New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
1st Aug 2011 | 14:36
Charvel San Dimas Wild Card (£839)
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...
"A stylish looking guitar that's straight from the '80s, with great rock tones and features to keep shredders happy all day long."
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Suhr Rasmus Standard S100 (£899)
"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."
T-Rex ToneBug Chorus + Flanger (£145)
"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."
Jetter GS3 (£199)
"Three levels of dirt in a single pedal with excellent onstage switching options."
Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum (£109)
"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."
Guitar Tech GTE005 Active Volume Pedal (£49.99)
"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."
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Qwik Tune SNARK SN-1 Guitar and Bass Tuner (£14.99)
"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!"
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Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 (£559)
Hofner Verythin Singlecut (£1175)
Knaggs Chesapeake Severn 3 (£2599)
"A very fine interpretation of the classic single-coil guitar with an old-style, clear and ringing sound and a feel to die for."
Fender Super-Sonic Twin (£1798)
"A Twin Reverb for the 21st century - this should become of the standard hire amps for festivals, clubs and studios."
Schecter Robin Finck Ultra (£899)
LTD Viper 10 (£165)
Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA4 (£1359)
Knaggs Influence Kenai 3 (£2699)
"If you like your single-cuts to sound old, clear and soulful, try this."
Vox VDL1 Dynamic Looper (£239)
Hardwire HT-6 Polyphonic Tuner (£99)
"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."
Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 (£1359)
Korg Pandora Mini (£95)
"A diminutive but immensely practical pocket-sized practice tool for headphone use."
IK Multimedia AmpliTube Custom Shop
"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."
Jet City Afterburner (£79)
Dean Dime Amplification D100 head (£449)
Vox Series 22 (£480)
Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine (£157)
The Creamery Wide Range Humbuckers (£150)
"Forgive us for milking an old cliché, but cream always rises to the top."
Line 6 POD HD (£349)
"For bedroom and studio use this is perfect, but if you mostly play live, other PODs could be better suited."
Hudson HDR-3CE Vincent (£918)
"The HDR-3CE proves that Hudson knows how to build a great sounding, quality acoustic, boasting high-end appointments without the hefty price tag."