December 2015 Issue - Gear-Review - Online Since 2002

Editor's Note:

The Final Issue of of Gear-Review for 2015.

This time we check the Music Man Dark Lord, Ibanez TS9, MXR Micro Amp, TC Electronics Vortex Flanger and Review a Concert by Marcus Miller.

Ernest H Slade - Editor

New for this Issue !

Music Man Dark Lord,
Ibanez TS9,
MXR Micro Amp,
TC Electronics Vortex Flangeran
Marcus Miller in Concert

Review: Marcus Miller Live- New !

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: 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

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.  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: Music Man
Dark Lord- New !
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: 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

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: 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
Review: Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar

If you check around on many of the online guitar forums available, you will find that a lot of players have been constantly asking for affordable offset guitars such as the Fender Jaguar and Jazzmaster.......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
Review: Fender Stratocaster 70s Classic Series
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......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

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...

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