Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up

9th May 2010 | 15:39

Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up
Martin 000-15M acoustic guitar (£1250)
Well priced and insanely desirable

Every month, MusicRadar’s industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - publish the best independent and in-depth music-making gear reviews.

We’ve collated the latest electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, effects and peripherals to have fallen under the expert eyes and ears of the magazine test teams. All the gear on show here was reviewed in recent issues of Guitarist, Total Guitar and Computer Music and was published on MusicRadar throughout April 2010.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review and check out video and audio demos. First up: a wonderful acoustic guitar from Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

MusicRadar's verdict:

"It looks brilliant, plays and sounds amazing and at this price point, its Guitarist Gold award must be the no-brainer of the century."

FULL REVIEW: Martin 000-15M


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 328)

Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up
IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3 (€318)
The king of amp sim software returns better than ever

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A great update that sees AmpliTube 3 hanging in there as one of the premier amp sims for tone, flexibility and choice."

FULL REVIEW: AmpliTube 3


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine 151)

Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up
Fender American Special Telecaster (£869.99)
Highway One meets American Standard Tele

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Aimed at the gap in the market between the American Standard and the Highway One ranges, these American Specials succeed with value and tone in abundance."

FULL REVIEW: American Special Telecaster


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 326)

Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up
Boss ME-25 multi-FX (169)
Feature-filled, entry-level guitar effects unit

MusicRadar's verdict:

"If you want to get started with a unit that laughs in the face of its limited budget, buy an ME-25."

FULL REVIEW: ME-25


(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 201)

Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up
Peavey Vypyr Tube 120H amp head (£510)
Can this digital/valve hybrid guitar head deliver?

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Easily up there with the best the modern hybrid amp world has to offer, the Vypyr Tube 120H is destined to be popular with guitar players who need to access a lot of sounds. Is that you?"

FULL REVIEW:Vypyr Tube 120H


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 328)

Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up
Blue Microphones Mikey iPod microphone (£59)
An extremely neat stereo mic for your iPod

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Every music-making iPod owner should have one. And there's an updated model in the pipeline that officially works with iPhone, too…"

FULL REVIEW:Mikey iPod microphone


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 327)

Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up
MXR M-228 Bass Octave Deluxe (£239)
Superior octave sounds for double the fun

MusicRadar's verdict:

"This offers some classy sounds that can be used to positively inspire some new ideas."

FULL REVIEW: M-228 Bass Octave Deluxe


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 323)

Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up
Fender Custom Deluxe Telecaster (£2099)
Vintage Tele flavours with player-friendly mods

MusicRadar's verdict:

"The subtle 'player' improvements produce a top-notch classic that is subtly posh in appearance but awesomely endowed in the tone department."

FULL REVIEW:Custom Deluxe Telecaster


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 319)

Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up
LR Baggs Venue DI (£339)
A preamp toolkit aimed squarely at the gigging acoustic guitarist

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Whether you see it as a pucker DI box with extras or a preamp with all the toys, if you're a gigging acoustic musician, just buy one – you'll thank us."

FULL REVIEW:Venue DI


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 328)

Best guitar gear of the month: April 2010 review round-up
Manson Guitars MB-1 Standard Matt Bellamy signature guitar (£3299)
A Muse fan's dream and the world's most useable hi-tech guitar?

MusicRadar's verdict:

Finally you can buy the exact same guitar that Matt Bellamy uses. It comes at a price, but remains a unique collaboration between artist and luthier.

FULL REVIEW: MB-1 Standard


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 324)

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