Hot new products from the first day of Summer NAMM

Here's a first look at some of the cool new gear we've seen at this year's Summer NAMM so far. You can see up-to-the-minute updates by following us on Twitter, where these updates originated (hence the lower-quality photos). Keep watch for more coverage, including product demo videos and more photos from the show throughout the weekend.

Latest reverb pedal from EHX: the Cathedral Stereo Reverb.

New TV Jones Model 10 electric guitars

65Amps give some love to the low end with this bass amp prototype

Vans Warped Distortion pedal from Visual Sound

Red Witch Analog Pedals from New Zealand debuted the Titan delay which features three blendable delays in one and runs in series or parallel.

Reissue of Neil Schon's Aria PE-RX80 from 1980

Funky hand hangers from

Triangle-shaped cabs from 3rd Power Amplification

Jason Schroeder with his Radio Lanes. Check out the Tweed top!

Wood construction piezo system from Lashbrook

EMG solderless installation system

New Levy's straps for Christian rockers

Editor in Chief Chris Burgess takes a look at a 1 of 15 Ibanez 30th Anniversary Limited Run Musician bass.

New Vai JEM7VWHL from Ibanez

Killer pedalboard management riser from a new company called StageTrix. Simple but ingenious!!

The Double D and the Tit from Boobtone amps. Yup, that's what they're called. Not making this up!

New Ibanez RG3520ZEBK

New Ibanez PGM300 REWH with Wizard Prestige neck and three DiMarzio pickups (2x PAF-Pro, FS-1)

New Satch guitar from Ibanez- JS1200CAL

New Hal Leonard DVD on Guitar Setup and Maintenance released at NAMM

Multiple modulation modes and malleable voices cement a venerable pedal’s classic status.

Huge range of mellow to immersive modulation sounds. Easy to use. Stereo output. Useful input gain control.

Can sound thin compared to many analog chorus and flange classics.


TC Electronic SCF Gold


When you consider stompboxes that have achieved ubiquity and longevity, images of Tube Screamers, Big Muffs, or Boss’ DD series delays probably flash before your eyes. It’s less likely that TC Electronic’s Stereo Chorus Flanger comes to mind. But when you consider that its fundamental architecture has remained essentially unchanged since 1976 and that it has consistently satisfied persnickety tone hounds like Eric Johnson, it’s hard to not be dazzled by its staying power—or wonder what makes it such an indispensable staple for so many players.

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While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

Photo by Chad Kelco

Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

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