New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)

11th Mar 2011 | 11:42

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Blackstar HT Soloist 60 112 combo (£649)
Is this the best of the HT Venue range?

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 meticulously tested by either MusicRadar, Guitarist, or Total Guitar in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout February 2011.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. Up first is Blackstar's HT Soloist 60 combo.

Verdict:

"We think the HT Soloist 60 is the best amp in the range - put it at the top of your 'must try' list."

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar HT Soloist 60 112 combo

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 337)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Epiphone Slash Appetite Les Paul (£699)
Enough to whet the appetite of any Slash fan

Verdict:

"This Slash Epi sets the bar for all signature models, subtly different from the Les Paul template and a joy to play."

FULL REVIEW: Epiphone Slash Appetite Les Paul

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 211)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Wampler Paisley Drive (£239)
One of the world's leading guitarists puts his name to an overdrive pedal

Verdict:

"Dark and brooding to bright and punchy, the Paisley Drive is a superb all-round overdrive, whether you like Brad or not."

FULL REVIEW: Wampler Paisley Drive

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 338)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
LAG Tramontane T100D (£299)
High-class features at a reasonable price

Verdict:

"A hearty welcome to the ranks of affordable, eager-to-please dreadnoughts."

FULL REVIEW:LAG Tramontane T100D

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 337)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Schecter PT Fastback (£599)
A traditionally styled tribute to Townshend

Verdict:

"A good-quality guitar, but it could be eclipsed by the original - well worth trying, though."

FULL REVIEW: Schecter PT Fastback

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 337)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Framus Ruby Riot II (£1949)
Vintage and modern rock sounds in a riot that's anything but quiet

Verdict:

"A pro-level gigging combo with great cleans and varied rock tones."

FULL REVIEW: Framus Ruby Riot II

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
TC Electronic Shaker (£105)
An intuitive vibrato stomper

Verdict:

"A cool pedal with an effect that's not heard as much as other modulation effects, but deserves to be."

FULL REVIEW:TC Electronic Shaker

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 338)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Charvel Pro Mod Limited Wild Card (£821.33)
Limited-edition version of the ultimate hot-rod rock machine

Verdict:

"This is certainly something of a departure for Charvel, and is appealing in its own right, but we hope the next will be a graphic-clad eye-popper!"

FULL REVIEW: Charvel Pro Mod Limited Wild Card

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 337)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Line 6 DT50 (£1349)
Line 6's new flagship combo amp is a hybrid with adaptive valve circuitry

Verdict:

"A new hybrid amp design delivering the best amp sounds we've ever heard from a Line 6 product."

FULL REVIEW: Line 6 DT50

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 338)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
LAG Tramontane T66A (£179)
Looks and performance needn't cost a packet

Verdict:

"Don't for one minute dismiss the T66A because of its laminated top. It should easily go the distance against similarly priced solid-top rivals, making it something of a snip. This Tramontane is a real find among budget folks."

FULL REVIEW: LAG Tramontane T66A

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine 337)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Peavey 6534+ (£1499)
The metal-tastic 6505+, tweaked and powered by EL34 output valves

Verdict:

"Not many amps provide such a good metal tone, let alone a decent clean and crunch too. A highly credible, more Marshally flavoured take on the much-loved 6505+."

FULL REVIEW:Peavey 6534+

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 338)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Schecter PT (£599)
It may not be a Townshend signature model, but it's a definite tribute

Verdict:

"The PT is a modern classic with great playability and tone, and pickups that can kick your teeth in."

FULL REVIEW:Schecter PT

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 337)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Charvel Pro Mod So-Cal Style 1 (£727.33)
The ultimate rocker gets updated

Verdict:

"All that separates this from the deleted US models is the price; great rock tone, high spec and the Hollywood vibe remain. At this price, you must seriously consider one."

FULL REVIEW: Charvel Pro Mod So-Cal Style 1

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 337)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Blackstar HT-1R (£199)
A teeny, tiny one-watt valve amp that packs more punch than you might imagine

Verdict:

"Loads of fun, but it's no toy. For great low-volume sounds at home, this is a no-brainer."

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar HT-1R

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 338)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Blackstar HT-Blackfire (£199)
Unleash the fury with this Gus G-approved valve distortion

Verdict:

"At £199, it's a pretty serious purchase, but with two channels of convincing valve tones, pro build quality, tonal flexibility via the ISF control, and that handy emulated output, this is a viable option for any rig that's in need of a sonic power-up."

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar HT-Blackfire

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 211)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Jackson JS32 Kelly (£363)
The black-clad metal machine with a neck built for your meanest riffs

Verdict:

"A monster metal axe on a budget."

FULL REVIEW: Jackson JS32 Kelly

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 211)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Guitar Tech Dot-Matrix Tuner (£49)
Stay in tune with this no-frills gigging essential

Verdict:

"The Dot- Matrix is tough enough to be booted around your local, and offers all the basic requirements for onstage tuning."

FULL REVIEW: Guitar Tech Dot-Matrix Tuner

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 211)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Effectrode Fire Bottle (£189)
Even the most modest pedals can benefit from quality components and expert design

Verdict:

"An interesting, good-sounding pedal that's ideal for expanding a single-coil-equipped guitar."

FULL REVIEW: Effectrode Fire Bottle

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 338)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Guild F-30R Std (£1714)
Guild plays the value card and comes up trumps

Verdict:

"Expressive, lyrical, clear-toned - nailing the essential OM criteria."

FULL REVIEW: Guild F-30R Std

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 338)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Blackstar HT-Delay (£199)
Digital accuracy meets valve warmth

Verdict:

"A versatile delay that offers a range of additional tonal options."

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar HT-Delay

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 337)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Guild D-40 Std (£1606)
An impressive stripped-down dreadnought

Verdict:

"Everything a great dread should be."

FULL REVIEW: Guild D-40 Std

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 338)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Guitar Tech Vintage Chorus (£49)
The Marmite of the effects world rears its head once again

Verdict:

"Not bad, but not amazing."

FULL REVIEW: Guitar Tech Vintage Chorus

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 211)

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