NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is just finishing up this weekend in Anaheim, CA. Although I wasn’t able to make it out there this year (maybe next year?), I still looked forward to reading music mags and trade pubs to find out what was shown. This year’s NAMM had a lot of the new, the same, and the interesting. Here is some gear that I found to be interesting:
Jimmy Page custom Fender Telecaster
This is a collaboration between Fender and Jimmy Page, in attempts to recreate the ’59 “Dragon” Tele that he recorded with on Led Zeppelin’s first album, and played live up until 1969. The Custom Shop guitars will cost $25,000 each, and there will only be 50 made. But, don’t despair: there will be a much cheaper signature version that will be sold by Fender, which is due for release this spring.
Blackstar “Super Fly” guitar amplifier
Blackstar amplifiers have gotten increasingly popular over the past few years, due to their combination of performance and value (I currently use a Blackstar Studio 10 V2 for my practice amp). Now, they have an ideal amp for the performing musician on the go: the Super Fly. It pushes 12W of power through two 3″ speakers, and is powered by eight AA batteries! It has 2 dedicated channels: one for guitars, and one with an XLR jack for microphones or another instrument. It is Bluetooth capable, and also has three-band EQ and reverb. It will retail for around $300, and is currently available to preorder.
Reba Meyers signature ESP Viper
Reba Meyers is in the band Code Orange, which has taken the metal scene by storm the past few years. Now she is the first female musician to get a signature ESP guitar, with her LTD Viper RM-600. It is a beautiful guitar, with its black marble finish and orange accents. But the best part of this guitar is its simple layout: just a single EMG 81 active bridge pickup, a volume knob, and a killswitch. This streamlined layout is perfect for metal guitarists who just want to keep it simple when ripping out some bludgeoning riffs.
Erica Fusion “Plasma Drive” synth rackmount, “Plasma Pedal” guitar distortion pedal
The Latvian company Erica Fusion has come out with some interesting gear lately. They have made a guitar pedal and rackmount for synths that effectively have their own Tesla coils, in the form of a xenon tube, which modulates whenever the guitar or keyboards are played. The guitar pedal is currently for sale, and the rackmount version will be released February 20th of this year.
MXR “Dookie Drive” guitar distortion pedal
In honor of the seminal Green Day album “Dookie”, MXR has made a pedal that promises to recreate Billie Joe Armstrong’s guitar tone on the album. It retails for $199.99, is available for preorder, and features a “Blend” knob which combines the clean and distorted channels. This is an emulation of Armstrong’s sound from the two modded guitar amps that he simultaneously used when recording Dookie.