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The polls are closed, the votes have been counted and it’s time to reveal the award winners and highly commended products in our annual Gear Of The Year rundown. Assuming you’ve torn open the bag and seen the coverstar of our special awards issue, it’s not exactly a spoiler to say that the B&G Little Sister Crossroads fared rather well.

Across the following pages, the drop-dead gorgeous vintage tone machine is joined by a collection of similarly brilliant gear that should be high on your must-try list if you are shopping for a new electric, acoustic, amplifier, stompbox, bass or accessory in the coming months. Read on, then, just don’t tell your other half or your bank manager…


Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the weak pound, there are still plenty of affordable electric guitars on the market from brand names old and new. If you’re looking for a serious instrument on a budget, you won’t go far wrong with any of these…


• PRICE £509

• REVIEWED December 2016


01342 331700

Fender brought back the classic 1956 body shape of the original Duo-Sonic for this affordable reinvention of the company’s much-loved student model. The resulting guitar mashes together the best of the Duo-Sonic’s many iterations over the years – with the ultra-playable 24-inch scale neck and Custom Colour vibe of the golden era meeting a rock-ready hardtail bridge and Duo-Sonic humbucker – all put together by the dependable folks at Fender Mexico. Plug in a fuzz pedal, turn up the volume and get lost in an ocean of glorious grungey fun.

WE SAID “Modern-day noiseniks and old-school fans of the Seattle sound will love this; it’s more robust than vintage examples, too”



• PRICE £769

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The polls are closed, the votes have been counted and in the new issue of The Guitar Magazine we reveal the winners of 2017’s Gear Of The Year awards, as chosen by you! But we’re not going to spoil the surprise just yet – to find out which products have won you’ll have to pick up a copy of this special collector’s edition and rip open the bag! Inside you’ll also find a stellar set of artist interviews as we catch up with Queen legend Brian May, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and indie darlings The National. We also put an incredible Eric Clapton-spec ES-335 under the microscope in Vintage Bench Test, bust a few myths about guitar cables, review new gear from the likes of Marshall, Fender and Lowden and whole lot more besides. Get your special collector’s edition of the January 2017 issue of The Guitar Magazine now!