NAMM 2014: Guitar Live Blog - Day 1

Live updates, photos and videos on the latest guitar product news from NAMM   23-Jan-14

NAMM 2014: Guitar Live Blog - Day 1


NAMM 2014: Here we go, out into the madness of the NAMM Show. We have a team of live bloggers bringing you what they see for all things guitar  - if you want to check out more tech see all our LIVE BLOGS.

As its Day 1 of the NAMM Show, we're full of beans and wide eyed with excitement. Stay tuned for more posts as they happen.

We'll be aiming to bring you videos and photos of some of the new gear on offer at the show, today we have appointments with Orange, Kemper, Yamaha, Seymour Duncan, Chapman Guitars, and we'll be aiming to visit Matchless, Marshall, Gibson, EHX and many more.

Contributors:

  • Michael Elsner - Session guitarist and industry pro
  • Rob Hicks - Valve fetishist and pedal head
  • Richard Beech - Guitar reviewer and Sonic Amped editor

 

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23:30
Posted by
Rich

Goodnight kids!

21:26
Posted by
Rob


CPK…again…oh it's a hard life ;)

21:03
Posted by
Rich


Our cameraman Rob got distracted at the Kemper booth.

He straight-up ignored me for five minutes and then said "I need to buy a Gibson Les Paul Standard."

Yes Rob, yes you do.

20:06

A wall of awesomeness. Especially because it includes the Swollen Pickle.

19:50

It's Thursday. I'm in love?

19:40

Dawn of the Dead!

19:27

A lovely row of PRS

19:23

Hand made straps from the Windy City.

19:20

Baller!

18:18

The rig of dreams. This is how we do it (Na na na na, na naaah).

18:16
Posted by
Rob


The end of a long first day at NAMM…but the Sonic team are still hard at work!

16:06
Posted by
Rich


The Fender Pawn Shop Vaporizer is a $400 amplifier that you should probably own if you're a surf rocker.

The visual design is inspired by '50s B-Movies (think ray guns), and the tone is 50s inspired too, with some interesting little tricks on board.

Click here to see a video demo of the amplifier in action at the Fender booth at NAMM 2014.

15:56
Posted by
Rich


Oh what's this? It's ANOTHER video. This time we checked out the Gretsch booth at NAMM and got a look at a very rare guitar - the Gretsch Custom Shop 10th Anniversary Duo Jet.

This is the Cadillac of Gretsch guitars, only 10 are being made, and it cost a whopping $15,000.

We promise we aren't exclusively covering really expensive (unaffordable) gear, it's just the way it seemed to happen when we filmed this video and our Charvel video yesterday.

To see a video of the beautiful Gretsch Custom Shop 10th Anniversary Duo Jet, click here.

15:43
Posted by
Rob


YESSSSSS! The new Charvel Guthrie Govan signature guitar is here.

It cost a lot of money, but it looks and sounds damn sweet, if it's good enough for Guthrie then it's good enough for the rest of us.

Click here for the full story and video, as SonicState's Richard Beech chats to Charvel's Mike McGregor.

15:35
Posted by
Rich


Hey look, we went to see our friends at Fender, and they gave us a demo of the new 57' Deluxe Tweed Head, and the '68 Deluxe Reverb Combo. 

Both of these amps sound beautiful, classic Fender tones with a modern twist for the modern player.

Click here to read the full story on these amps and to see/hear the demo from Fender's Rick Heins.

13:31
Posted by
Rich


Okay, we promised video and now we've put our tech trubz behind us and we have VIDEOS!

*Hallelujah*

Up first this morning, it's the Fender Deluxe Reverb Head, Fender Amplification Product Manager Rick Heins gave us a demonstration of the new amp in action, and explained the thinking behind it.

For the full story, and for that video demo, click here.

12:00

We have finished filming at Orange, the new Dual Dark sounds incredible. Now for Kemper then uploading video.

We have been plagued by slow WiFi at the show but we have a connection with good bandwidth now.

12:00
Posted by
Rob


Ummm…what?!

11:39
Posted by
Rob


The Dual Dark 100 has a lot to say…

11:03

Slight tech struggles. Off to Orange. Videos coming in 30 mins.

10:17
Posted by
Rich

Good morning from NAMM

08:41
Posted by
rob


Chappers and crew also staying at this fine establishment
Check his new signature range


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2 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Rainy    Said...

gET READY FOR eDDIE EDDIE FLUX LIVE

23-Jan-14 12:37 PM


asiohead    Said...

Rich & Rob, haha, soon ... Live at the Apollo ! :)

Love your reviews Richard ! Some really good vids, I like that Fender Vaporizer amp.

That UltraCure looks amazing btw !

24-Jan-14 04:52 AM


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