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Gear Of The Year: Best Premium Electric Guitar of 2021 | Guitar.com


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WINNER: Macmull Stinger

After spending the last decade building some of the best Fender-inspired guitars in the world, this new design from the Macmull team has both Kalamazoo and California in its DNA. In many ways, this is a best of both worlds situation. Here you’ll find the Hendrix, Mayer, Townshend, and Gibbons sounds in an extremely comfortable machine, and the crisp attack gives way to a smooth, even, and long sustain. Both ergonomically and sonically, this is an exceptional solidbody design.

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Gibson Murphy Lab 1959 Les Paul Standard

Gibson fans have waited decades for the company to make Les Pauls with vintage precision without caveats, compromises, or side cuts – the Murphy Lab is worth the wait. The effect is profound, and this Les Paul is by far the finest and most convincing reproduction of a vintage Gibson the company has ever produced.

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Eastman Romeo LA

Eastman Romeo LA

Eastman’s svelte hollow-body design has been given a makeover on the West Coast – the Romeo LA is Eastman’s most overtly “alternative” model to date and it’s our favorite too. There is jangle and raunch galore in this inspiring quirky design.

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Trent Model 1

Trent Model 1

Made in Dorset, UK, this eco-friendly offset promises all the quality of boutique violin making at a mass-produced price. Striking in style while covering a wide range of sympathetic tones, this is an extremely promising first instrument that demonstrates a different way of approaching a luthier’s guitar.

Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent Goldie

Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent Goldie

Annie Clark’s latest tweak on her signature blockbuster model takes the style in a more understated, vintage direction, while replacing the humbuckers with gold leaf. The result is a uniquely beautiful signature guitar that also plays and sounds great. There is only one word for this guitar: spectacular.

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Ivison Dakota

Ivison Dakota

Looking for Firebird styles in a less intimidating form factor? This nifty new single cut design from Neil Ivison is just what you need. Visually and sonically, it’s the most graceful reinvention of the original Ray Dietrich concept we’ve ever played.

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Gretsch G6129T-89 Vintage Select ’89 Sparkle Jet

Gretsch G6129T-89 Vintage Select '89 Sparkle Jet

This remake of a guitar from the heady days of grunge and britpop is proof that there is much more to Gretsch than rockabilly. A stellar homage to the guitar wielded by Chris Cornell and Tim Wheeler that enhances the original in terms of playability, stability and tone.

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Comet of Harmony

Comet of Harmony

The first non-solid entry in the reborn Harmony’s US-made lineup offers an intriguing tension between a build that leans toward smoothness and pickups that pull in the opposite direction. The result is an instrument of character which is our new favorite Harmony model to date.

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Fender American Professional II Telecaster Deluxe

Fender American Professional II Telecaster Deluxe

The American Professional II Telecaster Deluxe naturally bears some aesthetic resemblance to the 1972 Tele Deluxe, but it is a decidedly modern and updated instrument. We were impressed with the AmPro range, but this guitar just might be the best of the bunch.

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Epiphone USA Collection Casino

Epiphone USA Collection Casino

Rather than aiming for a specific model year, USA Collection Casino is somewhat of a top-hit compilation of desirable features that has helped the design appear on more hit records than any other Epiphone. More versatile than you might think and more convenient than ever, it’s great to see Casino in the USA again.

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Rivolta Regata VII

Rivolta Regata VII

The latest instrument in the Rivolta range designed by Dennis Fano is this sleek 24 fret offset twist on the traditional semi-hollowbody. The Regata perfectly straddles the gap between modern practicality and vintage tone. It seems like something that is bread and butter for Dennis Fano, but few other contemporary electric guitar designers make it happen.

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