Morpheus Bomber (£239)
Is this Whammy alternative even better than the real thing? 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 October 2011.
Flick through this month's picks and follow the links to read each product's full review. First up, the Morpheus Bomber...
"A versatile, easy-to-use and gig-proof polyphonic pitchshifter."
Read Total Guitar's Morpheus Bomber review here
BUY: Morpheus Bomber currently available from: UK: Thomann | Gear4Music USA: Sweetwater FR: Thomann BC Rich Joey Jordison Warlock II (£439)
A signature guitar for a drummer? Hey, wait a minute, it's 'knot what you think Verdict:
"Solid mid-priced electric for those fancying a bit of danger."
Read Total Guitar's review of the BC Rich Joey Jordison Warlock II here Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST (£634)
Active pickups and through-neck for less than £650? Doesn't sound like Desolation to us... Verdict:
"A lot of axe for your money - but it's a strong mid-price field out there at the mo."
Read the Total Guitar review of the Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST here
BUY: Charvel Desolation DS-1 ST currently available from: UK: Thomann FR: Thomann | Woodbrass Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster (£359)
'Pine-ing' for an affordable plank? Have we got news for you... Verdict:
"An affordable classic, tweaked just enough to bring it bang up to date."
Read Total Guitar's review of the Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster here
BUY: Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster currently available from: UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Yamaha JR2 (£135)
This FG-styled mini-acoustic is one little brother you're allowed to pick on Verdict:
"Easy to carry and packing a respectable sound, the JR2 is a guitar that's cheap and cheerful in the best possible way."
Read the Total Guitar review of the Yamaha JR2 here
BUY: Yamaha JR2 currently available from: UK: Gear4Music USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass Italia Mondial Classic (£569)
A real Italia stallion... Verdict:
"If you're looking more for electric than acoustic and aren't put off by its eccentricities, the Mondial is well worth checking out."
Read the Total Guitar review of the Italia Mondial Classic here
BUY: Italia Mondial Classic currently available from: UK: Thomann FR: Thomann Michael Kelly Hybrid Special (£587)
It's facing stiff competition, but Kelly's hero is one of the best in its class Verdict:
"Gorgeous build and finish, genuinely versatile tone."
Read the Total Guitar review of the Michael Kelly Hybrid Special here Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II (£1993)
The world's most advanced guitar processor just became more powerful Verdict:
"It's not for the faint of wallet, but the Axe-Fx II delivers supreme modelling power in a hardy piece of kit."
Read the Total Guitar review of the Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II here PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow (£699)
The darling of the mid-range semi-hollows continues to impress Verdict:
"Gorgeously constructed all-rounder."
Read the Total Guitar review of the PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow here
BUY: PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow currently available from: UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music USA: Sweetwater FR: Thomann Hagstrom Deuce F (£536)
Introducing a heavyweight contender - in more ways than one Verdict:
"For the money, you'll struggle to find a better guitar than this. A real winner."
Read the Total Guitar review of the Hagstrom Deuce F here
BUY: Hagstrom Deuce F currently available from: UK: Thomann FR: Thomann Schecter Chris Garza (£879)
Built for metal but open-minded, there's nothing nu about this forward-thinking, classy seven-string electric Verdict:
"Awesome modern twist on classic stylings: overcome your preconceptions and check out the range of this grown-up seven-string."
Read Total Guitar'sSchecter Chris Garza review here
BUY: Schecter Chris Garza currently available from: FR: Michenaud | Woodbrass Martin DRS1 (£809)
An ideal dreadnought for those on a budget. Don't be put off by the laminate neck, this is an awful lot of Martin for your money Verdict:
"An excellent all-round performer offering unbeatable value for money."
Read the Guitarist Martin DRS1 review here
BUY: Martin DRS1 currently available from: UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass MXR Noise Clamp (£119)
MXR says "hiss off" to noise Verdict
"A quality, no-frills piece of kit that does exactly what it says on the tin."
Read the Total Guitar review of the MXR Noise Clamp here
BUY: MXR Noise Clamp currently available from: UK: Andertons Music | Thomann USA: Sweetwater FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass