The Better Late Than Never 2005 Readers’ Choice Awards

Yes, this is the 2005 Readers’ Choice Awards. It’s not the 2006 awards yet—although it is 2006—because your friendly Guitar Player team dropped the proverbial ball. We intended to reveal your selections at the 2005 Summer NAMM show in Indianapolis, but we couldn’t secure a venue to present the awards to the manufacturers. Then, we figured we’d have the awards at our October 2005 MusicPlayer Live! extravaganza in New York, but, well, there were simply too many big events to coordinate. After that, the entire shebang slipped right out of our minds—that is, until Web Editor Max Sidman asked us, “Hey, what do you want me to do with all these Readers’ Choice votes?” Ouch. So, please excuse our exquisite lameness, and celebrate the products GP readers choose as the hippest gear reviewed in the pages of this magazine in 2004. In the main voting field, we picked the top five vote getters in each category to mention, unless the category had less than five products up for election. For the re
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Very soon—because we certainly don’t want to repeat this screw up—we will direct you to go to and vote for the coolest products GP reviewed in 2005 to compile your 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards. And, yeah, we’ll actually announce your winners in 2006. Sheesh!

Best Solidbody Electric Guitar

[1] Fender 50th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster
[2] Gibson Cloud 9 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue
[3] Fender American Deluxe Telecaster
[4] PRS Custom 22/12
[5] Fender American Stratocaster HSS

Best Hollowbody Electric Guitar

[1] Gretsch G6136T White Falcon
[2] Gibson Tom DeLonge
[3] D’Angelico NYSS-3
[4] Hamer Improv
[5] Ibanez Artcore United AS195AV

Best Acoustic Guitar

[1] Breedlove Atlas Series AD20/SM
[2] Epiphone Masterbuilt EF-500RA
[3] Epiphone Masterbuilt DR-500P
[4] Epiphone Masterbuilt EF-500M
[5] Saga Blueridge BR-183

Best Acoustic Electric Guitar

[1] Taylor 754cd-L1
[2] Martin HD-40 Tom Petty
[3] Line 6 Variax Acoustic 700
[4] Epiphone Masterbuilt AJ-500RE
[5] Garrison G-4E

Best Acoustic Guitar Amp

[1] Fishman Loudbox
[2] Ibanez Troubadour TA35
[3] Schertler Unico

Best Combo Amp

[1] Fender ’57 Twin Amp
[2] Mesa/Boogie Lone Star 1x12
[3] Marshall 1974X
[4] Bad Cat Trem Cat
[5] Vox Valvetronix AD120VTX

Best Amp Head

[1] Marshall 2061X
[2] THD Flexi-50
[3] Peavey JSX Joe Satriani Signature
[4] Genz Benz El Diablo
[5] Line 6 Spider II 30

Best Speaker Cabinet

[1] THD 2x12
[2] Genz Benz GB 412 G-Flex
[3] Randall R112CS
[4] Genz Benz GB 212 G-Flex
[5] Ibanez TB412A

Best Stompbox

[1] Ibanez Overdrive Pro TS808 Tube Screamer
[2] Dunlop EVH Phase 90
[3] Boss DD-20 Giga Delay
[4] Boss OD-20 Drive Zone
[5] Keeley Compressor

Best Multieffects Stompbox

[1] Vox Valvetronix ToneLab SE
[2] Yamaha Magicstomp

Best Rack/Table Processor

[1] Boss GS-10
[2] Fulltone Tube Tape Echo
[3] Eventide Eclipse
[4] Yamaha SPX2000
[5] Taylor K4

Best Accessory

[1] Stagemagic Pedalsnake
[2] George L’s Solderless Speaker Cable
[3] Voodoo Lab Amp Selector
[4] Ice Pix Stix
[5] Takamine Cool Tube Preamp

Best Microphone

[1] AKG C 414-XL II
[2] M-Audio Solaris
[3] M-Audio Nova
[4] M-Audio Luna

Best Recording Hardware

[1] Boss BR-1600CD
[2] Korg D32X
[3] MOTU 828MKII
[4] Zoom MRS-1608CD

Best Recording Software

[1] Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro 3
[2] Apple GarageBand
[3] Mackie Tracktion
[4] Sibelius G7
[5] Waves Musician’s Bundle