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

2nd Aug 2012 | 08:35

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
43 products at a glance

Every month, MusicRadar's industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - 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 tested meticulously by either Guitarist or Total Guitar in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout July 2012.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, Fender wades into the multi-FX marketplace…

Next: Fender Mustang Floor

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Fender Mustang Floor (£298)
Fender hits the deck, but are we floored?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A worthy contender, but in this instance the mighty 'F' isn't yet at the top of the heap.”

FULL REVIEW:Fender Mustang Floor

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

BUY Fender Mustang Floor currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Tonebutcher Weewah ($185)
The tiny little secret to massive tone

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's bags of fun, and we don't want to give it back.”

FULL REVIEW:Tonebutcher Weewah

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Chandler Limited Germanium Drive (£327)
It's one louder

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A pedal that you'll need to demo before you make the commitment.

FULL REVIEW:Chandler Limited Germanium Drive

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 327)

BUY Chandler Limited Germanium Drive currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Gibson Firebird Studio Non-Reverse (£1129)
Open the door to tonal heaven with this retro-flavoured blue beauty.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A killer one-two combination: superstar looks and boasting more under the hood than you could possibly conceive.”

FULL REVIEW:Gibson Firebird Studio Non-Reverse

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

BUY Gibson Firebird Studio Non-Reverse currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
ESP LTD EC-256P (£419)
Put your velvet jacket on, light a cigar and prepare to kick out the jams…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For jazzers or punks looking for a bit of class, this beast is the business.”

FULL REVIEW:ESP LTD EC-256P

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

BUY ESP LTD EC-256P currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Peavey Captain America Predator (£249)
Kapow! Time to wear your underpants outside your trousers and play some super-powered sweep picking

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This guitar is at the upper end of quality and playability for its price range making it unbeatable for crime-fighting shredders on a budget.”

FULL REVIEW:Peavey Captain America Predator

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

BUY Peavey Captain America Predator currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Sabre Wraith (£1299)
En garde! This ghostly swordsman has come to test your mettle

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An outstanding guitar, whatever your style.”

FULL REVIEW:Sabre Wraith

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

BUYSabre Wraith currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music Co.

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Squier Jim Root Telecaster (£406)
No sour notes here - this Tele's got the stones to shred

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“With a pickup upgrade, the improved tones would take the Jim Root Tele to the next level, but even at its most basic, this is simply a great rock guitar.”

FULL REVIEW:Squier Jim Root Telecaster

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

BUY Squier Jim Root Telecaster currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Tanglewood Sundance Natural TW15 OP (£399)
The stripped-back finish of Tanglewood's latest steed lets the tone do the talking

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This is one guitar that deserves to be on your most-wanted list, and you won't have to spend an outlaw's bounty to get it.”

FULL REVIEW:Tanglewood Sundance Natural TW15 OP

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

BUY Tanglewood Sundance Natural TW15 OP currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music | Absolute Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Boss GT-100 (£470)
The latest GT series unit offers increased DSP power, new features and improved ease of use

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The GT-100 continues the lineage of this series with sonic and ergonomic advances that make it a powerful tool for both recording and live use.”

FULL REVIEW:Boss GT-100

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

BUY Boss GT-100 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.|,Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Carvin VL300 Legacy 3 (£1130)
The latest version of Steve Vai's signature amp head drops down in size but does it retain its myriad features and versatile tones?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Finally, a high-powered, all-valve amp that comes in a more than portable package.”

FULL REVIEW:Carvin VL300 Legacy 3

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Koch Jupiter 1 x 12 Combo (£610)
Koch returns to centre stage with a killer hybrid combo that you won't want to miss

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A superb grab-and-go club amp, perfect for the working musician and tonally in a class of its own.”

FULL REVIEW:Koch Jupiter 1 x 12 Combo

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Joyo Analog Chorus (£39)
Bucket-brigade Chorus

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An inexpensive pedal to provide some '80s-style chorus flavour, especially if you like your effects to cut through when you kick them in.”

FULL REVIEW:Joyo Analog Chorus

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Joyo Analog Delay (£39)
Cheap old-school delay

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Analogue or digital, it does a great job at a bargain price. If you want 100 per cent genuine BBD analogue delay, you need to pay a whole packet more.”

FULL REVIEW:Joyo Analog Delay

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Joyo Roll Boost (£37)
You gotta roll with it

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Roll Boost offers transparent boost when you need it at a budget price and is doubles as a viable alternative to an overdrive pedal for valve amps. Blimmin' excellent.”

FULL REVIEW:Joyo Roll Boost

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Joyo Vintage Overdrive (£29)
It's green for a reason

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“There are Tube Screamer clones everywhere you look. This one has the advantage of taking care of the overdrive and amp-driving duties for under 30 quid, even if the design is highly derivative.”

FULL REVIEW:Joyo Vintage Overdrive

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Mayones Setius GTM6 (£1279)
The rock guitar market might runneth over but there's always room for one more killer shred machine. Take this handsome Polish beast for example…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Do we really need another twin-bucker rock machine clogging up our music shops? When it's as good as the Setius GTM6, why the heck not?”

FULL REVIEW:Mayones Setius GTM6

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Dunlop SC95 Slash Cry Baby Classic (£149)
Welcome to the wah-wah

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you use a wah in a rock environment and don't necessarily need to double as a Nile Rodgers-style funk guitarist at weekends, you should give this a try.”

FULL REVIEW:Dunlop SC95 Slash Cry Baby Classic

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

BUYDunlop SC95 Slash Cry Baby Classic currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music Co. | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Vintage VRC-800AMF electro resonator (£429)
A plug-in-and-play resonator. Almost

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Vintage can't seem to decide who this is for. The strings don't match the pickup and what for many is a slide guitar is set up as a standard electric. Nicely made though…”

FULL REVIEW:Vintage VRC-800AMF electro resonator

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Korg Pitchblack Poly (£83)
Accurate tuning at a single strum

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Overall, the Pitchblack Poly is a fine unit that does nothing to dilute Korg's reputation as a maker of quality tuners.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg Pitchblack Poly

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

BUY Korg Pitchblack Poly currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Fender American Standard Telecaster 2012 (£1330)
We ask what's changed in more than 60 years of Tele evolution

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not the most vintage or modern Tele in Fender's range, this is nonetheless a thoroughly competent modern Tele: plug in, play.”

FULL REVIEW:Fender American Standard Telecaster 2012

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

BUY Fender American Standard Telecaster 2012 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster 2012 (£1402)
Can the latest incarnation of the Strat offer anything new?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not the most vintage or modern Strat in Fender's range, but hard to fault on any level.”

FULL REVIEW:Fender American Standard Stratocaster 2012

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

BUYFender American Standard Stratocaster 2012 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann| Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard (£1999)
Gibson has given the trusty LP a few tweaks - so how does the new model measure up?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Looks like a classic 'Paul but has numerous good-sounding additional tones. A very well-made guitar indeed.”

FULL REVIEW:Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

BUYGibson 2012 Les Paul Standard currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Vintage Paul Brett Signature VE8000PB-12 (£499)
A 12-stringer that uses vintage techniques to create a more satisfying guitar for the modern player

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A pro-sounding and playing guitar with heritage features that are suitable for home, gigging and the studio.”

FULL REVIEW:Vintage Paul Brett Signature VE8000PB-12

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

BUY Vintage Paul Brett Signature VE8000PB-12 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Vintage Paul Brett Signature VE8000PB (£449)
A budget parlour acoustic from a man who knows

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A worthy addition to any collection. Professional performance without the eye-watering pricetag to match.”

FULL REVIEW:Vintage Paul Brett Signature VE8000PB

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Marshall JMP1 combo (£589)
Marshall offers a mini take on the legendary Super Lead

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A piece of history that all self-respecting guitar players should own.”

FULL REVIEW:Marshall JMP1 combo

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

BUYMarshall JMP1 combo currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Vox DelayLab (£238)
Vox eases your onstage delay experience with a practical three-in-one stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you want easy onstage access to a range of different delay times and types, the DelayLab sets a new practical standard: superb.”

FULL REVIEW:Vox DelayLab

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

BUY Vox DelayLab currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Yamaha APX1200II (£1189)
An update to Yamaha's popular gigging electro

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A comfortable, powerful electro equally at home on stage or in the studio.”

FULL REVIEW:Yamaha APX1200II

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Marshall JCM1 combo (£599)
Marshall shrinks down a classic '80s amp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you can afford it, take the chance to grab a little slice of rock history.”

FULL REVIEW:Marshall JCM1 combo

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

BUYMarshall JCM1 combo currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Yamaha CPX1200II (£1189)
One of Yamaha's flagship electros receives an upgrade…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Great looks, great tone, well-priced - what's not to like?”

FULL REVIEW:Yamaha CPX1200II

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Midland Subzero Sun Headphones (£34.95)
Seriously cool cans

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“As an all-in-one product it's a smart buy, and there's also a winter version for colder climes. Just make sure to pack the right set…”

FULL REVIEW:Midland Subzero Sun Headphones

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Steve Clayton Pork Knuckle Slide (£16.95)
Treat yourself to a crackling slide

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you prefer your slides on the porky side, check it out.”

FULL REVIEW:Steve Clayton Pork Knuckle Slide

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Coda 251 Foot pedal (£89.99)
A foot controller for hands-free operation of PC, Mac and tablet

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Brilliant stuff - we'd love to see a more affordable plastic version for bedroom players, though.”

FULL REVIEW:Coda 251 Foot pedal

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 357)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Planet Waves Cellu-Glo Picks (£2.99)
Your new glo-to plectrum

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Added luminosity is a very welcome feature indeed.”

FULL REVIEW:Planet Waves Cellu-Glo Picks

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

BUYPlanet Waves Cellu-Glo Picks currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Carvin V3M Micro Amp (£694)
Here's one small amp head that dares to compete with the big boys

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The V3M may be a micro amp but there's nothing small about how it delivers its tonal payload.”

FULL REVIEW:Carvin V3M Micro Amp

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Custom 77 'The Watcher' DL3 (€945)
Alternative fans take note: this retro looking beauty is one to, err, watch…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A real peach.”

FULL REVIEW:Custom 77 'The Watcher' DL3

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta (£202)
It's cool, it's quirky and it makes a lot of noise. Say hello to Greta

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Bags of fun, completely affordable and stylishly bridges the gap between living-room gadget and a proper practice tool.”

FULL REVIEW:Fender Pawn Shop Special Greta

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

BUYFender Pawn Shop Special Greta currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
TC Electronic Spark Booster (£105)
Massage into rig to revitalise dull, lifeless tone

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Whether you've picked up any of TC's other drive pedals or not, you'll be in fine company with the Spark Booster.”

FULL REVIEW:TC Electronic Spark Booster

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

BUY TC Electronic Spark Booster currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Farida Guitars Marina MD-10 (£199)
Farida's girlie-named workhorse turns in a man-sized performance

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This is an underpriced, overachieving axe that's cheap enough to drag around the festival circuit, but good enough to use for low-key recording.”

FULL REVIEW:Farida Guitars Marina MD-10

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 230 issue 230)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Washburn WD7S (£179)
This slugger from Chicago deserves a heavyweight title

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“When it comes to big performance on a tight budget, this workhorse from the Windy City comes up trumps.”

FULL REVIEW:Washburn WD7S

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 232)

BUYWashburn WD7S currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Peavey PXD Vicious Devin Townsend (£1299)
Can a guitar get any more metal than this seven-string baritone V? Let's rock!

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you really need a baritone seven-string as well as a throwing/bludgeon weapon, this simply has to be at the top of your list.”

FULL REVIEW:Peavey PXD Vicious Devin Townsend

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST (£634)
Hey, the 1980s called - they want the future back

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This is for the flamboyant among you. Are you going to live your life a chicken, or strut like a peacock?”

FULL REVIEW:Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

BUYCharvel Desolation DST-1 ST currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2012)
ESP LTD EX-360 (£689)
Black as midnight on a moonless night

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“With its extra grunt and tonal versatility, we'd go with function over form, dress down and tool up with the EX-360.”

FULL REVIEW:ESP LTD EX-360

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

BUYESP LTD EX-360 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
USA: American Musical

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