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Best of 2019: MusicRadar's review of the year

Guitars

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Gibson just destroyed 100s of Firebird X guitars - here's why
US company says instruments were “unsalvageable” and could not be donated

Watch Peter Frampton and Eric Clapton cover The Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Their cover of George Harrison's White Album classic was one of many highlights at Clapton's 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival

Gibson issues threat to rival guitar builders: “You have been warned; we’re here to protect our iconic legacy”
Guitar giant pulled provocative Mark Agnesi video after outcry

Joe Bonamassa names the best blues rock guitarist in the world today
One blues rock master recognises another, as JoBo declares Eric Gales the world's best

Billy Gibbons: “BB King strummed my guitar, looked at me rather quizzically and said, ‘Why you working so hard?’”
The Texan guitar great talks BB, Bo and his Big Bad Blues record

Mark Knopfler is now using Kemper Profiling Amps onstage
First Mayer, then this… are tube amps in dire straits?

Kemper finally releases the Profiler Stage Floorboard
Amp modeller combines Profiler Head and Remote for one all-powerful unit

Tech

Jay-Z

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Reverb reveals its best-selling synths and drum machines of 2019, and the results are surprising
Well, we weren’t expecting this

This is what happened when our song was sampled by Jay-Z
When Hannah Williams and the Affirmations got the call from Roc Nation, everything changed

Behringer’s Poly D synth now has a price and release date
This ‘4-voice Minimoog’ can be pre-ordered now

Expressive E announces Osmose, and it could be the most expressive synth ever
A three-dimensional keyboard that has the look and feel of a standard one

Behringer announces Wing, a futuristic digital mixing console
Definitely not another analogue synth clone

Korg Gadget 3.0 for Nintendo Switch gets a Sega Genesis drum machine and Taito arcade synth
Three Japanese videogame titans unite and the nostalgia rush is overwhelming

Apple releases ‘the fastest Mac laptop ever’, but it doesn’t come cheap
8-core MacBook Pro model pushes the speed and price barriers

Roland revives a classic synth brand with the new “premium” Jupiter-X
61- and 37-note keyboards nod to the past and the future

Reason 11 arrives with a VST/AU plugin for other DAWs, as the Propellerhead brand bites the dust
It’s all change for the Swedish music software developer

Drums

Ginger Baker, Cream’s legendary drummer, dies aged 80
Baker will be remembered as one of the most-talented drummers the world has seen