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NAMM 2020 Day 1 Gallery

January 16, 2020
The first day was full of new gear from Two Notes, Revv, Gibson, Jackson Audio, and the biggest Metal Zone you've ever seen.
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Way Huge Pork & Pickle Smalls and MXR Thump Demos | NAMM 2020

January 16, 2020
A smaller version of a classic bass overdrive and a mini preamp that offers a wealth of tonal options.
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MXR Octavio and Crybaby Q Zone Demos | NAMM 2020

January 16, 2020
Listen to the company's wickedly gnarly octave/fuzz and a supremely tweakable cocked-wah effect.
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Korn’s Head and Munky on Coping with Tragedy Through 7-Strings

January 2, 2020
It’s been 25 years since the downtuned guitar duo helped pioneer a sonic path that changed metal. Here they reveal how dealing with the loss of heroes and friends informed their 13th studio album, The Nothing.
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Rig Rundown: Steve Wariner

December 18, 2019
Designated a "certified guitar picker" by former boss Chet Atkins, the multiple Grammy-winning session ace and songwriter for country legends shows off his favorite gear.
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Tools for the Task: Say Wah?

November 15, 2019
Rhythm or lead, are you properly getting your wah on?
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Rig Rundown: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit [2019]

November 6, 2019
Bursts, Benders, and Js, oh my! A pioneer of the new Nashville sound spends a whopping 90 minutes showing off the gear his crew has amassed since our last get-together.
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Rig Rundown: Torche's Steve Brooks & Jonathan Nuñez

October 9, 2019
When these metalheads couldn’t lasso the tones in their craniums, Nuñez took the DIY route and launched his own company to create gear for their boards and backline.
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How Mikael Åkerfeldt Made Opeth’s New Album: “Big, Pompous, and Epic”

October 8, 2019
The outspoken frontman pushes the muse—moving his band’s sound beyond metal by blending vintage and cutting-edge instruments and sounds on their 13th studio album, In Cauda Venenum.
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MXR Dyna Comp Bass Review

September 27, 2019
The bass version of a classic compressor takes a couple inches from the waist, but provides more in the tweak department.
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Rig Rundown: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

September 11, 2019
The 20-year-old blues phenom shares his straight-ahead approach to fiery blues-rock tones.
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Tools for the Task: Drop-Tune Strings

August 18, 2019
Ten sets optimized to keep the tension up and the floppy down.
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Rig Rundown: Sleep

July 24, 2019
The sultan of sludge illustrates that his first band is a shuttle for sonic exploration launching into orbit on the backs of triple-humbucker guitars, a sierra of Oranges, and two boards the size of Cape Canaveral.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Dunlop Authentic Hendrix '69 Psych Series Pedals & Gary Clark Jr. Cry Baby Demos

July 20, 2019
Four tiny stomps dish out fantastic Jimi tones with handy tweakability, while Austin’s latest blues-rock favorite son gets a sweet-sounding, R&B-friendly wah.
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Summer NAMM 2019 Editors' Picks Day 1

July 19, 2019
Our crew meets up at Carter Vintage Guitars to give a quick rundown of the most head-turning things they saw on their first day at the Nashville gear expo.
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Gallery: Summer NAMM 2019 Day 1

July 18, 2019
The first day was full of interesting and weird gear from Mythos, Yamaha, Blackstar, Fender, and more!
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Rig Rundown: Gary Clark Jr. & Eric Zapata [2019]

May 1, 2019
Check out the gear used by the current king of soulful R&B-laced blues-rock and his longtime guitar foil.
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Way Huge Unveils the Conspiracy Theory Professional Overdrive

May 1, 2019
A transparent overdrive based on a mythical circuit.
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MXR Releases the Raijin Drive

April 26, 2019
The newest collaboration with Shin Suzuki reinvents two iconic Japanese stompboxes—an overdrive and a distortion—with greater tonal range and usability so that those beloved sounds can keep up with the modern tone chase.
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Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn: Into the Mystic

February 21, 2019
Two exploratory rockers discuss their Philadelphia roots and the magic of collaboration, alternate tunings, old and loved guitars, and the search for transportive vocal and 6-string sounds.
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