Gold Awards: Hall Of Fame

1st Jan 2010 | 12:46

Gold Awards: Hall Of Fame
Patrick James Eggle Linville Gareth Pearson
A wonderful signature acoustic built for the stage

Patrick James Eggle Linville Gareth Pearson

£1,900

Originally reviewed in issue 326, March 2010, p98

Patrick James Eggle Guitars

10691 661 777

www.eggle.co.uk

We said: “Excellent build quality and set-up, explosive plugged-in tone… This guitar is a fantastic stage guitar and it needs to be out there and used”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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Tone Freak Severe
Musical metal mayhem

Tone Freak Severe

£149

Originally reviewed in issue 324, January 2010, p137

Guitar Guitar

0191 222 0466

www.guitarguitar.co.uk

We said: “A distortion that offers players of a heavier persuasion an all-encompassing and musical option for their rhythm and lead styles. Try one!”

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Celemone Melodyne editor
Perfect pitch-correction

Celemone Melody Editor

£299

Originally reviewed in issue 324, January 2010, p132

2twenty2

0845 299 4222

www.celemony.com

We said: “It’s a revolution. The ability to dive into polyphonic recordings and alter the pitch, timing, formant and volume of individual notes could force us to re-evaluate the way we record entirely”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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Mesa/Boogie Mark Five
A one-stop-shop for the pro player

Mesa/Boogie Mark Five

£2,649

Originally reviewed in issue 318, August 2009, p118

Westside Distribution

0141 248 4812

www.mesaboogie.com

We said: “Immense functionality and tonal range… The ultimate compact yet powerful, do-it-all amp”

Read the review on MusicRadarhere.

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Blackstar S1-45 combo
Brit and American sounds in one

Blackstar S1-45 combo

£899

Originally reviewed in issue 318, August 2009, p113

Blackstar Amplification

info@blackstaramps.com

www.blackstaramps.com

We said: “One thing that’s missing from so many multi-function amps is character. The Series 1 amps have tons of it… The S1-45’s truly exceptional all-in-one-box performance earns it this rare Gold Award”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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Farida D-32N
And dreadnoughts for all

Farida D-32N

£479

Originally reviewed in issue 315, May 2009, 108

Farida UK

0870 442 4602

www.faridaguitars.co.uk

We said: “First-class build, handsome looks and easy playing makes his one of the best-value dreadnoughts on the market. An all-round winner, for sure”

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Carl Martin Hydra Boost
The mighty boost

Carl Martin Hydra Boost

£84.99

Originally reviewed in issue 313, March 2009, p133

First Line

01626 830 336

www.carlmartin.com

We said: “This is the most efficient clean boost we’ve ever tried. And with a cool boutique livery and quality construction, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go and get one right now”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX
Amp simulation and pro modelling evolves

Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx Ultra

Euros 1,999

Originally reviewed in issue 313, March 2009, p120

G66 GmbH

0049 461 1828 066

www.fractalaudio.com

We said: “Hardly cheap – but then quality rarely is. Unsurpassed quality of amp-simulation; pro-quality effects… Prepare to be stunned”

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Line 6
Looping, backing tracks and tone modelling all-in-one

Line 6 JM4 Looper

£257

Originally reviewed in issue 309, November 2008, p129

We said: “If you want a standalone practice station with authentic song and drum tracks, realistic modelled guitar sounds and excellent quality FX, look no further. Hours of fun and improved playing awaits”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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DigiTech Hardwire DL-8 Delay/Looper
Hours and hours and hours of looping and delay fun... fun... fun...

DigiTech Hardwire DL-8 Delay/Looper

£129

Originally reviewed in issue 308, October 2008, p126

Sound Technology 01462 480000

www.digitech.com

We said: “Featuring the very useful ‘tails switch’, the DL-8 squeezes plenty of delay applications into a small space. The loop mode offers up to 20 seconds of stereo looping fun”

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Tech 21 Character pedals
Analogue artistry from Tech 21

Tech 21 Character Pedals

Originally reviewed in issue 303, June 2008, p126

£149 each

Rocky Road01494 535 333

www.tech21nyc.com

We said: “A range of pedals that offer inspiring sounds, that couldn’t be easier to use, and puts analogue firmly back on the map!”

Read thereview on MusicRadar here.

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Cornford Roadhouse 30 1x12 Combo
... You're going to have a real… good time

Cornford Roadhouse 30 1x12 Combo

£799

Originally reviewed in issue 302, May 2008, p128

Cornford

01227 280000

www.cornfordamps.com

We said: “Cornford does it yet again with a killer amp that totally delivers on every front. Miss it at your peril!”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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Blackstar Artisan A30 combo
A new Brit amp maker makes its mark

Blackstar Artisan A30 Combo

£1,199

Originally reviewed in issue 299, March 2008, p135

Blackstar Amplification

01536 312 620

www.blackstaramps.com

We said: “Don’t think because the Blackstars aren’t made in a Californian vineyard or Texan bayou that they aren’t up there with the best. The A30 is frankly staggering in terms of quality and sonic range”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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Line 6 Pocket POD
Tone to take away

Line 6 Pocket POD

£81

Originally reviewed in issue 292, Summer, 2007, 122

Line 6

01327 302 700

www.line6.com

We said: “Although the technology inside Pocket POD has been around for a while now, we’ve given it our top rating because it’s such an inspired use of that technology”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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Mesa Engineering Express 5:50 1x12 combos
Mesa's quality shines through once again

Mesa Engineering Express 5:50 1x12 Combos

£1,295

Originally reviewed in issue 289, May 2007, p120

Westside Distribution

0141 248 4812

www.mesaboogie.com

We said: “To say Mesa’s new Express combos are very good is rather like saying a Ferrari Enzo is a bit of a quick car”

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Rivera Sedona
Versatile Doyle Dykes Signature combo

Rivera Doyle Dykes Signature Sedona 55 Combo

£1,769

Originally reviewed in issue 287, March 2007, p144

Rivera

02380 363 333

www.rivera.com

We said: “The Sedona is exceptional even by Rivera standards. A seriously powerful tool that delivers stunning tone with a unique combination of features and some of the best components available”

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Fender Classic Player '50s Strat
Classic in every sense of the term

Fender Classic Player ’50s Stratocaster

£499

Originally reviewed in issue 287, March 2007, p92

Fender GBI

01342 331 700

www.fender.com

We said: “It’s pretty obvious that the magic touch of the Custom Shop masterbuilders has been efficiently transferred here”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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Focusrite Liquid Mix
Compression and EQ, old and new

Focusrite Liquid Mix

£499

Originally reviewed in issue 285, January 2007

Focusrite

01494 462 246

www.focusrite.com

We said: “The Liquid Mix is a huge arsenal of signal processing with excellent emulations of old and new compressor and EQ units that will add warmth, depth and a classy sheen to your recordings”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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Graph Tech FerraGlide Saddles
Saddle up for a smoother ride

Graph Tech FerraGlide Saddles

£39.95

Originally reviewed in issue283, November 2006

Aria UK 0208 572 0033

www.graphtech.com

We said: “If you’re cursed with a rogue saddle that always causes a string to pop at the most inopportune moment, a legitimate cure is here”

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Hamer Monaco
Semi-hollow heaven

Hamer Monaco III

£2,465

Originally reviewed in issue 282 October 2006

Goto Guitars

01925 444 696

www.hamerguitars.com

We said: “To say it’s beautifully made is an understatement: it is a supreme work of art”

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Vox DA 5
Small and beautifully formed

Vox DA 5 mains/battery digital amp

£109

Originally reviewed in issue 281 September 2006

www.voxamps.co.uk

We said: “Whether you’re after a great-sounding lightweight amp for busking or a guerrilla gigging or just a feature-loaded practice amp, there really isn’t a better all-round solution on the market”

Read the review on MusicRadar here.

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DigiTech GNX3000
So good, we used it for our Classic Track CD recordings

DigiTech GNX3000

£399

Originally reviewed in issue 275 April 2006, page 124

Sound Technology

01462 480 000

www.digitech.com

We said: “There’s nothing particularly new here that can’t already be found on the GNX3 and GNX 4, but the beauty of the GNX3000 lies in the details. We’ve been using it for all guitar parts on our Classic Track recordings”

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Tom Anderson Atom
Beautiful workmanship, fantastic versatility

Tom Anderson Atom

£2,595

Originally reviewed in issue 273, February 2006, page 102

Westside Distribution

0141 248 4812

www.andersonguitars.com

We said: “One of the most finely crafted guitars money can buy, with a host of truly great sounds”

Gold Awards: Hall Of Fame
Tyler Studio Elite Retro
Truly beautiful Strat-esque tones

Tyler Hollowbody Studio Elite Retro

£1,999

Originally reviewed in issue 271, December 2005, p120

Guitarguitar

0191 261 1568

www.tylerguitars.co.uk

We said: “Our humble testing area reverberated to some of the best classic Strat-inspired tones we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing with”

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AER Acousticube
Amplifies your acoustic beyond the call of duty

AER Acousticube 3

£1,495

Originally reviewed in issue 268, September 2005

Westside Distribution

0141 248 4812

www.aer-amps.de

We said: “The design, functionality and sound of the Acousticube are above and beyond the call of duty in every respect”

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Godlyke Power Supply
Mix voltages and connectors, and power all before ye

Godlyke Power–All power supply

£39.99

Originally reviewed in issue 266, Summer 2005, p154

Rocky Road 01494 535 333

www.godlyke.com

We said: “Juice for your noisemakers doesn’t come much more convenient than this… and it comes with all the bits and pieces you need to get properly connected”

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PRS CE Mahogany 24
Rock 'n' roll tone in mahogany form

PRS CE Mahogany 24

£1,599

Originally reviewed in issue 266, Summer 2005, p102

Headline Music 01223 874 301

www.prsguitars.com

We said: “The pure essence of PRS distilled into an affordable package… This is a guitar to gig – use it and abuse it, the CE is simply one kick-ass rock ’n’ roll guitar”

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Rivera Clubster combo
R Series volume and tone in perfect harmony

Rivera Clubster 45 combo

£869

Originally reviewed in issue 265, July 2005, p144

MM Music 02380 363 333

www.rivera.com

We said: “Anyone from bedroom hero to full-time pro will be impressed and inspired. All the best sounds of the R Series are here, in a simpler package that’s unbelievably loud and incredible value for money”

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Francisco Bros B40 Classical Guitar
Classical gas with this fantastic-value acoustic

Francisco Bros B40 Classical Guitar

£240

Originally reviewed in issue 262, April 2005

Highly Strung 01235 762 000

www.guitarrasbros.com

We said: “For this sort of money you’d be hard pushed to find a better-sounding, more-comfortable playing classical guitar”

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Rothwell Hot Little Knob
Fat Strat sounds aplenty with this mod

Rothwell Hot Little Knob

£35

Originally reviewed in issue 258, Christmas 2004

Rothwell 01204 366 133

www.rothwellaudioproducts.co.uk

We said: “An impressive, incredibly easy way to get more from your guitar. It’s probably the cheapest way to expand your tonal palette, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it”

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Peavey JSX Joe Satriani Signature head
Joe's Signature head earns Gold

Peavey JSX Joe Satriani Signature Head

£1,299

Originally reviewed in issue 254 September 2004

Peavey

01536 461 234

www.peavey.com

We said: “You just can’t get a bad tone out of it, and the confidence inspired by the quality of tone makes you play your best every time you plug in”

Gold Awards: Hall Of Fame
Matamp 1224 MKII
Matamp's tonal trickbag impressed us back in 2003

Matamp 1224 MKII

£649

244, December 2003, p 133

Matamp

01484 854 883

www.matamp.co.uk

We said: “Equally at home in the studio or on the stage, with a contemporary tonal palette that covers any musical base without losing the distinctive hi-fi warmth that Matamp is known for”

Gold Awards: Hall Of Fame
G7th Performance Capo
The humble capo – revolutionised

The Performance Capo

£24.95

242 November 2003 p 144

Sheehan’s

0116 255 7492

www.g7th.com

We said: “This will probably revolutionise the way we think about capos – a no-hassle solution for guitarists”

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THD Univalve head
THD's Univalve head – the first-ever Gold Award winner

THD Univalve head

£899

218, December 2001

Chandler Guitars

0208 940 5874

www.chandlerguitars.com

We said: "It's one of the world's best-sounding, best-looking and best-made amps. This is THD's masterpiece"

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