The Best of Reverb 2014

Around this time last year, we posted a few reflections on our first year of operation. And now, rounding out year two for Reverb.com, it's time to look back on some of the best things to happen on the site in 2014.

Overall, it's been a huge year for us. The amount of buyers, sellers and activity on the site has multiplied several times over, as has the size of the team here at Reverb HQ in Chicago. We've seen more amazing instruments listed and sold, and more gear dreams come true than we ever imagined when the site launched in early 2013. We've continued to add more and more features and tools to the site, and worked to keep pumping out interesting posts on our social media pages and The Tank.

We could go on and on about the cool things that have happened, but none of it would have been possible without you: the Reverb community. You're the ones who have made the site what it is and turned a simple idea for a website into the best fastest growing community of musicians anywhere in the whole wide internet.

So read on for a glimpse of what went down in 2014, and stay tuned for even more big things to come in 2015.

Most Searched Words

In our first year of operation, "Telecaster" topped the list of most searched words on Reverb. In 2014, "Jazzmaster" narrowly eclipsed the Tele to claim the top slot. Another noteworthy change is the entry of "Strymon" into the top five search terms, which reflects the growing popularity of that pedal maker.

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Most Watched Item

When something on Reverb catches your eye, you can add to your watch list to stay updated when the price drops or someone else makes an offer. Here are some of the most watched items from the past year.

1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Sunburst 177 Watchers
Noisemaker Effects Suckerpunch 139 Watchers
Gretsch Electromatic Double Jet 136 Watchers
'Gretsch-Master' guitar 133 Watchers
Fender Hot rod deluxe 120 Watchers
Noisemaker Effects Nebula 115 Watchers
Fender Blacktop Telecaster 109 Watchers
Fender Classic Player Telecaster Cabronita 108 Watchers

Hottest Pedals of the Year

We always keep a finger on the pulse of the pedal world and follow which new pedals people are seeking out and buying. This year the clear winner was the Electro-Harmonix Soul Food, which delivers the magic of the Klon Centaur in a refreshingly affordable package. Overall, the transparent overdrive movement is going strong with popular pedals like the Paul Cochrane Timmy and Emerson EM-Drive selling in droves.

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Ditto Looper

Ditto Looper

EM-Drive

EM-Drive

Timmy

Timmy

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Most Popular Vintage Dealers

In the span of two years, we've gone from zero sellers to nearly 30,000 shops and individuals who have sold on the site. Of these, our community of vintage guitar and amp slingers provide some of the coolest listings on the site. Here's a peek at the most popular vintage dealers on Reverb from the year.

Cream City Music
Southside Guitars
Double D Guitars
The Bonfires Vintage
Chicago Music Exchange
Olivia's Vintage

Most Popular Handmade Builders

One of the best things about Reverb is our extensive community of luthiers, pedal-smiths and other builders selling their wares directly through the site. Here are some of the popular handmade builders selling on Reverb.

Deluxe Amplification

Deluxe Amplification

Vick Audio

Vick Audio

Noisemaker Effects

Noisemaker Effects

Postal Guitars

Postal Guitars

Most Popular Articles

It's been a big year for our in-house publication, The Tank. From breaking gear news and demos, to how-tos and quizzes, we've been posting up a storm and truly appreciate everyone reading, commenting and sharing our content. Here are the posts that earned the most readership in 2014.

Most Popular Facebook Posts

Since Reverb launched two years ago, our Facebook page has been an absolutely vital part of our community of gearheads. We prowl the site every single day to find cool things to share and love nothing more than seeing our picks shared, liked and argued about. Here are the Facebook posts that got the most attention this year.

Most Outrageous Gear Listed

Not all guitars and gear for sale on Reverb fall into the "classic and iconic" category. Sometimes we get just as excited about the bizarre, outlandish and strange. Take a look at some of the most outrageous listings from 2014. For even more bizarre guitars, check out this blog post from last year.

Most Viewed Vintage Listings

It's no secret that lots of active Reverbers make their daily visits to the site to ogle the endless vintage eye candy our sellers post. From '50s Les Pauls to ultra-rare Dumble Amps, here's a tasty assortment of images from the most viewed vintage listings from the year.

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