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

1st Aug 2011 | 14:36

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Charvel San Dimas Wild Card (£839)
Ace or joker? Time to show your hand Charvel

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 meticulously tested by either Guitarist or Total Guitar in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout July 2011.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up is a card that any rock player would like in their hand...

Verdict:

"A stylish looking guitar that's straight from the '80s, with great rock tones and features to keep shredders happy all day long."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Charvel San Dimas Wild Card available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Suhr Rasmus Standard S100 (£899)
The new kid on the block with heavyweight backing

Verdict:

"The Rasmus comes with hugely versatile Suhr pickups and a simplified vibrato system. Its plain Jane looks should help it appeal to a wide range of players, too. Now, if we can just sort out that naff headstock logo."

Read the Total Guitar review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
T-Rex ToneBug Chorus + Flanger (£145)
An '80s flavour from a dual-purpose pedal

Verdict:

"If you're buying with your ears, then this ToneBug's well worth the cash. But if tweaking your sounds, hands-free control and true bypass are your thing, give it some thought."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: T-Rex ToneBug Chorus + Flanger currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Jetter GS3 (£199)
Two overdrives and lots of switches

Verdict:

"Three levels of dirt in a single pedal with excellent onstage switching options."

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum (£109)
44 watts in the palm of your hand

Verdict:

"As an eminently portable safety net for your temperamental vintage amp, the 44 Magnum could prove indispensable. The intrinsic tone isn't especially impressive, but feed a pedal or two through it and it's certainly very usable."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Guitar Tech GTE005 Active Volume Pedal (£49.99)
Being quiet has never been easier

Verdict:

"For everything from Alex Lifeson-style swells to silencing your noisy rig on the fly, the GTE005 has your back. None of the similar units that we're aware of made by Boss, Ernie Ball or Morley provide independent minimum and maximum volume pots in this way - the GT005 is among the most versatile volume pedals we've played."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Guitar Tech GTE005 Active Volume Pedal currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Qwik Tune SNARK SN-1 Guitar and Bass Tuner (£14.99)
The SNARK gets a little brother…

Verdict:

"The SN-2 has proved invaluable for practise and gigs, and has good - if not exceptional - battery life. The SN-1 trims off unnecessary features, comes in a more palatable black as opposed to red hue, and saves you just about the price of a set of strings. A no brainer!"

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Read the Guitarist currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 (£559)
Quiet, loud, clean, dirty, with speaker or without. Is there nothing this new valve mini-head can't do?

Verdict:

"Versatile, portable, great sounding, good value - the new ruler in the compact-head kingdom."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Read the Guitarist currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Hofner Verythin Singlecut (£1175)
Echoes of the past, but with single-cutaway styling

Verdict:

"This semi-acoustic is certainly more individual than many others out there, but its attributes need to be carefully weighed against the outlay to see if the extra expense involved is worthwhile."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Read the Guitarist currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Knaggs Chesapeake Severn 3 (£2599)
Now into its stride, we evaluate the new Knaggs Guitars model

Verdict:

"A very fine interpretation of the classic single-coil guitar with an old-style, clear and ringing sound and a feel to die for."

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Fender Super-Sonic Twin (£1798)
The latest in a long line of heavyweight combos to bear the iconic Twin name

Verdict:

"A Twin Reverb for the 21st century - this should become of the standard hire amps for festivals, clubs and studios."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Fender Super-Sonic Twin currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Schecter Robin Finck Ultra (£899)
The Nine Inch Nails man's signature throws up a few surprises

Verdict:

"The Robin Finck Ultra offers plenty of appeal in its build quality, comfortable playability and range of sounds."

Read the Total Guitar review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
LTD Viper 10 (£165)
Redefining the old 'bang for your buck' cliché…

Verdict:

"Even without the extras of the bundled version, it's still a damn good package."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: LTD Viper 10 currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA4 (£1359)
Martin kicks up an acoustic storm with this addition to the Performing Artist series

Verdict:

"A superbly built, stage-ready dreadnought that's well-suited to live band duties."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA4 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Knaggs Influence Kenai 3 (£2699)
A Les Paul-alike that's hard not to like

Verdict:

"If you like your single-cuts to sound old, clear and soulful, try this."

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Vox VDL1 Dynamic Looper (£239)
Effects and looping combine in a pedal designed for live performance

Verdict:

"An effective performance tool if you want to create something a little different."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Vox VDL1 Dynamic Looper currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Hardwire HT-6 Polyphonic Tuner (£99)
The true bypass champion reveals its latest tuning development

Verdict:

"Get over any aesthetic niggles, plus the £30 price difference between this and its rival, and the HT-6 is a serious contender for your cash."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Hardwire HT-6 Polyphonic Tuner currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 (£1359)
A beefy grand performance electro-acoustic

Verdict:

"A solid, loud and powerful performer capable of handling a range of styles."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Korg Pandora Mini (£95)
Mini size, maxi sound from this pocket-sized practice powerpack

Verdict:

"A diminutive but immensely practical pocket-sized practice tool for headphone use."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Korg Pandora Mini currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
IK Multimedia AmpliTube Custom Shop
A pick'n'mix amp sim that offers maximum flexibility

Verdict:

"When you add the flexibility that the Custom Shop offers to IK's established dedication to first-class digital tones and consider the great equipment that you get in the free download, this is a truly unmissable package."

Read the Total Guitar review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Jet City Afterburner (£79)
Dual-stage overdrive from Soldano and Co

Verdict:

"If you're after low or mid-gain sounds at a reasonable price, this pedal is a great solution."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Jet City Afterburner currently available from:
USA:Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Dean Dime Amplification D100 head (£449)
If any guitar amp can be considered controversial, this is it

Verdict:

"Dimebag completists won't want to miss it, but anyone else should try it first."

Read the Total Guitar review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Vox Series 22 (£480)
A new addition at the affordable end of the legendary amp-maker's range of electric guitars

Verdict:

"This Vox rocks straight out of the blocks."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Vox Series 22 currently available from:
USA:Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine (£157)
Bored with traditional wah sounds? Have a word with this talk box-inspired pedal

Verdict:

"Refreshing filter sounds that get you close to the classic 'talking guitar' effect."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
The Creamery Wide Range Humbuckers (£150)
Pickups with tone like butter? We can't believe they're not more expensive

Verdict:

"Forgive us for milking an old cliché, but cream always rises to the top."

Read the Total Guitar review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Line 6 POD HD (£349)
This HD amp modeller claims to be '10 times' better than before, we test these bold claims...

Verdict:

"For bedroom and studio use this is perfect, but if you mostly play live, other PODs could be better suited."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Line 6 POD HD currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Hudson HDR-3CE Vincent (£918)
This electro-acoustic aims to blend a golden era of guitar-making style with modern features

Verdict:

"The HDR-3CE proves that Hudson knows how to build a great sounding, quality acoustic, boasting high-end appointments without the hefty price tag."

Read the Guitarist review

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