The 2009 GP Readers’ Choice Awards

May 1, 2009

As we tallied our readers’ “best of 2008” votes for this year’s award, it was interesting to note so many players clinging to the Stratocaster as “All- Time Favorite Piece of Gear” for the fourth year in a row, Eric Clapton’s reemergence in the community mindset as “Best Overall Guitarist,” a gear application winning “Favorite Cover” (The Ultimate Guide to Pedalboards), Jennifer Batten’s revitalized solo activity gaining her a “Best Female Guitarist” nod, and Brad Paisley’s double bull’s eyes for “Best Country Guitarist” and “Most Ferociously Brilliant Guitar Album.”

To all the artists and manufacturers who nabbed awards this year, the Guitar Player staff sends congratulations and “bravos.” We’d also like to thank our passionate and insightful reader community for its annual participation in this poll.

FAVORITE COVER

The Ultimate Guide to Pedalboards
May 2008

BEST GP ARTICLE

Multi-Dimensional Miracles
Carlos Santana Celebrates the Power of Intangibles
By Michael Molenda, December 2008

WORST GP ARTICLE

Retro Rejuvenation
The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson and New Wingman Luther Dickinson Fashion Vintage Tones and Classic- Rock Riffs into a Fresh Roar on Warpaint
By Jimmy Leslie, August 2008

FAVORITE GP LESSON

Master Class: Sonny Landreth
By Jude Gold, October 2008

BEST GP GEAR REVIEW

Dr. Z MAZ-18 Junior NR
By Jude Gold, September 2008

BEST SOLIDBODY ELECTRIC

Gibson Historic ’59 Les Paul Vintage Original Spec

BEST HOLLOWBODY ELECTRIC

Godin 5th Avenue

BEST STOMPBOX OR MULTIEFFECTS PEDAL

MXR M-169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay

BEST ACOUSTIC OR ACOUSTICELECTRIC

Taylor 816ce Grand Symphony

BEST AMP HEAD

Marshall JVM 210H

BEST ACCESSORY

Seymour Duncan P-Rails

BEST COMBO AMP

Dr. Z MAZ-18 Junior NR

BEST HOME STUDIO GEAR

Peavey ReValver MKIII

BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARIST

Tommy Emmanuel

BEST BLUES GUITARIST

Joe Bonamassa

BEST CLASSICAL GUITARIST (TIE)

Sharon Isbin John Williams

BEST COUNTRY GUITARIST

Brad Paisley

BEST EXPERIMENTAL GUITARIST

Bill Frisell

BEST FEMALE GUITARIST

Jennifer Batten

BEST JAZZ GUITARIST

Pat Metheny

BEST METAL GUITARIST

Kirk Hammett

BEST NEW TALENT

Oz Noy

BEST OVERALL GUITARIST

Eric Clapton

BEST ROCK GUITARIST

Warren Haynes

BEST SLIDE GUITARIST

Derek Trucks

BEST WORLD GUITARIST

Fareed Haque

BEST GUITAR SOLO ON AN ALBUM RELEASED IN 2008

“Revelation,” Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock, Joe Satriani

HIPPEST RHYTHMGUITAR PART ON AN ALBUM RELEASED IN 2008

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Train,” Black Ice, AC/DC

MOST FEROCIOUSLY BRILLIANT GUITAR ALBUM IN 2008

Play, Brad Paisley

PRODUCT WRITE-IN CATEGORIES

ULTIMATE VALUE AWARD

Roland Micro Cube RX

MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT

Moog Guitar

FAVORITE ELECTRIC PICKUP

Seymour Duncan JB Model

FAVORITE ACOUSTIC PICKUP

Fishman Matrix Infinity

FAVORITE GUITAR CABLE

Monster Rock Guitar Cable

FAVORITE STRINGS

D’Addario XL, Ernie Ball Slinky, GHS Boomers

ALL-TIME FAVORITE PIECE OF GEAR

Fender Stratocaster

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