New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)

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New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Brainworx bx_rockrack
Brainworx's bx_rockrack aims to apply a recording engineer's approach to guitar amp emulation, supplanting quantity with quality

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"In terms of raw numbers, there's less here than most competitors, but what's there sounds absolutely fantastic."

FULL REVIEW:Brainworx bx_rockrack

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 183)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Cornell PedalAmp
It's a pedal and an amp, all in a single box - and what better name to call it than the PedalAmp?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Versatile, rugged and beautifully made, the Cornell PedalAmp provides quality guitar tones in a very portable package."

FULL REVIEW:Cornell PedalAmp

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Peerless Leela 40
Does the brand live up to its name?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"As a celebration of 40 years of guitar craft, this anniversary, and very limited, Leela is highly apt: a very classy solid-topped archtop."

FULL REVIEW:Peerless Leela 40

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Carvin Allan Holdsworth HH2
The HH2 has two H22 pickups, with 22 adjustable poles - it's a tongue and tone twister!

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Intelligent and good-sounding version of Ned Steinberger's original vision mixed with Holdsworth's immense experience and chops. Niche but nice."

FULL REVIEW:Carvin Allan Holdsworth HH2

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Marshall JVM410HJS Joe Satriani Signature
The JVM's 28 rotary controls are easy to navigate and offer incredible versatility

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A monster head: without doubt one of the best Marshalls ever."

FULL REVIEW:Marshall JVM410HJS Joe Satriani Signature head

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

BUY Marshall JVM410HJS Joe Satriani Signature head currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Carvin Frank Gambale FG1
It's certainly well finished with a dark brown 'burst to the maple top - with PRS-like natural maple edge

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A classy, well-made, good-sounding and playing semi. Do yourself a favour and track one down."

FULL REVIEW:Carvin Frank Gambale FG1

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Carlsbro Sherwood II 30R
Rootsy tones in an earthy box

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're in search of a darker sound for rootsier acoustic tones, add the Sherwood II to your list."

FULL REVIEW:Carlsbro Sherwood II 30R

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Vox AGA30
The Vox AGA30 is one of the more stylish acoustic amps we've seen

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A really neat, portable and stylish amp with choice of channel voicing and good potential for a little sonic abuse."

FULL REVIEW:Vox AGA30

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

BUY Vox AGA30 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann| Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Rickenbacker 650C Colorado
It's a Ricky with a difference

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is the Rickenbacker for people who think they can't play or don't like Rickenbackers."

FULL REVIEW:Rickenbacker 650C Colorado

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Peavey AT-200
Peavey teams up with the Auto-Tune inventors

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The AT-200 may prove revolutionary for certain players."

FULL REVIEW:Peavey AT-200

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 361)

BUY Peavey AT-200 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Taylor 712ce
The new 700 series guitars feature highly-desirable vintage-style sunburst tops

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A superb all-rounder - a guitar that will accompany you from the sofa to the biggest stages effortlessly."

FULL REVIEW:Taylor 712ce

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

BUY Taylor 712ce currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Providence Stampede DT SDT-2
An overdrive that leaves us far from downtrodden

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Superb 1980s-inspired rock distortion that never sounds small nor thin."

FULL REVIEW:Providence Stampede DT SDT-2

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

BUY Providence Stampede DT SDT-2 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Strymon Flint tremolo and reverb
The spirit of the Flint harks back to a pre-fuzz box era when the only effects at guitarists' disposal were tremolo and spring reverb circuits

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"There's no better time to revisit the effects that started it all."

FULL REVIEW: Strymon Flint tremolo and reverb

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

BUY Strymon Flint tremolo and reverb currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX
The GTX is tailor made for the guitar and vocal performer who doesn't want to take an amp to gigs

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An excellent effects unit for vocalists that adds a guitar facility."

FULL REVIEW:TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

BUY TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Taylor GS Mini Mahogany
The Tiny Taylor with a serious side

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For a travel-friendly songwriting companion that doesn't sacrifice tone or playability for the size reduction, the GS Mini has got to be your first port of call."

FULL REVIEW:Taylor GS Mini Mahogany

(Reviewed in Total Guitar Magazine 232)

BUY Taylor GS Mini Mahogany currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
LTD M-53
An affordable double-cut HSS

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The M-53 is a solid all-rounder that can handle many styles. For this price, you can't knock it."

FULL REVIEW: LTD M-53

(Reviewed in Total Guitar Magazine 232)

BUY LTD M-53 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe TC
The Voodoo Vibe TC is a compact, simplified version of that much-lauded Voodoo Vibe+

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Quality costs, but that client list speaks for itself, and the TC is an easy-to-use way of getting those sounds on your pedalboard."

FULL REVIEW: Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe TC

(Reviewed in Total Guitar Magazine 232)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Fender FSR Telecaster Custom
Fancy a bit of something different?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Good looks, top-notch build quality and tones that could strip paint - well played, Fender. You've made us feel special."

FULL REVIEW: Fender FSR Telecaster Custom

(Reviewed in Total Guitar Magazine 232)

BUY Fender FSR Telecaster Custom currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Ibanez FRM100TR
Paul Gilbert's signature gets an affordable overhaul

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Make sure you audition one of the most intriguing shred guitars we've tried in a long time."

FULL REVIEW: Ibanez FRM100TR

(Reviewed in Total Guitar Magazine 232)

BUY Ibanez FRM100TR currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Jackson JS23 Dinky
An entry-level slugger with aspirations above its station

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A very respectable entry-level rocker that - unsurprisingly, given its heritage - is best suited to fans of all things heavy and widdly."

FULL REVIEW: Jackson JS23 Dinky

(Reviewed in Total Guitar Magazine 232)

BUY Jackson JS23 Dinky currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Sterling By Music Man Sub Silo3
This new HSS is far from sub-standard

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The mission statement of an HSS electric is to cram multiple personalities into one guitar and the Silo3 does this ably."

FULL REVIEW: Sterling By Music Man Sub Silo3

(Reviewed in Total Guitar Magazine 232)

BUY Sterling By Music Man Sub Silo3 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Ibanez SA160FM
The SA160FM has a quilted grained maple cap that looks like a tiger's underbelly

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's a little pricey for an entry-level axe. But if you're serious about braving the road or studio with just one electric, this is well worth the wedge."

FULL REVIEW: Ibanez SA160FM

(Reviewed in Total Guitar Magazine 232)

BUY Ibanez SA160FM currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
LTD KH-25
The LTD KH-25 marks 25 years of Kirk Hammett endorsing ESP Guitars

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The KH-25 emulates 'Tallica well, but those looking for a more flexible metal axe should probably look elsewhere."

FULL REVIEW: LTD KH-25

(Reviewed in Total Guitar Magazine 232)

BUY LTD KH-25 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Thermionic Culture Solo Vulture
There's one channel but four flavours on this controllable, top quality valve distortion unit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A highly desirable item for those who appreciate what valves can do in the right hands."

FULL REVIEW: Thermionic Culture Solo Vulture

(Reviewed in Future Music Magazine 258)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Taylor 712ce-N
A nylon-strung acoustic for steel-string players

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Taylor's take on the hybrid steel/nylon guitar is extremely playable with a mellow acoustic voice and crisper, more attacking amplified sound."

FULL REVIEW:Taylor 712ce-N

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

BUY Taylor 712ce-N currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co.
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
TwinStomp Active A/B-Y MkII
Running two amps is as easy as A, B, Y

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The TwinStomp Active A/B-Y MkII is hard to fault for dependable, very high-quality two-amp switching."

FULL REVIEW:TwinStomp Active A/B-Y MkII

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Malekko Omicron Spring
Slap-happy retro reverb

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's impossible not to like the Spring's time machine tones, but it is niche."

FULL REVIEW: Malekko Omicron Spring

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Providence Silky Drive
Can this high-end pedal justify a high-end price?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Wonderful overdrive with incredible dynamics, but with an equally 'incredible' price."

FULL REVIEW: Providence Silky Drive

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

BUY Providence Silky Drive currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music Co.

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
IK Multimedia iRig Stomp
We put the iOS-driven stompbox to the test

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The iRig Stomp provides a solid connection without having to be right next to the iOS device, it's also the practical choice should you wish to use one as part of your signal chain."

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia iRig Stomp

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

BUY IK Multimedia iRig Stomp currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Nineboys Wedge
A UK-made, off-the-shelf diddley bow!

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Strangely addictive. Sure, you could make your own, but if you can't be bothered, Nineboys has done it for you."

FULL REVIEW:Nineboys Wedge

(Reviewed in Guitarist Magazine 360)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
PRS SE Dave Navarro
Affordable bling for budding gold diggers

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're after PRS quality on a budget - and dig the colour scheme - then the SE Dave Navarro is the guitar for you."

FULL REVIEW:PRS SE Dave Navarro

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 233)

BUY PRS SE Dave Navarro currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Majik Box Doug Aldrich Rocket Fuel
Whitesnake-endorsed overdrive

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A tonal elixir that won't quite do all the work for you, but will make sure your scorching hot distortion tones sound the best they possibly can."

FULL REVIEW:Majik Box Doug Aldrich Rocket Fuel

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 233)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Jackson Adrian Smith SDX
A 'Maiden signature that won't break the bank

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A bit of a game changer in the sub-£500 guitar market. The SDX could convince you it's worth double the street price: no small feat."

FULL REVIEW:Jackson Adrian Smith SDX

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 233)

BUY Jackson Adrian Smith SDX currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Freshman FA1TRAVLTD
Microscopes at the ready for Freshman's dinky dread

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A good quality, practical and fun travel guitar, but you'll want to head back to a dreadnought for recording/performing purposes."

FULL REVIEW:Freshman FA1TRAVLTD

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 233)

BUY Freshman FA1TRAVLTD currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

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