Take a look at the PG editors' top picks from Day 3 of NAMM.
PG editors pick their top gear from the first day of NAMM. See everything from day 3 in our photo gallery.
Dedalo Fx Tres Tremolo
Dedalo Fx of Buenos Aires, brought their very cool new Tres Tremolo to NAMM. The pedal has a ton of subdivision and wave shape configuration options (the square wave trem sounds exceptionally yummy.) But it also packs less conventional trem tricks, like the ability to blend optical and solid state tremolo and a cool slow ramp function that you can dial in via a tap tempo switch. It'll be about $180 on the street.
EarthQuaker Devices Spatial Delivery
EarthQuaker always brings something to NAMM that leaves us itching to play (which is saying something, given the way NAMM leaves you craving silence.) But the Spatial Delivery's combination of envelope filter and sample and hold functions enables you to screw with time, space, and tone in insane and oddly conventional and musical ways. Look for a $195 street price.
Otis Amps Trudeau
Otis Amps other new amp is this Trudeau model. The 15 watt beast (let's just say it sounds like it punches well outside its weight class) has two 6SL7 preamp tubes and two 6CZ5 power tubes, which can be switched out for 6973s. The two separate preamps also enable bright/boost switching. It can be run through the onboard 8" speaker or run through the 12" cab. The Trudeau head will be about $850. The cabinet will be about $350.
Boss VB-2W Waza Craft
Been hoping for this one for a while—Boss' VB-2W Waza Craft means the return of one of the most delightfully wiggly, wobbly vibratos that ever was. Like the other Waza Craft pedals we've seen, there's a authentic standard mode and a custom mode, which in this case is a deeper, darker vibrato texture. Expect a $199 MAP price when it hits stores.
Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig
Responding to the call of bassists who have been asking for one since the Fly Rig 5 was introduced, Tech 21 NYC came to NAMM with the Bass Fly Rig in tow. This svelte unit features SansAmp technology as its centerpiece but brings so much more with the onboard octafilter, compression, switchable pre/post boost, chorus, and, yes, a chromatic tuner.
Supro Black Magick
Supro was in the house with a brand-new recreation of a classic, revered amp. The all-tube, high-gain 1x12 Black Magick brings us back to the dimensions, cosmetics, and circuitry of the Supro amps from 1959, just like the one Pagey loaned to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum. The preamp features two channels wired in parallel with independent volumes and a single, shared tone control, and the front-end topology of the original '59 Supro has been streamlined in the 25-watt Black Magick with automatic linking of channel 1 and 2 when using only the first input jack.
Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Model
Reverend Guitars introduced the Billy Corgan signature model on the NAMM floor to the delight of the 1,000+ attendees who lined up for a glimpse of the Pumpkins guitarist. Available in four finish colors, the axe boast such features as the Railhammer Billy Corgan Humcutters, a chambered korina body, pin-lock tuners, and the eye-catching segmented-aluminum pickguard.
Jackson Ampworks El Guapo
Who likes gain? Jackson Ampworks brought the fire-breathing El Guapo to NAMM. It packs 100-watts via four EL34 tubes. The first channel is based on a '68 Super Bass and the second channel is reminiscent of a hot-rodded Super Lead. Each channel has independent gain and master volume along with a global voicing switch that moves between a JTM, JMP, and the company's own JXN settings. It will street for $2795 and will be available in a few months.
Bogner Amplification Goldfinger 54 Phi
We caught up with Bogner Amplification to check out his new single-channel Goldfinger 54 Phi. In true Bogner fashion, it's a pure rock machine that uses both 6L6 and 6V6 tubes to cop some tweed-style tones. The breakup was harmonically rich and full of warmth. The combo will be around $3k and should be available soon.
Kevin Michael Sable
Kevin Michael Carbon Fiber Guitars is at NAMM with their first full-size carbon-fiber offering. The 14-fret Sable has a 25.5" scale, offset soundhole, a soft-V neck profile, and is outfitted with an L.R. Baggs 9V Element system that's custom EQ'd for Kevin Michael guitars.
One of the most intriguing new lines of electrics we've seen at NAMM comes from French outfit Wild Customs. Their booth featured a wall full of about two-dozen head-turners, with the newest being this 25.5"-scale Wildmaster Gold Foil Relic. It features an alder body, 12"-radius neck, and Mojo pickups from the U.K.
Santa Cruz Ghost Oak
Santa Cruz Guitar blew our minds with the beauty *and* the amazing story behind this incredible Ghost Oak flattop. The top wood is spruce that was reclaimed from Alaskan tundra after climate-change caused it to thaw. It has been carbon-dated to 1,000 B.C., and its grain is bluish from being frozen—there's no tint in the finish. Meanwhile the oak back and sides were reclaimed from a Czech Republic sand mine and were carbon-dated as being 8,000 years old. Whoa!
Hahn Guitars unveiled its first new guitar design in 10 years. The hand-built 112 is luthier Chihoe Hahn's imagined middle ground between a Tele and a Strat. It features an ashtray bridge, T-style bridge and S-style neck pickup (both by Lollar), and arm bevel and belly carve, and is available in single- or dual-pickup versions. The sub-$2k street price is well under Hahn's usual prices.
Sauvage Guitars One-Piece Master
The simultaneously elegant and jaw-dropping Sauvage Guitars One-Piece Master is exactly what it says—a stunningly luxurious one-off 6-string whose entire body, neck, and headstock are carved from a single slab of ash olive burl. Its fretboard is of flamed maple, its nut is of fossilized woolly mammoth tusk, its bridge is of the finest Damascus steel, and the pickups are topped with aircraft-grade aluminum fashioned to resemble a fine vintage automobile's rear windows.
PureSalem Guitars came to Anaheim with three gnarly-as-cuss, limited-edition fuzzes designed in conjunction with 323 Effects. The Attack Captain (left) includes a gate knob and has a bit of a Fuzzrite vibe, the Pink Beard (middle) has a starve knob and 3-position diode switch that may just make it the most versatile of the bunch, and the Honey Bunny serves up Muff-ish vibes. Only 25 will be made, but the company anticipates releasing another series of limited-edition fuzzes after that.
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Flare is a dual-function pedal with a tube-like booster and a 1970s-style ring modulator effect that can be played separately or together.
Flare’s ring modulator is based on the iconic tone of the original Dan Armstrong Green Ringer. This vintage classic was made famous by Frank Zappa who loved the unusual modulations created by generating a harmonic octave over notes. Messiah’s version offers two control knobs: a “Sparkle” tone attenuator and output Level control. Its taupe-gold body, purple and green knobs and stick-figure rock ’n’ roller holding up a flame convey an appropriately rockin’70s vibe.
In a unique twist, Messiah’s Flare pairs the ringer with a warm tube-style boost instead of a fuzz. Flare feeds the booster into the ringer for an extra punch, while preserving the Green Ringerspirit. The ringer side also turns any fuzz into an octafuzz, and it has the ability to quiet signal background noise fed through it.
The booster side features a single Boost knob to control the MOSFET circuit, making it very tube-amp-friendly with a warm, organic boost and gain of up to 32dB.
The pedal is a distinct improvement over the 1970s pedal that inspired it. “Most ringer pedals don’t track well,” Tom Hejda, owner of Messiah Guitars. “The player can’t rely on repeating the same effect even with the most consistently played notes. We carefully matched the components, so our ringer follows your every move, producing that slightly dirty octave you expect on demand.”
Messiah developed this vintage octave pedal with flexible features so that people who love that messy, dirty Zappa-esque sound can get there with ease but there’s also something for those who have not fallen in love with fuzz or the Green Ringer alone. Flare offers an array of sonic options while retaining simplicity in the controls.
Each Flair Pedal Includes:
- 3 control knobs: Boost, Sparkle, and Level
- Two effects – Ring Modulator and Boost – can be used together or separately
- Space-saving top side jacks
- Durable, cast aluminum alloy 125B enclosure with fun artwork
- Easy to see, illuminated True-bypass foot switch
- Standard 9V pedal power input
Flare Pedal Demo
Messiah Guitars pedals are designed with an explorative player in mind. Like their custom guitars and amplifiers, Messiah’s pedals are hand-crafted in Los Angeles for a long life with guaranteed quality.
Flare retails for $199.00 and can be purchased directly at Messiah Guitars or you can hear it in person at Impulse Music Co. in Canyon Country, CA.
For more information, please visit messiahguitars.com.
This feathery little guy is a joy to play because of its incredibly quick response to your right hand - much faster and more expressive than your typical auto-wah pedal.
If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck, and QUACKS like a duck, then it must be a duck. That's how we came up with the name for our new envelope filter. This feathery little guy is a joy to play because of its incredibly quick response to your right hand - much faster and more expressive than your typical auto-wah pedal. Trevor explains how this is possible in the launch video, as well as gives a demo on Le Canard’s operation.
The attack control determines how quickly the filter responds to the envelope, and the decay sets how quickly the filter releases afterward. The range controls which frequency spectrum the filter does its magic on. Add to this relay-based full-bypass switching with failsafe, and you've got one crazy little quacky beast. It is so expressive that you'll want to give up on your rocker-wah forever.
The MayFly Le Canard envelope filter features:
- Super fast responding envelope follower. Touch it and it jumps!
- Range control to dial in the character of the filter
- Attack control to control how fast the filter moves on that first touch
- Release control to control how slowly the filter slides back to baseline
- Full bypass using relays with Fail SafeTM (automatically switches to bypass if the pedal loses power)
- Cast aluminum enclosure with groovy artwork
- MSRP $149 USD ($199 CAD)
Introducing the MayFly Le Canard Envelope Filter
All MayFly pedals are hand-made in Canada.
For more information, please visit mayflyaudio.com.
Outlaw Effects introduces their next generation of NOMAD rechargeable battery-powered pedal boards.
Available in two sizes, NOMAD ISO is a compact, versatile tool that offers the convenience of a fully powered board plus the additional freedom of not having to plug into an outlet. NOMAD ISO is ideal for stages with limited outlet availability, quick changeovers, busking outdoors, temporary rehearsal locations, and more.
NOMAD ISO builds upon the legacy of the ultra-convenient and reliable NOMAD rechargeable pedalboard line originally launched in 2018. The brand new NOMAD ISO editions feature eight isolated outputs (1 x 9V DC, and 1 switchable 9V/12V DC) for even more versatility and clean, quiet power. With an integrated lithium-ion battery pack boasting 12800mAh capacity, NOMAD ISO can fuel a wide array of pedals, and will last over 10 hours* on a single charge.
Each NOMAD ISO pedal board includes adhesive hook & loop pedal-mounting tape, eight (8) standard DC connector cables, and one (1) reverse polarity DC cable, giving you everything you need to build your ultimate "off-the-grid" rig. A rugged, road-ready padded gig bag with shoulder strap is also included, to safely protect your gear while you're on the move.
NOMAD ISO S
NOMAD ISO S: MSRP $309 / MAP: $249
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 5 ¼"
NOMAD ISO M
NOMAD ISO M: MSRP $349 / MAP $279
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 11"
More info: https://www.outlawguitareffects.com.