April 2014 Issue - Gear-Review - Online Since 2002


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

This month we review a great way to modify your Strat, two overdrive pedals and a fasinating build that ends up with John Lennon playing at Madison Square Gardens !

Ernest H Slade - Editor

New for this Issue !

Awesome Guitars S-Style Control Pickguard
Wampler Paisley Drive
MXR Badass Modified Overdrive
John Lennon LP Junior - Custom Modification Job -

Review: Awesome Guitars S-Style Control Pickgaurd - New !
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: John Lennon LP Junior - Custom Modification Job - New !
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Quick Review: Wampler Paisley Drive - New !

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

Quick Review: MXR Badass Modified Overdrive - New !

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: 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.

However in recent times, a new format leading to micro pedals has arisen. Measuring approximately one by two inches this small footprint gives musicians quality effects in a miniature package.....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

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

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

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

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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