New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)

2nd Oct 2013 | 08:29

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Larrivée P-03W
Solid-wood parlour for under a grand

Every month MusicRadar's sister print publications Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music publish brand new independent gear reviews - and we think they're the best around.

Here we've collected every guitar-related review featured on MusicRadar throughout the month of September, including guitars, amps, stompboxes and recorder/interfaces.

All of the gear here was originally reviewed in Guitarist issue 371/372, Total Guitar issue 244, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The P-03W is the perfect house, songwriting and recording guitar."

FULL REVIEW: Larrivée P-03W review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 245)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Vonhatski Purelight 1206 100-watt head
Hats off to new UK amp brand

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Superbly built with a wide range of classic to metal tones and oodles of volume: add Vonhatski to your must-try list."

FULL REVIEW: Vonhatski Purelight 1206 head review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Fret-King Power Boost
This boost is made for stomping

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A nicely voiced boost for a lot more than increased volume."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Power Boostreview

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Fishman TriplePlay
Wireless MIDI controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The TriplePlay takes the world of MIDI guitar to a new level - it's an ideal entry point for any MIDI guitar novice."

FULL REVIEW: Fishman TriplePlay review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Fishman TriplePlay currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Full Compass | Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Peavey Vypyr VIP 1
Make way for the mini VIP

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's no small task trying to cover all the bases like this, but with the VIP 1, Peavey has done an admirable job of making it look rather easy."

FULL REVIEW: Peavey Vypyr VIP 1 review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 245)

BUY: Peavey Vypyr VIP 1 currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Ibanez AKJ95
Traditional archtops' arch rival?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Be warned - not all low-end hollowbodies are created equal. This is a good one and a great place to start."

FULL REVIEW: Ibanez AKJ95 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Ibanez AKJ95 currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music | guitarguitar
FR:Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Fret-King Line Doctor
Patch up your tone

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A no-brainer for keeping your tone intact with long cable runs."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Line Doctor review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
TC Electronic PolyTune 2
Six-strings-at-once tuner returns

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"As long as you don't need to alter your reference pitch from A-440, this remains the best pedal tuner available."

FULL REVIEW: TC Electronic PolyTune 2 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: TC Electronic PolyTune 2 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Fender Select Stratocaster HSS
Class - not crass - upmarket electric

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Upmarket do-it-all Strat with modern features but a very vintage feeling neck. Treat yourself..."

FULL REVIEW: Fender Select Stratocaster HSS review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Fender Select Stratocaster HSS currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Vintage Gordon Giltrap Signature Deluxe
Veteran Brit picker gets another signature

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Hats off to Mr Giltrap and his team. A rather good guitar just got even better."

FULL REVIEW: Vintage Gordon Giltrap Signature Deluxe review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Vintage Gordon Giltrap Signature Deluxe currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Antares AT-200 Complete Pack software
Guitar hardware gets software upgrade

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A further advancement to an already revolutionary piece of technology, which could prove indispensable to recording guitarists."

FULL REVIEW: Antares AT-200 Complete Pack software review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Fret-King Clean Boost
Good, clean fun from Fret-King

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A transparent volume boost for in front of your amp or overdrive."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Clean Boost review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Zilla Custom 4x10 cabinet
Custom quality speaker cab

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Great build quality, sounds, options and value for money from the English cabinet company."

FULL REVIEW: Zilla Custom 4x10 cabinet review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Gretsch G6139CB Falcon Center-Block Single Cutaway
Hollowbody with a backbone

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A top-drawer looker with wonderful sounds, but without a Bigsby, it feels less compelling than other models in the range."

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch G6139CB Falcon Center-Block Single Cutaway review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Gretsch G6139CB Falcon Center-Block Single Cutaway currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
LTD Surveyor-4 Bass
Great value, flexible bass guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"LTD is not always on the radar for us bassists, but on this performance it most definitely should be."

FULL REVIEW: LTD Surveyor-4 Bass review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Fret-King Classic Wah
Fret-King's take on the Vox box

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Old-school wah with a musical tonal range."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Classic Wahreview

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Larrivée OM-03E 'Vintage'
World class Canadian-built acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An exceptionally beautiful guitar that hits all the right notes in looks, sound, feel and playability."

FULL REVIEW: Larrivée OM-03E 'Vintage' review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Gibson SG Deluxe
Gibson's workhorse electric does dressage

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Maple top, three pickups, hot rod looks and a Bigsby? It shouldn't work, but it absolutely does!"

FULL REVIEW: Gibson SG Deluxe review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Gibson SG Deluxe currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Zilla Studio Pro 2x12 cabinet
UK-made, customisable cab

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Another impressive cab from Zilla."

FULL REVIEW: Zilla Studio Pro 2x12 cabinet review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Fender Select Carved Blackwood Top Telecaster SH
Boutique-style USA carved top Tele

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Chambered body, carved hardwood top, Wide Range neck humbucker - it shouldn't work, but it does."

FULL REVIEW: Fender Select Carved Blackwood Top Telecaster SHreview

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Fender Select Carved Blackwood Top Telecaster SHreview currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Gretsch G6139T-CBDC Falcon Center-Block Double Cutaway
High gain-handling hollowbody

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The coolest video guitar in the world just got reinvented as a viable stage guitar... if you can afford it!"

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch G6139T-CBDC Falcon Center-Block Double Cutawayreview

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Fret-King Klassic Drive
Emulating a mythical stompbox beast

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Valve-like overdrive that works well with single notes or chords."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Klassic Drive review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Fret-King Klassic Drive currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Gibson ES-335 Studio
Stripped-back semi acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A tinker too far? Just far enough, we'd say."

FULL REVIEW: Gibson ES-335 Studioreview

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 245)

BUY: Gibson ES-335 Studioreview currently available from:
UK:Thomann | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Gibson SG Supra
Modern mentality, classic design

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is a thoroughly capable modern hybrid guitar with the ultimate classic credentials."

FULL REVIEW: Gibson SG Supra review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Gibson SG Supra currently available from:
UK: Thomann | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Vonhatski Purelight 1206 50-watt 2x12 combo
Brit amps new rival

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Like the head, this is tremendously well built with very similar sounds and an 'all-round' 50-watt 2x12 format."

FULL REVIEW: Vonhatski Purelight 1206 combo review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Fret-King Distortion XXX
Top shelf take on the RAT pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A reasonably priced and versatile source of familiar distortion."

FULL REVIEW: Fret-King Distortion XXX review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Hughes & Kettner Edition Blue 60-DFX
Time to reinstate the solid-state?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Add a few pedals and you'll be left singing the unassuming solid-state's praises, whatever your amp background."

FULL REVIEW: Hughes & Kettner Edition Blue 60-DFXreview

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Hughes & Kettner Edition Blue 60-DFXreview currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Gretsch G6137TCB Panther Center-Block
Hollowbody with cool cat looks

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Although there's less bling here, the Panther is a great player and offers the best value of the Center-Block range!"

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch G6137TCB Panther Center-Block review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 372)

BUY: Gretsch G6137TCB Panther Center-Block currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Washburn PXL10WA
An axe with its own brown sound

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If melting faces is your modus operandi - and you can consider it mission accomplished with this axe's effortless playability."

FULL REVIEW: Washburn PXL10WA review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 245)

BUY: Washburn PXL10WA currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion
The mean stompbox gets, err, meaner

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"MXR now has a Best Buy Badass on its hands."

FULL REVIEW: MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 245)

BUY: MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Washburn PXS10EC
A cut(away) above the rest

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A bit of playing in is sure to ease this axe into its natural role as a true speed machine."

FULL REVIEW: Washburn PXS10EC review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 245)

BUY: Washburn PXS10EC currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
LTD EC-330FM
Can this affordable axe nail metal?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"In this dog-eat-dog world, the EC-330FM doesn't have enough bark to be heard."

FULL REVIEW: LTD EC-330FM review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 245)

BUY: LTD EC-330FM currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Washburn PXM18EB
Brutality made accessible

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Washburn has done the impossible and made the eight-string guitar a tameable proposition."

FULL REVIEW: Washburn PXM18EB review

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 245)

BUY: Washburn PXM18EB currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Walden G830
Solid-wood, auditorium acoustic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The near faultless, well-priced all-solid G830 just needs to live a little to really impress."

FULL REVIEW: Walden G830 review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 373)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (October 2013)
Fender '57 Bandmaster
Drool-inducing vintage amp revamp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Simply tremendous, naturally overdriving tweed tones in a gig-friendly 3x10 package."

FULL REVIEW: Fender '57 Bandmaster review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 373)

BUY: Fender '57 Bandmaster currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

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