STEP RIGHT UP, LADIES AND GENTS. YOU’RE ABOUT TO REVISIT 21 PIECES OF GEAR THAT GAVE US THE PROVERBIAL SLAP UPSIDE THE HEAD, LEFT US SHAKING IN OUR SEATS, BEGGING FOR MORE, AND SCREAMING AT THE THOUGHT OF LIVING IN THEIR ABSENCE.
WELCOME TO THE PARADE OF 2011 PREMIER GEAR AWARD WINNERS.
What makes a Premier Gear Award winner—particularly when about 90 percent of the
gear we saw this year could be considered for the distinction? Well, above all, what it
really means is that a guitar, bass, pedal, or amp spoke to the reviewer in a deeply personal way and opened up a sense of possibility or an avenue of expression. It means that,
somewhere, a manufacturer, designer, garage-based pedal builder, or sawdust-churning
luthier has applied their talents to create something extraordinary by any measure.
But perhaps most important, each of these tools spoke up in their own voice and said,
“There is music within these wires, wood, and circuits. Come! Take it and make it yours!”
We’re quite certain you’ll find your own tune lurking in one of these objects, however beastly,
beautiful, or bizarre. We can’t wait to hear what you come up with.