New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)

2nd Apr 2012 | 14:32

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus (£1600)
Sell your body. Call a loan shark. Flog a kidney. Just get this guitar into your life

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...

Verdict:

"If you can afford it, you're unlikely to regret it."

Read the Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus review.

BUY Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann| Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Ibanez Premium RG870QMZ (£875)
This business-class speed machine is calling at all destinations en route to Shredsville

Verdict:

"Not for the conservative, this is a supremely playable instrument."

Read the Ibanez Premium RG870QMZ review.

BUY Ibanez Premium RG870QMZ currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Sounds Great Music| Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Vox AC15C2 'Twin' (£720)
Half an AC30 or double an AC15? Well, it's sort of part way between the two. Let us explain…

Verdict:

"Pretty much the only relatively affordable 2 x 12, EL84-driven, 15-watt valve combo available. Thank heavens it's good!"

Read the Vox AC15C2 'Twin' review.

BUY Vox AC15C2 'Twin' currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
PRS Stripped 58 (£2995)
PRS shows off a decade of singlecut progression…

Verdict:

"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:
UK/Europe: Thomann
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Takamine EF300SE-BW (£1103)
Does this electro-acoustic live up to the sheer brilliance of its paintwork?

Verdict:

"If you can go for the looks, this should be a quality electro for the long haul."

Read the Takamine EF300SE-BW review.

BUY Takamine EF300SE-BW currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Electro-Harmonix Analogizer (£75)
Sounding sterile? Try this pedal

Verdict:

"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.

BUY Electro-Harmonix Analogizer currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann| Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom (£1399)
A Les Paul with a baked maple 'board and 'non-pearl' decoration? Time address our doubts head-on…

Verdict:

"A truly excellent marriage of price and performance."

Read the Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom review.

BUY Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom currently available from:
UK/Europe: | Thomann
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Z.Vex Instant Lo-fi Junkie (£208)
This junkie's got us hooked

Verdict:

"If you're a fan of crusty retro effects or cinematic soundscapes, you'll be addicted to the Junkie."

Read the Z.Vex Instant Lo-fi Junkie review.

BUY Z.Vex Instant Lo-fi Junkie currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Vox V846-HW (£203)
Witness the reboot of the wah that wocked the world

Verdict:

"Probably the closest you'll get to sounding like Hendrix."

Read the Vox V846-HW review

BUY Vox V846-HW currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Gibson Midtown Custom (£1300)
A brand-new flat-topped ES-shape semi - but can it handle the weight of heritage?

Verdict:

"A guitar that can do almost everything you'd want – a beauty and a beast combined!"

Read the Gibson Midtown Custom review.

BUY Gibson Midtown Custom currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Dunlop Cry Baby Classic GCB-95F (£169)
There'll be no tears before bedtime for Dunlop's famous wah

Verdict:

"Makes everything sound sexy, slinky and slightly seedy (in a good way)."

Read the Dunlop Cry Baby Classic GCB-95F review.

BUY Dunlop Cry Baby Classic GCB-95F currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Caparison Horus-HGS (£2239)
If you want to play around with baritone tuning, you don't necessarily need a baritone guitar to do it - well not any more anyway…

Verdict:

"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.

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Akai Analog Custom Shop series effects (£59)
Overdrive, fuzz, phase and much more...
New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Faith Eclipse Venus (£689)
Faith's highly popular Eclipse series is fitted with the all-new Shadow stereo electronics system. And yes, we did say stereo electronics…

Verdict:

"An exciting package of electronics loaded onto what was already an impressive electro-acoustic."

Read the Faith Eclipse Venus review.

BUY Faith Eclipse Venus currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.| Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Knaggs Quebec Series Kipawa (£1199)
Knaggs teams up with Godin, to produce a more affordable electro. A happy marriage?

Verdict:

"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.

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Laney LH50 Head (£1082)
Class A power with a twist; Laney's L50H promises great tone from a unique power stage

Verdict:

"One of the best-sounding amps we've ever plugged into, this Laney could change your world if you try one."

Read the Laney LH50 review.

BUY Laney LH50 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
PRS SE Bernie Marsden (£729)
Is this an even more impressive guitar than a standard SE 245?

Verdict:

"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.

BUY PRS SE Bernie Marsden currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Planet Waves American Stage Cables
Hi-spec, affordable guitar leads

Verdict:

"At these excellent prices - despite the lack of a right-angled jack version - this is an impressive debut for the American Stage cables range."

Read the Planet Waves American Stage Cables review.

BUY Planet Waves American Stage Cables currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Gibson SG Standard Limited (£999)
Chubby chasers rejoice! A fat-necked '60s classic is back in business

Verdict:

"Once you go fat there's every chance that you might not want to go back."

Read the Gibson SG Standard Limited review.

BUY Gibson SG Standard Limited currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Option Knob FX pedal foot controller ($13)
Toe-tal control

Verdict:

"It's fairly primitive, but we can't dispute that it works."

Read the Option Knob review.

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Crafter SA-BUB (£549)
A do-it-all guitar that brings electric sounds to acoustic strummers

Verdict:

"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.

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Blackstar HT-Reverb (£199)
From room to reverse and back again

Verdict:

"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.

BUY Blackstar HT-Reverb currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Red Witch Ivy Distortion (£99)
The little lady that packs a punch

Verdict:

"Watch your amp EQ and bring in some other pedals, and you may well find a partner for life."

Read the Red Witch Ivy Distortion review.

BUY Red Witch Ivy Distortion currently available from:
UK/Europe: Sounds Great Music
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
TC Electronic The Dreamscape (£209)
TC's first signature pedal packs Petrucci's modulation needs into a wee green box

Verdict:

"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.

BUY TC Electronic The Dreamscape currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Egnater Tweaker 40 Head (£529)
Sparkle and snarl from the Golden State

Verdict:

"A tweakable and giggable head that won't slip your disc, shred your overdraft or spare your audience."

Read the Egnater Tweaker 40 review.

BUY Egnater Tweaker 40 currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
ESP LTD MH-417 (£829)
Holy extra string tuned to a low B… Batman! This dark knight gets ready for battle

Verdict:

"The fact that it looks and sounds so damn cool makes the MH-417 almost unbeatable."

Read the ESP LTD MH-417 review.

BUY ESP LTD MH-417 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Absolute Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Schecter Hellraiser C-7 (£799)
Schecter goes to greater lengths for tighter low B performance

Verdict:

"It may be a Hellraiser by name, but this guitar is so much more than that."

Read the Schecter Hellraiser C-7 review.

BUY Schecter Hellraiser C-7 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Sounds Great Music
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

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