Check out the latest and greatest gear from the first day of the 2014 Summer NAMM show.

Lift up the hood of the Ubermut overdrive (yep, you can lift it just like a car hood) and you'll find a clever little slot that enables you to switch out diodes (which you can buy from Ubermut.) Predictably, the sounds on tap are myriad—from smooth overdrive to nasty germanium fuzz tones, making this one of the more flexible drive pedals you'll ever tinker with. A fair price too at 185 bucks.

Kemper Profiler Stage, Nueral DSP Quad Cortex & Line 6 HX Stomp (clockwise from top)

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The jump between analog and digital gear has never been more manageable. It no longer takes a rack full of outboard gear with a six-figure price tag to help realize not only the tone you have in your head, but the expansive workflows that started to pop up in the early ’80s. We’re now about a decade into the modern era of digital modelers and profilers and it seems like the technology has finally come into its own. “This is really the first time in a while where you can have bar bands playing the exactsame gear as stadium acts,” says Cooper Carter, a Fractal Audio Systems production consultant who has done sound design and rig building for Neal Schon, James Valentine, John Petrucci, and others.

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