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

3rd Oct 2012 | 13:16

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
PRS DGT Standard (£2795)
An all-mahogany model for 2012

Every month, MusicRadar’s industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - publish the best independent and in-depth music-making gear reviews.

We’ve collated the latest guitars, amps, pedals, recorders and interfaces to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music, Future Music, Rhythm Total Guitar and Guitarist’s test teams. All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Guitarist issue 359.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: PRS DGT Standard

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Less wide sounding than the maple- topped DGT, this Standard version is another voice: a 21st-century Les Paul Special but with expanded sounds, vibrato and PRS's legendary build quality.”

FULL REVIEW:PRS DGT Standard

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY PRS DGT Standard currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
MXR SF01 Slash Octave Fuzz (£171)
Slash gets further down and dirtier...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Fuzz plus octaves up and down: this stomper can cover a vast array of sounds from old-school Hendrix to lo-fi Auerbach, and a pretty cool Slash to boot!”

FULL REVIEW: MXR SF01 Slash Octave Fuzz

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: MXR SF01 Slash Octave Fuzz currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Vox AC4C1-BL (£358)
Chasing the blues away

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“What's not to like (providing you're not changing valves in a hurry)?”

FULL REVIEW: Vox AC4C1-BL

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: Vox AC4C1-BL currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
A/DA APP-1 (£339)
A pedal-sized solid-state preamp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A/DA returns with a genuinely new product, full of different tones and myriad features.”

FULL REVIEW: A/DA APP-1

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: A/DA APP-1 currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Tascam iU2 (£149)
The interface iOS-users have been waiting for?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A comprehensive portable I/O device for both Apple's iOS and computers - someone needed to invent this, Tascam has, and it's done a brilliant job.”

FULL REVIEW: Tascam iU2

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: Tascam iU2 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
DigiTech Whammy (5th Generation) (£199)
The pitch-bending classic gets updated

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The most useful Whammy so far and awesome fun to boot. You need one!”

FULL REVIEW: DigiTech Whammy (5th Generation)

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: DigiTech Whammy (5th Generation) currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Roland G-5 VG Fender Stratocaster (£1450)
Roland's first Stratocaster

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Less detailed than the Variax, the G-5 VG Stratocaster beats its rival on open/dropped tuning functions at least. Its digital trickery is also loaded on a familiar, much-loved Fender Stratocaster chassis: that goes a long, long way!”

FULL REVIEW: Roland G-5 VG Fender Stratocaster

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: Roland G-5 VG Fender Stratocaster currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Peavey Xport USB Guitar Interface (£39)
Simple, but effective

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Xport is a great guitarist's companion to a laptop that will work for recording or practice wherever you are.”

FULL REVIEW: Peavey Xport USB Guitar Interface

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: Peavey Xport USB Guitar Interface currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
AKG DMS70 Dual digital wireless system (£349)
Side-stepping the radio setup

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An excellent- sounding wireless system that shouldn't pose any performance problems.”

FULL REVIEW: AKG DMS70 Dual digital wireless system

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY AKG DMS70 Dual digital wireless system currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Vox AC4HW1 (£778)
Creamy tone machine, or beige boredom?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For recording, this could be all the amp you ever need.”

FULL REVIEW: Vox AC4HW1

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: Vox AC4HW1 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Guild GSR D-40 Noir (£2926)
Back in black or, err, le chat noir?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A visually striking dreadnought with a punchy and instantly likeable acoustic tone.”

FULL REVIEW: Guild GSR D-40 Noir

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY Guild GSR D-40 Noir currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
TC Electronic MojoMojo (£105)
Vintage tweed overdrive emulation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Lovely transparent overdrive that's like adding an extra channel to your amp.”

FULL REVIEW: TC Electronic MojoMojo

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: TC Electronic MojoMojo 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 (October 2012)
Vox Apache I (£262)
A boom Styled along 60s lines, the latest Vox electric offers the ultimate in self-contained portability via an onboard amp, twin speakers and even a rhythm section

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This distinctive-looking electric offers self-powered performance and play- anywhere portability. Most of all it's great fun.”

FULL REVIEW: Vox Apache I

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: Vox Apache I currently available from:
FR: Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
TC Electronic Dark Matter (£105)
Does the Dark Matter, err, matter?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A responsive stompbox that will put a flavour of that cranked Marshall raunch on your board.”

FULL REVIEW: TC Electronic Dark Matter

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: TC Electronic Dark Matter 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 (October 2012)
Mariner Capstan (£369)
Let's hope she's well rigged...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Mariner is still a new name in the affordable market, but the Capstan is a fine fingerstyle-friendly performer.”

FULL REVIEW: Mariner Capstan

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Tascam DP-24 (£749)
Need a new one-stop box?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A self-contained 24-track recording studio that will take you from the first chord to a finished CD.”

FULL REVIEW: Tascam DP-24

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: Tascam DP-24 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
TC Electronic Röttweiler (£105)
A new high-gain big dog!

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Pedal to the metal? This one takes you straight there. It barks and it bites.”

FULL REVIEW: TC Electronic Röttweiler

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY: TC Electronic Röttweiler currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Music Man Reflex Game Changer HSH (£2539)
Five pickup positions not enough? How about 250,000?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Time will tell whether this technology will be a real-world game changer or an interesting footnote. Regardless, this is a very good electric guitar with which to broaden your sonic horizons.”

FULL REVIEW: Music Man Reflex Game Changer HSH

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Guild GSR F-30CE Cocobolo (£2926)
Guilding the rose

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For those sufficiently well heeled and able to track one down, the F-30CE Cocobolo is pretty much as good as fingerstyle guitars get.”

FULL REVIEW: Guild GSR F-30CE Cocobolo

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY Guild GSR F-30CE Cocobolo currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Mad Professor Old School 21 (£1799)
Classic valve tones in one box?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Time will tell whether this technology will be a real-world game changer or an It doesn't quite live up to its rather hefty price tag but the Old School '21 is well worth auditioning for those on a quest for tonal nirvana.”

FULL REVIEW: Mad Professor Old School 21

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2012)
Vox Apache II (£262)
Styled along 60s lines, the latest Vox electric offers the ultimate in self-contained portability via an onboard amp, twin speakers and even a rhythm section!

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This distinctive-looking electric offers self-powered performance and play- anywhere portability. Most of all it's great fun.”

FULL REVIEW: Vox Apache II

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 359)

BUY Vox Apache II currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann


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BUY: Vox Apache II currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR:Thomann | Michenaud

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