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Exclusive Web Preview! The 2008 GP Readers’ Choice Awards

March 11, 2008
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This year, special congratulations are in order for the players and manufacturers you selected as repeat winners from 2007: Zakk Wylde (Metal), Joe Bonamassa (Blues), Brad Paisley (Country), and Sharon Isbin (Classical), D’Addario and Ernie Ball (Best Strings), Seymour Duncan (Favorite Electric Pickup), Fishman (Favorite Acoustic Pickup/Preamp), and the Fender Stratocaster (All-Time Favorite Piece of Gear).

And, although there were the usual head-scratchers (noted world-beaters Pete Townshend and Tony Iommi being considered for Best World Guitarist), and arcane bits of goofy humor (Clay Aiken made a run for Best Metal Guitarist), your annual selections truly honor the artists and gear makers who make it so marvelous to fall into an impassioned love affair with all things guitar.

THE MAGAZINE

Favorite 2007 Cover Feature
Fender 60th Anniversary
January

Best Article in 2007
Different Strings
Alex Lifeson
http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/alex-lifeson-/September-2007/127601

Worst Article in 2007
Maroon 5
By Vincent DeMasi
October
http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/maroon-5/Oct-07/31561

Favorite Lesson in 2007
10 Things You Gotta Do to Play Like Jeff Beck
By Jesse Gress
December
http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/10-things-you/nov-07/32485

Best Gear Review in 2007
Hot Little Numbers
35 Electric Guitars Under $500

By the GP Staff
May
http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/hot-little-numbers/apr-07/27604 

ARTISTS

Best Acoustic Guitarist
Tommy Emmanuel
http://www.tommyemmanuel.com

Best Blues Guitarist
Joe Bonamassa
http://www.jbonamassa.com

Best Classical Guitarist
Sharon Isbin
http://www.sharonisbin.com

Best Country Guitarist
Brad Paisley
http://www.bradpaisley.com

Best Female Guitarist
Allison Robertson
http://www.thedonnas.com

Best Jazz Guitarist (Tie)
Larry Carlton
http://www.larrycarlton.net

Pat Metheny
http://www.patmethenygroup.com

Best Metal Guitarist
Zakk Wylde
http://www.zakkwylde.com

Best New Talent
Guthrie Govan
http://www.guthriegovan.co.uk

Best Outsider
David Torn
http://www.davidtorn.net

Best Overall Guitarist
Jeff Beck
http://www.jeffbeckmusic.com

Best Rock Guitarist
Alex Lifeson
http://www.rush.com

Best Slide Guitarist
Sonny Landreth
http://www.sonnylandreth.com

Best World Guitarist
Pierre Bensusan
http://www.pierrebensusan.com

Best Guitar Solo on a Song Released in 2007
“Throttleneck”
Brad Paisley
http://www.amazon.com/Throttleneck/dp/B0013CWBPQ

Hippest Rhythm-Guitar Part on a Song Released in 2007
“Which Way Is Up?”
Oz Noy
http://www.amazon.com/Fuzzy-Oz-Noy/dp/B000TIO4U0

2007’s Most Ferociously Brilliant Guitar Album
Snakes & Arrows
Rush
 

GEAR

Best Solidbody Electric
Fender VG Strat
http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?partno=0117502700

Best Hollowbody or Semi-Hollowbody
PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow
http://www.prsguitars.com/secustomsh/index.html

Best Acoustic or Acoustic-Electric
Taylor GS
http://www.taylorguitars.com/Guitars/Acoustic/GS

Best Combo Amp
Mesa/Boogie Express Series 5:25
http://www.mesaboogie.com/Product_Info/Express/Express.htm

Best Amp Head
Marshall Vintage Modern 2266
http://www.marshallamps.com/product.asp?productCode=2266

Best Stompbox
Keeley Fuzz Head
http://www.robertkeeley.com/product.php?id=25

Best Multieffects Unit
Roland VG-99 V-Guitar System
http://www.roland.com/PRODUCTS/EN/VG-99/index.html

Best Accessory
Celestion Gold
http://professional.celestion.com/guitar/products/alnico/detail.asp?ID=32

PRODUCT WRITE-IN CATEGORIES

Ultimate Value Award
The 2007 PRS SE Line: SE Custom Semi-Hollow, SE One, and SE Paul Allender Model
http://www.prsguitars.com

Most Innovative Product
Fender VG Stratocaster
http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?partno=0117502700

Favorite Electric Pickup
Seymour Duncan ’59 Humbucker
http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/humbucker/vintage/59_model_sh1_an

Favorite Acoustic Pickup/Onboard Preamp
Fishman Aura System
http://www.fishman.com

Favorite Strings (Tie)
D’Addario
www.daddario.com

Ernie Ball
www.ernieball.com

All-Time Favorite Piece of Gear
Fender Stratocaster
http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?section=guitars&cat=stratocaster

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