Gretsch G6128T George Harrison Signature Duo Jet (£2818)
As Gretsch launches its signature version of Beatle George's 'first real decent guitar', we ask the obvious question: what took so long? 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 November 2011.
Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, the guitar that rocked Hamburg and The Cavern...
"It might not be the
Tribute, but with its top build, great playability and '50s tone, this is no consolation prize." Read the Guitarist review of the G6128T George Harrison Signature Duo Jet
BUY: G6128T George Harrison Signature Duo Jet currently available from:
UK: Thomann | DV247 Ampeg GVT52-112 (£677)
A welcome return to the guitar amp market for one of its biggest and most respected brands Verdict:
"A mid-priced do-it-all valve combo that offers something different from Marshall and Fender."
Read the Guitarist review of the Ampeg GVT52-112 Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR (£742)
Drawing on the 1991 Surfcaster, this is one of several new Charvel designs bucking the manufacturer's traditions Verdict:
"The Surfcaster's snottier younger brother may not appeal to everyone… but it does sound great."
Read the Guitarist review of the Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR DigiTech iPB-10 (£499)
More proof that tablets are having a serious influence on the way we make music: a pedalboard that uses an iPad as its control surface... Verdict:
"A state-of-the-art multi-FX floorpedal with the easiest editing ever, but you'll be needing an iPad. Then again, this might just give you the excuse you need to buy one…"
Read Guitarist's DigiTech iPB-10 review Gordon-Smith GS2 60 (£539)
The UK's longest running electric guitar company reckons that it builds better guitars than Gibson. That's definitely a claim worth investigating... Verdict:
"Hard to beat at this price - be proud of having the UK's own G-word on the headstock."
Read Guitarist's Gordon-Smith GS2 60 review Charvel Desolation DS-1 FR (£682)
It's a sharp left-turn for Charvel with this new single-cutaway Desolation model Verdict:
"A decent, metal-ready take on Gibson's seminal single-cut."
Read Guitarist's Charvel Desolation DS-1 FR review Ibanez A300E-VV (£466)
Ibanez shows it's not just about signature electrics with this eye-catching electro-acoustic Verdict:
"A good-looking electro that's most at home plugged in."
Read Guitarist's Ibanez A300E-VV review Charvel Desolation DC-1 ST (£634)
Charvel rips up its rulebook with this lightweight, double-cutaway Desolation – but is it any good? Verdict:
"A good guitar with solid tones, but has its work cut out against Schecter, ESP and PRS SE."
Read Guitarist's Charvel Desolation DC-1 ST review Yamaha A1M (£599)
Is Yamaha's new dreadnought electro an A* performer, or a case of 'could try harder'? We find out… Verdict:
"Yamaha sure knows how to build a fine and affordable dreadnought electro."
Read Guitarist's Yamaha A1M review
BUY: Yamaha A1M currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music | DV247 US: Sweetwater | Full Compass Suhr Guthrie Govan Antique Modern (£2849)
Guthrie Govan's latest signature axe may sport a retro finish, but its feature set is bang up to date as usual Verdict:
"A top-class, modern guitar that does everything exceptionally well."
Read Guitarist's Suhr Guthrie Govan Antique Modern review Sandberg Florence Aged (£2099)
A brand-new guitar that looks battered might sound gimmicky, but the Florence genuinely feels older than its years Verdict:
"A fine original but 'familiar' design that sounds and feels as old as it looks. Quite a find!"
Read Guitarist's Sandberg Florence Aged review
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UK: DV247 MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion (£109)
A classic circuit gets hot-rodded Verdict:
"A solid, versatile distortion pedal."
Read Guitarist's MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion review
BUY: MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music | DV247 US: Sweetwater | Full Compass MXR M234 Analog Chorus (£134)
Compact, controlled chorus Verdict:
"Compact and adaptable - an excellent piece of kit."
Read Guitarist's MXR M234 Analog Chorus review
BUY: MXR M234 Analog Chorus currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music | DV247 US: Sweetwater | Full Compass Electro-Harmonix Neo Mistress (£59)
The smallest Mistress yet! Verdict:
"If you want a straight-up flanger for your rig, check this out."
Read Guitarist's Electro-Harmonix Neo Mistress review
BUY: Electro-Harmonix Neo Mistress currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music | DV247 US: Sweetwater | Full Compass Yamaha AC3R (£889)
Familiar body styling from Yamaha, but a new approach to player comfort and expectations Verdict:
"Grade-A concert picker emphasises all-round high standard of Yamaha's new range."
Read Guitarist's Yamaha AC3R review
BUY: Yamaha AC3R currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | DV247 US: Sweetwater | Full Compass T-Rex ToneBug Sustainer (£109)
A bug for squashing… Verdict:
"Useful tool if you want sustain with clean sounds."
Read Guitarist's T-Rex ToneBug Sustainer review Blackstar S1-104 EL34 & S1-104 6L6 (£1099)
Blackstar adds two four-channel heads to its already dazzling Series One range Verdict:
"Awesome heads that round off the Series One range. If you're in the market for a new head or thinking about trading in that combo for something with a little more punch… start looking here."
Read Guitarist's Blackstar S1-104 EL34 & S1-104 6L6 review
BUY: Blackstar S1-104 EL34 & S1-104 6L6 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music US: Sweetwater | Full Compass Carparelli S4 (£996)
A blingtastic single-cut… Verdict:
"A worthy, if not outstanding addition to the mid-price single-cut market."
Read Guitarist's review of the Carparelli S4 Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar (£1306)
A faithful, Mexican-built replica of the Nirvana man's Nevermind tour guitar Verdict:
"Fender has done a remarkable job of recreating Cobain's Jaguar with accuracy, taste and, above all, respect."
Read Total Guitar's Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar review
BUY: Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar currently available from:
UK: DV247 US: Full Compass VHT Special 6 Ultra (£249)
Just the six watts, sir? Because sometimes you don't want to melt the neighbours' faces... Verdict:
"A good excuse to keep the noise down."
Read Total Guitar's VHT Special 6 Ultra review
BUY: VHT Special 6 Ultra currently available from:
UK: Thomann Jackson Rhoads RR24XT (£503)
Randy for a bargain metal axe? We reckon we've got the perfect guitar for you... Verdict:
"Awesome budget metal axe."
Read Total Guitar's Jackson Rhoads RR24XT review Sozo Z7 Vintage (£699)
On a mission from God to bring the rock to the people. Norwegian black metallers, look away now Verdict:
"Christian luthier blesses us with a pretty heavenly instrument."
Read Total Guitar's Sozo Z7 Vintage review Dunlop JDF2 Fuzz Face (£159)
The world's cutest fuzzbox gets a reissue Verdict:
"The Fuzz Face remains a classic - but you may want to check out the competition."
Read Total Guitar's Dunlop JDF2 Fuzz Face review
BUY: Dunlop JDF2 Fuzz Face currently available from:
UK: Thomann US: Sweetwater | Full Compass Fender G-DEC 3 Fifteen (£274)
This Fender's got the fun factor - but it means business too Verdict:
"Some of the most fun you can have with a plywood box - but a serious piece of kit too."
Read Total Guitar's Fender G-DEC 3 Fifteen review D*A*M Meathead M-13 (£159)
Yorkshire boutique rolls out a killer fuzz unit Verdict:
"Fuzzy perfection in a simple, beautiful stomp box."
Read Total Guitar's D*A*M Meathead M-13 review Yamaha THR10 (£299)
Does the new THR series provide the 'perfect third amp' for all your offstage needs? Verdict:
"Yamaha has reinvented the practice amp to dovetail neatly with the demands of the average guitarist's modern life. The perfect solution for playing and jamming at home."
Read Guitarist's Yamaha THR10 review
BUY: Yamaha THR10 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | DV247 US: Sweetwater | Full Compass