New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)

2nd Nov 2011 | 16:58

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Morpheus Bomber (£239)
Is this Whammy alternative even better than the real thing?

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 meticulously tested by either Guitarist or Total Guitar in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout October 2011.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, the Morpheus Bomber...

Verdict:

"A versatile, easy-to-use and gig-proof polyphonic pitchshifter."

Read Total Guitar's Morpheus Bomber review here

BUY: Morpheus Bomber currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
BC Rich Joey Jordison Warlock II (£439)
A signature guitar for a drummer? Hey, wait a minute, it's 'knot what you think

Verdict:

"Solid mid-priced electric for those fancying a bit of danger."

Read Total Guitar's review of the BC Rich Joey Jordison Warlock II here

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST (£634)
Active pickups and through-neck for less than £650? Doesn't sound like Desolation to us...

Verdict:

"A lot of axe for your money - but it's a strong mid-price field out there at the mo."

Read the Total Guitar review of the Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST here

BUY: Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST currently available from:
UK:Thomann
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster (£359)
'Pine-ing' for an affordable plank? Have we got news for you...

Verdict:

"An affordable classic, tweaked just enough to bring it bang up to date."

Read Total Guitar's review of the Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster here

BUY: Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster currently available from:
UK: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 (November 2011)
Yamaha JR2 (£135)
This FG-styled mini-acoustic is one little brother you're allowed to pick on

Verdict:

"Easy to carry and packing a respectable sound, the JR2 is a guitar that's cheap and cheerful in the best possible way."

Read the Total Guitar review of the Yamaha JR2 here

BUY: Yamaha JR2 currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Italia Mondial Classic (£569)
A real Italia stallion...

Verdict:

"If you're looking more for electric than acoustic and aren't put off by its eccentricities, the Mondial is well worth checking out."

Read the Total Guitar review of the Italia Mondial Classic here

BUY: Italia Mondial Classic currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Michael Kelly Hybrid Special (£587)
It's facing stiff competition, but Kelly's hero is one of the best in its class

Verdict:

"Gorgeous build and finish, genuinely versatile tone."

Read the Total Guitar review of the Michael Kelly Hybrid Special here

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II (£1993)
The world's most advanced guitar processor just became more powerful

Verdict:

"It's not for the faint of wallet, but the Axe-Fx II delivers supreme modelling power in a hardy piece of kit."

Read the Total Guitar review of the Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II here

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow (£699)
The darling of the mid-range semi-hollows continues to impress

Verdict:

"Gorgeously constructed all-rounder."

Read the Total Guitar review of the PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow here

BUY: PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Hagstrom Deuce F (£536)
Introducing a heavyweight contender - in more ways than one

Verdict:

"For the money, you'll struggle to find a better guitar than this. A real winner."

Read the Total Guitar review of the Hagstrom Deuce F here

BUY: Hagstrom Deuce F currently available from:
UK:Thomann
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Schecter Chris Garza (£879)
Built for metal but open-minded, there's nothing nu about this forward-thinking, classy seven-string electric

Verdict:

"Awesome modern twist on classic stylings: overcome your preconceptions and check out the range of this grown-up seven-string."

Read Total Guitar'sSchecter Chris Garza review here

BUY: Schecter Chris Garza currently available from:
FR:Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Martin DRS1 (£809)
An ideal dreadnought for those on a budget. Don't be put off by the laminate neck, this is an awful lot of Martin for your money

Verdict:

"An excellent all-round performer offering unbeatable value for money."

Read the Guitarist Martin DRS1 review here

BUY: Martin DRS1 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
MXR Noise Clamp (£119)
MXR says "hiss off" to noise

Verdict

"A quality, no-frills piece of kit that does exactly what it says on the tin."

Read the Total Guitar review of the MXR Noise Clamp here

BUY: MXR Noise Clamp currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

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