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

3rd Jun 2014 | 10:02

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Gibson Derek Trucks SG
Slide-man's traditional signature

MusicRadar's sister mags Guitarist and Total Guitar offer the best independent reviews of the latest guitars, amps, pedals, apps and accessories on a monthly basis.

In this gallery, we've collected all their guitar gear reviews featured on the site in March. All of the reviews here were originally published in Guitarist issue 380/381, Total Guitar issue 253, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team. Kicking things off in style is the new Gibson Derek Trucks SG...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Essentially, this latest Trucks signature is an old-school SG Standard. Nothing wrong with that at all!”

FULL REVIEW: Gibson Derek Trucks SG review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Gibson Derek Trucks SG currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Yerasov GTA15J
Boutique amp on a budget

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Forget the rather drab styling, this is a serious boutique tone machine.”

FULL REVIEW: Yerasov GTA15J review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Seiko STX7
2-in-1 torch and tuner

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Say goodbye to batteries, get in tune and see what you're doing. Nice.”

FULL REVIEW: Seiko STX7 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Supermegaultragroovy Capo 3
iTunes-friendly phrase-trainer app

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A practical software solution for working out how to play songs.”

FULL REVIEW: Supermegaultragroovy Capo 3 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Free The Tone Red Jasper RJ-1V
Amp-aping overdrive pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This pedal isn't cheap, but there's no snake-oil here: one of the more sophisticated and characterful overdrives we've tried.”

FULL REVIEW: Free The Tone Red Jasper RJ-1V review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Gibson SG Futura
Economy SG with tricks up its sleeve

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This is a very affordable SG with nice upgrades such as the Min-ETune system. But is it a great guitar? No.”

FULL REVIEW: Gibson SG Futura review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Gibson SG Futura currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Electro-Harmonix Soul Food
Affordable Klon clone

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A new pedal that offers a more affordable option to an established favourite… and does it in style.”

FULL REVIEW: Electro-Harmonix Soul Food review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Electro-Harmonix Soul Food currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
DigiTech RP360 XP
Multi-moded multi-fx unit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“There's a wealth of multi-effects out there, but the RP360 XP has diversity and ease of use on its side.”

FULL REVIEW: DigiTech RP360 XP review

(Reviewed inTotal Guitar issue 253)

BUY: DigiTech RP360 XP currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Boss DS-1X Distortion
X-rated digital dirt pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The guitar world is saturated with distortion pedals, and this is by no means cheap, but if you're constantly switching between rhythm and lead and can't settle on a middle ground, the DS-1X could be just the pedal you're looking for.”

FULL REVIEW: Boss DS-1X Distortion review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

BUY: Boss DS-1X Distortion 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 (June 2014)
Red Witch Violetta Delay
Retro delay in a modern stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A delay pedal that shines in more ways than one.”

FULL REVIEW: Red Witch Violetta Delay review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Red Witch Violetta Delay currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Red Witch Seven Sisters Ruby
Rude Ruby is a fuzz with real attitude

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A red-hot fuzz pedal that's great for tight spaces.”

FULL REVIEW: Red Witch Seven Sisters Ruby review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Red Witch Seven Sisters Ruby currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
GuitarSystems Tony's BenderTool Junior
Pedal with a Sola Sound soul

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Smooth 60s fuzz with extra EQ, and it won't swamp your board.”

FULL REVIEW: GuitarSystems Tony's BenderTool Junior review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Red Witch Fuzz God II
A praise-worthy fuzz pedal? Amen.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Like fearsome fuzz from the top of Mount Olympus.”

FULL REVIEW: Red Witch Fuzz God II review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Red Witch Fuzz God II currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Jackson 30th Anniversary Soloist
Handmade recreation of the iconic electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An authentic recreation of a classic, built by a man who was involved with the original. Not even the SL-1 is as desirable a Soloist as this!”

FULL REVIEW: Jackson 30th Anniversary Soloist review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Jackson 30th Anniversary Soloist currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
GuitarSystems TrebleTool Junior
Rangemaster-style boost pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Vintage-style treble boost to excite your amp into action.”

FULL REVIEW: GuitarSystems TrebleTool Junior review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Red Witch Synthotron
Guitar synth/filter pedal for the space-deprived

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A game of two halves - funky and bonkers - sometimes at once!”

FULL REVIEW: Red Witch Synthotron review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Red Witch Synthotron currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Vox Mark III
Tear-inducing classic electric guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Overwhelmingly, this is a guitar that's a lot of fun to play, and you'll look - and sound - good while you're doing so.”

FULL REVIEW: Vox Mark III review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

BUY: Vox Mark III currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Korg Pitchhawk-G
Headstock tuner with hawk-like tracking

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It may not be the smallest headstock tuner on the market, but the PitchHawk is the culmination of years of refinement, and it shows.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg Pitchhawk-G review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

BUY: Korg Pitchhawk-G currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
GuitarSystems FuzzTool Junior
A new 'Face in fuzz pedals

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A veritable Fuzz Face-lift for your guitar tone.”

FULL REVIEW: GuitarSystems FuzzTool Junior review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster
Taking the jazz out of 'Jazzmaster'

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A seriously satisfying playing experience, bolstered by the chunky neck and jumbo frets.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

BUY: Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Godin Richmond Dorchester w/ Bigsby
Retro curves on a modern electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Would we choose this over a Gretsch Electromatic? Well, it plays beautifully, stays in tune and looks amazing. We just might.”

FULL REVIEW: Godin Richmond Dorchester w/ Bigsby review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
GuitarSystems DriveTool Junior
New pedal, old chips

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A solidly-built, classy-sounding dirtbox with plenty of flexibility.”

FULL REVIEW: GuitarSystems DriveTool Junior review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Godin Richmond Belmont w/ Bigsby
Chic electric with power

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Belmont doesn't quite have the palpable vibe of other Richmond models, it ticks a number of boxes few other guitars do.”

FULL REVIEW: Godin Richmond Belmont w/ Bigsby review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
GuitarSystems VibeTool
Familiar vintage-style vibrato/chorus

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A practical packaging of the Uni-Vibe sound for ease of use.”

FULL REVIEW: GuitarSystems VibeTool review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
EVH Striped Series
Van Halen's Franken-axe on a budget

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It apes one of the most iconic electric guitars, but is a tidy, well-made hot-rod S-type that punches well above its price.”

FULL REVIEW: EVH Striped Series review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

BUY: EVH Striped Series currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
Godin Richmond Empire P90
Affordable tone machine

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Empire represents good value, so don't let the lack of a certain headstock logo put you off; this is well worth trying out.”

FULL REVIEW: Godin Richmond Empire P90 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 253)

BUY: Godin Richmond Empire P90 currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2014)
GuitarSystems Tony's BenderTool
Tone Bender-style stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Authentic ToneBender sound in a pedal made to suit any system.”

FULL REVIEW: GuitarSystems Tony's BenderTool review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 381)

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