namm 2013

The Sexiest Gear from the Year''s Biggest Show

Score one for the indomitable power of music! Had you done little in 2012 apart from fret over the bells tolling doom for the economy, you might have expected the halls of Winter NAMM 2013 in Anaheim, California, to be strewn with dust and tumbleweeds. But as the Premier Guitar staff ’s harried schedule and oft-out-of-breath greetings to company reps proved, the truth—at least in the realm of guitar gear—was something rather different. Winter NAMM was, in fact, teeming with new gear and happy hawkers of guitars, basses, pedals, amplifiers, and accessories. And there were plenty of companies doing anything but playing it safe, too.

Pedal offerings from Z.Vex, Electro-Harmonix, Eventide, and garage-builders like Electro Faustus showcased inventive, bold wares that speak volumes about the musical boundlessness of the guitar. High-gain amps were plentiful, too, suggesting that players are still itching to tear it up loud and proud outside the confines of the bedroom. Old-school looks and sounds were strongly represented, too: One had to look no further than Magnatone’s triumphant return, or to guitars like Gibson’s gorgeous and numerous Custom Shop offerings, to appreciate the enduring sonic and stylistic power of the classics.

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Premier Guitar is on location in Anaheim, California, for the 2013 NAMM Show, where PG's Rich Osweiler visits the NS Design booth. In this segment, we get to hear the NXT Omni Bass.



Premier Guitar is on location in Anaheim, California, for the 2013 NAMM Show, where PG's Rich Osweiler visits the NS Design booth. In this segment, we get to hear the NXT Omni Bass.

Premier Guitar is on location in Anaheim, California, for the 2013 NAMM Show, where PG's Rich Osweiler visits the Mooer booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear the Echolizer, Rumble Drive, Blues Mood, and Rage Machine pedals.



Premier Guitar is on location in Anaheim, California, for the 2013 NAMM Show, where PG's Rich Osweiler visits the Mooer booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear the Echolizer, Rumble Drive, Blues Mood, and Rage Machine pedals.

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