New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)

6th May 2011 | 13:31

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH (£335)
Big humbucker tones make this modded Jag ideal for rocking out

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.

This is a collection of electric and acoustic guitars, amps and effects - all of which have been meticulously tested by either Guitarist or Total Guitar in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout April 2011.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up is a rockin' new Squier...


Verdict:

"It's not the prettiest Jag of all time, but its beefy tones are perfect for hard rockers and Kurt Cobain devotees."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster (£335)
An impressively versatile little budget number

Verdict:

"A pair of sweet-sounding single-coils make this Jazzmaster an afforordable tone machine."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Fender Mustang III (£287)
Following the 20 and 40-watt versions, here's the 100-watt Mustang III

Verdict:

"The Mustang III offers a vast array of usable tones for practise, recoding and occasional gigging. It's crazy value for money, too."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Trace Elliot Trace Acoustic TA200 (£1225)
The original acoustic amp finally returns. Is it still as good?

Verdict:

"The TA200 offers a room-filling spacious sound and an impressive feature list. If you're serious about your sound, it really should be considered."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
PRS Studio (£2999)
It may be named after an '80s model, but the 2011 Studio is a very different beast

Verdict:

"For any player who values a guitar's sound over fashion, the Studio is going to take some beating. A high-level, thoroughly pro and highly versatile instrument."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster (£1414)
It's not breaking the mould, but we love it nonetheless

Verdict:

"An American Standard Telecaster with a thin-skin lacquer finish and unique neck plate, so what? So it's one fo the nicest standard production Fender Teles we've played for a long time. Join the party."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Martin Westside Custom Edition Style X (£3250)
Evolution of an existing product or an unnecessary rehash?

Verdict:

"A superior deluxe dread with much more to offer than simply being part of a collection."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Fender Road Worn Player Telecaster (£1019)
An old-looking take on an old model

Verdict:

"A must-try for Keef-o-philes and anyone else wanting maximum tonal breath from a Tele. As long as you like fake ageing…"


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Vintage V1800N (£579)
Can't afford a pre-war original? Try this for size

Verdict:

"Vintage turns a vintage parlour trick with aplomb."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Recording King ROS-626 (£640)
A Martin-inspired instrument on a budget

Verdict:

"A tasteful, largely faithful vintage 000 re-creation."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Jetter The Vibe (£179)
Classic Univibe sounds in a small footprint

Verdict:

"This could be the way to go if you want Univibe-esque sounds in a small pedal: a cool modulation source for the crowded pedalboard."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Martin Westside Custom Edition Style XIII (£2817)
Does this specially crafted model tread enough new ground?

Verdict:

"With a punch, mid-heavy output, this offers something a little different tonally."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Fender Road Worn Player Stratocaster (£1055)
Yes, another Strat - but this one comes pre-aged

Verdict:

"A rewarding mix of vintage and modern aesthetics and features. The ageing will be the decider."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Hudson HDM-2P Vincent Fat Neck (£599)
A dreadnought that offers mixed tonal results

Verdict:

"A slot-head, fingerstyle dreadnought well worth checking out."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Jetter Red Shift (£159)
Compact overdrive with dual voicings

Verdict:

"For two distinct flavours of amp overdrive that still retain your guitar's true voice, this is a great pedalboard addition."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Blueridge BG-140 (£699)
Timeless elegance meets free-flowing strumming

Verdict:

"A sunburst, all-solid J-45-style acoustic for this price? It's a winner."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
AER Pocket Tools Colourizer (£279)
Add a little colour to your acoustic sound

Verdict:

"A great tool for shaping the sound of your electro-acoustic."


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