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

31st May 2013 | 15:15

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Cort Z-Custom 1
LP-style electric with updated looks

MusicRadar's sister publications - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music review the latest music-making gear on a monthly basis.

In this gallery we've brought together every guitar, amp, pedal, recorder and interface review relevant to guitar players.

All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Guitarist issue 368, Total Guitar issue 240/241, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team. First up is the Cort Z-Custom 1...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Z-Custom has a great, gnarly classic-rock voice, but suffers a little in high-gain situations."

FULL REVIEW: Cort Z-Custom 1 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 240)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Fargen Olde 800 MK II
Boutique British tones in a US head

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Fargen is very close to being our ideal 'Plexi'-style amp. Don't pass up a chance to try one."

FULL REVIEW: Fargen Olde 800 MK II review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele
Guitar/ ukelele crossbreed

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"At this price it's as essential for the upcoming festival season as your wellies and tent."

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 240)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Pigtronix Infinity Looper
Multi looping capability in pedal form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A 'board-friendly looper pedal with a set of practical features that make it ideal for guitar players who want to get into more involved looping."

FULL REVIEW: Pigtronix Infinity Looper review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Gibson Firebird V 2010
The niche electric unleashed

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Even in these austere times, this feels like a bargain!"

FULL REVIEW: Gibson Firebird V 2010 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Schecter Damien Elite Solo-6
An electric guitar that defines heavy

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It has the thickness of tone that you'd want from a mahogany heavyweight, but retains the articulation you'd expect from a hot-rodded double-cut. Bad to the bone - in a good way."

FULL REVIEW: Schecter Damien Elite Solo-6 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 240)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Faith Naked Series Mercury Parlour
Stripped-back acoustic guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you pick more than you strum, you need a parlour. The choice is wide, but add this Faith to your list - it's impressive on all levels."

FULL REVIEW: Faith Naked Series Mercury Parlour review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Gretsch Roots Collection G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top
A bargain acoustic banger

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Adds some character to the entry-level acoustic market."

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch Roots Collection G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Peavey TNT 115 Tour Series
Big, bad bass amp combo

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Peavey amp designs just seem to be able to deliver more power, and this packs a lot of punch."

FULL REVIEW: Peavey TNT 115 Tour Series review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Roland GR-D V-Guitar Distortion
V-Guitar- powered pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A cost-effective way to buy into the V-Guitar world, with a useful range of distortion textures and a synth sound thrown in."

FULL REVIEW: Roland GR-D V-Guitar Distortion review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Gretsch Roots Collection G9220 Bobtail Round-Neck AE
Great resonator tone - and looks to match

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Great tone in an affordable package."

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch Roots Collection G9220 Bobtail Round-Neck AE review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Roland GR-S V-Guitar Space
V-Guitar power in stompbox form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you want some high-tech variations on the ambient chorus theme, this pedal offers those, and is a cost-effective way to buy into the V-Guitar world."

FULL REVIEW: Roland GR-S V-Guitar Space review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Laney Ironheart IRT-Studio
Feature-packed, rack-mounted head

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A cleverly designed product that looks set to find many friends in the home-recording/demo- studio market."

FULL REVIEW: Laney Ironheart IRT-Studio review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
PRS Paul's Guitar
The PRS that's played by PRS

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Aesthetically, it might not be to everyone's taste, but the sounds are spectacular - and it will hold its value, too."

FULL REVIEW: PRS Paul's Guitar review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Zoom A3
Multi-fx/DI for acoustic guitars

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A missed opportunity to create a preamp/multi-effects for the acoustic player. The sounds and features are there, but good luck trying to get them to your audience."

FULL REVIEW: Zoom A3 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Coopersonic Fader
Hands-free fading

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Fader is a great idea that's nicely implemented. Why has nobody thought of a fully featured fader until now?"

FULL REVIEW: Coopersonic Fader review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
IK Multimedia AmpliTube Orange
Juicy emulations for your computer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Orange has captured player's imaginations lately with a range of amps that meet a variety of guitar and bass needs, and this software reflects that."

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia AmpliTube Orange review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Sidewynder Pickups The DarK
Need to heat up your axe? The DarK will do it

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The DarK is an excellent modern rock/metal 'bucker with power, clarity and - in parallel mode - a cleaner and brighter voice. Add Sidewynder to your retrofit pickup list."

FULL REVIEW: Sidewynder Pickups The DarK review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 368)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Gibson LPJ
A US Les Paul at a far east price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's not the prettiest Les Paul we've ever seen, but it's a great-sounding guitar for the money."

FULL REVIEW: Gibson LPJ review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 241)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
LTD SCT-607B
Stef Carpenter's signature 7-string

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Like all seven-strings, the SCT-607B will divide opinion, so do make sure you try before you buy. If you're a riffmeister, though, this could be a sound investment."

FULL REVIEW: LTD SCT-607B review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 241)

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