New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)

3rd Feb 2014 | 09:35

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
G2D Morpheus
It's the pedal for the metal

Every month Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - all of which are MusicRadar's sister publications - feature the best independent gear reviews around.

Here we've collected all the guitar-related gear reviewed on the site in January, including guitars, amps, stompboxes and recording interfaces.

All of the gear here was originally reviewed in Guitarist issue 376/377, Total Guitar issue 248, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team. This month, things kicked off with the G2D Morpheus pedal...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Decent, if a little overpriced, distortion from Down Under if you don't mind a three-inch-tall pedal."

FULL REVIEW: G2D Morpheus review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 376)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Larrivée D-40R
Cost-effective USA dreadnought

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A beautifully expansive dreadnought that is equally at home strummed or fingerpicked. A must-try."

FULL REVIEW: Larrivée D-40R review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 376)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
T-Rex Fuel Tank Goliath
A truly monstrous pedal supply

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's not the cheapest example on the market, but the Fuel Tank Goliath demonstrates T-Rex's unending dedication to improvement. A highly capable power supply."

FULL REVIEW: T-Rex Fuel Tank Goliath review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 376)

BUY: T-Rex Fuel Tank Goliath currently available from:
UK:Thomann
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Larrivée OM-40
Brand new braces for this acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The slightly tighter-sounding OM is our choice for recording and ensemble use."

FULL REVIEW: Larrivée OM-40 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 376)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Hotone Chunk
Massive distortion from a tiny pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For classic Maiden leads and sleazy Slash riffs, the Chunk is what you want."

FULL REVIEW: Hotone Chunk review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

BUY: Hotone Chunk currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Blackstar HT Metal 60
A vulgar display of amp power

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The authenticity and versatility of the tones never fails to satisfy - nobody's going to mess with your riffs with this behemoth behind you."

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar HT Metal 60 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

BUY: Blackstar HT Metal 60 currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
LTD TE-212 UK
It's time for T with this UK-exclusive electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This guitar has tweaks and tradition in all the right places, and that's just our cup of T."

FULL REVIEW: LTD TE-212 UK review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Blade X-Fire XF-120
Stripped-back shred guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"There's a lot of guitar here for the money, a successful slice of classic and contemporary."

FULL REVIEW: Blade X-Fire XF-120 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Hotone Eko
Digital mini-pedal doing analogue delay

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"From subtle ambience to wild noises, the Eko's got you covered."

FULL REVIEW: Hotone Eko review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

BUY: Hotone Eko currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music | guitarguitar

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Blackstar HT Metal 1
The mini-amp turned little devil

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're after a combo for heavyweight bedroom jams and backstage warm-ups, this could be the HT Metal for you."

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar HT Metal 1 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

BUY: Blackstar HT Metal 1 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Hotone Grass
DO step on the grass (pedal)

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Grass's punchy, midrange-focused tone only sounds better as it gets louder, making it an awesome gig-friendly overdrive."

FULL REVIEW: Hotone Grass review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

BUY: Hotone Grass currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Digitech Element XP
Pricey-sounding affordable multi-FX

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Like the best multi-effects, rather than leaving you endlessly tweaking sounds, the Element XP actually makes you want to play."

FULL REVIEW: Digitech Element XP review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

BUY: Digitech Element XP currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Alvarez MG75SCE
A classy grand auditorium

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A tidily made, good-sounding acoustic with an excellent pickup/preamp system. What's not to like?"

FULL REVIEW: Alvarez MG75SCE review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Hotone Trem
Teensy tremolo pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you want to squeeze a tremolo onto an already packed 'board, this is the one to opt for."

FULL REVIEW: Hotone Trem review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

BUY: Hotone Trem currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Strymon BigSky
Feature-rich reverb with star quality

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This kind of quality doesn't come cheap, but reverbs don't get much better than this - a superlative stompbox in every way."

FULL REVIEW: Strymon BigSky review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Strymon BigSky currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | guitarguitar
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard
Bluetooth MIDI/app foot controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A flexible bit of kit and essential if you already use IK Multimedia's apps."

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard review

BUY: IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Blackstar HT Metal 5H
Heavy head delivering a metal hammering

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Run this head through just about any cab in any studio, and your heavy tones are sorted - it's as simple as that."

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar HT Metal 5H review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

BUY: Blackstar HT Metal 5H currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
MXR CSP203 La Machine
Foxx-y octave fuzz

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're after exceptional octaves and functional fuzz in one, La Machine is well worth plugging in."

FULL REVIEW: MXR CSP203 La Machine review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

BUY: MXR CSP203 La Machine currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music
FR:Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte
Small all-valve combo with mass-produced electronics and boutique looks

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Not every player's cup of tea, but for retro rock or indie styles the Ramparte could find a big fanbase."

FULL REVIEW: Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
DigiTech JamMan Express XT
A straight forward looper pedal?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The JamMan Express XT is a no-brainer for your pedalboard, whether you're a loop newbie or a seasoned loop fiend."

FULL REVIEW: DigiTech JamMan Express XT review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 249)

BUY: DigiTech JamMan Express XT currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Line 6 AMPLIFi 150
Is Line 6's new-for-2014 launch a game changer?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Putting a music playback system and a versatile guitar amp in a single box is a mad/genius idea that actually works, and works well."

FULL REVIEW: Line 6 AMPLIFi 150 review

BUY: Line 6 AMPLIFi 150 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Alvarez MP70E
12-fret all-solid build parlour electro

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A fingerstyle-friendly belter: yet more proof that small is the new big! Track one down and try it out."

FULL REVIEW: Alvarez MP70E review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

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