Best of 2017: MusicRadar's review of the year

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NAMM 2017: Live highlights gallery
We were your eyes and ears in Anaheim, California

Fender set to replace rosewood fretboards on Mexican-made and American Elite guitars and basses
CITES restrictions force wood change to Pau Ferro and ebony

Eric Clapton: "Maybe the guitar is over"
Guitar music dies - again

Gibson is selling its Memphis factory
Iconic guitar company relocating after 18 years

NAMM 2017: HeadRush Pedalboard promises "the most versatile, realistic-sounding and responsive" models ever found in a multi-effects pedal
New FX processor boasts touchscreen display and gapless preset switching

Gibson reveals 2018 guitar line
Cryogenically treated frets, left-handers and Slim Taper necks ahoy

Fender releases Ed O’Brien EOB Sustainer Stratocaster guitar
Radiohead guitarist gets a tricked-out signature model

NAMM 2017: Vox launches 3 'revolutionary' Nutube MV50 guitar amps
Compact heads feature mini valves and Class D power amps

Jimi Hendrix’s Fuzz Face is going up for auction
Iconic 1967 pedal set to go under the hammer

Is John Mayer readying a PRS Strat-style electric?
Guitar hunk showcases next collaboration with Paul Reed Smith

Gibson ends development of Cakewalk music software
What now for the Sonar DAW?

Ableton Live 10 announced: features, price and release date confirmed
Updated DAW is in beta and will be released in 2018

Native Instruments announces Maschine Mk3 and Komplete Kontrol Mk2, promising inspiration and non-stop creativity
A new look and new features for the groovebox and controller keyboard

Apple iPhone X: is it worth it for music makers?
Find out what £999/$999 gets you


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