New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)

2nd Apr 2013 | 07:50

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Free The Tone Gigs Boson Overdrive
Have we discovered the perfect overdrive?

Every month MusicRadar's prestigious sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music publish the best independent gear reviews around.

Here we've collected all of the reviews of guitars, amps, pedals, recorders and interfaces to have featured on the pages of Total Guitar and Guitarist.

All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Guitarist issue 365 and 366, Total Guitar issue 238, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"There are a lot of people out there looking for an overdrive that isn't as mid-heavy as a Tube Screamer, not as ubiquitous as a Boss Blues Driver, more versatile than both and slightly 'boutique' to boot. Fulltone's OCD ticks that box, and we'd say the Gigs Boson does, too."

FULL REVIEW: Free The Tone Gigs Boson Overdrive review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Free The Tone Iron Forest Distortion IF-1D
Distortion tones unleashed

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For those about to rock, the Iron Forest awaits you."

FULL REVIEW: Free The Tone Iron Forest Distortion IF-1D review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Larrivée OM-02E
A serious fingerstyle-friendly acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Built to a price it may be, but this is a very serious, characterful electro that proves way more versatile than its wide-spaced fingerstyle design suggests."

FULL REVIEW: Larrivée OM-02E

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Larrivée OM-02E currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann | Absolute Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
TC Electronic Ditto Looper
A looper pedal without the tech frills

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Not without certain compromises, this is a simple, great-sounding and well-conceived looper that'd be ideal to get you started."

FULL REVIEW: TC Electronic Ditto Looper review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: TC Electronic Ditto Looper currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Mesa/Boogie Tone-Burst
A 'Boogie-branded boost pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A superb booster pedal by absolutely any measure."

FULL REVIEW: Mesa/Boogie Tone-Burst review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Mesa/Boogie Tone-Burst currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Orange VT1000 Valve Tester
A revolutionary product - for a price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For pro players and all serious musical instrument retailers, it's a no-brainer. If you're serious about your tone (and if you can afford it), the VT1000 is an absolute must."

FULL REVIEW: Orange VT1000 Valve Tester review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Orange VT1000 Valve Tester currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Mesa/Boogie Grid Slammer
A simple low gain overdrive pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Great for pushing a valve amp, just don't expect loads of gain."

FULL REVIEW: Mesa/Boogie Grid Slammer review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Mesa/Boogie Grid Slammer currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Gibson Les Paul '70s Tribute
Does this cut price Les Paul cut corners?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A bit rough and ready it may be, but for more aggressive rock players this has 'gig me hard' written all over it."

FULL REVIEW: Gibson Les Paul '70s Tribute review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Gibson Les Paul '70s Tribute currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Mesa/Boogie Flux-Drive
Great Scott! A 'Boogie branded stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A step up from the Grid Slammer, it's best in front of a singing valve amp."

FULL REVIEW: Mesa/Boogie Flux-Drivereview

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Mesa/Boogie Flux-Drivereview currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Mission Engineering Rewah Pro
The wah pedal evolved?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A classy, top-drawer traditional wah that lets you dial in the exact response of your choice."

FULL REVIEW: Mission Engineering Rewah Proreview

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Mesa/Boogie Throttle Box
High on gain, high on life

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Does far more than metal - a must-play pedal."

FULL REVIEW: Mesa/Boogie Throttle Boxreview

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Mesa/Boogie Throttle Boxreview currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
PRS SE Bernie Marsden 53/10 Ltd
A UK-only 50-guitar run

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The standard SE Bernie Marsden is a cracking guitar - this ups the audio quality, and here's hoping we see more limited runs like this."

FULL REVIEW: PRS SE Bernie Marsden 53/10 Ltd review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: PRS SE Bernie Marsden 53/10 Ltd currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Fender American Standard Jazz Bass
The best Jazz bass ever?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Overall, it's a spectacular job. If you like Jazz basses, you must try one."

FULL REVIEW: Fender American Standard Jazz Bass review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Fender American Standard Jazz Bass currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Hayden MoFo 30
A serious slice of live head

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A superb new head from Hayden that looks set to find a lot of fans."

FULL REVIEW: Hayden MoFo 30review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Hayden MoFo 30review currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Korg TMR-50
An old school tuner in a smartphone world

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"While the performance is fine, the TMR-50 offers nothing that you don't already have a smartphone app for - and charges significantly more for the privilege."

FULL REVIEW: Korg TMR-50 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Korg TMR-50 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Hayden Mini MoFo
A grab-and-go guitar amp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"There's very little to grumble about and for grab- and-go use this head is excellent."

FULL REVIEW: Hayden Mini MoFo review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Hoovi H1 Deeflexx sound deflectors
Great tone is all about deflection

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"In the right place, the Deeflexx can make a considerable contribution to improving your tone."

FULL REVIEW: Hoovi H1 Deeflexx sound deflectors review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Hayden Lil' MoFo 2
A one-stop guitar amp for home use

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's been a long time coming, but on this evidence Hayden looks set to hit the bullseye with this new MoFo range. Plug in soon."

FULL REVIEW: Hayden Lil' MoFo 2 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Hayden Lil' MoFo 2 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Rickenbacker 4004CII Cheyenne Bass
A modern classic of the bass world

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This not only looks good, it also sounds great! Do try one if you can - it could change your bass-playing life."

FULL REVIEW: Rickenbacker 4004CII Cheyenne Bass review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp
Compact multi-fx, via bluetooth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The most practical, cost-effective way to expand your pedalboard by adding a single pedal."

FULL REVIEW: Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Vox amPhones
A headphone guitar amp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Privacy and mobility when practising, and a quality set of uniquely styled headphones, too."

FULL REVIEW: Vox amPhones review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 365)

BUY: Vox amPhones currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Mooer Little Monster AC
A mean little valve amp head

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's not the most versatile amp in the world, but the Little Monster is so good at what it does do that we love it anyway."

FULL REVIEW: Mooer Little Monster AC review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 238)

BUY: Mooer Little Monster AC currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe
Foo Fighters man's signature guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Like the best signature models, Shiflett's Tele is mindful of the artist's foibles - in Shiflett's case, a fondness for country and punk - while boasting a real-world practicality that anyone can dig, at a price that's within reach for many."

FULL REVIEW: Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 238)

BUY: Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Absolute Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Blackstar ID:260TVP
Brit valve amp company goes digital... with a difference

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Give the ID Series a spin with an open mind and you might not think you need those hot glass bottles after all..."

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar ID:260TVP review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 238)

BUY: Blackstar ID:260TVP currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Fret-King Black Label Super-Hybrid
A piezo/ humbucker/ single-coil tone transformer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It appears simple, but the Super-Hybrid is a highly flexible guitar, designed with players in mind and put together with panache."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Black Label Super-Hybrid review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 238)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
IK Multimedia Amplitube Jimi Hendrix for iPad
Tones as bold as love

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Quibbles with the clarity of higher-gain tones aside, AmpliTube Hendrix provides a solid selection of usable, Hendrix-inspired tones on a device smaller than a printed magazine. And that's an enticing prospect, no matter how you look at it."

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia Amplitube Jimi Hendrix for iPad review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 238)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Marshall SL5 Slash signature amp
Slash's new signature combo amp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is a truly superb little amp, and for all-out rawk, it's the ultimate practice tool."

FULL REVIEW: Marshall SL5 Slash signature amp review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 239)

BUY: Marshall SL5 Slash signature amp currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Dr Green The Hairy Tongue
Vintage-style fuzz pedal fun

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A traditional Brit fuzz box. Nice."

FULL REVIEW: Dr Green The Hairy Tongue review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Dr Green The Hairy Tongue currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Bogner Ecstasy Red
Valve tones in a solid-state stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Reinhold Bogner is clearly just as adept at getting phenomenal tone from solid-state circuits or valves: the Ecstasy Red pedal rates among the very best in its class."

FULL REVIEW: Bogner Ecstasy Red review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Bogner Ecstasy Red currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Sigma SDM-15
Stunningly well-priced mahogany acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This guitar has it all: classic looks, quality build, excellent playability, evocative sounds acoustically and plugged in, and an ultra-keen price. What's not to like?"

FULL REVIEW: Sigma SDM-15review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
SubZero Tube-H50R Valve Stack
Warm, woody, vintage amp tones for a yesteryear price tag

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're looking for retro-vibed stack and don't want to part with too much cash, SubZero's offering is well worth a look."

FULL REVIEW: SubZero Tube-H50R Valve Stack review

BUY: SubZero Tube-H50R Valve Stack currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
SubZero 60W Acoustic Guitar Amp
Acoustic amplification for the serious strummer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"SubZero's 60-watter is an ideal combo for the acoustic player who wants total control over their sound, whatever the gigging scenario."

FULL REVIEW: SubZero 60W Acoustic Guitar Amp review

BUY: SubZero 60W Acoustic Guitar Amp currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Gear4Music Electric RS-40 Bass Guitar
A capable, entry-level bass with growth potential

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This bass is good enough to get you gigging and should suit seasoned players on a budget, too."

FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music Electric RS-40 Bass Guitar review

BUY: Gear4Music Electric RS-40 Bass Guitar currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Schecter Diamond Series PT F-4 Phantom
An electric guitar more 'Maverick' than 'Goose'

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Clearly a derivative design, but the F-4 Phantom offers a solid slab of tonal armoury, and is one seriously versatile guitar."

FULL REVIEW: Schecter Diamond Series PT F-4 Phantom review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Dr Green The Waiting Room
Delay pedal doseage

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An easily dialled-in analogue-style delay."

FULL REVIEW: Dr Green The Waiting Room review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Jackson JS32T Dinky
Shred the fretboard, not your wallet

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The JS32T is not the most versatile guitar in the world, but the right kind of player will find a lot to get their teeth into here, and without breaking the bank, either."

FULL REVIEW: Jackson JS32T Dinkyreview

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 239)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
SubZero 25W Acoustic Guitar Amp
Double your money with this electro amp-cum-monitor

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Its excellent performance and great price make the SubZero 25W Acoustic Guitar Amp with Chorus a hot deal."

FULL REVIEW: SubZero 25W Acoustic Guitar Amp review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Hiwatt T40 2x12 combo
UK amp-makers' mid-price mainstay

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Worth checking out if you're looking for an alternative mid-priced Brit sound."

FULL REVIEW: Hiwatt T40 2x12 combo review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi
A big leap for the Bass Big Muff

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"On many pedals the distorted sound is pretty much universal, but with this Deluxe Muff, everything has been included to allow you to bring your own tonal personality into your distorted sound. A huge leap forward."

FULL REVIEW: Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Absolute Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Dr Green The Cubicle
Reverb pedal with ambulance ambience

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Try out this pedal if your amp hasn't got spring reverb, but you'd like some."

FULL REVIEW: Dr Green The Cubicle review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Dr Green The Cubicle currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Bogner Ecstasy Blue
A bit of blue for gain addicts

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An amazing pedal from one of the greatest amp designers in the world – not to be missed!"

FULL REVIEW: Bogner Ecstasy Blue review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Bogner Ecstasy Blue currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Z.Vex Vexter Wah Probe
A wah pedal crossed with a theremin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Wah Probe is an innovative approach to an old favourite, and you simply have to try it."

FULL REVIEW: Z.Vex Vexter Wah Probe review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 239)

BUY: Z.Vex Vexter Wah Probe currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Dr Green The Black Death
Unleash a plague of distortion

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"While distortion pedals all do the same thing, they each have their own voice, and no two guitarists will probably ever agree which is the best. However, The Black Death has a tone that will surely appeal to plenty."

FULL REVIEW: Dr Green The Black Death review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Dr Green The Black Death currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Godin Montreal Premiere
A new spin on the semi-acoustic guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"More often than not, Godin creates trends rather than follows them. Here is a case in point: a new spin on the centre-blocked semi that looks old-school, but sounds more contemporary."

FULL REVIEW: Godin Montreal Premiere review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Godin Montreal Premiere currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Schecter Diamond Series Ultra B-17 Bombshell
A 'plane-looking' electric guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Ultra B-17 Bombshell is a modern- retro metal machine with slamming tones and individual looks."

FULL REVIEW: Schecter Diamond Series Ultra B-17 Bombshell review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
DigiTech JamMan Solo XT
The looper pedal comes round again

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"DigiTech transforms its most compact looper into a more powerful machine with more creative possibilities."

FULL REVIEW: DigiTech JamMan Solo XT review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: DigiTech JamMan Solo XT currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Schecter Synyster Gates Custom-S
The latest A7X signature guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For just over a grand, Schecter is delivering an immensely shreddable pro-quality guitar."

FULL REVIEW: Schecter Synyster Gates Custom-S review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 239)

BUY: Schecter Synyster Gates Custom-S currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann
USA: Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Mimesis Kudos Blend System
The solution to live acoustic sound?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A thoroughly professional solution for amplifying your acoustic - especially if you don't like that piezo sound."

FULL REVIEW: Mimesis Kudos Blend System review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Hiwatt T10 1x10 combo
Can this baby combo compete with the big boys?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's maybe not quite the vintage Brit tonal experience the cab styling and brand might suggest, but great for a lot of young bands looking for credible alternatives to the more common names."

FULL REVIEW: Hiwatt T10 1x10 combo review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

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