Reverend Guitars, Source Audio + more: our top five gear releases of the week
25.03.2021

Reverend Guitars, Source Audio + more: our top five gear releases of the week

Words by Will Brewster

Our guide to the biggest drops in gear land this week.

With so many brands to keep up to date with, it can be easy to lose track of all the latest equipment launched into the gear-sphere each week.

Today, we’re taking a look at some of the best releases that might’ve flown under the radar recently, with this week bringing a bunch of new Reverend guitars to the table as well as new pedals from Source Audio, Mile End Effects and Mojo Hand.

This week’s top picks:

  • Reverend Guitars Crosscut
  • Source Audio Ultrawave Multiband Processor
  • Mile End Effects Ronald Preamp 150
  • Mojo Hand FX Mister-O Phase Shifter
  • Analogue Solutions Leipzig V3

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Reverend Guitars Crosscut

The latest release from Reverend Guitars comes in the form of the Crosscut and Crosscut W, two designs based on the tried-and-true T-style build. They feature korina bodies and bolt-on roasted maple necks with either roasted maple or Pau Ferro fretboards, while other appointments include pin-lock tuners and a boneite nut.

For pickups in these new models, Reverend have opted for a set of custom hybrid Railhammer Cleancuts, delivering P-90 tones without the hum. There’s also a bass contour knob for tonal flexibility, with players also being able to choose between a classic T-style bridge or a Wilkinson Strat-style tremolo arm – those tremolo-free models are available in Oceanside Green, Natural and Italian Purple, while the Crosscut W comes in Midnight Black, Chronic Blue or Metallic Red Burst.

Source Audio Ultrawave Multiband Processor

Combining a wild array of vibrato, tremolo, fuzz, overdrive and compression tones into a single stompbox, Source Audio‘s new Ultrawave Multiband Processor pedals make use of sophisticated processing technology to provide a gamut of guitar and bass tones.

By dividing incoming signals into several discrete frequency bands, the pedals then allow players to modify each sound with a set of adjustable controls, which can be tweaked further using Source Audio’s Neuro Desktop Editor. Presets can also be saved, downloaded and shared via the Neuro platform, which functions on the cloud.

There’s two different pedals on offer here to suit bass and guitar, with the below video diving into detail about how it all works. Sounds pretty dope!

Mile End Effects Ronald Preamp 150

Look, you’ve probably had your ears chewed off by a zillion different hardware fetishists about the virtues of the Roland Tape Echo family, but there’s much more to this range than just lush repeats and self-oscillation. Units such as the RE-150 are coveted for the sounds of their internal preamps, which is why Mile End Effects have created the cleverly named Ronald Preamp 150 – a precise replica of that exact preamp in question.

Utilising many of the same NOS JFET transistors from the original units, the Ronald Preamp 150 features two simple controls for Instrument Volume and Output Level, while a dB switch can bump up the volume should you need. There’s also the option to run it between 9V and 18V DC, as well as internal trim pots to adjust the transistor bias.

Other than that, the Ronald Preamp 150 boasts a cool vintage-inspired design, and that’s that. Hear it in action below.

Mojo Hand FX Mister-O Phase Shifter

The latest stompbox from Mojo Hand FX seeks to emulate the slippery tones of the original ’70s Maestro Phase Shifter; a classic unit that’s favoured by guitarists and Rhodes piano players for its wet, shimmering sound.

This particular unit features a simplistic three-knob layout with controls for Speed, Depth and Colour, and runs off a centre negative external 9V power supply. Give it a listen below.

Analogue Solutions Leipzig V3

Synth fiends will froth this one. The Analogue Solutions Leipzig has received a major makeover to introduce some handy new features to its sonic architecture, with the AS team going the distance to ensure the synth still retains its characteristic ‘angry’ ladder filter sound.

This one packs a pair of VCOs with a sub VCO and portamento, as well as oscillator sync and cross-modulation to create gnarly sounding leads and bass. There’s also an LFO and a pair of envelopes as well asa quirky eight-step sequencer with some unique routing capabilities, while new features include a headphone output and new patch-points to make it modular friendly.

Don’t miss out on all the latest news – check out last week’s round-up of hot gear.