New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2012)
2nd Mar 2012 | 12:29
Hughes and Kettner TubeMeister 5 Head (£329)
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 tested meticulously by either Guitarist or Total Guitar in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout February 2012.
Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, something cute from Germany...
"A brilliant all-round, all-valve mini head with oodles of character… but no reverb."
Dunlop DVP1 Volume Pedal (£134)
TC Electronic PolyTune Mini (£65)
"The cutest, best-value tuner for the price."
Read the PolyTune Mini review.
BUY: TC Electronic PolyTune Mini currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia
Tanglewood T6 (£399)
Blackstar HT-METAL (£179)
4Pockets StompBox (£13.99)
"A useful practice app for guitarists, though it's far from being the only one."
Read the StompBox review.
Charvel Skatecaster SK-3 ST (£298)
Washburn RX 30 (£210)
D*A*M Meathead M-25 (£195)
"In a time where anyone with a soldering iron and a dream can spell 'boutique', we applaud D*A*M for making things more interesting."
Read the Meathead M-25 review.
ESP LTD MH-330FR (£649)
Fender CF-140S (£178)
Tanglewood TW28 CSN (£229)
Griffin Stompbox (£69)
Fender FT-004 Clip-on Chromatic Tuner (£9)
Egnater Tweaker 40 1 x 12 combo (£699)
"In a crowded market, the Tweaker 40 is one of the best mid-price amps out there. Don't pass up the chance to try one."
Read the Tweaker 40 review.
Avid Pro Tools + Eleven Rack (£759)
"All you'll need to record guitar and more on your computer."
Read the Pro Tools + Eleven Rack review.
EVH 5150-III 50W (£911)
"The most attractive EVH amp rig so far? It's certainly not far off and, the odd concern aside, it's well worth trying out."
Read the 5150-III 50W review.
Stone Deaf PDF-1 (£135)
"Flexible, innovative take on distortion and boost."
Read the PDF-1 review.
Koll Duo Glide (£2899)
b3 Fire (£2899)
"This should be a modern classic design. If you're into single-cut tones but want something a little more comfortable, start your search here."
Read the b3 Fire review.
Johan Gustavsson Bluesmaster Special (£2499)
Hofner Contemporary Series Club Solid (£420)
Peavey PXD Void II (£699)
"This is a very cool guitar that not only suits heavier styles perfectly, but many more besides. The metal is still going strong…"
Read the PXD Void II review.