Here are the year’s best products, manufacturers and manufacturer representatives, as selected by the readers of The Music & Sound Retailer.

(The list below shows the winners of the Music & Sound Awards, Manufacturer Division. Voting for the Music & Sound Awards, Dealer Division, will take place this summer, and this page will be updated when those winners are announced.)

Congratulations to all of the winners! The staff of the Music & Sound Retailer would also like to extend our thanks to all of our readers who cast their votes for this year’s awards.


2020 Manufacturer of the Year: Shure

2020 Product of the Year: Shure SLX-D

2020 Outstanding MI Service Provider: Reverb

2020 Outstanding Community Service Award: D’Addario & Co.

2020 Rep of the Year: Frank J. Gutwein, Yamaha

Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame: Mark Brunner, Shure (posthumous)


Best Acoustic Guitar of 2020: Taylor Guitars Builder’s Edition 324ce

Best Bass Guitar of 2020: Fender 60th Anniversary Roadworn ‘60s Jazz Bass, 3-Color Sunburst

Best Electric Guitar of 2020: PRS S2 McCarty 594

Best Guitar Accessory of 2020: Peterson Strobe Tuners StroboStomp HD

Best Effect Pedal of 2020: BOSS RC-500 Loop Station

Best Non-Guitar Fretted Instrument of 2020: Fender Billie Eilish Signature Ukulele

Best Strings of 2020: Ernie Ball 2224 Turbo Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings

Best Band & Orchestra Product of 2020: Yamaha YDS-150 Digital Saxophone

Best Keyboard/Sound Module of 2020: Roland RD-88

Best Amplifier of 2020: Supro Blues King 10

Best Speaker of 2020: QSC KS118

Best Mixer/Console of 2020: Avid S1

Best Multitrack Recorder of 2020: PreSonus Audio Electronics Quantum 2626

Best Acoustic Drum Product of 2020: TAMA Limited Edition STAR Mahogany Kit

Best Electronic Drum Product of 2020: Roland V-Drums Acoustic Design

Best Cymbals of 2020: K Zildjian Sweet Cymbal Pack

Best Percussion Accessory of 2020: Zildjian Chroma 4 for 3 Drumstick Value Pack – 5A: Assorted Colors

Best Wireless System of 2020: Shure SLX-D

Best Cabled Microphone of 2020: Audio-Technica AT2020V

Best Lighting Product of 2020: CHAUVET DJ GigBAR Move

Best DJ Product of 2020: Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000

Best Bag/Case of 2020: Gator Guitar Closet Bag Series

Best Book/Video/Software of 2020: Alfred Music Flex Series

Best Accessory Product of 2020: D’Addario & Co. Mic Stand Accessory System

Best App/Website of 2020: Fishman Transducers;

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