New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)

4th Jan 2013 | 10:28

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Yamaha THR5A
A tiny slice of acoustic amp heaven

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 362, Total Guitar issue 235, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The THR5A might be the coolest, most useful piece of kit for the electro-acoustic musician released in 2012."

FULL REVIEW:Yamaha THR5A

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Yamaha THR5A currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Logjam Prolog
Foot-stomp pedal gets a makeover...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Our foot says it's a much more comfortable foot-stomp than the Logarhythm. Tonally, it's pretty similar to our ears, if perhaps more consistent. Now where's that diddley bow?"

FULL REVIEW:Logjam Prolog

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Zoom G3X
The handy multi-fx gets a foot pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For just £20 more, the addition of the treadle increases the sonic versatility of the already handy G3 by a far greater proportion than the extra outlay suggests."

FULL REVIEW:Zoom G3X

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Zoom G3X currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Black Knight CST-10 electric guitar
A credible, shreddable, budget doublecut that's a Knight to remember

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A Strat-o-like with a twist, the Black Knight has decent sounds and enough individuality to make it a real contender in the budget market."

FULL REVIEW:Black Knight CST-10 electric guitar

BUY: Black Knight CST-10 electric guitar currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Gear4Music SCG-1E-NT
Gear4Music's budget electro proves you don't have to part with big bucks to get a decent acoustic tone

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Despite its disappointing fretwork, there's more to the SCG-1E-NT than its unassuming body would have you believe. Give it a go and let the sounds do the talking - you could do a lot worse for the money."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music SCG-1E-NT

BUY Gear4Music SCG-1E-NT currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Yamaha THR10X
Yamaha's mini-amp shows its metal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

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

FULL REVIEW:Yamaha THR10X

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Yamaha THR10X currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
HK Audio Lucas Nano 300
Is it a PA, an acoustic amp or a bit of both?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"As long as you have your specific EQ and effects covered, the Nano 300 is a tonesome and versatile small gig solution."

FULL REVIEW:HK Audio Lucas Nano 300

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: HK Audio Lucas Nano 300 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
PRS 408 Maple Top
Another PRS guitar, another pickup system

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It may not be the only PRS guitar to offer humbucking and single-coil sounds, but the 408 is the best yet."

FULL REVIEW:PRS 408 Maple Top

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY PRS 408 Maple Top currently available from:
US: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster
Fender's finest ever 'new-old' electric guitar?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"You don't know what a Telecaster should sound like if you've never auditioned an American-made or Custom Shop '52-type reissue."

FULL REVIEW:Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Takamine P3DC
A cutaway dreadnaught acoustic guitar built for a slog

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A well-made and finished electro, perfectly capable of meeting the needs of a demanding gigging musician"

FULL REVIEW:Takamine P3DC

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Takamine P3DC currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Gear4Music Dreadnought 12-string electro-acoustic guitar
Gear4Music goes double or nothing with an extra six strings

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is a decent sounding and playing instrument. You'll need to give some attention to the setup and frets, but the Gear4Music dreadnought 12-string electro-acoustic still provides excellent value for money."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music Dreadnought 12-string electro-acoustic guitar

BUY Gear4Music Dreadnought 12-string electro-acoustic guitar currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Fender American Vintage '58 Telecaster
Another authentic re-creation of a classic Tele

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Those looking for an thinner Tele sound and/or a manageable neck will find much to enjoy here."

FULL REVIEW:Fender American Vintage '58 Telecaster

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Fender American Vintage '58 Telecaster currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster
Fender's perennial electric gets reborn

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Of course there are playability compromises, but Fender has succeeded in its mission to create the most faithful reproduction of a vintage Strat yet - these tiny spec and finish details really do add up to a fundamentally different playing experience."

FULL REVIEW:Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
SubZero GT260 120W DSP guitar amp stack
A stack to take you from SubZero to guitar hero

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"You get a lot of power for your money - 120 watts is not to be sniffed at, and it's more than you're likely to find elsewhere at this price. Add to that the sheer cool factor of having two amp cabinets, and it's clear that the GT260 has got real appeal."

FULL REVIEW:SubZero GT260 120W DSP guitar amp stack

BUY SubZero GT260 120W DSP guitar amp stack currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Gear4Music Metal J II
Attention all shredders: Gear4Music's budget axe features a locking vibrato

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Sub-£150 for a guitar including a Floyd Rose whammy is impressive, but you'll have to factor in the additional cost of a trip to the luthier to sort out the intonation. Even so, this is a guitar worth considering."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music Metal J II

BUY Gear4Music Metal J II currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Gear4Music Electric-GB guitar
Gear4Music's patriotic take on a Gibson classic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're after a singlecut then this is a good starting point, and there's no denying the Gear4Music Electric-GB is great value for money, but there are set-up issues that need to be addressed before this can be considered a serious contender. Take a look at the competition and see how they compare before you take the plunge."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music Electric-GB guitar

BUY Gear4Music Electric-GB guitar currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Takamine P1JC-12
It may be chunky, but this 12-string acoustic guitar doesn't lack grace

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An excellent all-round 12-string electro that's worthy of a place on any £1k shortlist."

FULL REVIEW:Takamine P1JC-12

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Takamine P1JC-12 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Fender American Vintage '59 Stratocaster
A new year-revisited for the legendary electric guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Outside of tracking down a good vintage example or visiting the Custom Shop, this guitar is the most authentic vintage-style Stratocaster available on the planet, bar none."

FULL REVIEW:Fender American Vintage '59 Stratocaster

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY Fender American Vintage '59 Stratocaster currently available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann| Gear4Music
US: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Belcat Three-pedal guitar effects pack
Because three stompboxes are better than one

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The quality is good, the sound is good, and you get three for the price. What's not to like about this great vintage pedal offering from Belcat."

FULL REVIEW:Belcat Three-pedal guitar effects pack

BUY Belcat Three-pedal guitar effects pack currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
ESP Eclipse-I CTM Vibrato
ESP's LP-aping electric guitar gets a Bigsby

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Bigsby might alienate ESP's metal fanbase but the retro appointments have transformed the Eclipse into a modern classic."

FULL REVIEW:ESP Eclipse-I CTM Vibrato

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Fender American Vintage '64 Telecaster
For our money, the '64 is the most playable of Fender's new American Vintage range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Classic tones meet playable design. In our opinion, it's the best of Fender's new American Vintage Teles."

FULL REVIEW:Fender American Vintage '64 Telecaster

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Fender American Vintage '64 Telecaster currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Takamine P3FCN
A jumbo 12-string acoustic guitar with class

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Does what it says on the tin - a very competent stage guitar with a well-balanced acoustic sound that will record very nicely, too."

FULL REVIEW:Takamine P3FCN

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Takamine P3FCN currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Fender American Vintage '65 Stratocaster
What a difference ten years makes for the market leading electric guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Beautiful, compelling and endlessly desirable - hats off to Fender for going to such great lengths to retool and re-spec its already good American Vintage range from the ground up."

FULL REVIEW:Fender American Vintage '65 Stratocaster

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY: Fender American Vintage '65 Stratocaster currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
LTD EC-401VF
Real Seymour Duncans in an LTD guitar. Let's hear more…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"You can hardly move for mid-range LP clones these days but the EC-401VF offers more tonal satisfaction than most."

FULL REVIEW:LTD EC-401VF

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY LTD EC-401VF currently available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster
Fender's favourite left-turn guitar gets the '65 treatment

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Want unparalleled versatility? There's a guitar called a Strat for that. But as effective as a good Strat can be, sometimes it's refreshing to play and hear something a little different."

FULL REVIEW:Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster currently available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann |Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Ampeg Portaflex PF-500
A half-stack bass amp that's full of tone

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Small head, big Ampeg sound - with plenty of tonal variation"

FULL REVIEW:Ampeg Portaflex PF-500

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY Amped Portaflex PF-500 currently available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Fender American Vintage '65 Jaguar
The '65 Jaguar is hugely more vintage-accurate and detailed than offshore interpretations or the current Classic Player Series in Fender's catalogue

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This Jag rewards a cultured, cerebral approach. It's about what you choose to play, how you attack, and working with, not against, the guitar's personality."

FULL REVIEW:Fender American Vintage '65 Jaguar

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY Fender American Vintage '65 Jaguar currently available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Bass Centre 'Wyman' Bass
Ex-Stones man's remodelling of his first bass

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Wyman still uses his unique original but this fretted replica has more universal appeal. It retains the look and general sound but is far more appropriate for today's players."

FULL REVIEW:Bass Centre 'Wyman' Bass

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 362)

BUY Bass Centre 'Wyman' Bass currently available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co.

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
PRS SE Tremonti Custom
Alter Bridge man's signature guitar updated for the UK

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The SE Tremonti Custom is one hell of a guitar, not just for Tremonti fans but anyone who's interested in a slick shreddable single-cut that doesn't resort to the excesses of design that can often plague more 'metal' guitars."

FULL REVIEW:PRS SE Tremonti Custom

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 235)

BUY PRS SE Tremonti Custom currently available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co. | Gear4Music
US: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
LTD GL-200K
Dokken-man George Lynch's LTD signature guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The GL-200K is a fan's guitar with a super-playable neck. And when you have a guitar emblazoned with a graphic that looks like a screengrab of an 8-bit computer game, it's not going to be to everyone's taste."

FULL REVIEW:LTD GL-200K

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 235)

BUY LTD GL-200K currenlty available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co.
FR:Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Sterling By Music Man SUB AX3
A beginner-friendly take on the classic Axis electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The AX3 is a joy to play, and we'd heartily recommend it for a beginner who wants to hone their chops on an quality value axe with an 80s vibe."

FULL REVIEW:Sterling By Music Man SUB AX3

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 235)

BUY Sterling By Music Man SUB AX3 currently available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Mooer Pitch Box
A diminutive pitch shifter with a big range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Serious pitch-shifters will want to invest in something more sophisticated, but if you're on a budget, you don't have much to lose with this crafty little box."

FULL REVIEW:Mooer Pitch Box

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 235)

BUY Mooer Pitch Box currently available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co. | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Ibanez RG3XXV
It's happy birthday to Ibanez's shred machine

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"When you consider the branded pickups, the satin-smooth Wizard III neck, and the Edge-Zero II vibrato - which, for our money, is one of the most stable and user-friendly on the market - the RG3XXV is very tough to beat."

FULL REVIEW:Ibanez RG3XXV

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 235)

BUY Ibanez RG23XXV currently available from:
US: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Laney TI100
Tony Iommi's beastly new signature amp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If all you want to do is give it the full metal beans while perfecting your use of the 'diabolus in musica', you'll need a crowbar to wipe the ridiculous grin off your chops."

FULL REVIEW:Laney TI100

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 235)

BUY Laney TI100 currently available from:
UK/EU: Thomann
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Electro-Harmonix Crying Tone wah
A wah wah with no moving parts

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Crying Tone sounds and feels great in use, but thanks to a few quirks, we reckon it runs the risk of frustrating rather than inspiring."

FULL REVIEW:Electro-Harmonix Crying Tone wah

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 235)

BUY Electro-Harmonix Crying Tone Wah currently available from:
UK/EU: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Gear4Music Electric G-4 bass guitar and amp pack
The all-in-one starter pack for the budding bassist

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're looking for a complete, basic, value-for-money package to get your bass playing off the ground, this is a good place to start."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music Electric G-4 bass guitar and amp pack

BUY Gear4Music Electric G-4 bass guitar and amp pack currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
RedSub BP80 bass combo
A portable solution to being louder than your drummer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"We like the RedSub BP80. There's plenty of bass end for your money and excellent sounds. We recommend you give it a go."

FULL REVIEW:RedSub BP80 bass combo

BUY RedSub BP80 bass combo currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Gear4Music PGB-100 bass
A modern slant on some dyed-in-the-wool classics

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"With its great range of classic sounds and competitive price, the PGB-100 is definitely worth a look."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music PGB-100 bass

BUY Gear4Music PGB-100 bass currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
RedSub BT5110 500w bass amp
A powerful punch in a small package

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Ricky Hatton of bass combos, RedSub's BT5110 packs a big punch into a small package. Add to that impressive sounds and a great price and you really ought to check it out."

FULL REVIEW:RedSub BT5110 500w bass amp

BUY RedSub BT5110 500w bass amp currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

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