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

1st Jul 2011 | 08:36

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Hardwire SP-7 Stereo Phaser (£147)
Every phaser sound you could ever possibly need - in one box

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

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up is a phaser to end all phasers...

Verdict:

"Few pedals offer such a wide range of cracking vintage and modern phaser tones, with true bypass, delivered in an easy-to-use package."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Hardwire SP-7 Stereo Phaser currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Gibson 50th Anniversary SG Standard 24 (£1199)
Two more frets and none more black…

Verdict:

"A great way to celebrate an anniversary. It's well-priced, nicely built and you get two more frets!"


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Gibson 50th Anniversary SG Standard 24 currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Way Huge Green Rhino MkII (£165)
A classic overdrive with animal magnetism

Verdict:

"To paraphrase This Is Spinal Tap, the Rhino's big bottom really will drive you out of your mind."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Way Huge Green Rhino MkII currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Fender Mustang V (£287)
This modelling amp migrates from the bedroom to the stage

Verdict:

"It's great value, but we'd suggest that the do-it-all nature of the series falls down in such a large format."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Fender Mustang V currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Sterling JP100 (£715)
Music Man calls this an 'affordable' model. Tell that to your bank manager

Verdict:

"The JP100 has plenty to recommend it. While we have a few qualms about it, they're rooted in the worst kind of vanity."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Sterling JP100 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Airline Tux Deluxe (£1099)
Serious heat beneath a suave retro exterior

Verdict:

"Get over the price tag and it's the sort of guitar that will make you want to add words like Howlin' or Smokestack to your name."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Airline Tux Deluxe currently available from:
FR: Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Peavey HP Single Cut SC-3 (£265)
When it comes to humbuckers, three could be your new magic number

Verdict:

"Playability, tone and price: sometimes the best things really do come in threes."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Peavey HP Single Cut SC-3 currently available from:
USA:Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Jet City JCA5212RC (£775)
The latest Soldano-designed combo is ready for take-off

Verdict:

"The higher price compared to other amps in the range means higher expectations. It's not going to trouble a real Soldano, but for the money this is still a good amp."


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Jet City JCA5212RC currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA: Full Compass
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Visual Sound Garagetone Chainsaw (£59.99)
Will this distortion pedal massacre your sound?

Verdict:

"10 years ago, you'd have killed to get this in your gigbag. Today, modelling units are threatening to make standalone distortion pedals an endangered species… but the Chainsaw can still cut the mustard."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Visual Sound Garagetone Chainsaw currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Manson Guitars MA-1 (£1419)
A bespoke-design production model with a 'love it or hate it' built-in extra

Verdict:

"The Fuzz Factory isn't for everyone, but not including it on the spec list feels like sucking the joy from this model. It all adds up to a tough decision and an axe that the expression 'try before you buy' could have been invented for."


Read the Total Guitar review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Recording King RO-127 (£555)
A small-bodied tone monster with brilliant tones

Verdict:

"It plays like butter, sounds like a dream and looks so pretty that you'll probably carry a photo of it around in your wallet."


Read the Total Guitar review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Jet City Shockwave Distortion (£50.99)
A strong distortion from the Soldano-helmed brand

Verdict:

"If you're after no-nonsense distortion of real pedigree, investigate the Jet City."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Jet City Shockwave Distortion currently available from:
USA:Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Goldtop (£499)
Goldtops are like buses! We check out two very different, cost-effective variations on a theme

Verdict:

"For Bonamassa fans on a budget, this is a no-brainer. For everyone else it's a classy, affordable and well-spec'd Les Paul to add to your must-try list."


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Goldtop currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Boss Power Stack ST-2 (£100)
This sturdy stompbox is professional but pricey

Verdict:

"All in, the ST-2 is wholly professional and turns in a quality sound, but at £100, it's a purchase that won't stack up for everyone."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Boss Power Stack ST-2 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 (July 2011)
Akai Deluxe Distortion (£69.99)
A ton of features mean that this pedal lives up to its name

Verdict:

"From the brown vintage warmth of the Classic setting, to the mid-scooped mentalism of Modern, this is both the best and the most versatile pedal we've seen in a while."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Akai Deluxe Distortion currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Fender Pawn Shop '51 (£755)
Fender rummages in the bits box to create a 'new' electric

Verdict:

"A classy update of the Squier '51 given a serious kick from its Enforcer humbucker. It looks retro, but it bites."


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Fender Pawn Shop '51 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Bare Knuckle Aftermath (£240)
Get djent with the UK pickup maker's new model

Verdict:

"We love the power that's on offer from this set, even when played clean. The Aftermath is the best metal-oriented pickup Bare Knuckle has made to date."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Bare Knuckle Aftermath currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Danelectro Wild Thing (£379)
An outlandish vibe matched with a seriously good selection of tones

Verdict:

"A great neck, cool sounds and a truly eccentric look: what's not to like?"

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Danelectro Wild Thing currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music
FR: Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special (£839)
Fender rummages in the bits box to create a 'new' electric

Verdict:

"It's the punk of the litter, but with some excellent split-coil Fendery voices and a kick like a mule."


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Vox Valvetronix VT80+ (£342)
Vox's impressive range of digital modelling amps enjoys a major overhaul

Verdict:

"A genuine improvement on what's gone before, VT+ means just that: more amp models and effects, a better feel and an increased feature list."


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Vox Valvetronix VT80+ currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Blade Durango Deluxe DD-4 (£799)
A new incarnation of a guitar that's seen its fair share of diverse designs and specifications over the years

Verdict:

"Make no mistake, the wealth of usable tones afforded by the guitar's VSC is nothing short of incredible."


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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Ibanez AW250-ECE LG (£289)
Is this electro-acoustic as easy on the ear as it is on the wallet?

Verdict:

"The Ibanez has a classy finish, stellar feature set and great sound quality."


Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Ibanez AW250-ECE LG currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Blade Durango Deluxe DD-3 (£699)
A new incarnation of a guitar that's seen its fair share of diverse designs and specifications over the years

Verdict:

"This no-nonsense and affordable instrument ticks all suitable boxes to qualify as a real rock guitar."


Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Boss RC-3 (£189)
The latest Boss compact looper gives you three hours of recording time straight out of the box

Verdict:

"A lot of looping power for such a compact package."


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Boss RC-3 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 (July 2011)
Yamaha APX50011 (£320)
Yamaha's new electro-acoustic offers plenty of value for money

Verdict:

"Guaranteed to keep APX high up the stage-electro charts."


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Yamaha APX500 currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Michenaud | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeller (£169)
This versatile stompbox is a veritable chameleon - what colour would you like to be today?

Verdict:

"All the effects you'll need in a single stompbox, provided you use them one at a time."


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeller currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann |Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Yamaha CPX700II (£515)
Yamaha's mid-priced CPX700II looks set to be a popular new arrival

Verdict:

"This handsome mini-jumbo ticks nearly all the right boxes."


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Yamaha CPX700II currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann |Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Hayden MoFo 55 combo (£1099)
We all know what MoFo really means. Here's a feature-packed combo to underline the sentiment

Verdict:

"A credible rock-orientated 1 x 12 combo capable of a wide range of sounds with enough volume for small and medium gigs."


Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
AER Compact XL (£1249)
Need more power but still in a compact box? AER has the answer

Verdict:

"A supercharged Compact 60, the XL ensures you'll be heard - clearly."


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: AER Compact XL currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Gibson Les Paul Studio '60s Tribute (£749)
Goldtops are like buses! We check out two very different, cost-effective variations on a theme

Verdict:

"If you've never owned a P-90-loaded Les Paul then this is the perfect guitar to fill the void. Be warned: you might just fall in love!"


Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Gibson Les Paul Studio '60s Tribute currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

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