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

6th May 2014 | 07:30

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Electro-Harmonix East River Drive
Tubescreamer-style stompbox

After the latest guitar, amp and stompbox reviews? Step right this way. Every month MusicRadar's sister magazines Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music publish the best independent gear reviews around.

In this gallery, we've collected all the guitar reviews featured on the site in March. All of the reviews here were originally published in Guitarist issue 379/380, Total Guitar issue 252, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team. Kicking things off, it's EHX's East River Drive pedal...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“EHX do a TS with no BS - and at a very reasonable price, too.”

FULL REVIEW: Electro-Harmonix East River Drive review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 379)

BUY: Electro-Harmonix East River Drive currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Gibson Les Paul Standard 2014
A (single-)cut too deep, or the sharpest tool in the box?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The best version thus far of a guitar that's always been the single-cut to beat.”

FULL REVIEW: Gibson Les Paul Standard 2014 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 379)

BUY: Gibson Les Paul Standard 2014 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | guitarguitar
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff Pi
The beloved fuzz pedal, shrunk

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Honey, they shrunk the Muff... but it sounds just as good!”

FULL REVIEW: Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff Pi review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 379)

BUY: Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff Pi currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Full Compass
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
SSAudio Overdrive Gig
Taiwanese firm makes its debut

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This dirt-delivering stomper is a worthy and workmanlike first offering from a new name trying to establish itself in a crowded stompbox marketplace. We wish SSAudio luck!”

FULL REVIEW: SSAudio Overdrive Gig review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 379)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
PRS SE 'Floyd' Custom 24
SE series electric gets vibrato vibes

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Usable for so much more than the rock and metal a Floyd Rose implies, the 'Floyd' Custom 24 is yet another addition to the PRS rack of greatest hits.”

FULL REVIEW: PRS SE 'Floyd' Custom 24 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 252)

BUY: PRS SE 'Floyd' Custom 24 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Electro-Harmonix OD Glove
A Marshall-aping glove 'box

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A versatile, wide-ranging Brit-flavoured overdrive under 50 quid.”

FULL REVIEW: Electro-Harmonix OD Glove review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 379)

BUY: Electro-Harmonix OD Glove currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Aria 511
Affordable, all-solid-wood acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“While the 511 is not without fault, it's hard to criticise such a considered and realistically priced instrument. Aria has made a very convincing guitar that holds up to scrutiny where it counts.”

FULL REVIEW: Aria 511 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 252)

BUY: Aria 511 currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
SSAudio Distortion Shout
Shiny, happy pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Silver dirt machine with useful attributes that could suit some players' dirtbox requirements.”

FULL REVIEW: SSAudio Distortion Shout review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 379)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Godin Acousticaster 40th Anniversary Koa
Celebrating the ultimate flexible semi-acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Overall, a serious tool for the creative musician that's well worth trying.”

FULL REVIEW: Godin Acousticaster 40th Anniversary Koa review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 252)

BUY: Godin Acousticaster 40th Anniversary Koa currently available from:
UK: guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes Nano
Retro overdrive revived and reduced

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Valve-flavoured overdrive to fatten your tone.”

FULL REVIEW: Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes Nano review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 379)

BUY: Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes Nano currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Gibson Les Paul Classic
Classic in name, if not in nature…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For a great-value, fully realised modern Les Paul, look no further.”

FULL REVIEW: Gibson Les Paul Classic review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 379)

BUY: Gibson Les Paul Classic currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
AER Compact 60 3
AER's much-loved acoustic combo returns

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Super portable, excellent sounding acoustic guitar amp that you can also sing through. Pro all the way.”

FULL REVIEW: AER Compact 60 3 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 379)

BUY: AER Compact 60 3 currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Red Witch Seven Sisters Grace
Grace compressor leaves pedalboard space

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The cutest compressor around, and it sounds good, too...”

FULL REVIEW: Red Witch Seven Sisters Grace review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Red Witch Seven Sisters Grace currently available from:
UK: guitarguitar
USA: Guitar Center | Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Fender 60th Anniversary American Standard Commemorative Stratocaster
The legendary electric puts on its birthday suit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The modern Strat for the modern player - the culmination of the breed, if you like.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender 60th Anniversary American Standard Commemorative Stratocaster review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Fender 60th Anniversary American Standard Commemorative Stratocaster currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Red Witch Empress Chorus
Many choruses, one stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A full chorus line compacted into one box.”

FULL REVIEW: Red Witch Empress Chorus review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Red Witch Empress Chorus currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Fender 60th Anniversary Classic Player 50s Strat
The celebrations continue with this Mexican model

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Almost impossible to criticise, the 60th Anniversary Classic Player 50s is a stunning Strat for the money.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender 60th Anniversary Classic Player 50s Strat review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Fender 60th Anniversary Classic Player 50s Strat currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Fender 60th Anniversary American Vintage 1954 Strat
Back to the beginnings of the renewed electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This is where it all began - there wasn't much wrong with it then, plus it's even better-built now.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender 60th Anniversary American Vintage 1954 Strat review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Fender 60th Anniversary American Vintage 1954 Strat currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 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:
UK: guitarguitar
USA: Guitar Center | Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Anderwood Style 1 M
Weissenborn-style lap steel guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A great blend of quality and value on this no-frills Weissenborn-style lap guitar.”

FULL REVIEW: Anderwood Style 1 M review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
AER Domino 2.A
A serious acoustic amp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Fully featured, very powerful, professional standard acoustic guitar amp and/or PA in a box: exceptional.”

FULL REVIEW: AER Domino 2.A review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: AER Domino 2.A currently available from:
UK:Thomann
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 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:
UK: guitarguitar
USA: Guitar Center | Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 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 (May 2014)
Gibson 2014 Les Paul Futura
A single-cut with tons of tonal potential

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Combining cutting-edge tech with old-school playability, the Les Paul Futura is a modern-day tone machine.”

FULL REVIEW: Gibson 2014 Les Paul Futura review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 252)

BUY: Gibson 2014 Les Paul Futura currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 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 (May 2014)
Boss ME-80
Knob-laden multi-fx handing back control

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An affordable do-it-all effects solution for onstage use and recording.”

FULL REVIEW: Boss ME-80 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Boss ME-80 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 (May 2014)
Gibson 2014 SG Special
The rock solidbody with Special forces

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Offering superb value, classic rock tones and modern versatility, this SG is special indeed.”

FULL REVIEW: Gibson 2014 SG Special review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 252)

BUY: Gibson 2014 SG Special currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Taylor 814ce
The 800 series acoustic gets overhauled

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A re-evaluation of the guitar that made Taylor's name, with a redesigned electro system. A new benchmark?”

FULL REVIEW: Taylor 814ce review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Taylor 814ce currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Fender Pawn Shop Special Vaporizer
An amp for the Atomic Age

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Garage rock 'n' rollers and lovers of sleazy surf sounds might just have found their new fave amp. Fun, fun, fun.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender Pawn Shop Special Vaporizer review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Fender Pawn Shop Special Vaporizer currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (May 2014)
Aria 505
All-solid, rosewood OM acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Sound, playability and affordability, this little OM has it all.”

FULL REVIEW: Aria 505 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 380)

BUY: Aria 505 currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

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