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

3rd Oct 2011 | 12:53

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Fender American Vintage '69 Telecaster Thinline (£1991)
As good as the original - or even better?

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 September 2011.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, Fender's American Vintage '69 Telecaster Thinline...

Verdict:

"The best-yet production version of a now-classic Tele, with excellent vintage detail and sounds."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Fender American Vintage '69 Telecaster Thinline currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Gibson Firebird X (£3299)
The much talked about self-tuning, effects-laden super-guitar is finally in our hands...

Verdict:

"While we applaud anyone trying to push the electric guitar forwards, we seriously wonder if the Firebird X is the future of electric guitar, especially at this price."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Gibson Firebird X currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Fender Graham Coxon Telecaster (£718)
In the heady days of Britpop, Blur's Graham Coxon was one of the biggest guitar players on the planet. Rather belatedly then, Fender honours him

Verdict:

"A long overdue homage to one of the UK's more interesting guitar players – a Tele to forge some sonic mayhem."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Fender Graham Coxon Telecaster currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
DigiTech Whammy DT (£289)
The newest incarnation of the classic treadle-operated pitch shifter, which boasts a number of new functions

Verdict:

"The best Whammy pedal so far? We think so. If you've ever fancied giving one a go, the time is now."

4.5

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: DigiTech Whammy DT currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Rasmus Standard S100 (£899)
A pro guitar for under a grand? Here's a Suhr thing

Verdict:

"This is a stripped-down, serious tool for amateurs and pros alike."

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Fender '70s Precision Bass (£1102)
Surely we don't need another P-Bass from Fender? Well, surprisingly it seems that we do!

Verdict:

"Undeniably attractive, the appeal of this over any of the other Precision models lies in its looks and excellent feel."

4.5

Read the Guitarist review


BUY: Fender '70s Precision Bass currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
ESP LTD SnakeByte (£1199)
This James Hetfield signature model reaffirms his love of ferocious tones

Verdict:

"A pure metal beast, this brings Hetfield's axe closer to the masses."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: ESP LTD SnakeByte currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Grosh Guitars ElectraJet (£2199)
A Fender-inspired mash-up from respected boutique maker Don Grosh

Verdict:

"Far from a copy but infused with Fender flavour, the ElectraJet is superbly executed with great sounds, highly detailed build and loads of options. Join the queue…"

BUY: Grosh Guitars ElectraJet currently available from GuitarGuitar

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Fender American Vintage '72 Telecaster Thinline (£1919)
A popular Tele from yesteryear gets treated to a spec upgrade

Verdict:

"With street prices already around £1.5k this updated blast from the past remains a powerful draw."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Fender American Vintage '72 Telecaster Thinline currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Aria Retro-1532 (£249)
A budget '60s solidbody revived and revised

Verdict:

"Individual styling combines with a performance that belies the economy-conscious status of this retro revival."

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Rasmus Modern M200 (£899)
Harness the power of the '80s with this pro-standard model

Verdict:

"An '80s rock monster, but with some fantastic vintage single-coil tones on offer, too."

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Crafter CB-Rose Plus (£749.99)
A commemorative model for - yes - a 39th anniversary

Verdict:

"A well-made and visually different guitar that proves to be a versatile electro option."

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Strymon Lex (£279)
The classic rotary speaker sound… from a stompbox

Verdict:

"If you're looking for an extremely natural-sounding rotary speaker emulation in a decent-sized stompbox, you'll find it in the Lex."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Strymon Lex currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Godin Shifter 4 (£1050)
Ideas from the past, but a sound all of its own

Verdict:

"If you want something that feels, looks and sounds a little different yet has an air of 'rightness' about it, then this Godin as an excellent choice."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Godin Shifter 4 currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Zoom G3 (£190)
A new approach with this multi-FX processor

Verdict:

"The most practical multi-FX pedal around for under (£200 -quality sounds and loads of ways to use them."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Zoom G3 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 (October 2011)
Tech 21 RotoChoir (£249)
Recreate that swirly sound with this stompbox

Verdict:

"The best-yet production version of a now-classic Tele, with excellent vintage detail and sounds."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Tech 21 RotoChoir currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Schecter TSH-1 (£539)
Imagine a Gibson crossed with a Rickenbacker…

Verdict:

"The latest incarnation of the TSH-1 is a gene-splicing experiment that has paid off big time."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Schecter TSH-1 currently available from:
USA: Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
MXR ZW90 Wdyle Phase (£134)
Just when you thought Zakk had signed everything possible…

Verdict:

"The latest incarnation of the TSH-1 is a gene-splicing experiment that has paid off big time."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: MXR ZW90 Wdyle Phase currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Tech 21 Boost Chorus (£199)
Capturing the sound of the '70s…

Verdict:

"This is one seriously versatile chorus pedal, it's certainly rich and smooth - but we can't decide whether it's manly…"

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Tech 21 Boost Chorus currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Schecter Solo 6 Standard (£549)
If you think Schecter just builds axes for metal kids in tight trousers, here's a guitar that beg to differ

Verdict:

"The Solo 6 Standard combines classic looks with a touch of individuality and a tonal range that will cover everything from blues through to thrash."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Schecter Solo 6 Standard currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Schecter S-1 Custom (£679)
The S-1 Custom can be said to be Schecter's take on the Les Paul Junior...

Verdict:

"Unless you're a true brand loyalist you should check out what Schecter is doing in the mid-range sector before you fork out for a budget US-brand guitar."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Schecter S-1 Custom currently available from:
USA: Full Compass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Schecter TSH-1 (£539)
We're feeling Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Johnny Marr on a budget

Verdict:

"One of the best affordable retro-style guitars available. Looks, tones, playability – it's the whole package."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Schecter TSH-1 currently available from:
USA: Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
T-Rex Tonebug Sensewah (£155)
Automated funk

Verdict:

"A pedal that will let you get funky."

Read the Guitarist review


BUY: T-Rex Tonebug Sensewah currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR: Thomann | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Larivée L-02 (£799)
Canada's leading quality acoustic maker seriously ups the entry-level value quotient with a resurrected series that may or may not be temporary

Verdict:

"How can you look a gift horse in the mouth? Time to flash the cash, we say."

4.5

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Egnater Tweaker 88 (£799)
Egnater's big Tweaker head makes its debut, with dual-KT88 power and more switches than you can shake a Les Paul at. Are we tempted? You betcha…

Verdict:

"Like the Tweaker 15, this is another great amp from Egnater that's destined for future classic status."

4.5

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Egnater Tweaker 88 currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Washburn WCD18CE (£210)
Washburn launches a series of acoustics designed to bring a little comfort…

Verdict:

"An interesting alternative to a 'regular' shaped dreadnought that proves to be a capable electro."

Read the Guitarist review

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