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

31st Jan 2012 | 12:58

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Ibanez RG3250MZ (£1789)
A new six-string that evokes the heyday of '80s rock guitar

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 tested meticulously by either Guitarist or Total Guitar in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout January 2012.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, something eye-catching from Ibanez.

Verdict:

"A true slice of eighties rock - this is a wonderful and fun guitar with which to escape these miserable times."

BUY Ibanez RG3250MZ currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

Read the Ibanez RG3250MZ review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Guild F-150R (£1054)
A new Guild jumbo that should age like a fine wine

Verdict:

"Has the potential to be another fine Guild jumbo."

BUY Guild F-150R currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
USA: American Musical

Read the Guild F-150R review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Pigtronix Class A Boost (£99)
Plug in for some extra grunt

Verdict:

"One louder when you need it, classily delivered."

BUY Pigtronix Class A Boost currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

Read the Pigtronix Class A Boost review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Ibanez RGD2120Z (£1399)
An extended scale metal guitar from Ibanez

Verdict:

"As an alternative to a baritone, this is a great option for truly crushing metal tones. It plays nicely and looks great too."

BUY Ibanez RGD2120Z currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

Read the Ibanez RGD2120Z review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Pigtronix Echolution (£395)
Echo evolution or Echo revolution?

Verdict:

"It sounds great, but could you justify spending the best part of 400 quid on a box that has no memories to store your sounds?"

BUY Pigtronix Echolution currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

Read the Pigtronix Echolution review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Taylor Doyle Deluxe (£1119)
A more affordable version of Doyle Dykes' signature, the new Doyle Deluxe has its own voice

Verdict:

"Hugely versatile with strong visual attitude, the DDX is a great all-rounder for the performing, recording or serious practising musician… even if you've never heard of Doyle Dykes!"

Read theTaylor Doyle Deluxe review

BUY Taylor Doyle Deluxe currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone (£129)
A big plate o' sustain and distortion

Verdict:

"Compression and distortion in one pedal? We'll certainly have some of that. A versatile addition to any pedalboard."

BUY Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann| Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

Read the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
ESP LTD M-330R (£625)
Is this new LTD the trusty, no-frills hard rock and metal axe it appears to be?

Verdict:

"As a metal guitar it's disappointing, but clean tones are decent."

BUY ESP LTD M-330R currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: American Musical

Read the ESP LTD M-330R review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Guild F-130CE (£850)
A cutaway electro from Guild

Verdict:

"Desirable mid-size all-rounder electro sure to attract many takers."

BUY Guild F-130CE currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Absolute Music
USA: American Musical

Read the Guild F-130CE review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Ibanez RG870Z (£739)
We investigate the most affordable model in Ibanez's new Premium range

Verdict:

"A genuinely impressive modern rock guitar, with a feel and tone that belies the rather attractive pricetag."

Read the Ibanez RG870Z review

BUY Ibanez RG870Z currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann| Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Pigtronix EP-2 Envelope Phaser (£195)
Pushing the envelope to extremes…

Verdict:

"Conventional phasing meets off-the-wall funky weirdness in one box. Excellent."

BUY Pigtronix EP-2 Envelope Phaser currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann| Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

Read the Pigtronix EP-2 Envelope Phaser review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Guild D-125-12 (£634)
A gorgeous all-mahogany 12-string dreadnought

Verdict:

"Delightful, janglesome 12 that's bang on the money."

BUY Guild D-125-12 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

Read the Guild D-125-12 review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Strymon TimeLine (£399)
A familiar name makes a welcome return to the delay game, but in a totally new guise…

Verdict:

"A do-it-all delay pedal, superb for studio and stage."

BUY Strymon TimeLine currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann| Sounds Great Music

Read the Strymon TimeLine review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Harmonic Design Super Chrome ($100)
A P-90-style single-coil for your Telecaster… without routing

Verdict:

"If you want a bigger sound from a Tele's neck pickup without getting the tools out, try this. We're glad we did."

Read the Harmonic Design Super Chrome review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Boss BC-2 Combo Drive (£99)
Re-enact the British Invasion with this vintage-voiced stompbox!

Verdict:

"For some better than skin-deep retro action, this is well worth a gander."

Read the Boss BC-2 Combo Drive review

BUY Boss BC-2 Combo Drive 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 (February 2012)
Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster (£430)
This Dinosaur Jr bites like a T-Rex

Verdict:

"An appealingly leftfield addition to the Squier stable."

Read the Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster review

BUY Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Randall Diavlo RD50H (£420)
What's in a name? More than you might think…

Verdict:

"A very decent amp that'll belt out solid clean and crunchy sounds."

Read the Randall Diavlo RD50H review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Way Huge Ringworm (£179)
Talk about opening a can of worms…

Verdict:

"A solid competitor to the Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing."

Read the Way Huge Ringworm review

BUY Way Huge Ringworm currently available from:
UK/Europe: Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Line 6 Mobile In Mobile POD
Can the modelling king turn its hand to mobile apps? The proof is in the POD-ing

Verdict:

"A promising package dragged down by its various flaws."

BUY Line 6 Mobile In Mobile POD currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

Read the Line 6 Mobile In Mobile POD review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
SKB FootNote Amplified Pedalboard (£179)
A 'board with a built-in amp? We have a few notes

Verdict:

"A hybrid that doesn't quite come off."

BUY SKB FootNote Amplified Pedalboard currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music
USA: Full Compass | American Musical

Read the SKB FootNote Amplified Pedalboard review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Carl Martin HeadRoom (£249)
It's springtime for your pedalboard, thanks to this analogue spring reverb pedal

Verdict:

"The smart way to get real spring reverb without buying a whole amp."

BUY Carl Martin HeadRoom currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

Read the Carl Martin HeadRoom review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
ESP LTD EC-330 (£559)
A new single-cutaway LTD enters the fray…

Verdict:

"The EC is fine for cleans, but the metal tones let it down."

BUY ESP LTD EC-330 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.| Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: American Musical

Read the ESP LTD EC-330 review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Bogner Goldfinger 45 (£1999)
An off-the-wall head from a true amp master

Verdict:

"The Goldfinger is one seriously versatile head - take it for a spin…"

BUY Bogner Goldfinger 45 currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

Read the Bogner Goldfinger 45 review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Hagstrom Viking Rex-Tone (£515)
Is this the king of tone, or merely another pretender to the throne?

Verdict:

"It looks the business and Elvis played one of its ancestors. What's not to love?"

BUY Hagstrom Viking Rex-Tone currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

Read the Hagstrom Viking Rex-Tone review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Bogner Barcelona (£1449)
A specialised combo from one of the world's top amp designers

Verdict:

"The Barcelona is a great example of a perfect niche-market amp - audition it."

BUY Bogner Barcelona currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

Read the Bogner Barcelona review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Tanglewood TW15H-E (£859)
A highly impressive entry-level electro dreadnought from Tanglewood

Verdict:

"A picker-friendly dread with winning sounds and looks to match."

Read the Tanglewood TW15H-E review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Neo Instruments Ventilator (£379)
This German stompbox offers the most faithful Leslie emulation to date…

Verdict:

"One of the most realistic rotary speaker emulations we've seen - the next best thing to a real Leslie."

BUY Neo Instruments Ventilator currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater

Read the Neo Instruments Ventilator review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Simon and Patrick Woodland Pro Spruce SG A3T (£870)
A simple yet highly accomplished electro

Verdict:

"Plainish looks but a versatile powerhouse when fired up."

BUYSimon and Patrick Woodland Pro Spruce SG A3T currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann

Read the Simon and Patrick Woodland Pro Spruce SG A3T (£870) review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
ESP LTD H-330NT (£529)
Don't be fooled by the snow-white livery - this beast was made for dark business…

Verdict:

"Probably the best sounding guitar in the LTD 330 Series."

BUY ESP LTD H-330NT currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: American Musical


Read the ESP LTD H-330NT review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Guitar Man Plug 'N' Play Lead With Delay (£17.95)
A rock solo overdrive complete with delay
New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay (£249)
Two delays in one pedal…

Verdict:

"A fine piece of kit for occasional, old-school delayists."

BUY Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

Read the Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Coopersonic Germaniac Vintage Fuzz (£99)
A fuzzbox for sonic terrorists

Verdict:

"A fuzzbox that goes beyond the normal into sonic mania."

Read the Coopersonic Germaniac Vintage Fuzz review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.7 & Custom Shop add-ons
A new update and some added toys to play with…

Verdict:

"At 20 credits each (from €9, depending on how you buy credits) this has something to appeal to a variety of players for the price of a few pints."

BUY IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.7 & Custom Shop add-ons currently available from:
USA: Full Compass

Read the IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.7 & Custom Shop add-ons review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Fret-King Black Label Eclat DBC (£599)
A raw, quirky rock machine…

Verdict:

"Anyone need a raw rock machine? This is it."

BUY Fret-King Black Label Eclat DBC currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

Read the Fret-King Black Label Eclat DBC review

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