An inside look at the gear that caught our ears during day 1 of Summer NAMM.

Analog Outfitters Scanner

This glorious spinning, twirling plexiglass mechanical monster is the Scanner from Analog Outfitters, who build beautiful amps from recycled Hammond Organs. This time around they're repurposing Hammond vibrato units and mating them to a spring reverb. The unit is expression pedal controllable (stupidly fun!!!) but also has line and XLR outs so you can use it as outboard gear in a studio. At $1,599 it's not cheap but MAN it sounds fantastic.

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The Dawg is a bass with solid tone and no frills.

If you follow the NFL, you’ve likely seen highlights of the Cleveland Browns at some point. Inevitably, Browns footage is accompanied by scenes of the notorious Dawg Pound, a group of passionate fans with no-nonsense attitudes and an unwavering commitment to their team. This mentality can also be found in fellow Clevelander Jon Hill, whose dedication and love of guitar building has contributed professional-grade instruments since 1989. This year, Hill introduced Bootleg Guitars and Basses, a new line of instruments and culmination of his experiences as a custom luthier. One of his models is appropriately named the Dawg, a bass with solid tone and no frills.

Scouting Report
Jon Hill took a less-is-more approach when designing the Dawg bass. There is no over-the-top flashiness on the instrument—just a smooth, satin finish that invites the player to get down and dirty. The two-piece, Northern ash body has an attractive grain pattern and a body shape that combines both style and com- fort. Following the contours of the body is a very cool pickguard that has a cutaway near the neck to make popping the strings more accessible.

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