October 2020

 

Reviews: Pickups & Accessories

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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Vega Trem Floyd Rose Whammy Replacement Video homepage

A Floyd for Those Who’d Never Want a Floyd

May 15, 2020
Lovely feel, easy installation, and tuning stability unite in this stainless-steel performer. The PG Vega-Trem VT1 UltraTrem review.
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Quick Hit: Korg Pitchclip 2+ Review

November 3, 2019
Clip on, tune up, play guitar.
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Quick Hit: Boss TU-03 Review

November 22, 2018
A sleek clip-on tuner that will tune up more than just your instrument.
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Fishman Matrix Infinity Mic Blend Review

November 9, 2018
A dual-source setup is extra terrific on one of Fishman’s finest amplification pickup/preamp systems yet.
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Quick Hit: G7th Newport 12-String Capo

August 13, 2018
A clever compensated string pad improves intonation.
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Quick Hit: Line 6 Powercab 112 Plus Review

July 24, 2018
A feature-packed powered cab that aims to put some "air" into your digital rig.
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Quick Hit: Elite Guitar Cling On Pickup Review

July 9, 2018
A magnet in a pickup is common, but this pickup’s magnet does something a bit different.
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Quick Hit: Schuyler Dean Jazzmaster Gold Foil Set Review

March 29, 2018
Offset meets Teisco meets Danelectro meets Tele, anyone?
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Quick Hit: Peterson StroboClip HD Review

February 26, 2018
This sleek clip-on makes easy work of precise strobe tuning for any stringed instrument.
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Quick Hit: Curtis Novak Jazzmaster Widerange Set Review

July 9, 2017
The former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and frequent Fender Custom Shop collaborator hits a homer with these must-try pickups for JM nuts.
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Lollar Staple P-90 Pickup Review

December 29, 2016
A fine replica of a “forgotten” pickup.
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Quick Hit: DiMarzio Black Angel Review

June 12, 2016
Simplicity, functionality, and tone are nestled together in DiMarzio’s passive pickup solution for acoustic guitarists.
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IK Multimedia

Quick Hit: IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic Review

May 26, 2016
An ultra-portable, easy-to-use tool that helps you capture ideas before they’re a distant memory.
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Bergantino

Bergantino Audio Systems B|Amp & HD Cabinets Review

March 23, 2016
A 6-1/2 pound monster of a bass amp that packs in features galore.
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Korg

Quick Hit: Korg Pitchblack Custom Review

March 20, 2016
A sleek, space-age-looking tuner that performs as good as it looks.
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5-Way Frenzy: Vintage-Style Strat Pickup Review Roundup

October 5, 2015
We test high-end sets from Amalfitano, Fender, Klein, Manlius, and Mojotone in a carefully calibrated American Vintage ’56 Stratocaster.
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Fishman Fluence Classic Humbuckers Review

July 1, 2015
Can Larry the Acoustic Guy’s newfangled pickup technology really deliver authentic PAF tones that rival boutique ’buckers?
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Quick Hit: TC Electronic PolyTune Clip Review

June 17, 2015
Polyphonic tuning power—right on your headstock.
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Quick Hit: A&E Craft Ultima Review

May 15, 2015
An affordable trigger capo that grips like an angry gorilla.
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Quick Hit: Killer Guitar Components Killer Compensated Claw

December 21, 2014
This replacement claw for vintage-style Strat tremolos provides a subtler, more Bigsby-like response.
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