New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
2nd Apr 2012 | 13:32
Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus (£1600)
Every month MusicRadar's industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - publish the world's 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 tested meticulously by either Guitarist or Total Guitar in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout March 2012.
Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, something blue...
"If you can afford it, you're unlikely to regret it."
Read the Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus review.
Ibanez Premium RG870QMZ (£875)
Vox AC15C2 'Twin' (£720)
PRS Stripped 58 (£2995)
"This limited Singlecut trims nearly 25 per cent off the SC 58's price. A hugely attractive modern Singlecut firmly rooted in the tonality of the past but with up-to-the-minute precision and consistency."
Read the PRS Stripped 58 review.
BUY: PRS Stripped 58 currently available from:
FR: Star's Music
Takamine EF300SE-BW (£1103)
Electro-Harmonix Analogizer (£75)
"The Analogizer becomes less noticeable the longer you leave it switched in - but turn it off and you'll realise how thin your rig can sound without it."
Read the Electro-Harmonix Analogizer review.
Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom (£1399)
Z.Vex Instant Lo-fi Junkie (£208)
Vox V846-HW (£203)
Gibson Midtown Custom (£1300)
Dunlop Cry Baby Classic GCB-95F (£169)
"Makes everything sound sexy, slinky and slightly seedy (in a good way)."
Read the Dunlop Cry Baby Classic GCB-95F review.
Caparison Horus-HGS (£2239)
"If down-tuned, Satanic-voiced riffs are your business, the Horus-HGS offers excellent bottom-string grunt in an ultra-playable format."
Read the Caparison Horus-HGS review.
Akai Analog Custom Shop series effects (£59)
Faith Eclipse Venus (£689)
Knaggs Quebec Series Kipawa (£1199)
"The Kipawa marries good acoustic tone with excellent electro sounds - it's a fine entry to the range."
Read the Knaggs Quebec Series Kipawa review.
Laney LH50 Head (£1082)
PRS SE Bernie Marsden (£729)
"If you like your single-cuts rooted in the fifties, you'll like this. It may only be subtly different from the 245, but it's enough."
Read the PRS SE Bernie Marsden review.
Planet Waves American Stage Cables
"At these excellent prices - despite the lack of a right-angled jack version - this is an impressive debut for the American Stage cables range."
Gibson SG Standard Limited (£999)
Option Knob FX pedal foot controller ($13)
"It's fairly primitive, but we can't dispute that it works."
Read the Option Knob review.
Crafter SA-BUB (£549)
"Make sure that the range of sounds on offer are what you're looking for and will work with your particular setup - ifthey do, you'll be very happy."
Read the Crafter SA-BUB review.
Blackstar HT-Reverb (£199)
"It's expensive, but if you want the perfect atmosphere and decay to your guitar tone, give the HT-Reverb a test drive."
Read the Blackstar HT-Reverb review.
Red Witch Ivy Distortion (£99)
TC Electronic The Dreamscape (£209)
"Even if you're not hacking your way through the Images And Words songbook, The Dreamscape is still a super-cool one-stop box for modulation."
Read the TC Electronic The Dreamscape review.