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

2nd Jul 2012 | 10:20

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
28 products at a glance

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.

This is a selection of electric and acoustic guitars, amps and FX units - all of which have been tested rigorously by the Guitarist or Total Guitar teams in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout June 2012.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. We kick off with a digital/valve hybrid amp from Fender...

NEXT: Fender Super Champ X2

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Fender Super Champ X2 (£347)
A new digital/valve hybrid from Fender that's equally at home in your studio or on the stage

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For home use and the occasional small gig, the Super Champ X2 is hard to beat at the price.”

FULL REVIEW:Fender Super Champ X2

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUY Fender Super Champ X2 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Fender Select Stratocaster HSS (£2062)
This new top-end production line Strat flexes its muscles

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Quite simply a very classy, big-sounding Strat with a classic 'modded vintage' vibe.”

FULL REVIEW:Fender Select Stratocaster HSS

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUY Fender Select Stratocaster HSS 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 (July 2012)
Fender Select Carved Koa Top Telecaster (£2518)
Fender's new Select Series is straight off the production line, but can it really compete with the many Fender-inspired boutique brands?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A sort of grown-up take on the Telecaster. Great feel, weight and Tele-plus sounds.”

FULL REVIEW:Fender Select Carved Koa Top Telecaster

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUY Fender Select Carved Koa Top Telecaster currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.| Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Martin D-18 (£1849)
Martin tweaks the D-18 - but can such a classic be changed for the better?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Martin has managed to improve and refine what was an already great guitar. This new D-18 is truly fantastic.”

FULL REVIEW:Martin D-18

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUY Martin D-18 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.| Gear4Music
USA: Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Martin OM-21 (£1949)
In a bold move, Martin revises one of its best-loved dreadnoughts.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“New Performance neck profile, same instantly likeable tone - the new OM-21 will remain a firm favourite with fingerstyle players.”

FULL REVIEW:Martin OM-21

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUYMartin OM-21 currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann
USA:Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Fret-King Black Label Country Squire Semitone (£629)
Has Trevor Wilkinson been cloning American classics, or is there more to this Fret-King than meets the eye?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This cracking little tone machine doesn't conjure up the classic Tele bite, but the bulk of its sonic palette offers classic rock tones.”

FULL REVIEW:Fret-King Black Label Country Squire Semitone

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Fret-King Black Label Eclat Standard (£649)
Fret-King dares suggest tone, playability and fit and finish are more important than a headstock squiggle

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“You can't move for good LP-inspired guitars around £600 at the moment. But the Standard is the best we've tried so far.”

FULL REVIEW:Fret-King Black Label Eclat Standard

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

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

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Fret-King Black Label Corona SP (£599)
Fret-King heads into battle against another Fender classic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It won't half face some stiff competition from mid-price Fenders but the versatility injected by the P-90 should help the Corona SP win some fans.”

FULL REVIEW:Fret-King Black Label Corona SP

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Godin 5th Avenue Jazz (£1999)
Godin's 5th Avenue range gets a top-of-the-line addition. Time to get down with your flat fives

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“From humble beginnings, the 5th Avenue range now looks very attractive and the Jazz is a fine-quality addition.”

FULL REVIEW:Godin 5th Avenue Jazz

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUYGodin 5th Avenue Jazz currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Hagstrom Viking Bass (£566)
A hollowbody bass with big sounds and retro appeal - what's not to like?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A hard bass to fault. Semi basses have never been as popular as solids, but at this price it's well worth trying out.”

FULL REVIEW:Hagstrom Viking Bass

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUYHagstrom Viking Bass currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Crushsound Farmer's Mill (£300)
A sound engineer's nightmare?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Niche? Certainly, but for a certain type of guitarist the Farmer's Mill is a beautifully chaotic experience.”

FULL REVIEW:Crushsound Farmer's Mill

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe (£158)
Add some more scuzz to your thumping

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For low-end dirt, this is simply the perfect choice.”

FULL REVIEW:MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUYMXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Koch Dummybox DB60-HM & DB60-ST (£166 and £239)
Need your tone at neighbour-friendly volume?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Well-made and easy to use, the prices are reasonable for such high-end products.”

FULL REVIEW:Koch Dummybox DB60-HM & DB60-ST

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Music Nomad Guitar One (£13.99)
Another 'super' guitar polish, apparently

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Less is more when it comes to cleaning and polishing but this all-in-one preparation is a very good light solution that'll keep your guitars in prime condition.”

FULL REVIEW:Music Nomad Guitar One

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUY Music Nomad Guitar One currently available from:
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Fender Newporter Mini (£238)
Travel guitar or toy?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Yup, it works! Quite well actually, but there's little to make it stand out from the crowd.”

FULL REVIEW:Fender Newporter Mini

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUY Fender Newporter Mini currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Olympus LS-100 (£399)
This latest Olympus digital recorder offers multi-track recording as well as high-quality stereo

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A classy portable stereo recorder with the added attraction of multi-track recording for songwriting, working out arrangements and for creating quick demos.”

FULL REVIEW:Olympus LS-100

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUYOlympus LS-100 currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow with Bigsby (£849)
PRS's long-standing semi-solid Custom is given a stylish retro makeover...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A neat special-run addition to the SE range with oodles of retro flavour at a price that's extremely enticing.”

BUY PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow with Bigsby currently available from:
USA: American Musical

FULL REVIEW:PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow with Bigsby

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Vigier Excalibur Special 7 (£2179)
A new seven-string from France that mixes quality luthiery with a flamed maple top and a veritable rainbow of finish options

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you're in the market for a high-end seven-string that doesn't necessarily scream 'metal' right in your face, this is a serious contender.”

FULL REVIEW:Vigier Excalibur Special 7

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Zoom G5 (£259)
Zoom's latest multi-FX processor packs plenty of processing power at a tidy price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A practical floor unit that could easily serve as your sole onstage pedal while taking on practice and recording roles at home.”

FULL REVIEW:Zoom G5

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUY Zoom G5 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Orange Micro Terror (£99)
What can this tiniest of Terrors offer, beyond cuteness?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For just £99, this is impossible for us to not recommend.”

FULL REVIEW:Orange Micro Terror

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUYOrange Micro Terror currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
JAM Delay Llama Plus (£269)
The coolest delay ever? Want Tibet?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“True analogue delay with foot control for freaky sounds… what's not to like?”

FULL REVIEW:JAM Delay Llama Plus

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUYJAM Delay Llama Plus currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Orange Signature #4 Jim Root Terror (£439)
We get our mitts on the Slipknot guitarist's signature amp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A versatile addition to the Terror range with no shortage of dirt.”

FULL REVIEW:Orange Signature #4 Jim Root Terror

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUYOrange Signature #4 Jim Root Terror currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.| Thomann
USA: Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
JAM Wahcko Plus (£249)
Wah with knobs on (well, one knob…)

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“One of the best of its breed, both in sound and practicality - an LED lights when it's active and you can change how loose the treadle is with an Allen key.”

FULL REVIEW:JAM Wahcko Plus

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
JAM TubeDreamer 72 (£169)
A variation on that lil' green box

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A perfect pedal to give you that little bit of extra bite or dirt from your amp.”

FULL REVIEW:JAM TubeDreamer 72

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
JAM Red Muck (£179)
Fuzz and distortion, Soviet-style

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A wide yet classy range of fuzz and distortion effects, in a pedalboard-friendly form.”

FULL REVIEW:JAM Red Muck

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 356)

BUYJAM Red Muck currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Sounds Great Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Fender Custom Shop Reunion Blues Gig Bag (£226)
Avoiding the broken Strat blues

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's expensive, but the flexoskeleton, one-inch solid-cell foam padding and interior cushions will go a long way to protecting your Fender.”

FULL REVIEW:Fender Custom Shop Reunion Blues Gig Bag

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

BUY Fender Custom Shop Reunion Blues Gig Bag currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater| American Musical | Absolute Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Rotosound ATC-10 Guitar Tuner & Chord Finder (£17.95)
Hit the right note

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Simple chord-finding process - and the added bonus of a tuner makes this a useful accessory for songwriters and strummers.”

FULL REVIEW:Rotosound ATC-10 Guitar Tuner & Chord Finder

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Castiv Guitar Sidekick (£19.95)
Smart gizmo for smartphones

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Would make a useful addition to anyone with a growing collection of guitar apps.”

BUY Castiv Guitar Sidekick currently available from:
USA: American Musical

FULL REVIEW:Castiv Guitar Sidekick

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 229)

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