Gear of the Year

Gear Of The Year 2017: Best Electric Guitar £1,000 – £2,000

The one to two grand price point is always a hugely competitive area of the electric guitar world. 2017 was no exception, with the big guns fighting it out with some impressive new upstarts…

Gear Of The Year 2016 – Best Electric Guitar Over £1,000

We’re finishing with the big one, and though we thought that guitarists with four figures to splash out on a new electric in 2015 had an abundance of choice, the market in 2016 has been even more hotly contested, with offset designs a clear trend. Instruments from K-Line, John Page Classic and Gretsch narrowly missed out, but here’s our final five…

Gear Of The Year 2016 – Best Amplifier Under £1,000

We’re getting tired of hearing ourselves say it, but there’s no getting away from the fact that we guitarists have never had it so good when it comes to an affordable amplifier. Think back to the 1990s – pickings were slim and backlines were unwieldy.

Gear Of The Year 2016 – Best Acoustic Guitar

Small, parlour-sized bodies, slot headstocks and Depression Era cosmetics have been major trends in the acoustic guitar world during the last 12 months and show no sign of going away any time soon. Likewise torrefaction.

Gear Of The Year 2016 – Best Bass Product

From boutique retro four-strings to affordable and credible-sounding small amplifiers, bassists have had a very good 2016 indeed. Here’s our pick of the bunch for lovers of all things bass…

Gear Of The Year 2016 – Best Accessory

We played a LOT of great pickups this year, three of which make the list. Pickups remain a hugely subjective area, but the Bad Cat Unleash’s ability to make a loud amp quieter or a quiet amp louder, all the while preserving tonal quality, really struck a chord…