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

2nd Aug 2013 | 07:34

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
GJ2 Concorde 5 Star
Grover Jackson hits the Rhoads

MusicRadar's sister magazines including Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music, publish the best gear reviews on a monthly basis.

Here we've collected every guitar, amp, pedal, recorder and interface reviews to feature in their reviews sections over the throughout July.

All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Guitarist issue 370, Total Guitar issue 243, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A piece of rock history with tones that will surprise with their versatility. Just go steady with the points!"

FULL REVIEW: GJ2 Concorde 5 Star review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 369)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Chapman ML-2
A serious single-cut electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Everything that made the original MLs so sought after is right here. Chappers has done it again - you'd be bananas not to give this guitar a whirl."

FULL REVIEW: Chapman ML-2 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 242)

BUY: Chapman ML-2 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
RMI Acouswitch IQ DI
Plush acoustic DI/preamp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A superb design especially for the acoustic musician, with flexible loops and good DI facilities."

FULL REVIEW: RMI Acouswitch IQ DI review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Lovepedal Eternity E6
Classic rockin' overdrive pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A great all-round overdrive with extra bite to excite."

FULL REVIEW: Lovepedal Eternity E6 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Lovepedal Eternity E6 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini FFM1 Silicon
Big fuzz tones, mini pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Classic design, worthy update. Best of all, you can fit one on your pedalboard!"

FULL REVIEW: Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini FFM1 Silicon review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini FFM1 Silicon currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini FFM2 Germanium
The Fuzz Face gets shaved down

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Proves the versatility of the original Fuzz Face design while adding a few modern twists to the recipe."

FULL REVIEW: Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini FFM2 Germanium review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini FFM2 Germanium currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Kinsman K100B
Bass combo with built-in effects

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A simple bass amp with solid build quality, that's powerful enough to take you through small gigs. The EQ section is a highlight."

FULL REVIEW: Kinsman K100B review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Tanglewood Java TWJP E
Affordable parlour electro acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This little parlour may not offer the finest plugged-in experience we've ever had, but in every other respect - and at this price - just buy one."

FULL REVIEW: Tanglewood Java TWJP E review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Tanglewood Java TWJP E currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Lowden 32SE Stage Edition
A versatile, high end acoustic guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A superb instrument, built for the stage, but with an endearing acoustic voice. If you're a performing musician, you must try one."

FULL REVIEW: Lowden 32SE Stage Edition review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Lovepedal Kalamazoo
Texas in a stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Harmonically rich drives, that retain presence: Kalamaz-ooh yes!"

FULL REVIEW: Lovepedal Kalamazoo review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Lovepedal Kalamazoo currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
FR:Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Fender Classic Series '60s Stratocaster Lacquer
A stunning Mexican model

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The perfect choice if you can't stretch to a Fender American Vintage-series instrument. More colours please!"

FULL REVIEW: Fender Classic Series '60s Stratocaster Lacquer review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Fender Classic Series '60s Stratocaster Lacquer currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:American Musical
FR: Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Lovepedal Echo Baby
Mini delay pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A quality, vintage sounding echo/delay in a tiny box: cool."

FULL REVIEW: Lovepedal Echo Baby review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Lovepedal Echo Baby currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music
FR: Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Martin D-17M
Modest, multi-tasking acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A great guitar that screams, "Play me!" Covers more bases than you expect, without batting an eyelid."

FULL REVIEW: Martin D-17M review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Martin D-17M currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
GJ2 Glendora
An electric reliving metal's roots

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A somewhat lacklustre tonal performance is redeemed by the wonderful neck and palpable 80s vibe."

FULL REVIEW: GJ2 Glendora review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Lovepedal OD11
Transparent overdrive pedal tones

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Surprisingly low price for this capable overdrive with plenty of gain."

FULL REVIEW: Lovepedal OD11 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Lowden Thomas Leeb Signature
Percussive acoustic guitarists' prayers answered

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A reminder of Lowden's original vision updated for the percussive player. You might not be Thomas Leeb but here's the tool you need."

FULL REVIEW: Lowden Thomas Leeb Signature review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Throbak MXV
Authentic PAF pickup replicas

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Be prepared to raid the piggy bank, but the tonal clarity and voice you'll gain will be worth it. An almost obsessive quest for vintage accuracy."

FULL REVIEW: Throbak MXV review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Ibanez RGIR20FE
No frills = more thrills on this electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The perfect example of a no-fuss shred machine that lets you impress your personality on the guitar, rather than the other way around."

FULL REVIEW: Ibanez RGIR20FE review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 243)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Lovepedal Les Lius
Fender tweed-style tones in a pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Wonderful, evocative tweed tones in a pedal."

FULL REVIEW: Lovepedal Les Lius review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Lovepedal Les Lius currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Martin 000-17SM
Flexible fingerpicking acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Taking the 'small brown guitar' ethic another step on, Martin reinvents a 157-year- old classic with style and panache."

FULL REVIEW: Martin 000-17SM review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Martin 000-17SM currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Schecter Banshee 6 FR Passive
Electric guitar that will have you wailing

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Banshee is among the finest-playing double-cuts at this price point, and that's really something to scream about."

FULL REVIEW: Schecter Banshee 6 FR Passive review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 243)

BUY: Schecter Banshee 6 FR Passive currently available from:
USA:American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Tanglewood Java TWJF E
Folk-sized electro at a friendly price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you like the looks of figured woods and need a versatile, affordable acoustic, try this now. It's way more guitar than the price suggests."

FULL REVIEW: Tanglewood Java TWJF E review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Vox Mini5 Rhythm
Streetwise busking amplifier

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For such a little amp, the Mini5 offers huge possibilities."

FULL REVIEW: Vox Mini5 Rhythm review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 243)

BUY: Vox Mini5 Rhythm currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Lovepedal Babyface Tremolo
Three tremolos in a tiny stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A versatile tremolo despite the tiny dimensions."

FULL REVIEW: Lovepedal Babyface Tremolo review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 243)

BUY: Lovepedal Babyface Tremolo currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
FR:Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Ibanez RGIR27E
A reassuringly familiar radical

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is one of the most impressive mid-priced seven-strings we've played."

FULL REVIEW: Ibanez RGIR27E review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 243)

BUY: Ibanez RGIR27E currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
FR:Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Gibson N-225
Another Gibson opinion-divider

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The N-225 captures some classic Gibson design elements, and actually, we quite like the looks - even if, like the tones, they won't please everyone."

FULL REVIEW: Gibson N-225 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 370)

BUY: Gibson N-225 currently available from:
FR:Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Vintage Historic Series VE660
Affordable pre-war-style acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Vintage Historic Series boasts great playability and build quality, bags of tonal potential and a gig-ready pickup system - all wrapped in a distinctive old-school persona."

FULL REVIEW: Vintage Historic Series VE660 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 243)

BUY: Vintage Historic Series VE660 currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
EMG Metal Works 57 & 66 pickups
Vintage tones from the metal kings

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"EMG has seriously expanded its tonal palette with the 57 and 66 humbuckers. The message now? It's time to take a fresh look at what EMG has to offer."

FULL REVIEW: EMG Metal Works 57 & 66review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 243)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Ibanez RGIR28FE
Entry-level eight-string guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"At this price, it's an excellent option, however unwieldy, for those new to eight-strings looking to hone their technique."

FULL REVIEW: Ibanez RGIR28FE review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 243)

BUY: Ibanez RGIR28FE currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

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