Our editors pick their favorites from the second day of Winter NAMM.
Anaheim, CA (January 20, 2012) -- In our second day on the NAMM floor, we had no trouble finding cool gear to check out. Of course, you can see it all in our photo gallery from the floor and watch all the video demos we've completed so far. But here's the gear that particularly caught our editors' eyes on the second day of the show.
Ashdown Engineering Classic Tube Magnifier 300
This new 300-watt, all-tube head is driven by six KT88 power tubes and features extensive tone-shaping via a 3-band EQ, multiple pushbuttons (including Mellow, Deep, Mid-Shift, Bright, and Mute), a front-panel DI, and a tube-bias circuit.
Vox Limited-Edition Blue-Covered AC Series
This trio—an AC30, an AC15, and an AC4—has the same features as current models, but its alluring blue covering cannot be resisted. You are powerless under its charm.
Roger Giffin's new Premier Builders Guild-built Vikta features a mahogany body, Seymour Duncan P-90s, aged hardware, and a beautifully checked, vintage-like finish.
Paul Lairat Sirya Bass
Paul Lairat's new Sirya bass was introduced at the 2012 NAMM show. This handcrafted, unique instrument has a variety of wood options available and features Gotoh tuners, Delano Xtender pickups and a John East preamp.
NS Design unveiled their new bass at the 2012 NAMM show. Available in both a fretted and fretless model, these 5-stringers are loaded up with EMGs along with a piezo in the bridge.
Epifani AL Bass Combo
Epifani introduced the AL series line of bass combos at the 2012 NAMM show. The AL is the first to use a solid-aluminum shell, something Epifani says results in improved frequency response and power output, without unwanted tonal colorations.
The Moog Lap Steel
Yes, the Moog lap steel.
Gibson Jeff Tweedy Signature SG
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy gets a signature Gibson SG at Winter NAMM 2012. The Blue Mist finish is gorgeous and it's hard to lay off the Cippolina vibrato licks with that Lyre vibrato in hand. Sweet!
Lowden F-35 Fan Fret Prototype
Lowden's F-35 fan fret prototype looks bound for production and the combination of reclaimed redwood top and Honduran Mahogany back and sides sounds distinctly Lowden -- warm, detailed, and really responsive.
VHT's Special 12/20RT
VHT's new Special 12/20RT has 6V6 tube-driven reverb with a depth switch and tube-driven tremolo with slow/fast range switch. The amp is available in a head or combo and comes with a two-button foot switch for the tremolo and reverb. The head will retail for $649.
EBMM Steve Lukather Signature
Ernie Ball/Music Man showed off a new Steve Lukather model with a new larger body, custom DiMarzio pickups, 5-way selector, push-push control for 12 db volume boost, and a buffered output to maintain tone at any volume level. Plus, a killer sparkle finish.
Pigtronix Infinity Stereo Multi-Track Looper
The Pigtronix Infinity Stereo Multi-Track Looper features dual stereo loops with sync, 20 loop presets, multiplier for loop 2 (2, 3, 4, or 6 times), and USB access to saved loops.
Kick off the holiday season by shopping for the guitar player in your life at Guitar Center! Now through December 24th 2022, save on exclusive instruments, accessories, apparel, and more with hundreds of items at their lowest prices of the year.
We’ve compiled this year’s best deals in the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide presented by Guitar Center.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
- This year's Mystery Stocking will cost $44.95. ($39.95 + $5 Flat shipping)
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.
The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
With bright and warm golden hues, the new finish adds a brilliant metallic glow to the surface of Lava ME 3, complementing its AirSonic 2 carbon fiber unibody which features L3 Preamp with FreeBoost 2.0, delivers industry-leading sounds by breakthrough acoustic technologies, and houses a multi-touch display powered by Lava-developed HILAVA system.
Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
LAVA ME 3 | Now in Golden Hour | LAVA MUSIC
Lava Me 3 in Golden Hour is now available starting from $999 on LAVA MUSIC, Amazon, and local guitar dealerships near you.
For more information, please visit store.lavamusic.com.