August 2014 Issue - Gear-Review - Online Since 2002









 

Editor's Note: Another issue of Gear-Review with more articles on the latest gear out.

We've been busy over the summer trying new stuff such as the 19:1 WD Kluson Locking Tuners for 6 in Line Guitars. Three Custom made Pickguards to change the look or repair your guitar, time warp with a Fender 70s Classic Series Strat, and fast forward to the future with the IK Multimedia Blueboard and iLoud IOS devices.

Ernest H Slade - Editor

New for this Issue !

WD Kluson Locking Tuners,
WD Custom made Pickguards,
Fender 70s Classic Series Strat
IK Multimedia Blueboard and iLoud IOS devices.

Review: Custom Made Pickguards - - New !
Sponsored By WD Music

Something that most guitars, basses or other stringed instruments all have is a pickguard. With time and use these can deteriorate, get marked or one might simply want to change the look of oneís instrument. ....more



Review: Awesome Guitars S-Style Control Pickgaurd
Sponsored by Awesome Guitars

A few issues ago we did a quick review on the Awesome Guitars Telecaster control plate and although the Gear-Review team found it interesting device, it was felt to be a bit fiddly to use. With this in mind the fine people at Awesome sent over another control plate this time a pre-installed pickguard for a Stratocaster ......more



Review: Fender Stratocaster CP 60th Annivesary - New !

For some reason Stratocasters seem to be following me home lately.

Back in late 2012 I only had the one. A 50th Anniversary Deluxe Model, which I bought in Montreal in 2005, and to be honest I didnít use that much in favour of my Telecasters and Les Pauls.† Then in December 2013 I bought a used USA Buddy Guy Signature from a relative.....more



Review: Fender Jazzmaster '65 Vintage Series
Introduced in 1958 as an intended successor to the Stratocaster, the Jazzmaster was launched as their range topping instrument at the time. The new offset shape (shared with the Jazz Bass) was together, with a mellower tone than its ......more



Review: Fender Stratocaster
Artist Series Eric Johnson RW
Introduced as a companion to its maple necked cousin, this rosewood fingerboard equipped Eric Johnson Artist Series Stratocaster brings to play a myriad of features, painstakingly design by Eric himself through experimentation and live use......more

 

 

Review: Kluson Locking Tuners with 19:1 Ratio - New !
Sponsored By WD Music
One of the single most important things that can be upgraded on any guitar is its tuners. A good set of tuners provides easy restringing, and tuning stability. With this in mine we set out to replace the tuners on a Fender Stratocaster 50thAnniversary Deluxe.....more


Review: John Lennon LP Junior - Custom Modification Job
Recently I have started making my own guitars, and this Gibson Les Paul Junior (LPJ)is to be the subject of my first major build. The job came out after a recommendation from a fellow forum member (Pippy on the Gibson Forum). Basically one of the forum members .....more

Review: Incognito Live at the London Jazz Cafe

As most of you who follow this site on a regular basis will know, I always look out for concerts whenever travelling and this was to be no exception.

When checking the latest listing for music in London during the last week of January, I noticed Incongnito was going to playing ......more


Review: Jamup Pro
Sponsored by Positive Grid
Recently the trend for tablets and mobile devices to be used both in studios and live scenarios has now been turned into the norm. It is quite common to see musicians using portable computing devices in all genres of music are turning to for their lyrics, sound mixing, and even sound processing which is what this review will deal with.....more


IK Multimedia - The Mobile Musician

Back in 2010 we reviewed the original iRig and now we take the opportunity to take a look at its latest upgraded HD version, which better utilises the processing power available within the current IOS devices and adds compatibility with the latest models......more


Review: Peterson Stomp Classic
Sponsored by Peterson Tuners
There are tuners and there are Tuners with a capital T, and the Stomp Classic definitely falls in the second category. In a die-cast housing resembling a small Sherman tank, the classic is a high quality digital strobe tuner designed to give a lifetime of service....more
Review: Fender Stratocaster 70s Classic Series - New !
The 70s or CBS period, is considered by many enthusiasts and historians alike, as Fenders worst period of manufacturing quality. However in a time where the Stratocaster had been cast aside by many, one figure in music history practically turned around the fate of this great instrument....more

Quick Review: Wampler Paisley Drive

Born out of a Brad’s want of a better and improved Ibanez Tubescreamer 808 tone live, the Paisley overdrive is a boutique handmade pedal. Wampler themselves recommend this pedal not only for Telecasters, but also for other single coil guitars and even other guitars fitted with humbuckers....more



Review: Mooer Micro Pedals & Pedalboard
Sponsored by Mooer
(UK Importer Dealer Strings & Things Ltd)

For many years stomp boxes have come in many shapes and sizes but most seem to conform to the standard format and size set by mainstream manufacturers.

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Marshall DSL 15C

Small valve amplifiers have been a very popular addition to any contemporary guitaristís current. To this end, most manufacturers are offering, 5 to 20 watt valve amplifiers together with switchable power options to enable these to be used effectively on stage or for practice......more





Review: Wahoo from Sonuus
Sponsored by Sonuus
The Brand New Wahoo From Sonuus Launched at Winter Namm. Gear-Review has a peek at one of the early pre-production models
more......

K Multimedia - The Mobile Musician Part II
Sponsored By IK Multimedia

As those of you who follow this site will know we have recently been looking several different products aimed at IOS devices.

However two things which are quite essential and required during live performances have not been addressed: Amplification and Sound Switching....more


Quick Review: MXR Badass Modified Overdrive

I got this pedal to replace my yellow MXR Distortion+ on my board which, to be honest I found a bit fizzy and thin for my own taste and style. The newly released MXR Badass Overdrive comes in a sturdy brushed metal case and is just the ticket to perform a clean boost, mild overdrive or to take your already overdrive amp to eleven....more



Review: Tweed Board and Case
Sponsored by Custom Pedalboards

 There are many Pedal boards available on the market nowadays but if you are after something special and specific you need to look away from mainstream manufacturers and get something custom made.

Enter Heath Verall, maker of Custom Pedalboards, who provides standard sized boards as well as a handmade, made to measure service......more



Review: Gibson SG Standard Bass
When thinking about electric bass guitars most people automatically conjure up the image of a Fender Precision or Jazz bass and quite rightly too......more


Review: Upgrading a Squier Telecaster - Or Making it Fit -
Sponsored by WD Music
We take a hmble CV Tele and supercharge it with hot pickup, new electronics and a host of other upgrades.... more...

 

 

Visit: WD Music Fort Myers - Florida
As most of our readers will know I often go to concerts, events and other music related events whilst on my travels and during our latest family holiday to Florida I took the opportunity to visit our long time sponsors and friends at WD Music located in North Fort Myers.....more

 

 

 



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