There’s no need to visit your stylist, fret about how you look in evening wear, or devise snarky bon mots to throw the Entertainment Tonight crew off their game. You can comfortably experience GP’s Hall of Fame celebration wherever you’re, um, comfortable. The staff nominates, argues over, and selects the artist inductees once each year, and gear picks are eligible from the Holiday 2015 issue to the November 2016 issue.
GALLERY OF THE GREATS
Carlos Santana and Neal Schon
They reunited for Santana IV—after a bit of a break since Santana III. Like 45 years! Still fiery.
One of the most tragic losses to music in 2016. A fantastic guitar player who should be remembered along with the best.
Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir
The team is no more, as Garcia passed away in 1995, but the music of the Grateful Dead lives on and on, and the co-founders of the preeminent jam band deserve to be honored as one cagey guitar duo.
Always evolving, always astounding. This year’s Loud Hailer shows he’s still punky, youthful, and mad at the world.
Beck’s tour mate this year is 80 years old and comes out swinging, shredding, and telling the best stories ever. The man is an enduring legend of blues guitar.
Our August 2016 cover artist is a country-pop icon, and, despite his easy-going demeanor, a ferocious guitarist.
JASON BECKER AWARD FOR CREATIVITY, COURAGE, and INSPIRATION
He had his right leg amputated in June 2011, and he was rocking onstage less than two months later. Last year, his album Soundcheck hit the number two spot on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart. This man never lets anything stop him, and his joy of playing is infectious.
Already a member of the tribe for Technology (2012), this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Line 6 company he cofounded, and it’s time to place him in the league of manufacturing legends. Ryle has provided guitarists, recording zealots, and other musicians with so many innovations that making music simply wouldn’t be the same if he had never lent his agile mind to the gear industry.
These are the products that most inspired, surprised, displayed awesome value, or simply blew the minds of the editors this past year.
Danelectro 64 (pictured)
Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent
Gretsch Streamliner Collection
PRS McCarty 594
Fender Paramount Series
Lowden F-50, S-23, WL-35
Taylor 562CE Grand Concert 12-String
Dr. Z DB4
Mesa Mark IIC+ Reissue
Morgan AC20 Deluxe
Keeley Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe
KHDK No. 1 Overdrive
MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive
Red Panda Raster
Seymour Duncan Paladium Gain Stage
Source Audio Nemesis Delay
Big Joe Power Box Lithium
Chemistry Design Werks Holeyboard
D’Addario NS Micro Soundhole Tuner
D’Addario Nickel Bronze Acoustic
Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze
Fishman Greg Koch Gristle-Tone
TV Jones Brian Setzer Signature
Bose F1 Flexible Array Loudspeaker System
Boss SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer
Focusrite Clarett 2Pre
Line 6 Helix
Z.Vex Candela Vibrophase