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

2nd Sep 2011 | 15:57

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul (£499)
It's a Melody Maker, but not as we know it…

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 August 2011.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up is a genuine USA Gibson at a knock-down price...

Verdict:

"Our heads say no, our hearts say yes. Only you can decide which one rules…"

Read the Guitarist review


BUY: Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Orange Dark Terror (£399)
A metal-friendly high-gain addition to the best-known lunchbox amp range

Verdict:

"This amp is the perfect high-gain partner for recording and medium-sized gigs."

BUY: Orange Dark Terror currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Orange Dark Terror currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | American Musical
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Mesa/Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 combo (£2136)
Twice the power as the TA-15 - is it twice the fun?

Verdict:

"All the good bits of the exceptional TA-15, but with a ton more headroom, more gain, reverb and a loop. Extremely hard not to like."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Mesa/Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 combo currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Gibson Melody Maker Flying V (£450)
Willing to sell your own gran for a 'real' Gibson. Now you don't have to…

Verdict:

"Authentic sounds or 'that' logo on your headstock? The choice is yours…"

Read the Total Guitar review#

BUY: Gibson Melody Maker Flying V currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical
FR:Star's Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Two-Rock Gain Master 22 (£1999)
Small but mighty - just overlook the price tag!

Verdict:

"This little combo shocked us into submission; we can't get over how incredible it sounds and how perfectly suited it is for its intended players."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Two-Rock Gain Master 22 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Yamaha Pacifica 510V (£479)
A custom-shop vibe with boutique-style appointments

Verdict:

"If your heart tends to beat to the sound of guilty pleasures such as Poison, Warrant, Van Halen et al, check this out."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Yamaha Pacifica 510V currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music
FR:Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Gibson Melody Maker SG (£499)
This affordable guitar has caused quite a stir

Verdict:

"Our heads say no, our hearts say yes. Only you can decide which one rules…"

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Gibson Melody Maker SG currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
USA:Sweetwater | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Yamaha Pacifica 611HFM (£579)
A new variant on Yamaha's most popular electric ever

Verdict:

"Just what the range needed - a wholly versatile, mid-priced Pacifica with great style and tones to match."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Yamaha Pacifica 611HFM currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
PRS ME Quatro (£4995)
An extremely pleasing vehicle for the new PRS 53/10 pickups

Verdict:

"This is one of the finest and most classic-sounding PRS guitars we've played yet."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: PRS ME Quatro currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Music Man JPXI (£2800)
The latest John Petrucci signature model may well be the best yet

Verdict:

"It's difficult to conceive how Music Man will be able to improve significantly on this version. A guitar most definitely deserving of both names on the headstock."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Music Man JPXI currently available from:
UK:Sounds Great Music
USA: American Musical
FR:Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Fret-King Black Label JD (£599)
Jerry Donahue's fantastic introduction to Fret-King's new signature range

Verdict:

"Inspired by Donahue's sonic sorcery, the Fret-King JD is a 'custom shop'-style guitar at an off-the-peg price. That goes for the sounds too. Any gigging guitarist drawing from the classic Californian tone well should check it out."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Fret-King Black Label JD currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Yamaha Pacifica 311H (£399)
The ever-popular model gets a makeover

Verdict:

"Proof that you don't need to spend a small fortune to own a guitar that plays like a dream and sounds pretty good too - the very essence of Yamaha's Pacifica concept."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Yamaha Pacifica 311H currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Godin Multiac Encore Nylon (£1199)
This new Multiac has under-saddle and soundboard transducers for accurate tonality

Verdict:

"A versatile guitar with realistic amplified sounds - a great addition."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Godin Multiac Encore Nylon currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Sounds Great Music
FR: Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Takamine EF300W (£1114)
A more affordable, less-is-more version to tempt you

Verdict:

"A more affordable limited edition offering a loud and lively output, it's also well suited to life on the road."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Takamine EF300W currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
FR: Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Vox TB35C1 combo (£1127)
Partnership with amp legend Tony Bruno yields slightly pricey results

Verdict:

"A good choice for straight-ahead blues and vintage rock players - check it out soon."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Vox TB35C1 combo currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Seagull Maritime SWS Folk HG QI (£920)
No cutaway, no problem

Verdict:

"A nice folk picker with no pretensions."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Seagull Maritime SWS Folk HG QI currently available from:
FR:Michenaud | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Two-Rock Studio Pro 35 (£2049)
A tiny 1 x 12 combo that offers huge headroom

Verdict:

"This little combo shocked us into submission; we can't get over how incredible it sounds and how perfectly suited it is for its intended players."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Two-Rock Studio Pro 35 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Breedlove Atlas Retro OM/ERe (£1025)
A quality, versatile electro-acoustic investment

Verdict:

"A very classy OM all-rounder."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Breedlove Atlas Retro OM/ERe currently available from:
UK: Sounds Great Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Tanglewood TW70HSR-B (£1090)
A lovely-looking folk with some impressive tones

Verdict:

"An exercise in tasty tones and cosmetics."

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Eventide Space (£499)
A neat little reverb stompbox, but is it overpriced?

Verdict:

"The ultimate stompbox for creating atmospheric sounds."

Read the Guitarist review

BUY: Eventide Space currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Sounds Great Music | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass | Musikia

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Takamine TAN76 (£1282)
Does this folk guitar sound as good as it looks?

Verdict:

"A great-looking OM from Takamine."

Read the Guitarist review

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Freshman Guitars Apollo 4DC (£699)
Forget the lollipop sticks. Here's an electro-acoustic with a proper fat neck

Verdict:

"The 4DC is yet another successful mission for the Apollo team."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: Freshman Guitars Apollo 4DC currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
EMG JH Set (£265)
As Hetfield's new EMGs prove, you cannot kill the battery

Verdict:

"At £265, owners of an 81/60 set will find it more of a luxury than life-or-death."

Read the Total Guitar review

BUY: EMG JH Set currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Sounds Great Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR: Thomann

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