Reviewed: Jackson Guitars SL2Q and SLX Soloist
Jackson have been a staple of metal and rock guitars and basses since Grover Jackson acquired Charvel guitars in the ‘70s. Synonymous with a seemingly endless list of big rock and metal acts, Jackson have continued to produce high quality instruments with a contemporary edge, and the SL2Q Pro Series Soloist and SLX Soloist both pay tribute to the timeless ‘Super Strat’ shape made famous by Jackson and Ibanez. The SLX Soloist is a budget-priced solid body electric with Duncan designed humbuckers, a Floyd Rose Special locking tremolo system and a red sparkle finish. The SL2Q, meanwhile, is a 24 jumbo-fretted solid body electric with dual Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers, a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo system and eye-catching ‘Purple Phaze’ finish.
Reviewed: NUX B-2 2.4 GHz Wireless System
If there’s one thing I fear more than anything else in life, it’s the ever-looming terror of tripping up over copious lengths of instrument cable while onstage. It’s a thought that plagues me in my darkest dreams – even going to other people’s gigs and spotting excessive leads poking out from instruments or pedalboards makes me anxious. Hell, the slightest kink or knot in a lead is enough to trigger me. It’s no secret that much of the music world despises instrument cables, yet we all seem to stick with them due to the oft-outrageous pricing of wireless transmitter rigs.
Reviewed: Martin Authentic Acoustic Strings
Martin already make some of the best acoustic guitars on Earth, but with their newly updated line of Authentic Acoustic strings, they’ve now crafted the perfect strings to pair with their instruments.
Reviewed: Yamaha MODX6 Synthesiser
I’ve seen a lot of great keyboard releases from Yamaha in my time and owned my fair share of them too, going back to the mighty DX7, which still gets used in my arsenal, right up to the modern day workstations. One constant with Yamaha synthesisers is that they continually grow to meet the user’s needs. The ever-changing musical landscape dictates what musicians are looking for, and Yamaha strives to take the latest advancements in technology to deliver that. Of course, once a flagship engine has been offered, it isn’t long before we see a range of slightly feature-reduced models at a far more affordable price. That is, in part, what the new MODX range of keyboards from Yamaha is, but don’t be fooled into thinking these are just a budget offering. They have a huge range of sounds, effects and clever features in a more portable casing that will appeal to a far wider demographic of keyboard players.