Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up

17th Jun 2010 | 15:10

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
DigiTech JamMan Solo (£223)
Streamlined looper pedal packs some punch

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 May-June 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 seriously loopy stompbox...

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A smart looper with plenty of power and a small footprint."

FULL REVIEW:DigiTech JamMan Solo


(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 202)

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
Gibson Slash Appetite Les Paul (£2099)
GN'R tones from the hat-loving rocker's latest signature model

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A lovely vintage-inspired Les Paul with the gentlest of nods to modernity. But will it be more often collected and stored than played though?"

FULL REVIEW:Slash Appetite Les Paul


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 329)

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
Egnater Rebel 30 1 x 12 combo (£749)
An amp that redefines offshore build quality

MusicRadar's verdict:

"One of the best small combos in its class - add the 1 x 12 extension cab and you've got a killer rig that's highly portable and versatile."

FULL REVIEW:Rebel 30 1 x 12 combo


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 328)

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
Jaden Rose Original 'Custom' Hardtail (£1749)
Modern rock machine from new British maker

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Here's a modern rock guitar that combines resonance, character and speed. A rare combination, a great guitar."

FULL REVIEW: Original 'Custom' Hardtail


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 328)

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
Marshall MA100H amp head (£577)
Ultimate all-valve Brit-rock tones at a sensible price

MusicRadar's verdict:

"After an affordable, powerful rock amp with visual wow factor? Put this at the top of your list!"

FULL REVIEW:MA100H amp head


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 323)

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
Blackstar HT Club 40 1 x 12 combo (£549)
Poised to shake up the mid-price guitar amp market

MusicRadar's verdict:

"The HT Venue series sets a benchmark for affordable performance. Plug in as soon as you can!"

FULL REVIEW:HT Club 40 1 x 12 combo


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 329)

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
Taylor GT-8 eight-string baritone (£3218)
An eight-string baritone acoustic is a rare breed indeed

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Few acoustic instruments available outside of small luthiers' workshops challenge like this baritone. A unique voice on a mainstream stage."

FULL REVIEW:GT-8 eight-string baritone


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 330)

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
Fender Road Worn '72 Telecaster Deluxe (£889)
One of the coolest Teles around gets the relic treatment

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Quite simply one of the coolest and most versatile Teles around. Looks and feels ready for the road and takes no tonal prisoners."

FULL REVIEW: Road Worn '72 Telecaster Deluxe


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 329)

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
Magix Vandal (£155)
An amp sim plug-in from the Samplitude stable

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Vandal isn't feature-heavy, nor is it covered in faux Marshall logos, but it's got it where it counts, with impressively real amp tones."

FULL REVIEW:Magix Vandal


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 153)

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
GearSkinz amp cases (from £65)
The happy medium for amp transport?

MusicRadar's verdict:

"GearSkinz won't replace a full flight case for heavy road use, but assuming that your gear isn't moved by angry gorillas, this is a brilliant medium protection solution."

FULL REVIEW:GearSkinz amp cases


(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 329)

Best guitar gear of the month: review round-up
Mesa/Boogie TransAtlantic TA-15 (£1099)
Top of the tiny tube amp class?

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Every bit a pro all-valve head, despite the miniscule dimensions: your life just got easier."

FULL REVIEW: TransAtlantic TA-15

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 330)


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