New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
2nd Sep 2011 | 14:57
Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul (£499)
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...
"Our heads say no, our hearts say yes. Only you can decide which one rules…"
Orange Dark Terror (£399)
Mesa/Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 combo (£2136)
"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."
Gibson Melody Maker Flying V (£450)
Two-Rock Gain Master 22 (£1999)
Yamaha Pacifica 510V (£479)
Gibson Melody Maker SG (£499)
Yamaha Pacifica 611HFM (£579)
PRS ME Quatro (£4995)
Music Man JPXI (£2800)
Fret-King Black Label JD (£599)
"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."
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Yamaha Pacifica 311H (£399)
"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."
Godin Multiac Encore Nylon (£1199)
Takamine EF300W (£1114)
Vox TB35C1 combo (£1127)
Seagull Maritime SWS Folk HG QI (£920)
Two-Rock Studio Pro 35 (£2049)
Breedlove Atlas Retro OM/ERe (£1025)
"A very classy OM all-rounder."
Tanglewood TW70HSR-B (£1090)
"An exercise in tasty tones and cosmetics."
Eventide Space (£499)
Takamine TAN76 (£1282)
"A great-looking OM from Takamine."