Here's a taste of the gear we came across during the first day of Summer NAMM, with tone toys from Fender, Seymour Duncan, Bullhead Amplification, and more.

Seymour Duncan Palladium

During our ‪‎NAMM‬ video-demo shoot of Seymour Duncan's new Palladium preamp $299 street), we were shocked to find that its super-tweakable gain, boost, and parametric EQ controls were so powerful they turned a trad Tele into a ferociously convincing metal machine. Meanwhile, the tamer Forza availed a variety of classic-rock dirt tones via 3-band EQ and drive and tone knobs.