The final day of Summer NAMM was full of beautifully ornate guitars, fire-breathing heads, and a few fresh stomps.

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Word has it that The Word's Robert Randolph picked up one of Peavey Electronics' super-affordable PowerSlide steel guitars at a music shop not too long ago and was blown away. One thing led to another, and now the sacred-steel legend has two signature Peaveys debuting at NAMM. His signature PowerSlide (approx. $329 street) features upgraded hardware, including a standard hardtail bridge, an added neck pickup, and an adjustable harness for optimizing playing position. Meanwhile, his solid-state namesake head ($599 street) features 500 watts of RMS stereo power, extensive EQ, gain, and effects-loop capabilities, MIDI functionality, and a push-button control module (bottom right) that clips to your steel-guitar stand to allow on-the-fly activation of onboard effects—including spring- and plate-style reverb, chorus, and delay.

Fender’s American Vintage II Series

For these new recreations, Fender focuses on the little things that make original golden-era Fenders objects of obsession.

If there’s one thing players love more than new guitars, it’s old guitars—the unique feel, the design idiosyncrasies, the quirks in finish that all came from the pre-CNC era of instrument manufacturing. These characteristics become the stuff of legend, passed on through the years via rumors and anecdotes in shops, forums, and community networks.

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The Red Sea was born out of the vision to provide complex signal routing options available to the live/performing musician, that up until now, are only found in a studio mixing environment.

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Stardust V3 was designed to capture the sound and response of 3 distinct amplifier models.

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The Sunn O))) Life Pedal circuit has been meticulously tweaked from the original and includes a third footswitch.

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