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

5th Mar 2014 | 10:51

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Fender Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster
Classic-style Tele with contemporary twists

MusicRadar's sister magazines Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music feature the best independent gear reviews around.

Here we've collected all the guitar reviews published on the site in February, including guitars, amps, stompboxes and recording interfaces.

All of the gear here was originally reviewed in Guitarist issue 377/378, Total Guitar issue 249/250, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An excellent modern Tele with pro additions and plenty of 50s identity that could become your go-to electric."

FULL REVIEW: Fender Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Fender Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Wampler Velvet Fuzz
Black Velvet pedal, if you please

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Versatile fuzz with two voices for 60s and modern sounds."

FULL REVIEW: Wampler Velvet Fuzz review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Wampler Velvet Fuzz currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Tom Anderson Hollow Drop Top Classic
A classy, classic-inspired electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A truly beautiful modern take on a classic, with a light weight and exceptional build, playability and sounds."

FULL REVIEW: Tom Anderson Hollow Drop Top Classic review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Wampler Ego Compressor
Dyna Comp copy finding its own way

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Possibly the best-sounding compact compressor around."

FULL REVIEW: Wampler Ego Compressor review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Wampler Ego Compressor currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Music Man Luke III
Hold the line! There's a new Lukather signature...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A more 'vintage' version of the original, it's a beautifully made, gig-ready pro, ideal for modern rock and more."

FULL REVIEW: Music Man Luke III review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Music Man Luke III currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Fender Vintage Hot Rod '60s Telecaster
Turbo-charged twist on a vintage design

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A well-sorted Tele with a mid-to-late 60s personality and plenty of sonic variations on that theme."

FULL REVIEW: Fender Vintage Hot Rod '60s Telecaster review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Fender Vintage Hot Rod '60s Telecaster currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Wampler Sovereign Distortion
A stompbox fit for a king?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you like to tailor the top end of your distortion, this is for you."

FULL REVIEW: Wampler Sovereign Distortion review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Wampler Sovereign Distortion currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA: Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Tom Anderson Raven
Rapping on the J-type's door?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"One of the least 'posh' Andersons, this subtly downsized 'J' is Tom's favourite. Play one you'll find out why."

FULL REVIEW: Tom Anderson Raven review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Wampler Plexi-Drive
Stompbox for Marshall-ing your tone

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Vintage Marshall flavour in a stompbox."

FULL REVIEW: Wampler Plexi-Drive review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Wampler Plexi-Drive currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Wampler Faux Tape Echo
Tape-aping digital delay pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The flavour of tape echo without the hassle."

FULL REVIEW: Wampler Faux Tape Echo review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Wampler Faux Tape Echo currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Wampler Dual Fusion
Two overdrives in one stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Useful dual overdrive that's not just for fusion players."

FULL REVIEW: Wampler Dual Fusion review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Wampler Dual Fusion currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Music Man JP13
John Petrucci's latest signature model

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This latest-gen JP with new DiMarzio pickups is a great-sounding hybrid magnetic/ piezo axe. Are you man enough?"

FULL REVIEW: Music Man JP13 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 377)

BUY: Music Man JP13 currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Danelectro '56 Baritone
Long-necked bass-friendly guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"However you use a baritone, '56 is a damn good place (and time) to start."

FULL REVIEW: Danelectro '56 Baritone review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 250)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
DiVill By Italia B100
Tonal variety meets retro chic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"There are some quirks here, but they're small sacrifices to make for the B100's colossal range of vintage-voiced tones."

FULL REVIEW: DiVill By Italia B100 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 250)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Korg Pandora Stomp
Packed multi-fx/tuner pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is genre-spanning at its most practical - you get a practice and recording tool, but also a stompbox that can offer any sonic flavour you desire, and doubles as a pedal tuner. Kracking idea, Korg!"

FULL REVIEW: Korg Pandora Stomp review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 250)

BUY: Korg Pandora Stomp currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
DiVill By Italia M100
Running with the DiVill

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The neat tonal touches and body tweaks could just make the M100 the single-cut for players who don't like single-cuts."

FULL REVIEW: DiVill By Italia M100 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 250)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Ibanez RG550XH
30-fret shred guitar specialist

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The RG550XH is a neat twist on the shred axe, but unforgiving for big, fat sausage fingers. Tommy Tedesco might not approve, but we do."

FULL REVIEW: Ibanez RG550XH review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 250)

BUY: Ibanez RG550XH currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
DiVill By Italia F100
Vibrato and tones to thrill

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Like the rest of the DiVill series, it spans a huge tonal territory and excels at just about everything it sets out to do - and at this price, that's no mean feat."

FULL REVIEW: DiVill By Italia F100 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 250)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Mesa Engineering Recto-Verb Twenty-Five
A giant-killing combo amp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Mesa scores big time with the Recto-Verb Twenty- Five - it's the best small combo the company has made in ages."

FULL REVIEW: Mesa Engineering Recto-Verb Twenty-Five review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 378)

BUY: Mesa Engineering Recto-Verb Twenty-Five currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Peavey ValveKing 100 head
Flagship amp of the revamped royal range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Big and beefy it may be, but the extended feature set makes it highly versatile. We like those 6L6s, too."

FULL REVIEW: Peavey ValveKing 100 head review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 379)

BUY: Peavey ValveKing 100 head currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann

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