This year’s NAMM show was a monstrous affair, to be sure.
Over four days in mid-January, more than 88,000 people found their way to the Anaheim Convention Center in California to check out the newest products from the industry’s biggest players. Despite an air of economic uncertainty, the event was packed with a record number of exhibitors (1,560 to be exact) and it seemed that every company in attendance – from Fender and Taylor to the smallest boutique shops – had something to get excited over. It validated our belief that it is great time to be a gearhead.
If you weren’t able to make the trip, PG’s got you covered. Just scroll down to see some of the coolest guitars, amps and accessories we stumbled across, and check out our exclusive interviews with David Grissom,Pete Anderson,Ladd SmithandRusty Cooleyfrom Saturday evening’s All Star Guitar Night. We also have loads of exclusivevideosfrom NAMM plus a wrap-uppodcastto complete the coverage.
Here’s to four days of gear-induced madness. You’re welcome.
HiWatt Custom 7 Head
The new Custom 7 head and combo caught our eye, promising Townshend-approved tones at reasonable household volumes. Pumping 7 watts through one EL84 tube in a single-ended output design, it is hand-built in the U.K. HiWatt’s heavy-duty standards are thankfully present and accounted for, meaning you could lug this to a low-powered gig without worries.
DigiTech HardWire Pedals
Featuring true bypass, unique high-voltage operation that keeps your 9V power supply at a consistent level – meaning more consistent tone – and a bomb-proof chassis, this new line from DigiTech promises to have something for every pedalboard. As an added bonus, precision pots let you dial in the exact same tone every time.
Starting at $119
Henman-Bevilacqua brings a fresh approach to the age-old problem of adjusting the truss rod: they’ve eliminated it. Instead, a load-bearing beam with a floating fingerboard design does the work, while maintaining a traditional feel. The bodies have a familiar-yet-contemporary shape and each piece of hardware has been manufactured to close harmonic tolerances. They also feature WCR pickups with true vintage nickel covers.
TV Jones Model 10
With a body made of solid Obeche and an attractive single cutaway, the Model 10 from TV Jones promises to be a fun guitar. It includes an ebony fretboard, 22 medium frets and TV Jones Power’Tron pickups in both the neck and bridge. Pictured is the company’s attractive Nicotine finish (and that’s not just because we’re smokers).
Starting at $1400