Some highlights form the final day of NAMM.

PG Editors pick their top gear from the fourth day of NAMM. See everything from day 4 in our photo gallery.

Santa Cruz Tony Rice Signature Model

Santa Cruz Guitar's Richard Hoover (one of the real gents in the biz,) dove into a stash of his most priceless and prized tonewoods to build this Tony Rice signature model. The top is 100-year old German Spruce, and the Brazilian Rosewood that make up the back and sides are from a batch that Hoover considers some of the best sounding he's encountered. The one-of-a-kind guitar is very expensive. But the proceeds go to Tony Rice himself who has been unable to perform due to severe arthritis.

Relish Jane

Relish Guitar's new Jane’s six strings are built around refreshingly original contours and shapes, and a construction method employing aluminum center block and sides and laminate wood tops--in this case walnut. Pickup switching and muting is performed using a touch sensor system, which is both fast and simple, but adds to the streamlined feel of the instrument. Resonant and very pretty sounding guitars indeed.

B.C. Rich Rich NJ Retro Warlock

It's hard to do justice to the cherry sunburst pearl finish on the new BC Rich NJ Retro Warlock, but if a tequila sunrise blended with some sparkling grape essence sounds appealing to you (we found it awesome) then you'll love what's going on here. The maple neck-through design also features mahogany wings. A super-solid Nagoya-style BC Rich for just $599.

Universal Audio Apollo Plug-Ins

Universal Audio debuted three super-cool new plug-ins for their Apollo recording interfaces. Sound Machine Wood Works ($299) lets you plug in a piezo-equipped acoustic and get studio-miked sounds, as well as re-voice resonance and acoustic properties. The UA Distortion Essentials bundle ($249) features an official Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808 emulation, a simulation of an early-'80s Pro Co Rat, and an emulation of a '70s Big Muff Pi. And the Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection by Brainworx ($249) features emulations of Dave Friedman's DS40 and BE100 amps.

Bergantino B-Amp

Bergantino Audio Systems had their new B-Amp bass rig in the house at NAMM 2015. It's an embedded-system controlled amp with multifunction tone controls, programmable chromatic tuner, programmable filters, USB port for software upgrades, and a 700-watt RMS power section.

Diamond 327SD

Diamond and Soldano came together to craft the limited edition 327SD. It's a 100-watt, 4 x 5881, 6 x 12AX7 monster--heaving with low-end and equally capable of crazily rich crunch and very pretty clean tones. Brutal and beautiful, but there won't be many....


Holy EHX Batman! Electro-Harmonix had a slew of new stompbox candy to share at NAMM 2015 including the Deluxe Electric Mistress flanger, Super Pulsar stereo tap tremolo, C9 Organ Machine, B9 Organ Machine, Holy Grail Neo reverb, Octavix fuzz and octave-up effect, Bad Stone phase shifter, Good Vibes modulator, and the Bass Soul Food overdrive.

A faithful recreation of the Germanium Mosrite Fuzzrite with a modern twist.

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Presets extend the flexibility of an already expansive and easy-to-use reverb.

Intuitive. Great range in all controls. Well-built.

Some digital artifacts at long decay times.


Walrus Audio Slötvå


Walrus Audio is a prolific builder, but, as the five reverb pedals in their lineup suggest, they have a real affinity for manipulating time and space. The beauty of the Slötvå reverb (which is derived from the company’s very similar Spin FV-1 chip-based Slö reverb) is how satisfying and simple it makes dramatic shifts between time/space textures.

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With such a flashy flame top, the Silvertone 1445 was built to catch the eyes of department store shoppers.

I don’t know what’s going on lately, but I’m breaking down all over and my shoulder is the latest to crumble. When I was a kid I would practice guitar in my bedroom near a radiator with an ungrounded amp plug and I’d get a zap right through my guitar and into my hands. Well, my shoulder pain is like that now, only without the cool story of rock ’n’ roll survival. I simply woke up one day like this. After a few weeks of discomfort, I figured I’d try out a new pillow, since mine are flattened like a wafer. I ventured out to the mall and, much to my sadness, saw the local Sears store shuttered, with weeds growing up from the sidewalks and concrete barriers blocking the large glass doors. I know I don’t get out much, but, man, was I sad to see the Sears store I’d known since childhood closed-up like that. My wife was laughing at me because apparently it had been closed for some time. But since I seem to exist on a separate timeline than most folks, it was all news to me.

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