New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
3rd Oct 2011 | 13:53
Fender American Vintage '69 Telecaster Thinline (£1991)
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...
"The best-yet production version of a now-classic Tele, with excellent vintage detail and sounds."
Gibson Firebird X (£3299)
Fender Graham Coxon Telecaster (£718)
DigiTech Whammy DT (£289)
Rasmus Standard S100 (£899)
"This is a stripped-down, serious tool for amateurs and pros alike."
Fender '70s Precision Bass (£1102)
ESP LTD SnakeByte (£1199)
Grosh Guitars ElectraJet (£2199)
Fender American Vintage '72 Telecaster Thinline (£1919)
Aria Retro-1532 (£249)
"Individual styling combines with a performance that belies the economy-conscious status of this retro revival."
Rasmus Modern M200 (£899)
"An '80s rock monster, but with some fantastic vintage single-coil tones on offer, too."
Crafter CB-Rose Plus (£749.99)
"A well-made and visually different guitar that proves to be a versatile electro option."
Strymon Lex (£279)
Godin Shifter 4 (£1050)
Zoom G3 (£190)
Tech 21 RotoChoir (£249)
Schecter TSH-1 (£539)
"The latest incarnation of the TSH-1 is a gene-splicing experiment that has paid off big time."
MXR ZW90 Wdyle Phase (£134)
Tech 21 Boost Chorus (£199)
Schecter Solo 6 Standard (£549)
Schecter S-1 Custom (£679)
"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."
Schecter TSH-1 (£539)
"One of the best affordable retro-style guitars available. Looks, tones, playability – it's the whole package."
T-Rex Tonebug Sensewah (£155)
Larivée L-02 (£799)
"How can you look a gift horse in the mouth? Time to flash the cash, we say."
Egnater Tweaker 88 (£799)
Washburn WCD18CE (£210)
"An interesting alternative to a 'regular' shaped dreadnought that proves to be a capable electro."