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

3rd Sep 2012 | 09:57

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
August's guitar reviews in one place

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.

This is a collection of electric and acoustic guitars, amps and effects - all of which have been tested meticulously by either Guitarist or Total Guitar in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout August 2012.

Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, a high-end French fancy...

Next: Vigier Excalibur Indus

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Vigier Excalibur Indus (£1389)
At this price, could this French fancy have that certain 'Je ne sais quoi' or is it just a case of déjà vu?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Built with a master's hand, with all the sophistication of one of Vigier's top-end models and the handsome aesthetics of a Parisian playboy, the Excalibur Indus is a lot of guitar for the money.”

FULL REVIEW: Vigier Excalibur Indus

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 230)

BUY: Vigier Excalibur Indus currently available from:
FR:
Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Hagstrom Northen Super Swede Flame (£1225)
A European-made beauty with enhanced electronics

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Hagstrom's best Super Swede yet offers very viable competition in the classic, single-cutaway electric stakes.”

FULL REVIEW: Hagstrom Northen Super Swede Flame

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUY: Hagstrom Northen Super Swede Flame currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Scuffham S-Gear ($90)
Former Marshall man enters the amp-sim market

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“S-Gear eschews bells and whistles for a straightforward user experience and quality tonal options.”

FULL REVIEW: Scuffham S-Gear

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HSH (£598)
A rock beast that now has a gentler side

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A rock beast now has a gentler side. That extra pickup offers a lot more options too.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender Blacktop Stratocaster HSH

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUYFender Blacktop Stratocaster HSH currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Takamine EG50TH Anniversary (£550)
Here's to growing old gracefully

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A slice of the extraordinary, without the matching hiked price tag – an excellent all-rounder.”

FULL REVIEW: Takamine EG50TH Anniversary

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUYTakamine EG50TH Anniversary currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Fender Blacktop Jaguar 90 (£598)
A pocket-friendly way to (over-) drive a Jag

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“As much as we like the existing Jaguar HH, we had our fingers crossed for a twin-P-90- loaded version. The Jaguar 90 is every bit as great as we hoped it would be.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender Blacktop Jaguar 90

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUY Fender Blacktop Jaguar 90 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
PRS P22 (£3695)
A piezo-loaded 22-fret solidbody

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A high-line PRS electric solidbody with arguably the best-sounding and functioning piezo system currently available. Almost faultless.”

FULL REVIEW: PRS P22

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUYPRS P22 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS (£442)
A huge range of tones at an affordable price point

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Near frighteningly good value for money, where playability and tonal range seal the deal on this do-it-all Strat.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUY Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Takamine LTD 2012 'Michi' (£2518)
The Japanese firm celebrates its fifth decade in style

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Beautiful for the studio – a real keeper and first-port-of-call instrument for most genres. A work of art with practical uses. Cherish it.”

FULL REVIEW: Takamine LTD 2012 'Michi'

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUYTakamine LTD 2012 'Michi' currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior (£298)
It's a fabulous looking amp, but how does it sound?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The go-to amp for credible old-school Americana valve sounds on a budget.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUY Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music |Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus (£442)
A workhorse that pines for something different

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's not the prettiest example, but if your tastes run to country and metal, this is one Tele that comes up with the goods.”

FULL REVIEW: Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUY Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Taurus Stomp-Head 4.SL (£841)
Floor-based unit proves it can stand a trampling

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It deserves its place in the market, and we can imagine quite a few guitarists choosing it as their new stomping ground.”

FULL REVIEW: Taurus Stomp-Head 4.SL

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 231)

BUY: Taurus Stomp-Head 4.SL currently available from:
FR:Michenaud

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Vox Lil' Looper (£143)
Boasts 12 effects and 90 seconds of loop time

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you've never used a looper before, this is a great place to start.”

FULL REVIEW: Vox Lil' Looper

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUY Vox Lil' Looper currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 (£799)
The flagship of the TubeMeister range makes its debut

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Hughes & Kettner has produced a gem we reckon will sell and sell.”

FULL REVIEW: Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

BUY Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass |

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Vintage Revolution PedalPro (1999€)
A rack option for digital defectors

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The world's first hybrid analogue multi-effects - pure analogue sounds with digital control.”

FULL REVIEW: Vintage Revolution PedalPro

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 358)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
DBZ Cavallo AB (£699)
A brutal beast that thrives in the wild

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Looks can be deceiving, but try to look past the dressage; the Cavallo is a thoroughbred workhorse in a show pony's body.”

FULL REVIEW: DBZ Cavallo AB

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 231)

BUY: DBZ Cavallo AB currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR: Thomann

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
IK Multimedia Amplitube Slash for iPad (£6.99)
Includes six effects and two amp models

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Whether you buy it as an expansion to an existing AmpliTube setup or as a standalone app, AmpliTube Slash is bound to leave you impressed.”

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia Amplitube Slash for iPad

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 231)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Dr Scientist The Elements (£199)
Boost, overdrive and distortion in one mad box

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“We'd buy one in a heartbeat.”

FULL REVIEW: Dr Scientist The Elements

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 231)

New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Eagletone South State C50 (£105)
The raw material from which rock 'n' roll is made

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It may not be a heart-stopper, but empires have been built with guitars like this.”

FULL REVIEW: Eagletone South State C50

(Reviewed in Total Guitar issue 231)

BUY: Eagletone South State C50 currently available from:
FR: Woodbrass

Now read: New guitar gear of the month: August 2012

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