REVIEWED: FENDER BASSBREAKER 45 AND 18/30 COMBO AMPS
The way I see it, being a household name has got to be more trouble than it’s worth. The progenitor of modern musical instruments, Leo Fender, must not have slept for decades trying to keep his beloved script logo from being eclipsed by any number of upstarts nipping at his heels, poor fella. Fender has consistently stayed ahead of the pack not only by building time-tested classics, but also by using these as springboards for new and improved versions of holy tonality. For many, the be all and end all of ear candy is the behemoth Bassman that has graced stages since almost forever. It is from this well that its direct descendants, the Bassbreaker Series of amplifiers, spring.
REVIEWED: TC ELECTRONIC HALL OF FAME II REVERB PEDAL
TC Electronic’s Hall of Fame pedal quickly became a part of pedalboards the world over for its ease of use and great sound. Now, the second incarnation of the best-selling effect is ready to take the stage, taking what the original did and updating it for a new generation of players.
Reviewed: Guild T-Bird ST P90
A favourite of rock revivalists The Black Keys, Guild's T-Bird has been enjoying somewhat of a renaissance of late. However, unless you want to chance it on a vintage model, these rare birds can be quite hard to come by. All that is set to change though, with the heritage brand returning the T-Bird to the market – capturing the best of what made the original great with some contemporary appoitments that will suit the modern player.
Reviewed: Waldorf Blofeld Virtual Analogue Synthesiser
It is no secret that I am a fan of Waldorf synthesisers. In the past I have owned the Pulse, a Microwave XT, and a Micro Q, all of which have served me well, especially when I get the urge for that thick and luscious synth-pop sound they do so well. So when the Blofeld first came out a number of years back I got my hands on one, not being able to resist hearing what was on offer. I think it was to the Blofeld’s detriment that it hit the market in a low point for hardware synthesisers and it almost went unnoticed for some time, only getting the attention of Waldorf fans. But now, with the introduction of its bigger, evil brother, Blofeld is back to take over the world once again.
Reviewed: Yamaha A Series Acoustic Guitars
One of the less perverted and more fascinating things the internet is responsible for is shining a light on the least explored secret aspects of human behaviour. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of what has become known as the ‘unboxing video.’
Reviewed: sE Electronics sE8 Stereo Condenser Microphones
There is a lot to be said for quality when it is delivered at a price that is well below expectations. Let’s face it; the team at sE Electronics have proven that they know how to build a good microphone. It’s something they have been doing for a while now and these guys continue to kick goals. But, they also continue to bring out lower priced microphones to meet market needs. To be quite frank, I was initially a little put off by this new microphone set from sE Electronics, purely because of the price-point that it came in at. One gets a little worried when something just seems too good to be true. Considering what I would expect to pay for a quality pair of matched pencil condensers, this set is an absolute steal, coming with all the accessories and none of the cutbacks in sound quality.
Reviewed: Soundcraft Ui24R Digital Mixer
It used to be a case of needing a second mortgage to afford a digital mixer, and then requiring a university degree just to understand how to get the thing running. That has all changed now. The last few years have all but seen the last of analogue consoles in a live environment when bands often need to move from one venue to another and pull a good mix quickly and easily in each one. Not only has the price come down, but so too has the size. The features list and quality, however, has continued to raise the bar. Soundcraft have been at the forefront of this, and the recent range of Ui mixers has set the standard for portable digital mixing.
Reviewed: Washburn Guitars RSG200SWVSK Acoustic Guitar
Washburn have built their entire reputation upon building first-class acoustic instruments. It's part of their heritage, and the company continues to craft fine guitars for a new generation of players.