New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2011)
7th Dec 2011 | 14:19
Gretsch G6128T George Harrison Signature Duo Jet (£2818)
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 November 2011.
Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, the guitar that rocked Hamburg and The Cavern...
"It might not be the Tribute, but with its top build, great playability and '50s tone, this is no consolation prize."
Ampeg GVT52-112 (£677)
Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR (£742)
"The Surfcaster's snottier younger brother may not appeal to everyone… but it does sound great."
DigiTech iPB-10 (£499)
"A state-of-the-art multi-FX floorpedal with the easiest editing ever, but you'll be needing an iPad. Then again, this might just give you the excuse you need to buy one…"
Gordon-Smith GS2 60 (£539)
"Hard to beat at this price - be proud of having the UK's own G-word on the headstock."
Charvel Desolation DS-1 FR (£682)
"A decent, metal-ready take on Gibson's seminal single-cut."
Charvel Desolation DS-1 FR currently available from Thomann
Ibanez A300E-VV (£466)
Charvel Desolation DC-1 ST (£634)
"A good guitar with solid tones, but has its work cut out against Schecter, ESP and PRS SE."
Charvel Desolation DC-1 ST currently available from Thomann
Yamaha A1M (£599)
Suhr Guthrie Govan Antique Modern (£2849)
"A top-class, modern guitar that does everything exceptionally well."
Sandberg Florence Aged (£2099)
MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion (£109)
"A solid, versatile distortion pedal."
MXR M234 Analog Chorus (£134)
Electro-Harmonix Neo Mistress (£59)
"If you want a straight-up flanger for your rig, check this out."
Yamaha AC3R (£889)
T-Rex ToneBug Sustainer (£109)
"Useful tool if you want sustain with clean sounds."
Blackstar S1-104 EL34 & S1-104 6L6 (£1099)
"Awesome heads that round off the Series One range. If you're in the market for a new head or thinking about trading in that combo for something with a little more punch… start looking here."
Carparelli S4 (£996)
"A worthy, if not outstanding addition to the mid-price single-cut market."
Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar (£1306)
"Fender has done a remarkable job of recreating Cobain's Jaguar with accuracy, taste and, above all, respect."
VHT Special 6 Ultra (£249)
Jackson Rhoads RR24XT (£503)
Sozo Z7 Vintage (£699)
"Christian luthier blesses us with a pretty heavenly instrument."
Dunlop JDF2 Fuzz Face (£159)
Fender G-DEC 3 Fifteen (£274)
D*A*M Meathead M-13 (£159)
"Fuzzy perfection in a simple, beautiful stomp box."
Yamaha THR10 (£299)
"Yamaha has reinvented the practice amp to dovetail neatly with the demands of the average guitarist's modern life. The perfect solution for playing and jamming at home."