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2016 Retrospective - The Most Popular Gear Of The Year

December 19, 2016

It’s been an amazing year and we have you to thank. Our shop started as a small idea... "to provide musicians the easiest access to the best gear." The response from the community since launch has been overwhelming.  Again... thank you, thank you, thank you!

Probably one of the most interesting aspects of working with all of you is seeing the trends in preference and taste. Shipping out gear every day gives us a unique pulse on what's going on in the industry.  To that end we wanted to pull together some data and share a brief retrospective on the gear that defined the last 12 months.

This year we’ll break things down by:

  • Effects & Synths which outlines the popularity of the two primary types of equipment available for rent at our shop.
  • Pedals by Category which highlights the types of pedals musicians have been most interested in taking for a spin.
  • Top Manufacturers which shows who captured the hearts of the community during the past year.

Below these charts and stats, you'll also find the most popular individual items of the year.

 

Effects & Synths

For our inaugural year, guitarists seem to be setting the trend with nearly 90% of all rentals being a stomp box.

2016 Gear Popularity

 

Pedals by Category

Interest in ambient devices, and gear that rewards experimentation seems to be the name of the game with nearly 80% of all pedal rentals being represented by delay, reverb, modulation and tremolo.

2016 Pedal Popularity

 

Top Manufacturers

30% of all our rentals were represented by just two manufacturers this year. Taking top spots were:

Most Popular Pedals Of The Year

  • Earthquaker Devices Avalanche Run
  • Walrus Audio Julia Vibrato/Chorus
  • Hungry Robot Pedals The Wash

The Wash Julia Avalanche Run

 

Most Popular Synths Of The Year

Please keep in mind that the data we’ve reviewed is based on rentals booked on thesoundparcel.co only. While not reflective of the music industry as a whole, we do think that this is a compelling snapshot into the type of equipment musicians are most interested in experimenting with, as they search for their personal sound.



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