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

1st May 2013 | 09:45

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Sigma S000M-15
Superb value finger-picking acoustic

Every month MusicRadar's sister publications - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music review the latest music-making gear.

In this gallery we've collected all of the guitar, amp, pedal, recorder and interface reviews relevant to six-stringers.

All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Guitarist issue 366/367, Total Guitar issue 239/240, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Given its remit, as an instrument providing a certain style and sound within a competitive market at perhaps the most aggressive price point, the S000M-15 not only hits the bullseye, but splits the arrow down the centre with the next shot."

FULL REVIEW: Sigma S000M-15 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Sigma S000M-15 currently available from:
UK/Europe:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Dr Green Booster Shot
An injection of gain from this boost pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A brilliant booster with a unique take on the concept."

FULL REVIEW: Dr Green Booster Shot review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Dr Green Booster Shot currently available from:
UK/Europe:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Bogner Uberschall pedal
Bogner on a budget - too good to be true?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"We have to say that the Uberschall's promise of 'Armageddon in a box' didn't quite materialise for us. It's good, but other metal pedals will give it a hard time."

FULL REVIEW: Bogner Uberschall pedal review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Bogner Uberschall pedal currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Michenaud | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Godin 5th Avenue Composer GT
Street-smart archtop semi-acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A 'student' version of the more costly and plusher 5th Avenue Jazz, the Composer GT looks and sounds extremely attractive if you're looking for some old-school tonality."

FULL REVIEW: Godin 5th Avenue Composer GT review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Godin 5th Avenue Composer GT currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fender Nate Mendel Precision Bass
Foo Fighter's signature model

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is not only great to look at, but it also feels and sounds brilliant - a really tempting package for any bass player."

FULL REVIEW:Fender Nate Mendel Precision Bassreview

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Fender Nate Mendel Precision Bassreview currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Dr Green Life Support
Will this pedal sustain you?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This pedal might be called Life Support, but the sustain that's on offer is to die for."

FULL REVIEW: Dr Green Life Support review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Dr Green Life Support currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Chris George Custom CE-N
Custom-built nylon string acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Here's a guitar that proves that not all innovation comes from the major brands. A beautiful instrument."

FULL REVIEW: Chris George Custom CE-N review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Rotosound RFB1 1960s Fuzz Pedal Reissue
Ultra-rare 60s fuzz reborn

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Stunning fuzz tones, from Beck to Auerbach and beyond."

FULL REVIEW: Rotosound RFB1 1960s Fuzz Pedal Reissue review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 366)

BUY: Rotosound RFB1 1960s Fuzz Pedal Reissue currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Joyo US Dream
Impressive imitation distortion

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's hard for us to fault the US Dream, especially at this wallet-comforting price - it's high quality, high-gain and overflowing with tone."

FULL REVIEW: Joyo US Dream review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 239)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
T-Rex Møller 2
Clean boost and overdrive in one

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"As is often the case with T-Rex pedals, this is no budget buy, but it's one of the most practical drive pedals around and so is well worth it."

FULL REVIEW: T-Rex Møller 2 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: T-Rex Møller 2 currently available from:
USA:Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Orange OR100H
Premium tones in a premium head

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Orange's considerable heritage and contemporary ingenuity distilled into a world- beating pro valve head."

FULL REVIEW: Orange OR100H review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Orange OR100H currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
MXR Talk Box
Taking talking to the kids

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It takes a bit of getting used to, but if you want that classic talking guitar sound, this new unit will show you the way."

FULL REVIEW: MXR Talk Box review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: MXR Talk Box currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Audiffex Multi Drive Pedal
Set of eight stompbox plug-ins

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A competent collection of drive emulations at a bargain price."

FULL REVIEW: Audiffex Multi Drive Pedal review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Audiffex Multi Drive Pedal currently available from:
UK/Europe:Plugin Boutique

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Aspri Acero/Clásico Acoustic Reverb
Mechanical reverb for your acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you've ever thought it would be nice to have some reverb while you're strumming your guitar around the campfire, this is for you. Otherwise, it's hardly essential."

FULL REVIEW: Aspri Acero/Clásico Acoustic Reverb review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fishman Asterope Pro Stage Series cable
Quality cable, premium price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Certainly, for audio use and for electro-acoustic players (it's now this reviewer's cable of choice), it's recommended. For heavily gained metallers, the advantages might be less obvious."

FULL REVIEW: Fishman Asterope Pro Stage Series cable review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fender Pawn Shop Super-Sonic
Idiosyncratic six-string sparkle

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This revives a decidedly original Squier design and adds a few updates to add appeal for the modern market."

FULL REVIEW: Fender Pawn Shop Super-Sonic review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Fender Pawn Shop Super-Sonic currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fender Pawn Shop '70s Stratocaster Deluxe
The Stratocaster reinvented - again

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This mix of a Strat and two Thinline Teles proves effective, performing better than many 70s Fenders."

FULL REVIEW: Fender Pawn Shop '70s Stratocaster Deluxe review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Fender Pawn Shop '70s Stratocaster Deluxe currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI
A 'bass guitar' in the truest sense

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It doesn't look as distinctive as the original, but this bass has a cleaner line and more contemporary sounds."

FULL REVIEW: Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Boss TE-2 Tera Echo
Boss' 100th compact stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A pedal for adding dynamically controlled ambience."

FULL REVIEW: Boss TE-2 Tera Echo review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Boss TE-2 Tera Echo currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Bass
A short-scale bass workhorse

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A worthwhile Pawn Shop variation on the original design, with a far more powerful sound."

FULL REVIEW: Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Bass review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Bass currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fret-King Black Label Series Esprit III
P-90-loaded, classic-looking electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Okay, Wilkinson snaffled some cute design cues from the old non-reverse Firebird, but the Esprit III has a sound and feel of its own."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Black Label Series Esprit III review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Fret-King Black Label Series Esprit III currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Taylor Grand Orchestra 518e
Big, bass-y and balanced acoustic guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Powerful and with a real bass guitar-like low-end, the Grand Orchestra offers a new voice. Where will it take you?"

FULL REVIEW: Taylor Grand Orchestra 518e review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Taylor Grand Orchestra 518e currently available from:
FR:Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Boss MO-2 Multi Overtone
Harmonic modulation stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A tone transformer, but maybe not for the traditionalists."

FULL REVIEW: Boss MO-2 Multi Overtone review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Boss MO-2 Multi Overtone currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fret-King Black Label Series Corona GWR Gregg Wright Model
An 80s hot rod reborn

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The bridge WP90 makes this guitar a cool twist on an 80s design, and that neck profile is just sublime."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Black Label Series Corona GWR Gregg Wright Model review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Fret-King Black Label Series Corona GWR Gregg Wright Model currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Taylor Grand Orchestra K28e
A classy, Koa-bodied acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Slightly 'older' sounding to our ears than the 518e, this is one of those dream guitars that ticks all the boxes."

FULL REVIEW: Taylor Grand Orchestra K28e review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Taylor Grand Orchestra K28e currently available from:
FR:Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion
A focussed, flexible distortion stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A pedal for tightly focused distortion."

FULL REVIEW: Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fret-King Black Label Esprit I Bass
Trevor Wilkinson's latest bass

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Visually appealing, comfortable to play and capable of great sounds, the Esprit I has much to offer the most discerning of bass players, and even comes with a deluxe gigbag."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Black Label Esprit I Bass review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Fret-King Black Label Series Corona GWR Gregg Wright Model currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fret-King Black Label Series Ventura
UK designed surf-inspired electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"To our eyes, it's no looker, but the Ventura is a real tone machine that will cover just about any player's needs."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Black Label Series Ventura review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 367)

BUY: Fret-King Black Label Series Ventura currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Fret-King Black Label Country Squire Semitone De Luxe
A Swiss Army axe

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Fret- King has the first-class playability, tonal versatility and sensible price tag to make it a serious contender for your loot."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Black Label Country Squire Semitone De Luxe review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 240)

BUY: Fret-King Black Label Country Squire Semitone De Luxe currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Inspired Instruments You Rock Guitar
Bonkers MIDI guitar/synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An extremely fun, interesting guitar-like MIDI instrument. Perfect for guitarists struggling with MIDI keyboards."

FULL REVIEW: Inspired Instruments You Rock Guitar review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 240)

BUY: Inspired Instruments You Rock Guitar currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

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