New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)

15th Jul 2010 | 13:25

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
June-July 2010: guitars, amps, effects and software

Every month MusicRadar’s industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm, Future Music and Guitar Techniques - publish the best independent and in-depth music-making gear reviews.

This is a collection of the best electric, acoustic and bass guitars, amps, effects and guitar software - all of which have been meticulously tested by either Guitarist, Total Guitar or Computer Music in recent issues and published on MusicRadar throughout June and July.

Flick through this month’s top picks and follow the links to read each product’s full review. Up first: The Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy (£125)
Vintage-sounding delay worth repeating

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Boy, is this good. Huge scope for experimentation and a great core sound."

FULL REVIEW: Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy

(First reviewed in Total Guitar issue 202)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Fishman Aura 16 acoustic imaging pedal (£249)
Make your amplified acoustic sound more realistic

MusicRadar's verdict:

"If you want to enhance your live acoustic sound, try this. It could be handy in the studio too."

FULL REVIEW: Fishman Aura 16 acoustic imaging pedal

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Line 6 Pod Farm 2 Platinum ($299)
An overhauled plug-in from the pioneers of digital amp modelling

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Not quite the update it could have been, but Pod Farm 2 remains a strong contender in the amp sim arena."

FULL REVIEW: Line 6 Pod Farm 2 Platinum

(First reviewed in Computer Music issue 154)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
BBE Sound Stomp Ware (£110)
BBE teams up with Nomad Factory to bring us this guitar pedal software

MusicRadar's verdict:

"As with real guitar pedals, BBE's bundle o' boxes is simple yet effective, with plenty of rude 'tude (dude)."

FULL REVIEW: BBE Sound Stomp Ware

(First reviewed in Computer Music issue 154)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing (£150)
A pedal that reflects E-HX's legacy while still being right up to date.

MusicRadar's verdict:

"This is a very versatile sound creation tool you never knew you needed."

FULL REVIEW: Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Lazy J Model 80 Combo (£2244)
Lazy J's Tweed Twin hotrod promises one of the fattest clean sounds around.

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Lazy J's Model 80 combo is more than just a Tweed replica, its extra features really work. And then there's the sound…"

FULL REVIEW: Lazy J Model 80 Combo

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Fender G-DEC 3 30 guitar amp (£329)
Digital practice amp with backing tracks and much more

MusicRadar's verdict:

"So much more than just a practice amp, this is a killer tool for beginners and pros alike."

FULL REVIEW: Fender G-DEC 3 30

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Trace Elliot AH600-7 Head (£1099)
This Trace Elliot classic offers more bang for your buck

MusicRadar's verdict:

"If a real bass stack does it for you then this is a winner, but if you want something more compact then the fresh combo versions of both seven and 12-band EQ models will be available soon."

FULL REVIEW: Trace Elliot AH600-7 Head

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Fret-King Blue Label Ventura Super 80 Bass (£669)
The mix and match philosophy reaches a new level

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A great concept, with good build, sounds and value for money."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Blue Label Ventura Super 80 Bass

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Schecter C-1 Custom (£679)
Schecter takes the first steps toward refining their catalogue

MusicRadar's verdict:

"The SH-11 in the bridge gives a refreshingly distinct tone that's usable for just about anything - in short this is an impressive guitar."

FULL REVIEW: Schecter C-1 Custom

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
ESP Formula FR-II (£1929)
A new design that brings ESP in to the mainstream

MusicRadar's verdict:

"This is an exceedingly versatile and high quality instrument that any serious player should try."

FULL REVIEW: ESP Formula FR-II

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Suhr Guthrie Govan SN (£2900)
Guthrie Govan: such a great guitarist the average instrument just can't cope

MusicRadar's verdict:

"It's not cheap and not that pretty, but is one of the most fabulously versatile and musical machines we're yet to drive. And it just might help us play like Guthrie..."

FULL REVIEW: Suhr Guthrie Govan SN

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 331)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Knaggs Chesapeake Choptank 3 (£2299)
A strong statement of intent very different from what Joe Knaggs is known for

MusicRadar's verdict:

"If your buying choice is simply about sound and feel, and you love old Fender guitars, then you need to play the Chesapeake. Be warned: you might have to buy it though!"

FULL REVIEW: Knaggs Chesapeake Choptank 3

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 331)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Yamaha SG1802 (£2525)
A 2010 overhaul for the instrument that put Japanese guitars on the map

MusicRadar's verdict:

"An excellent vintage-inspired addition to the SG range with great build quality and a traditional range of pumped-up singlecoil tones"

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha SG1802

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Yamaha SG1820 (£2525)
A 2010 overhaul for the instrument that put Japanese guitars on the map

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A viable alternative to a Les Paul with impressive appointments and a range of traditional Les Paul-style tones."

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha SG1820

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Yamaha SG1820A (£2650)
A 2010 overhaul for the instrument that put Japanese guitars on the map

MusicRadar's verdict:

"If you're looking for a meaner looking and sounding modern Les Paul alternative, look no further than this."

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha SG1820A

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Yamaha CG122MS nylon string acoustic (£219)
One of the best entry-level nylon-strings you can buy

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Here's a perfect nylon-string for beginners and an ideal inexpensive guitar to have kicking about at home for more experienced players."

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha CG122MS

(First reviewed in Guitarist issue 330)

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