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

7th Jul 2014 | 08:00

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Taylor T5z Custom
A unique hollowbody hybrid

MusicRadar's sister mags Guitarist and Total Guitar pen the best independent reviews of guitar gear on a regular basis.

In this gallery, we've collected all their guitar, amp, pedal and other six-string-focussed reviews featured on the site in June. All of the reviews here were originally published in Guitarist issue 381/382, Total Guitar issue 253/254, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team. Kicking things off, it's the Taylor T5z Custom...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“More electric- feeling than the T5, the T5z is still a highly visionary design for the creative player wanting to merge electric and acoustic sounds.”

FULL REVIEW: Taylor T5z Custom review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

BUY: Taylor T5z Custom currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Boss OD-1X Overdrive
The overdrive pedal, overhauled

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not, er, dirt cheap, but it will give you a different dirtbox experience from just about everything else around.”

FULL REVIEW: Boss OD-1X Overdrive review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

BUY: Boss OD-1X Overdrive 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 2014)
PRS SE Zach Myers
Shinedown-man's semi-hollow signature

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If he wasn't touring the world and helping to sell millions of records, Zach Myers might have a career as a guitar designer.”

FULL REVIEW: PRS SE Zach Myers review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 254)

BUY: PRS SE Zach Myers currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Fender Starcaster Bass
The characterful bass makes its debut

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An excellent and viable alternative to Fender's solidbodies, this comfortable and stylish bass will turn heads.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender Starcaster Bass review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

BUY: Fender Starcaster Bass 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 2014)
Davis Stang JR500
Beefy head and cab combo

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For players with a dedicated road crew, it's definitely work checking out. The rest of us might need to see what Davis comes up with next. One to watch out for.”

FULL REVIEW: Davis Stang JR500 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10
The practice amp redefined

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A superbly featured first amp - a no-brainer. A lot of fun for the cash!”

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

BUY: Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 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 2014)
Yamaha LL16D ARE
Glam and affordable acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Poshed-up version of the more plain LL16 ARE, offering stunning spec for very sensible money.”

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha LL16D ARE review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

BUY: Yamaha LL16D ARE currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Rotosound The Aftermath Analog Delay
Not your everyday delay

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Give it a go if you like your delay dirty.”

FULL REVIEW: Rotosound The Aftermath Analog Delay review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 254)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Tone King Royalist 45C
Exclusive British-style valve amp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you want the ultimate British tone experience, the Royalist is pretty much in a league of its own.”

FULL REVIEW: Tone King Royalist 45C review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Ernie Ball MVP Most Valuable Pedal
Magnificent Volume Pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Plenty of players could find a use for this Ball in their signal chain.”

FULL REVIEW: Ernie Ball MVP Most Valuable Pedal review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

BUY: Ernie Ball MVP Most Valuable Pedal currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
MusicNomad Fretboard F-One Oil
Clean 'boards, Nomad-a what

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It does the job, lasts ages and represents excellent value for money. What's not to like?”

FULL REVIEW: MusicNomad Fretboard F-One Oil review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

BUY: MusicNomad Fretboard F-One Oil currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music
FR:Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 20
A small combo with big ideas

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“To find such features on a starter amp 10 years ago would have been pretty incredible; today, it's seemingly the norm. Despite stiff competition, the Stereo 20 can carve its niche a little deeper.”

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 20 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

BUY: Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 20 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R430 Stand
Sound on stand

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“There are cheaper stands, but the IsoAcoustics' effects are worth experiencing.”

FULL REVIEW: IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R430 Stand review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

BUY: IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R430 Stand currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Yamaha LS16M ARE
Small body acoustic that's big on value

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Highly capable, traditional-style small-body all-rounder, offering exceptional value for money.”

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha LS16M ARE review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

BUY: Yamaha LS16M ARE currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music
FR:Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Rotosound The Wobbler Tremolo
Throw a Wobbler on your 'board

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“All in all, it's a great, natural way to add tremolo if you don't have an amp with the effect built in.”

FULL REVIEW: Rotosound The Wobbler Tremolo review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Squier 60th Anniversary Classic Vibe '50s Stratocaster
The 'Caster going for gold

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The guitar's aural presence doesn't sparkle as much as its finish, but it's rammed with usable tones to suit a huge range of genres - yet more proof that 60 years on, the Strat is still worth its weight in gold.”

FULL REVIEW: Squier 60th Anniversary Classic Vibe '50s Stratocaster review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 254)

BUY: Squier 60th Anniversary Classic Vibe '50s Stratocaster 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 2014)
Rotosound The Pusher Compressor
More sustain with less noise

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Plenty of sustain and top-end bite, but no hiss - cool!”

FULL REVIEW: Rotosound The Pusher Compressor review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 254)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Yamaha LJ6 ARE
Jumbo acoustic that's hard to beat

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Almost unbelievable value for money for such a capable, quality electro-acoustic, especially in Sunburst!”

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha LJ6 ARE review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 40
A stereo starter amp with more to offer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you like the ID:Core concept but need more power - this is the one!”

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 40 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

BUY: Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 40 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Zoom G1XON
A well-priced portal into the effects realm

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It might not stay in your rig forever, but the G1Xon is a stellar introduction to effects.”

FULL REVIEW: Zoom G1XON review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 254)

BUY: Zoom G1XON currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Rotosound The King Henry Phaser
Phasing that goes phurther

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's royally good phasing with a funky edge.”

FULL REVIEW: Rotosound The King Henry Phaser review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 254)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Gretsch G5034TFT Rancher
Bizarre or beautiful? A Bigsby-loaded electro-acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A hardly essential visual prop, or a viable electric-meets-acoustic hybrid? We'll go for the latter.”

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch G5034TFT Rancher review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 254)

BUY: Gretsch G5034TFT Rancher 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 2014)
Providence Red Rock OD
Overdrive with an American soul

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An ideal hotter companion to the boost pedal on your board, that can be tone-tweaked to complement your rig.”

FULL REVIEW: Providence Red Rock OD review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Fender Deluxe Dimension V Bass
Five-string bass from the big F

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A Fender bass in touch with the needs of today's players. Sleek, comfortable and full of sonic delight.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender Deluxe Dimension V Bass review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 382)

BUY: Fender Deluxe Dimension V Bass currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Palmer Pedalbay 60
Affordable, adjustable pedalboard

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Pedalbay 60 is an affordable route to tidy 'boards.”

FULL REVIEW: Palmer Pedalbay 60 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 254)

BUY: Palmer Pedalbay 60 currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann

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