Guild Chris Hillman Signature Byrds Bass and Starfire II
These two Guild Starfire basses! Yikes! The sunburst Starfire on the right honors Byrds bassist extraordinaire Chris Hillman. It's got a mahogany body and neck and a fast-feeling 30.75" scale neck with a Byrds logo inlay at the 12th fret. It's a blast to play and brings the boom with a single BS-1 BiSonic pickup. (Street $1,499.) The $1,299, two-pickup Starfire II is also new at Summer NAMM. Beautiful stuff!
3rd Power Dual Citizen
One of the most impressive amps at NAMM was 3rd Power Amps' Dual Citizen. Like the name implies it can go from a beautifully chimey British sound to a robust and spanky blackface tone. The channels can either be blended together or switched via an included foot switch. It's loaded with Mullard EL-34s and weighs in at a solid 45 watts. Finally it has a mixed bus, pedal-level loop driver so you can put all your pedals after the preamp. It's available now and streets for $2750. Combo version coming soon.
EarthQuaker Devices Dunes, Interstellar Orbiter, & Levitation
EarthQuaker Devices shared a mother lode of new stompboxes. The Dunes is a condensed version of the 808-inspired Palisades, the Interstellar Orbiter is a dual-resonant filter that can do everything from wah emulation to a rotary speaker effect, and the Levitation is a vintage-voiced reverb reminiscent of somewhere between dirty '60s chamber, classic spring, and the ringing plate reverbs of yesteryear.
Washburn Guitars Woodline Series
Washburn Guitars' new Woodline series is probably the best-sounding affordable line of acoustics we've heard so far at NAMM. They range from $299-$399 street, and the higher-end WL020SCE shown here features a solid Sitka spruce top, laminated rosewood sides and back, Graphtech Nubone nut and saddle, and Fishman Isys+ electronics.