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