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NAMM 2013 Editors' Picks - Day 1

January 24, 2013

PG editors Shawn Hammond, Charles Saufley, Rich Osweiler, and Rebecca Dirks pick their favorites from the first day of the show. See everything we saw in our Day 1 photo gallery.

Dunlop Fuzz Face Minis
Dunlop unveiled a trio of tiny Fuzz Faces - the Silicon, Germanium, and Hendrix Fuzz Face Minis, keeping the iconic Fuzz Face form factor with a more pedalboard-friendly size that could be described as bite-sized at just over 3" diameter. - RD

Ampeg B15N Combo
Ampeg unveiled its new Heritage B15N Combo at NAMM 2013. The all-tube design features distinct 1964 and 1966 channels, Ampeg's Baxandall EQ, and selectable bias modes for maximum tone control. - RO

Gibson Luther Dickinson Signature Prototype 335
Gonna be hard to find a nicer-playing guitar at NAMM than this Luther Dickinson signature prototype 335. Some very subtle aging on the hardware and "Jim Dickinson Burst" finish make this thing feel like and old friend. - CS

Guild Acoustics
Guild unveiled several new acoustics at NAMM including the beautiful Orpheum Orchestra with Adirondack red spruce and rosewood. - SH



PRS Grainger 4 & Grainger 5 Basses
Paul Reed Smith introduced two new basses to their Core product line with the Grainger 4 and Grainger 5 at NAMM 2013. The basses operate both passively and actively, and specifications include a maple top, mahogany back, 34” scale length, 24-fret maple neck, rosewood fretboard, and PRS bird inlays. - RO

Gretsch Center Block Semi-Hollow Guitars
Gretsch brought its new Center Block semi-hollows to NAMM. They feature maple-laminate bodies with a chambered spruce block, Filter'Tron pickups, and the thinnest Gretsch body yet—1 3/4". - SH

Warwick LWA 1000 Class D Bass Head
Warwick unveiled the new 1000-watt (@ 4 ohms) LWA 1000 class D bass head at NAMM 2013. It's designed by Jonas Hellborg, features two channels with independent EQ and compression, and streets for $750. - SH

Source Audio Orbital Soundblox 2
Source Audio brought its new super-tweakable Orbital Soundblox 2 modulation box to NAMM. Just about every modulation flavor imaginable with some extra Source Audio tricks and filters. Pretty good deal too at around $169 street. - RO



Marshall 5-Watt Slash 1x12
Marshall's new 5-watt Slash 1x12 combo is switchable down to 1 watt for bedroom volumes (the 5-watt definitely falls outside that category), is Class A, all-tube with three 12AX7s and an EL84. It has two footswitchable channels and footswitchable reverb. - RD

Electro-Harmonix 8-Step Program
Man, there are a whole lotta blinking lights worth of newness at the Electro-Harmonix hut. Here the new 8 Step Program sequencer is feeding the new 45,000 Looper a signal from the amazing new Hog 2, which wouldn't fit in the picture! - CS

Schecter Custom Shop Dracula Double-Neck
Undead awesomeness from the Schecter custom shop! - SH

Martin 000-17SM
Unlike the original all-mahogany Martin 000-17, the new-at-NAMM 000-17SM has a spruce top as well as a 12-fret neck and slotted headstock--making this a sweet amalgam of classic Martin style elements and a silky smooth fingerstyle machine. - SH

Eventide H9 Harmonizer
Eventide's H9 Harmonizer has the Space, ModFactor, PitchFactor, and TimeFactor built in, plus a new Ultra Tap Delay. It can be controlled via iPhone or iPad app using Bluetooth, but everything can also be accessed through the pedal's controls. Street price around $500. - RD

Hammond Leslie Pedal
Hammond brought their new digital Leslie pedal to NAMM, and with spot on emulations of 122, 147, and Model 18 rotary speakers and a model of the PR-40 stationary cabinet, it sounds incredibly fat and swirlingly delicious!! - CS