Winter 2016 Issue - Gear-Review - Online Since 2002

Editor's Note: New Issue for Winter 2016

This time we check a funky Squier Strat, the powerhouse Hot Rod Deluxe Amp, a gem of an Ibanez Bass, and tell you all about Incognito's amazing concert in Spain this Summer.

Ernest H Slade - Editor

New for this Issue -

Squier Strat FSR
Ibanez SR800 Bass
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Amp
Incognito Live @
El Porton Del Jazz

Review: Squier
Strat FSR.

We haven’t reviewed a low cost guitar for a while (A Squier 51 was the last I think), so when I purchased this “bling” axe for my 10 year old daughter recently I thought I would do a little write up on it for the site to aid any potential future buyers....more

Review: Dusenberg Starplayer
Mike Campbell

Nowadays most guitars manufacturers conform to a formula of tried and tested methods, or perhaps deviate slightly from it within their model range. more.....

Review: Marcus Miller Live

As our regular readers will know this is not the first time the Gear-Review team have visited el Porton del Jazz. Having hosted greats in previous edition such as Spyra Gyra, Victor Bailey, Robert Cray, Victor Wooten, and this year’s headliner Marcus Miller.....more

Review: An Evening With Toto

Toto is a band which currently has (and has had in its past) within its ranks some of the top musicians ever to play together in a musical formation.   Formed in 1977 by the best session musicians in Los Angeles at the time, the band has had a long and successful career with several top 40 hits such as “Hold the Line”, “Rosanna” and “Africa”, whilst also holding six Grammies to their name....more

Review: Custom Made Pickguards
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 one’s instrument. ....more

Review: Fender Stratocaster CP 60th Annivesary

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 didn’t use that much in favour of my Telecasters and Les Pauls.  .....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 Hot Rod Deluxe Amp.

An evolution from the original Blues Deluxe the Hot Rod Deluxe (HRDX) packs a 40 watt powerhouse into a small footprint 1 x 12 combo that is ready to gig anywhere from small pubs to large stages.....more

Review: IK iRig Acoustic
Sponsored By IK Multimedia

Following on from the well-known iRig for electric guitar mobile technology giant IK Multimedia now moves on to the acoustic realm to provide an industry first. The iRig Acoustic is a portable solution to mike up, process and record any stringed acoustic instrument with many advantages. more....

Review: Music Man
Dark Lord
The Music Man Steve Morse Dark Lord is quite a unique guitar. (Steve as most of us will know is Deep Purple's long time guitarist.) This particular model evolved from the Steve Morse Y2D model, which itself in turn was an evolution from the original Steve Morse model. .....more

Review: Music Man
Luke 3 PDN
The Music Man brand is mostly known for its now legendary Stingray bass and line of amplifiers. Originating from an earlier company named Tri-Sonix, it was founded by Forrest White (Ex-Fender) and Tom Walker, and headed by Leo Fender himself after his sale of Fender to CBS.....more

Review: Kluson Locking Tuners with 19:1 Ratio -
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: 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

Concert : Incognito @ El Porton Del Jazz.

This is the second time we review a live show by Incognito, and I must say they never disappoint.

Formed by Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick in 1979 and with an ever changing line-up the band has consistently published excellent material within their acid-jazz funk scene.....more.

Review: Ibanez TS9
Check any guitarists pedal board and you are most likely to find a variation of the famous Ibanez Tubescreamer or similar a version/clone from another brand...more

Review: MXR
Micro Amp
The MXR micro amp has been a standard on many a musicians pedal board for many years...more

Review: TCE
Vortex Flanger
Ever since I have been playing electric guitar & synthesisers, one of my favourite effects has always been the flanger. That whooshing, flying sound, almost like a jet engine which had a life of its own.....more

Review: Fender Jimmy Stafford Ukulele
The new Jimmy Stafford model is essentially the same as its original Nohea stablemate aside from the different gloss black transparent finish, however the Gear-Review team found it important to comment on its extra unique feature – The Fishman Sonitone pickup & pre-amp........more

Fito & Fitipaldis - Concert Review
Most of the Demographic that visit this site are from English speaking countries, so they will be quite confused as to why I am reviewing a concert in Spain by a Spanish language band. ....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: 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: Ibanez SR800 Bass

This instrument purchase came about as I was on a quest to purchase a small bodied and lightweight bass that I could comfortably play standing/sitting due to a recent back injury.

Normally at home on a Jazz bass I choose the Ibanez as it has a neck profile similar to that of a Jazz, was well priced, lightweight and also versatile with its active electronics......more

Review: Fender Bassbreaker 18/30

The recently launched Bassbreaker series is a new line of amplifiers by Fender that are out of the sparkly clean tone zone usually associated with Fender amplifiers......more



Review: Setting Up a Mini Studio

A good interface is the heart and soul of any home recording studio and the Tascam US16x08 promises to be just that. I previously had a Tascam US600 (And a Tascam 144 cassette 4-track 20 odd years ago) and more......

IK Multimedia iRig 2
Sponsored By IK Multimedia

For some time now, Gear-Review has been following the array of products been produced by IK Multimedia for IOS/Android.  

The iRig 2 has recently been released by IK Multimedia, and improves on the well baked and successful recipe set on the musical menu by its predecessor the original 2010 iRig which has deemed to be very popular with mobile guitarists.....more

A Tale of Two Les Pauls

This isn’t the first (or the last) article on this site to feature a Gibson Les Paul, in fact we have reviewed several models in the past such as the Classic, Studio+ or Double Cut.  Things however change with time and we thought we would check out these two 2013 model Les Paul Studios.....more.

IK 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

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......more


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