Your guide to the video demos from the 2011 Summer NAMM Show.

Summer NAMM was full of new gear around every corner. We were thrilled to discover some new companies, like HeliArc and B.A. Ferguson, while checking out the latest from established tone traders like Vox, Electro-Harmonix, and Fishman. Along the way, we recorded plenty of video demos to bring all of the new sounds to your computer speakers and give you a taste of the show and what's new.

This page serves as a guide to the videos from the show, organized alphabetically by category. We're still adding all of the videos to premierguitar.com/video if you want to see the videos organized by what's most recent. We'll add new videos to this listing as they're completed, so bookmark it and stop back often. Also, make sure to check out our photo galleries from the show: Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3.

Electric Guitars
Ansir Guitars
ArtGuitars
AXL Guitars and Loar Guitars
B.A. Ferguson Guitars
Bite Me Electric Guitars Handbuilt Super-Strat Style Demo
Burly Custom Guitars
Flaxwood Guitars Rautia HSH Demo
HeliArc Guitars Drop Tail Bomber Demo
Larrivée Guitars Bakersfield Demo
Mario Martin Guitars T-Style and Serpentine Demos
Nik Huber Guitars Reitbergen Semi-Hollow Prototype Demo
Reverend Guitars Manta Ray 390 2011 Limited Edition
Samick Torino TR30 and TR33 Demos
Schneider Guitars Turquoise Guitar with Seymour Duncan Zephyr Pickups Demo
Teuffel Guitars Tesla Prodigy Demo
Waterstone Music Trilby
 
Amps
Bad Cat Amplification Cougar 50 and Cougar 5 Demos
Little Walter Tube Amps SB5 Demo
Mahalo Amplification Katy 66 & DR20 Demos with Delaney Guitars Jagata
Traynor QuarterHorse Microamp
ValveTrain Amplification Bennington Reverb Demo
VHT Amps Special 12/20 Demo
Vox Amplifiers AC15C2 Twin Demo

Effects
Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master, Bit Crusher, and Speaker Cranker Demos
Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar Pedal Demo
Levana EQ Booster and Mellow-D Demos
ModTone Effects Mini-Mod Series Demos
Morpheus FX Bomber Polyphonic Pitch Shifter Demo
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Digital and Strymon Timeline Demo

Acoustic Gear
Alvarez Guitars Artist Series Demo
Beard Guitars Odyssey A Demo
Bedell Art Discovery, Encore, Performance Series and Breedlove Parlor Prototype
Cole Clark Jam: Brent Mason and Randy Kohrs, part 1
Cole Clark Jam: Brent Mason and Randy Kohrs, part 2
Cupit Music Travel Guitar Demo
Eastman Guitars E20P and E10P Demos
Fishman Loudbox Artist Acoustic Amp
Rainsong Guitars Studio Series WS Demo
Santa Cruz 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Demo
Walden Guitars Concorda Stage CS640CE and Supernatura G1012EQSH
Wechter Roundneck Cutaway Resonator Demo

Bass Gear
Bootleg Guitars Dawg Bass Demo
Gallien Krueger MB800 Demo
Source Audio Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter and Wireless Hot Hand Demo

Accessories & Technology
Ambrosonics Guitars DSP-45 Analog, DSP Preamp & Surround-Sound Mini Amp Demos
Crystal Frets
Dean Markley Carl Verheyen Balanced Bridge Helix HD Strings
Ego Rizer Stage Lighting Equipment
Presonus AudioBox VSL Demo
SKB FootNote Amplified Pedalboard Demo

Check back often! We're adding new videos every day.

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