Our Favorite Gear of the Year (So Far)

We're halfway through 2022, and what a year in gear it's been already.

Following NAMM and Superbooth, we're taking stock of everything we played—and identifying the biggest standouts available now.

Our Favorite Gear of the Year (So Far)

We're halfway through 2022, and what a year in gear it's been already.

Following NAMM and Superbooth, we're taking stock of everything we played—and identifying the biggest standouts available now.

In a time of so many new releases, there's not enough room to fit them all here. Keep exploring more great gear from 2022 and find your own favorites.

PRS SE Silver Sky in Evergreen

PRS SE Silver Sky

What's better than a premium-grade S-style guitar? One that all of us can afford. Refreshingly affordable without cutting corners, the SE Silver Sky is the highest-flying guitar of 2022.

For fans of: PRS Silver Sky John Mayer Signature, Fender John Mayer Stratocaster, or other '60s-style Strats.

Fender Player Plus Meteora

Amid a sea of classics, Fender released a stunning new shape, furthering its history of daring guitar design. And with a set of newly designed humbuckers, it sounds as fresh as it looks.

For fans of: Lovable weirdos from Fender's past like the Custom (Maverick) or more recent Pawn Shop, Alternate Reality, and Parallel Universe guitars.

Fender Player Plus Meteora HH in Belair Blue
Fender Player Plus Meteora HH in Belair Blue

Fender Player Plus Meteora

Amid a sea of classics, Fender released a stunning new shape, furthering its history of daring guitar design. And with a set of newly designed humbuckers, it sounds as fresh as it looks.

For fans of: Lovable weirdos from Fender's past like the Custom (Maverick) or more recent Pawn Shop, Alternate Reality, and Parallel Universe guitars.

Heather Brown Electronicals Sensation Fuzzdrive

Heather Brown Electronicals Sensation Fuzzdrive

From a builder that's dedicated to her craft, the Sensation Fuzzdrive is a dirt pedal you can make your own. Blend the fuzz and overdrive circuits, hit the toggles, and find what moves you.

For fans of: Heather Brown's first release, The Blessed Mother, and its variants.

Chase Bliss Habit

In a month of great new delays—Line 6 DL4 MKII, Boss RE-202 and RE-2 Space Echoes—Chase Bliss dropped one unlike any other. The Habit puts your signal through a spinning wheel of fate and kindly lets you play along.

For fans of: Tape echoes, loopers, and random surprises.

Chase Bliss Habit
Chase Bliss Habit

Chase Bliss Habit

In a month of great new delays—Line 6 DL4 MKII, Boss RE-202 and RE-2 Space Echoes—Chase Bliss dropped one unlike any other. The Habit puts your signal through a spinning wheel of fate and kindly lets you play along.

For fans of: Tape echoes, loopers, and random surprises.

Polyend Play

Polyend Play

From the company that gave us the cult-hit Tracker comes the Play: a groovebox for all producers. With 30 built-in sample kits and flexible performance features, it's fun right away—and deep enough to control your whole rig.

For fans of: Synthstrom Deluge, MPC One.

Oberheim OB-X8

A triumphant return for Oberheim, the synth pioneer partnered with Sequential to bring back a classic. There are no compromises here, just pure analog architecture alongside key modern upgrades.

For fans of: '80s pop, classic OBs, and recent OB-6s.

Oberheim OB-X8
Oberheim OB-X8

Oberheim OB-X8

A triumphant return for Oberheim, the synth pioneer partnered with Sequential to bring back a classic. There are no compromises here, just pure analog architecture alongside key modern upgrades.

For fans of: '80s pop, classic OBs, and recent OB-6s.

Elektron Syntakt

Elektron Syntakt

A next-level drum machine and synth, the Syntakt's sounds are going to be heard for a long time to come. Combining digital synthesis with absolutely huge-sounding analog engines, it's a gift for rhythm-forward producers everywhere.

For fans of: Elektron Model:Cycles and analog greats like TR-808s.

Blackstar St. James

We've been floored by fantastic amp modelers, but we still love the real deal. The St. James uses real tube circuitry but adds all the touches you'd expect from a modeler: cab sims, a USB interface, and all at an incredibly light weight.

For fans of: Vox AC15, classic Fender Pro Amps.

Blackstar St. James
Blackstar St. James

Blackstar St. James

We've been floored by fantastic amp modelers, but we still love the real deal. The St. James uses real tube circuitry but adds all the touches you'd expect from a modeler: cab sims, a USB interface, and all at an incredibly light weight.

For fans of: Vox AC15, classic Fender Pro Amps.

Warm Audio WA-CX12

Warm Audio WA-CX12

We all love the clarity and depth of vintage tube mics, but few of us are lucky enough to own one. Warm Audio's WA-CX12 is its latest in a full lineup of affordable recreations of classic mics. This time, they're taking on the AKG C12, putting that pristine vocal mic in everybody's reach.

For fans of: AKG C12 and C414, Telefunken ELA M 251.

Walrus Audio Lore

You could create a whole pedalboard to make the sounds offered by this single pedal. An ambient creation machine, the Lore has reverse delays, reverse reverbs, pitched delays, and more—everything you could need to make beautiful, swelling soundscapes.

For fans of: Strymon Nightsky and Walrus Audio's Slö Multi-Texture Reverb.

Walrus Audio Lore
Walrus Audio Lore

Walrus Audio Lore

You could create a whole pedalboard to make the sounds offered by this single pedal. An ambient creation machine, the Lore has reverse delays, reverse reverbs, pitched delays, and more—everything you could need to make beautiful, swelling soundscapes.

For fans of: Strymon Nightsky and Walrus Audio's Slö Multi-Texture Reverb.

Other great gear from the year

There's almost no end to the incredible gear coming out right now. Explore some more of our favorites and find your own.

Last year's releases we still play all the time

We're also still digging into new instruments from 2021, diving deeper into what they have to offer. Don't let these pass you by.

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