2020
A spruce-and-carbon-fusion top yields a tough, sweetly ringing dread with a more traditional look. The Premier Guitar RainSong V-DR1100N2 review.
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Guild X-175 Manhattan Special Review homepage

Guild X-175 Manhattan Special: The Premier Guitar Review

October 22, 2020
An extroverted hollowbody that deftly spans styles—and the ages.
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Fano Omnis GF6 review homepage

A Nouveau Nod to the Other ’Caster

October 2, 2020
Breaking with style dogma delivers new sonic, ergonomic, and aesthetic joys. The PG Fano Omnis GF6 review.
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Faith Guitars Neptune review homepage

Mango Smoothie

September 11, 2020
A surprising alternative Indonesian tonewood gives this fingerstyle-friendly baby jumbo a clear, powerful low-mid voice. The PG Faith Blue Moon Neptune review.
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Lava Music Lava Pro Carbon Fiber Guitar Review homepage

Shaping Tomorrow’s Guitars Today

September 3, 2020
No, this futuristic 6-string is definitely not your dad’s cool old dread. The PG Lava Me Pro review.
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Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce review homepage

A 12-String That Steps Out of the Crowd

August 23, 2020
A bold, comfortable design meets state-of-the-art bracing to create a jangle box for the ages. The PG Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce review.
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Vox V90 Bobcat Semi-Hollowbody Review homepage

Vox Bobcat V90: The Premier Guitar Review

August 17, 2020
The featherweight blast from the past boasts smart updates and classic tones.
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Fender Acoustasonic Strat homepage review guitar

Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster: The Premier Guitar Review

June 19, 2020
Convincing acoustic images, sweet single-coil tones, and slinky playability make up an impressively utilitarian hybrid instrument.
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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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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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Chapman ML3 - homepage

Looks Like a Rock Machine, But Delivers Much, Much More

April 23, 2020
Flashy mid-priced solidbody covers the heavy sounds, country tones, and the acres in between. The PG Chapman ML3 Review.
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Abernethy Sonic Empress homepage

Comfort Is King in This ’60s-Inspired Offset That’s Full of Surprises

April 20, 2020
Mutant forces converge in a super-playable solidbody. The PG Abernethy Sonic Empress review.
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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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prs se hollowbody - homepage

PRS SE Hollowbody Standard: The Premier Guitar Review

February 6, 2020
The modern classic excels in its more accessibly priced guise.
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