This is a very prestigious award and the guitars listed below are all leaders in their field, offering amazing tone and looks, and reliability on the road or in the studio. What's more, a guitar of this calibre requires considerable research and development, testing and financial investment from the manufacturer, which mustn't be underestimated when placing your vote.
This year's shortlist includes a brace of big guns from legendary brands, across a range of price brackets. So, which new guitar ticks all the right boxes and gets your vote?
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