Ibanez RG3250MZ (£1789)
A new six-string that evokes the heyday of '80s rock guitar 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 tested meticulously by either
Guitarist or Total Guitar in recent months and published on MusicRadar throughout January 2012.
Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, something eye-catching from Ibanez.
"A true slice of eighties rock - this is a wonderful and fun guitar with which to escape these miserable times."
Read the Ibanez RG3250MZ review
BUY: Ibanez RG3250MZ currently available from: UK: Gear4Music Guild F-150R (£1054)
A new Guild jumbo that should age like a fine wine Verdict:
"Has the potential to be another fine Guild jumbo."
Read the Guild F-150R review
BUY: Read the Guild F-150R currently available from: UK: Andertons Music | Thomann FR: Thomann Pigtronix Class A Boost (£99)
Plug in for some extra grunt Verdict:
"One louder when you need it, classily delivered."
Read the Pigtronix Class A Boost review
BUY: Pigtronix Class A Boost currently available from: UK: Thomann | Gear4Music USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass FR: Thomann Ibanez RGD2120Z (£1399)
An extended scale metal guitar from Ibanez Verdict:
"As an alternative to a baritone, this is a great option for truly crushing metal tones. It plays nicely and looks great too."
Read the Ibanez RGD2120Z review
BUY: Ibanez RGD2120Z currently available from: UK: Gear4Music FR: Star's Music Pigtronix Echolution (£395)
Echo evolution or Echo revolution? Verdict:
"It sounds great, but could you justify spending the best part of 400 quid on a box that has no memories to store your sounds?"
Read the Pigtronix Echolution review
BUY: Pigtronix Echolution currently available from: USA: Sweetwater Taylor Doyle Deluxe (£1119)
A more affordable version of Doyle Dykes' signature, the new Doyle Deluxe has its own voice Verdict:
"Hugely versatile with strong visual attitude, the DDX is a great all-rounder for the performing, recording or serious practising musician… even if you've never heard of Doyle Dykes!"
Read theTaylor Doyle Deluxe review Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone (£129)
A big plate o' sustain and distortion Verdict:
"Compression and distortion in one pedal? We'll certainly have some of that. A versatile addition to any pedalboard."
Read the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone review
BUY: Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone currently available from: UK: Thomann | Gear4Music USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass FR: Thomann ESP LTD M-330R (£625)
Is this new LTD the trusty, no-frills hard rock and metal axe it appears to be? Verdict:
"As a metal guitar it's disappointing, but clean tones are decent."
Read the ESP LTD M-330R review
BUY: ESP LTD M-330R currently available from: UK: Andertons Music Guild F-130CE (£850)
A cutaway electro from Guild Verdict:
"Desirable mid-size all-rounder electro sure to attract many takers."
Read the Guild F-130CE review
BUY: Guild F-130CE currently available from: UK: Andertons Music | Thomann FR: Thomann Ibanez RG870Z (£739)
We investigate the most affordable model in Ibanez's new Premium range Verdict:
"A genuinely impressive modern rock guitar, with a feel and tone that belies the rather attractive pricetag."
Read the Ibanez RG870Z review
BUY: Ibanez RG870Z currently available from: UK: Gear4Music FR: Star's Music Pigtronix EP-2 Envelope Phaser (£195)
Pushing the envelope to extremes… Verdict:
"Conventional phasing meets off-the-wall funky weirdness in one box. Excellent."
Read the Pigtronix EP-2 Envelope Phaser review
BUY: Pigtronix EP-2 Envelope Phaser currently available from: UK: Thomann | Gear4Music USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass FR: Thomann Guild D-125-12 (£634)
A gorgeous all-mahogany 12-string dreadnought
"Delightful, janglesome 12 that's bang on the money."
Read the Guild D-125-12 review ---
BUY: Guild D-125-12 currently available from: UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music FR: Thomann Strymon TimeLine (£399)
A familiar name makes a welcome return to the delay game, but in a totally new guise… Verdict:
"A do-it-all delay pedal, superb for studio and stage."
Read the Strymon TimeLine review
BUY: Strymon TimeLine currently available from: UK: Thomann | guitarguitar FR: Thomann Harmonic Design Super Chrome ($100)
A P-90-style single-coil for your Telecaster… without routing Verdict:
"If you want a bigger sound from a Tele's neck pickup without getting the tools out, try this. We're glad we did."
Read the Harmonic Design Super Chrome review Boss BC-2 Combo Drive (£99)
Re-enact the British Invasion with this vintage-voiced stompbox! Verdict:
"For some better than skin-deep retro action, this is well worth a gander."
Read the Boss BC-2 Combo Drive review
BUY: Boss BC-2 Combo Drive currently available from: UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar | Reidys USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster (£430)
This Dinosaur Jr bites like a T-Rex Verdict:
"An appealingly leftfield addition to the Squier stable."
Read the Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster review
BUY: Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar USA: Sweetwater FR: Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass Randall Diavlo RD50H (£420)
What's in a name? More than you might think… Verdict:
"A very decent amp that'll belt out solid clean and crunchy sounds."
Read the Randall Diavlo RD50H review Way Huge Ringworm (£179)
Talk about opening a can of worms… Verdict:
"A solid competitor to the Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing."
Read the Way Huge Ringworm review
BUY: Way Huge Ringworm currently available from: UK: Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar USA: Full Compass FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass Line 6 Mobile In Mobile POD
Can the modelling king turn its hand to mobile apps? The proof is in the POD-ing Verdict:
"A promising package dragged down by its various flaws."
Read the Line 6 Mobile In Mobile POD review
BUY: Line 6 Mobile In Mobile POD currently available from: UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music USA: Sweetwater FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music SKB FootNote Amplified Pedalboard (£179)
A 'board with a built-in amp? We have a few notes Verdict:
"A hybrid that doesn't quite come off."
Read the SKB FootNote Amplified Pedalboard review
BUY: SKB FootNote Amplified Pedalboard currently available from: UK: Gear4Music USA: Full Compass Carl Martin HeadRoom (£249)
It's springtime for your pedalboard, thanks to this analogue spring reverb pedal Verdict:
"The smart way to get real spring reverb without buying a whole amp."
Read the Carl Martin HeadRoom review
BUY: Carl Martin HeadRoom currently available from: UK: Thomann | Gear4Music FR: Thomann ESP LTD EC-330 (£559)
A new single-cutaway LTD enters the fray… Verdict:
"The EC is fine for cleans, but the metal tones let it down."
Read the ESP LTD EC-330 review
BUY: ESP LTD EC-330 currently available from: UK: Andertons Music Bogner Goldfinger 45 (£1999)
An off-the-wall head from a true amp master Verdict:
"The Goldfinger is one seriously versatile head - take it for a spin…"
Read the Bogner Goldfinger 45 review
BUY: Bogner Goldfinger 45 currently available from: USA: Sweetwater Hagstrom Viking Rex-Tone (£515)
Is this the king of tone, or merely another pretender to the throne? Verdict:
"It looks the business and Elvis played one of its ancestors. What's not to love?"
Read the Hagstrom Viking Rex-Tone review
BUY: Hagstrom Viking Rex-Tone currently available from: UK: Thomann | Gear4Music FR: Thomann | Michenaud Bogner Barcelona (£1449)
A specialised combo from one of the world's top amp designers Verdict:
"The Barcelona is a great example of a perfect niche-market amp - audition it."
Read the Bogner Barcelona review
BUY: Bogner Barcelona currently available from: USA: Sweetwater Tanglewood TW15H-E (£859)
A highly impressive entry-level electro dreadnought from Tanglewood Verdict:
"A picker-friendly dread with winning sounds and looks to match."
Read the Tanglewood TW15H-E review Neo Instruments Ventilator (£379)
This German stompbox offers the most faithful Leslie emulation to date… Verdict:
"One of the most realistic rotary speaker emulations we've seen - the next best thing to a real Leslie."
Read the Neo Instruments Ventilator review
BUY: Neo Instruments Ventilator currently available from: UK: guitarguitar FR: Star's Music Simon and Patrick Woodland Pro Spruce SG A3T (£870)
A simple yet highly accomplished electro Verdict:
"Plainish looks but a versatile powerhouse when fired up."
Read the Simon and Patrick Woodland Pro Spruce SG A3T (£870) review
BUY: Simon and Patrick Woodland Pro Spruce SG A3T currently available from: FR: Michenaud | Star's Music ESP LTD H-330NT (£529)
Don't be fooled by the snow-white livery - this beast was made for dark business… Verdict:
"Probably the best sounding guitar in the LTD 330 Series."
Read the ESP LTD H-330NT review
BUY: ESP LTD H-330NT currently available from: UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music Guitar Man Plug 'N' Play Lead With Delay (£17.95)
A rock solo overdrive complete with delay Verdict:
"For rock rhythm and solos alike, this is a great sounding unit - the best in the Plug 'N' Play range."
Read the Guitar Man Plug 'N' Play Lead With Delay review
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Read the Guitar Man Plug 'N' Play English Channel review Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay (£249)
Two delays in one pedal… Verdict:
"A fine piece of kit for occasional, old-school delayists."
Read the Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay review
BUY: Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay currently available from: UK: guitarguitar USA: Sweetwater FR: Michenaud Coopersonic Germaniac Vintage Fuzz (£99)
A fuzzbox for sonic terrorists Verdict:
"A fuzzbox that goes beyond the normal into sonic mania."
Read the Coopersonic Germaniac Vintage Fuzz review IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.7 & Custom Shop add-ons
A new update and some added toys to play with… Verdict:
"At 20 credits each (from €9, depending on how you buy credits) this has something to appeal to a variety of players for the price of a few pints."
Read the IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.7 & Custom Shop add-ons review
BUY: IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.7 & Custom Shop add-ons currently available from: USA: Full Compass Fret-King Black Label Eclat DBC (£599)
A raw, quirky rock machine… Verdict:
"Anyone need a raw rock machine? This is it."
Read the Fret-King Black Label Eclat DBC review
BUY: Fret-King Black Label Eclat DBC currently available from: UK: Gear4Music