Player’s Choice Awards 2014: Guitar of the Year!


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Countless makes and models were mentioned during the voting for our 2014 Player’s Choice Awards—but only a handful of guitars were in competition for the coveted Guitar of the Year award. Here are the Big Three:

GUITAR OF THE YEAR

Gold: Martin D-28

Silver: Taylor 814CE

Bronze: Eastman E10D

 

And that's not all, folks! Not only are all 16 Player's Choice Award winners in our guitar categories viewable here, but the PCA's wouldn't be what they are without AG readers' weighing in on accessories, sound systems, and educational resources. Check out the winners in those categories below:

 

AMPLIFIERS

Whether in the smallest coffee house or on the biggest stage, no performer can go without a vibrant, full-range sound

Gold: Fishman

Silver: Fender

Bronze: AER

 

STAND-ALONE PREAMPS

Boost your pickup, add EQ, battle feedback—often all at the same time

Gold: LR Baggs

Silver: Fishman

Bronze: Radial Engineering

 

PA SYSTEMS

Make sure they hear you in the back row with a balanced system that properly encompasses the room

Gold: Bose

Silver: Mackie

Bronze: Yamaha

 

UNDERSADDLE PICKUPS

These transducers are the norm for amplifying a flattop—whether as factory installed equipment or after-sale add-ons

Gold: LR Baggs

Silver: Fishman

Bronze: DiMarzio

 

MAGNETIC SOUNDHOLD PICKUPS

Easy to install in a steel-string flattop’s soundhole, their convenience is matched by a warm tone and ability to capture nuance in a guitar’s sound

Gold: LR Baggs

Silver: Fishman

Bronze: Seymour Duncan

 

COMPUTER RECORDING SYSTEMS

The days of the 8-track are over—your laptop is the recording studio of the 21st century

Gold: Apple

Silver: Avid

Bronze: PreSonus

 

MICROPHONES

Whether for singing, recording or amplifying your guitar on stage, you only sound as good as your microphone

Gold: Shure

Silver: Neumann

Bronze: Sennheiser

 

STEEL STRINGS

Whether it’s the warm, airy tones of phosphor, or the bright sound of bronze—steel strings have been the staple of acoustic guitars since the turn of the 20th century

Gold: D’Addario

Silver: Elixir

Bronze: Ernie Ball

 

NYLON STRINGS

In the tradition of 19th century Spanish luthier Antonio de Torres, these soft synthetic strings are a favorite among classical, flamenco, and quite a few jazz guitarists

Gold: D’Addario

Silver: Martin

Bronze: Ernie Ball

 

EFFECTS

Reverb, distortion, compression, delay—nothing enhances your sound like putting the “peddle” to the metal

Gold: BOSS

Silver: Line 6

Bronze: DigiTech

 

ELECTRONIC TUNERS

Nothing saves valuable playing time like a trusty gizmo to help you get to “low E”

Gold: Snark

Silver: Korg

Bronze: BOSS

 

CASES

Whether packing it for your tour bus, or (heaven forbid) storing it in your garage, it pays to protect your guitar from the unforgiving elements

Gold: Fender

Silver: Gibson

Bronze: Gator

 

CAPOS

Stay in key—any key, in fact—with these simple string-clutching devices

Gold: G7th

Silver: Kyser

Bronze: Shubb

 

OTHER ACCESSORIES

There’s no shortage of cool doodads and thingamajigs for the guitar-accessory junkie in all of us

Gold: Dunlop

Silver: Fender

Bronze: D’Addario Planet Waves

 

MUSIC CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS

Few methods of guitar training can equal the old mainstay—play with other developing musicians, while learning from the masters

Gold: Berklee Guitar Sessions

Silver: Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps

Bronze: Guitar Workshop Plus 

 

ONLINE GUITAR RESOURCE

The information superhighway has become a one-stop-shop for excellent ax instruction

Gold: Guitar Tricks

Silver: JamPlay

Bronze: Justin Guitar

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL

From the chords to “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” to a note-for-note transcription of Van Halen’s “Eruption,” the secrets to your favorite songs are only a strum away…

Gold: Guitar Tricks

Silver: Hal Leonard

Bronze: Legacy Learning Systems

 

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