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Top 10 First Looks of 2022

Sure, perennial big hitters like Gibson, Fender, PRS, and MXR dazzled with fresh offerings, but one surprising stunner earned the most clicks.


10. Warm Audio Centavo & Warmdrive

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The vintage-style gear specialists dive into the legacy of two classic drive pedals.

9. Supro Amulet

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Power attenuation plus all-tube tremolo and reverb make this a killer club amp at a nice price.

8. MXR Poly Blue Octave

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Pitch shifting, deep modulation, and monster fuzz make this single box a multi-headed tone mutator.

7. Gretsch G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody

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Trestle-block bracing and new, refined FT-5E Filter'Tron pickups make a classic shape punchy, powerful, and more feedback resistant.

6. Magnatone Starlite

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Maggie’s 5-watt mighty mite bursts with black-panel and tweed-Champ style sounds.

5. MXR Duke of Tone

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An impressive taste of what lurks in the King’s chambers for players on a budget.

4. Fender Kingfish Telecaster Deluxe

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The Mississippi blues maestro’s signature instrument is a potent and dazzling evolution of an underrated Tele’.

3. Gibson Theodore

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Ted McCarty's archives reveal a long-lost treasure.

2. PRS SE Silver Sky John Mayer

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An affordable version of John Mayer’s signature solidbody sacrifices little in the way of tone and quality, and sells for well under a grand.

1. Yamaha Revstar Standard RSS02T

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A chambered body makes Yamaha's latest café racer-inspired electric a truly lightweight machine.

With a team of experts on hand, we look at six workhorse vintage amps you can still find for around $1,000 or less.

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Rivolta Guitars' Sferata | PG Plays
Rivolta Guitars' Sferata | PG Plays

PG contributor Tom Butwin dives into the Rivolta Sferata, part of the exciting new Forma series. Designed by Dennis Fano and crafted in Korea, the Sferata stands out with its lightweight simaruba wood construction and set-neck design for incredible playability.

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The "Sandblasted" SE Series features a swamp ash top with a unique sandblasted finish in five color options.

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We’re unpacking Reid’s playing—from his early days in the NYC jazz underground through his work with Living Colour and into supergroup superstardom—and his longstanding gear-acquisition-syndrome.

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