33rd Annual Music & Sound Awards

Here are the year’s best products, manufacturers, dealers and industry personalities presented with the music products industry’s highest honor.

Presented by
The Music & Sound Retailer


Best Acoustic Guitar of 2018

Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce

Best Bass Guitar of 2018

Fender American Original ’60s Precision Bass in 3-Color sunburst

Best Guitar Accessory of 2018

D’Addario Accessories Auto Lock Strap

Best Electric Guitar of 2018

Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline

Best Effect Pedal of 2018

Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb

Best Non-Guitar Fretted Instrument of 2018

Kala Wanderer U-Bass

Best Strings of 2018

D’Addario Nyltech Ukulele Strings

Best Band & Orchestra Product of 2018

Promark Tim Fairbanks Signature Series

Best Keyboard/Sound Module of 2018

Yamaha MODX8

Best Amplifier of 2018

VOX AC30 OneTwelve


Best Speaker of 2018

JBL 3 Series

Best Mixer/Console of 2018

Allen & Heath SQ-7

Best Multitrack Recorder of 2018

Roland R-07

Best Acoustic Drum Product of 2018

Ludwig NeuSonic L24023TX and L26223TX

Best Electronic Drum Product of 2018

Roland TD-17 KVX

Best Cymbals of 2018

Zildjian A Zildjian Uptown Ride

Best Percussion Accessory of 2018

Yamaha HW3 CROSSTOWN Advanced Lightweight Hardware

Best Wireless System of 2018

Shure ADX Series Transmitters

Best Cabled Microphone of 2018

Neumann U 67

Best Lighting Product of 2018

Chauvet Freedom H1 X4

Best DJ Product of 2018

Pioneer DDJ-1000

Best Bag/Case of 2018

Gator Cases Transit Lightweight Series Guitar Cases

Best Book/Video/Software of 2018

Dexibell XMURE iOS Keyboard Arranger App

Best Accessory Product of 2018

On-Stage LED2224 Dual USB Rechargeable Sheet Music Light


2018 Outstanding MI Service Provider


2018 Product of the Year

Fender Player Series

2018 Rep of the Year

Jeremy Payne, The Music People

2018 Outstanding Community Service Award


2018 Manufacturer of the Year


Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame

Ikutaro Kakehashi, Roland (posthumous)