Gear of the Year RESULTS: Best Guitars of 2013 Revealed

What did SonicState readers and staff choose as the best guitar of the year?   09-Dec-13

Best Guitar 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year - the SonicState Gear of the Year Award winners are announced, and after revealing the winner of the amplifier category earlier this month, we can now reveal the winner of the best electric guitar category.

We started off with a (long) shortlist of electric guitars released in 2013, and opened up the voting to our readers.

A top five electric guitars made the final cut, and then a panel of SonicState editors, writers, reviewers and bloggers voted on which guitar would be crowed the winner, and which would be the runners up.

So let's get on with it, let's reveal the top five guitars in the SonicState Gear of the Year Awards guitar category.

5. Music Man Armada

One thing you can say about the Music Man Armada is that is definitely isn't a tried and tested design, it's something new, something bold, and no matter how you feel about it, you have to admit that it's striking.

The mahogany body simultaneously nods toward the Flying V, the Les Paul, and the Firebird, without actually looking like any of them.

The Music Man Armada is, hands-down, one of the coolest guitars released this year. It's high-spec, flashy, and is unmistakeably part of the Ernie Ball/Music Man cult lineage.

Weighing at around £2800 in most music stores, it'll set you back a fair wad of cash, but it plays like a dream and sounds like a classic rock and roll machine.

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Jordan    Said...

A Chapman ML3-RC made number 1? I'm sorry but now way. Who the $%#k is voting on these "gear of the year" surveys? The results are total BS as far as I'm concerned.

09-Dec-13 06:50 PM


Drop B    Said...

Jordan, you're not aware that no one shares the same opinions? Besides, I've got a Chapman ML3-RC as well as a few other makes such as Gibson, two from Ibanez out of Japan and a couple of Fenders, and this ML3-RC is right up there with them to say the least. It is just as good quality, especially taken into account it's South Korean made, Seymour Duncan Pick-Ups and is incredibly well put together as well as very versatile. At £599, it's an absolute bargain. There's no surprise of the results!

09-Dec-13 07:25 PM


Jordan    Said...

What a load of baloney. The surveys are BS as far as I'm concerned. People, probably from the companies involved, are spam voting to get their no-name guitars at the top of the list.

09-Dec-13 07:49 PM


Johnny Bones    Said...

I'm looking at the so-called "winners" and thinking "Yeah right…" This reminds me of what you see on Youtube in the comments section where people will post some spam comment for a porn site or whatever and then vote for it 100 times to get it to the top of the comments. Because it's so easy to skew the results in these surveys, they're completely irrelevant. Over time they'll be the laughing stock of the internet if they aren't there already. I know I won't waste my time voting or even looking at these again in the future.

09-Dec-13 08:16 PM


No Use For A Name    Said...

@Johnny Bones It seems like your missing that the top five is selected by panel. The Chapman ML-3 was voted into the final five, but it was chosen for the number one spot by the writers, not the readers.

10-Dec-13 06:42 AM


No Use for No-Names    Said...

The bogus results of these contests have just been insulting. I have no respect for this site anymore. I'm outta here!

10-Dec-13 11:14 AM


Paul B.    Said...

These were little more than advertisements disguised as "contests" and I for one was offended by the absurd results. I won't be visiting this site anymore.

10-Dec-13 11:47 AM


Recount!    Said...

I'm another one who was offended by this.

10-Dec-13 12:37 PM


billy the kid.    Said...

Number 1...yer...lol...

A Chapman ML3-RC made number 1? I'm sorry but now way. ^

10-Dec-13 12:59 PM


Zimca    Said...

Another vote for a recount...

10-Dec-13 01:19 PM


So Use For A Name    Said...

Lol, surely if people want a recount they should've just voted in the first place?

10-Dec-13 03:28 PM


Scratch M. Back    Said...

What good did it do to vote when there was under the table handshaking going on?

10-Dec-13 08:13 PM


Tom Boy    Said...

I'm not going to say these results are fake, but that is one UGLY looking guitar.

10-Dec-13 08:57 PM


Crankit Oryankit    Said...

So Use For A Name, what makes you so sure those demanding a recount didn't vote? Do you know something we don't?

10-Dec-13 09:08 PM


champ    Said...

I'm not a guitar player (do get a Moog Guitar coming today :p) Wouldn't it be cool to have a left handed Top 3 or something? Or would someone care to post his or her top 3 left handed guitars? Thanks

12-Dec-13 04:49 AM


Randy Marsh    Said...

I'm sorry but now way

06-Mar-14 09:31 PM


Randy Marsh    Said...

I'm sorry but now way

06-Mar-14 09:31 PM


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