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

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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
SPL Cabulator
The Cabulator's front controls look after the power reduction and speaker voicing

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.

We've collated the latest guitars, amps, pedals, recorders and interfaces to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music, Future Music, Rhythm, Total Guitar and Guitarist's test teams.

All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Guitarist issue 361 and 362, Total Guitar issue 233 and 234, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.


MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Cabulator is an investment for players who need to keep the volume down while recording or performing."

FULL REVIEW:SPL Cabulator

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 233)

BUY: SPL Cabulator currently available from:
UK:
Thomann
USA:
Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Walden T550CE
There's a vague parlour vibe to the T550CE's 7/8 size

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The T550CE feels more manageable than a full-size acoustic, sounds great raw and cleans up nicely through an amp. Make room for it in the hold of your tour bus..."

FULL REVIEW:Walden T550CE

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 233)

BUY: Walden T550CE currently available from:
UK:
Thomann
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Carr Amplifiers Bloke
The Bloke combo is compact, smartly proportioned and built to a remarkably high standard

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Another great amp from Steve Carr that delivers serious classic rock tone. Don't miss it!"

FULL REVIEW:Carr Amplifiers Bloke

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: Carr Amplifiers Bloke currently available from:
UK: Sounds Great Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Ortega Coral-NY
The Coral-NY is a crossover between the steel-string flat-top and the flamenco-style classical guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The purist in us says no, but the player says yes! This is a great, affordable example of the modern steel/nylon hybrid."

FULL REVIEW:Ortega Coral-NY

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: Ortega Coral-NY currently available from:
UK:
Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
T-Rex Tapster tremolo
The Tapster Tremolo combines a vintage trem sound with tap tempo capabilities

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The Tapster is a warm, organic amp-style tremolo that's always in sync with your music.

FULL REVIEW:T-Rex Tapster tremolo

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
T-Rex Mean Machine double distortion
Two identical distortion channels with their own controls - perfect for live performances!

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is an excellent distortion in a practical package. For two levels of the same sound or two contrasting sounds, the Mean Machine will deliver."

FULL REVIEW:T-Rex Mean Machine

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
T-Rex Room-Mate Junior
The Junior Room-mate lives up to its name, using less space on the pedalboard than the original

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Whether you wish to emulate a vintage spring or surround your sound with a certain size of ambience, this is a solid choice."

FULL REVIEW:T-Rex Room-Mate Junior

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
T-Rex Duck Tail Delay
In Duck mode, you control the amount of delay you get via picking dynamics

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Concentrating on just three extremely usable delay types, the Duck Tail offers simplicity of operation combined with classy sound."

FULL REVIEW:T-Rex Duck Tail Delay

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: T-Rex Duck Tail Delay currently available from:
UK:Sounds Great Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Manuel Rodriguez MCR11
The MCR11 is imbued with Spanish tradition

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A very typical electro-cutaway Spanish guitar. It won't blow your socks off but, so long as those string outputs are sorted, it's definitely very fit for purpose."

FULL REVIEW:Manuel Rodriguez MCR11

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
TC Electronic Flashback X4
Can this new delay pedal topple Line 6's DL4?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you use delay as part of your sound, the Flashback X4 is a very practical and creative pedal to cover all your needs."

FULL REVIEW:TC Electronic Flashback X4

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: TC Electronic Flashback X4 currently available from:
UK:
Andertons Music | Thomann | | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Fret-King Black Label Corona GW
Jack of all trades, master of, well, quite a lot actually…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Any guitarist after one instrument for almost any occasion need look no further."

FULL REVIEW:Fret-King Black Label Corona GW

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: Fret-King Black Label Corona GW currently available from:
UK:
Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Dennis Marshall Acoustic Preamp
The ECC83 valve imparts a moody red glow through a mesh-protected outlet hole in the top

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For the gigging electro-acoustic musician this mini preamp could well become indispensable. Not cheap, but then neither is the sound it produces."

FULL REVIEW:Dennis Marshall Acoustic Preamp

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Yamaha Silent Guitar SLG130NW
The SLG130NW, with its centre block and outer frame, rips up the classical guitar rulebook entirely

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It might seem like a gimmick, but this is a highly practical practice tool and great plugged in for stage or home-recording use."

FULL REVIEW:Yamaha Silent Guitar SLG130NW

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: Yamaha Silent Guitar SLG130NW currently available from:
UK:
Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Snark SN-10 Pedal Tuner
There's a retro space-age vibe in the shaping of the weighty metal casing

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Another day, another chromatic stompbox tuner. The SN-10 is tough, fast and accurate and probably just cheap enough to challenge the industry standard Boss TU-3."

FULL REVIEW:Snark SN-10 Pedal Tuner

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
A/DA GCS-2
The cabinet simulator on test is a compact stompbox-sized unit with connections round the back and four two-way switches plus a single knob on the top surface.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An inexpensive box that's practical in several different scenarios, and can recreate the sound of a range of guitar speaker cabinets."

FULL REVIEW:A/DA GCS-2

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Joan Cashimira 87BCE
The 87BCE's dark binding contrasts nicely with the clean 'white' body wood

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's a shame the electrified sound doesn't match its excellent acoustic performance. Find one that does, however, and it'll be a fine flamenco-style electro."

FULL REVIEW:Joan Cashimira 87BCE

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Sahe Audio Rekawl
Forgetting your effects settings? There's an app for that

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you want to quickly recall then recreate a particular sound, this is the app to do it with. There's also a Lite version that costs just 69p if you want to try it out…"

FULL REVIEW:Sahe Audio Rekawl

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Martin DRS2
This '2' variant shares the recent DRS1's principle spec points, but replaces the mahogany top with one of solid Sitka spruce

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A credible mid-price take on Martin's all-conquering dreadnought."

FULL REVIEW:Martin DRS2

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: Martin DRS2 currently available from:
UK:
Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Italia Modulo Tipo 3
A taste-dividing, flashy double-cutaway electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Great sounds for the money, if you can carry it off, visually."

FULL REVIEW:Italia Modulo Tipo 3

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Martin GPCPA5K
The '5'-tier Performing Artist series guitars use high pressure laminates with a koa-pattern top layer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A capable all-rounder whose brand appeal ultimately outstrips the guitar's performance: not for traditionalists."

FULL REVIEW:Martin GPCPA5K

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: Martin GPCPA5K currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Fender Blacktop Telecaster Baritone
A stylistically-flexible baritone guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Tele's no-nonsense nature combines with some neat design ideas to produce an effective baritone guitar."

FULL REVIEW:Fender Blacktop Telecaster Baritone

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: Fender Blacktop Telecaster Baritone currently available from:
UK:
Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Italia Fiorano Standard
A cool, compact semi-acoustic is put to the test…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Super-sized 60s sounds in a compact, affordable package."

FULL REVIEW:Italia Fiorano Standard

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Martin DCPA5K
Can this cutaway electro-acoustic perform?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Capable all-rounder whose brand appeal ultimately outstrips the guitar's performance: not for traditionalists."

FULL REVIEW:Martin DCPA5K

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: Martin DCPA5K currently available from:
UK:
Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
PRS SE Angelus Standard
Touches like the iconic bird inlays and traditional headstock momentarily fool you into thinking it's a real PRS

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The SE is genuinely a knockout guitar. Even the most cloth-eared punter would agree this sounds a cut above budget strumboxes."

FULL REVIEW:PRS SE Angelus Standard

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 234)

BUY: PRS SE Angelus Standard currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Gear4Music Electric-ST guitar and amp pack
All you need to start playing the electric guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Including a reasonable guitar and a truly excellent amp, as well as all the accessories, this is a perfect place to begin a serious love affair with the electric guitar, a relationship that, if you're lucky, will last a lifetime."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music Electric-ST guitar and amp pack

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 234)

BUY: Gear4Music Electric-ST guitar and amp pack currently available from:
UK:
Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Marshall DSL40C
A 'modern classic' guitar amp updated

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Undoubtedly one of the most compelling sub-£700 combos around."

FULL REVIEW:Marshall DSL40C

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 234)

BUY: Marshall DSL40C currently available from:
UK:
Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Bare Knuckle Black Hawk
Active humbucker sound, in a passive package

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"From razor-sharp Ramones chugging to dynamic metal lead work, The Black Hawks score full marks on every level."

FULL REVIEW:Bare Knuckle Black Hawk

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 234)

BUY: Bare Knuckle Black Hawk currently available from:
UK:
Andertons Music Co. | Gear4Music
FR:Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Eagletone Raging 15R
A small guitar amp with sizeable tones

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For home recording and practice, this isn't the amp for you. However, for melting faces and making your audience feel like they've been punched in the chest, bring it on."

FULL REVIEW:Eagletone Raging 15R

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 234)

BUY: Eagletone Raging 15R currently available from:
FR:Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Hagstrom Viking Baritone
Fresh off the longboat: a versatile baritone guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Viking Baritone opens up whole new avenues to your playing and songwriting for a very reasonable price."

FULL REVIEW:Hagstrom Viking Baritone

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 234)

BUY: Hagstrom Viking Baritone currently available from:
UK:
Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Gear4music GP120 Guitar Multi FX Pedal
A multi-effects pedal with multiple personality disorder

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A curate's egg of a pedal, but the good definitely outweighs the bad."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4music GP120 Guitar Multi FX Pedal

BUY: Gear4music GP120 Guitar Multi FX Pedal currently available from:
UK:
Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Boss FB-2 Feedbacker/Booster
The FB-2 is a pedal of two halves - both a boost and a 'Feedbacker'

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"There's no shortage of boost pedals out there, so including the feedbacker takes this stompbox from fairly ordinary to downright desirable."

FULL REVIEW:Boss FB-2 Feedbacker/Booster

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 234)

BUY: Boss FB-2 Feedbacker/Booster currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Andertons Music | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Faith Neptune
An acoustic guitar of Olympian proportions

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"As George Michael once put it, you gotta have Faith. And, in this instance, we'd definitely have to agree with him."

FULL REVIEW:Faith Neptune

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 234)

BUY: Faith Neptune currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Gear4Music Dreadnought Electro Acoustic
Gear4music get in on the super-budget electro acoustic act with their dreadnought guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Punching well above its weight, we reckon this guitar is an absolute steal for those on a budget."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music Dreadnought Electro Acoustic

BUY: Gear4Music Dreadnought Electro Acoustic currently available from:
UK:
Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Gear4Music Metal X electric guitar
The next essential metal purchase after the leather strides and studded wristband

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Metal X looks great and sounds great: leave the whammy alone and you'll be away."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music Metal X electric guitar

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 234)

BUY: Gear4Music Metal X electric guitar currently available from:
UK:
Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Schecter Blackjack SLS PT
The ultimate mid-price metal machine?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Blackjack SLS PT is very much a case of function over form, perfect for metallers who don't need a purple flame top to make their point."

FULL REVIEW:Schecter Blackjack SLS PT

(Reviewed in Total Guitar 234)

BUY: Schecter Blackjack SLS PT currently available from:
USA:
Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Black Knight CL22M
An affordable axe for rock, punk and metal players

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Tuning and intonation problems aside the CL-22M is a solid first guitar."

FULL REVIEW:Black Knight CL22M

BUY: Black Knight CL22M currently available from:
UK:
Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Zoom MS-50G MultiStomp
Multi-fx in a stompbox footprint

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Having Zoom's multi-effects in a compact form factor could provide the most practical chameleon pedal so far."

FULL REVIEW:Zoom MS-50G MultiStomp

(Reviewed in Guitarist 362)

BUY: Zoom MS-50G MultiStomp currently available from:
UK:
Andertons Music | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | American Musical
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Yamaha THR10C
A tiny amp packed with vintage tones

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The THR hits the spot for vintage tones for home use and recording - check it out now."

FULL REVIEW:Yamaha THR10C

(Reviewed in Guitarist 362)

BUY: Yamaha THR10C currently available from:
UK:
Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:
Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Origin Effects Cali76
A truly classy compressor

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Quality low-noise FET studio compression in a stompbox."

FULL REVIEW:Origin Effects Cali76

(Reviewed in Guitarist 362)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Gear4Music BP120 bass multi-FX pedal
Just what you need for a bit of drum and bass

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A decent and affordable selection of bass effects and beats to play along with."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music BP120 bass multi-FX pedal

BUY: Gear4Music BP120 bass multi-FX pedal currently available from:
UK:
Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Danelectro Dead On '58 Longhorn Bass
Be the cat Who got the Cream

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A well-priced bass with all the sounds and features associated with the early Longhorn designs. Ignore this at your peril."

FULL REVIEW:Danelectro Dead On '58 Longhorn Bass

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: Danelectro Dead On '58 Longhorn Bass currently available from:
UK:
Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Black Knight CB-10 bass guitar
Low notes, low price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The CB-10 doesn't blow any of its competitors out of the water as such, but for the money it's a great bass that any beginner should be delighted to play. Recommended."

FULL REVIEW:Black Knight CB-10 bass guitar

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 361)

BUY: Black Knight CB-10 bass guitar currently available from:
UK:
Gear4Music

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