New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)

20th Aug 2010 | 10:59

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
August 2010: Guitars, amps, FX and more

Every month MusicRadar's industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm, Future Music and Guitar Techniques - 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 issues and published on MusicRadar throughout August.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. Up first: Peavey 6505+ 112 combo

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Peavey 6505+ 112 combo
A metal classic gets re-sized for realistic gigging

MusicRadar's verdict:

"For those who want to play with true stadium metal tones but on a smaller budget, this amp is perfect."

FULL REVIEW:Peavey 6505+ 112 combo

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 205)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
T-Rex Room-Mate reverb pedal
A familiar name, but an all new box of reverb

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A classy reverb for your rig in nicely compact package."

FULL REVIEW:T-Rex Room-Mate

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Vox SSC-33 electric guitar
An affordable sibling to Vox's upmarket range

MusicRadar's verdict:

"An excellent guitar that's very well executed from design to manufacture."

FULL REVIEW:Vox SSC-33

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Dean Michael Amott Tyrant Bloodstorm electric (£999)
It'll dent your wallet, but wait 'til you see what it'll do to your skull

MusicRadar's verdict:

"There are a lot of good things to say about this guitar, but it's a serious investment - and a decision to give you a real pain in the skull."

FULL REVIEW:Dean Michael Amott Tyrant Bloodstorm

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 204)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Framus Mayfield Custom Flamed Maple electric
Framus sets its sights on a little piece of Gibson's ES-335 market

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A classy, if not hugely original, take on Gibson's ES-335."

FULL REVIEW:Framus Mayfield Custom Flamed Maple

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 331)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
PRS SE Nick Catanese electric (£749)
PRS continues its love for metal axes

MusicRadar's verdict:

"We like it when Paul Reed Smith's brand turns its hand to metal and Washburn's loss is definitely PRS's gain."

FULL REVIEW:PRS SE Nick Catanese

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 204)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Vox SDC-33 electric guitar
An affordable sibling to the upmarket Vox guitars

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A contender against anything from the big brands under £1,000. Huge tonal versatility from the excellent CoAxe pickups."

FULL REVIEW:Vox SDC-33

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
T-Rex Mudhoney II distortion pedal (£215)
The name may be familiar but this is an all new bit of kit

MusicRadar's verdict:

"This is effectively two overdrive/distortion pedals for the price of one pedalboard slot."

FULL REVIEW:T-Rex Mudhoney II

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Crafter GLXE-6000/RSB electro-acoustic (£1499)
Crafter edges further into pro territory with this luxury-spec guitar

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Once the preamp is sorted, Crafter has a deserving flagship electro on its hands."

FULL REVIEW:Crafter GLXE-6000/RSB

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Framus Mayfield Pro Mahogany electric
Framus sets its sights on a little piece of Gibson's ES-335 market

MusicRadar's verdict:

"This less posh Mayfield is quite simply an excellent working thinline."

FULL REVIEW:Framus Mayfield Pro Mahogany

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 331)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
PRS Sweet 16 amp head (£2299)
A small but perfectly formed head from Paul Reed Smith's new amp range

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Are PRS's amps as good as its guitars? Not yet, but despite some reservations, the Sweet 16 stands as a very strong statement of intent."

FULL REVIEW:PRS Sweet 16

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Hofner HCT-J17TR archtop (£510)
A big-bodied archtop-electric with more than a hint of Gibson influence

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A big-bodied jazzer that offers a lot of class and quality for comparatively little money."

FULL REVIEW:Hofner HCT-J17TR

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
LAG S1000PC-HOS Phil Campbell Signature electric (£899)
A mainstream version of the Motörhead guitarist's signature Explorer

MusicRadar's verdict:

"This is a no-nonsense shape guitar that's perfectly suited for all rock styles. It's a signature model you can enjoy, irrespective of your devotion to Motörhead."

FULL REVIEW:LAG S1000PC-HOS Phil Campbell Signature

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
AER Cheeky D 1x10 combo (£1359)
The acoustic amp expert enters the electric market

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A top-quality, high-spec, small combo that takes a unique route to electric and acoustic tones. Jack of both trades…"

FULL REVIEW:AER Cheeky D

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Tanglewood TSB C 58 LTD2 electric (£449)
Meet the electric guitar with a personality crisis - in a good way

MusicRadar's verdict:

"You may think you've got this guitar's number just from looking at it - but think again, this one's a wolf in sheep's clothing."

FULL REVIEW: Tanglewood TSB C 58 LTD2

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 204)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Vigier Excalibur Kaos electric (£1703)
A stripped-back version of the company's mainstay electric

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A nice twist on a great Vigier design aimed squarely at technique-led rockers. Shame it's only in black…"

FULL REVIEW:Vigier Excalibur Kaos

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Pro Co Reissue '85 Whiteface RAT distortion pedal (£229)
This filthy little vermin is an alternative legend

MusicRadar's verdict:

"This Rat does make some great sounds, but that price tag is a lot for a pedal of this type. It's worth considering whether you really need that LM308 chip."

FULL REVIEW:Pro Co Reissue '85 Whiteface RAT

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 203)


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