2009 Summer NAMM Review
Well, it certainly wasn't the biggest NAMM show I've been to. LOL
No Gibson (even though they're ***IN*** Nashville)
No lots of other big names.
The Marshall 'booth', was a room that was "By Appointment Only".
Same for Boss/Roland.
Ibanez and EB/MM were close in the Biggest Booth On The Floor competition, and that was with 10x50 slots.
I've been going to NAMM for about 6 years now, and this was the smallest show I've ever been too.
- Ibanez- new lefty (!) JS and JEM. Pretty slick, though limited color/finish options.
- 65Amps- I swear you could plug a WalMart guitar into one of these and tour with it. Steep price tags, but the quality, tone, and customer service you get matches. Oh, and the CST was the first 7-string through a 65Amps amp!
It's no surprise, really, that it sounded f-ing fantastic. :-)
- Curt Mangan Strings- Curt's a great guy (former head of EB's string division) and puts out a helluva nice product. I *highly* recommend giving them a try at least once. The CST is now loaded with CM strings.
- Ernie Ball/Music Man Spent a few minutes with the ever-popular Sterling Ball and had a nice little chat. A very nice guy indeed. My buddy Dennis pointed out a JP BFR model to me that you needed a forklift to pick it up. I swear it was heavier than a double-neck LP. And it's chambered!!!! Didn't plug it in, but I didn't really have to. Nor did I have a crane.
- Red Witch Pedals My good friend Ben from Kiwi-land was up with his slick pedals. He's being distro'd now by Dana B. Goods and has a great booth to show off his wares. And, he was across the aisle from 65Amps. Handy!
- Pick Stick. Very cool idea, and NOT double-stick tape or some piece of crappy plastic that will break in a week.
MSRP is around $20.
- Peterson Tuners Sonuus G2M Guitar-to-MIDI converter. We all know how cool their iPhone/iPod Touch tuner is (it's WIN inside your iPhone...heh heh). This converter is fun as well. NO SOLDERING OR DRILLING! I think it's about $100 street price.
For those that remember MetalKen's thread as he was on a quest for a new tuner, I have some info from the guys at Peterson: The more you tell them what you want, the more likely they will make a tuner for your mobile device.
They did the iPhone first because it's pretty much set.
Other phones and mobile devices run proprietary or obscure software that doesn't really make it worthwhile for Peterson to develop and test (and support) a tuner for them.
BUT, the more emails they get about a particular brand/type of device, the more likely they will work on a tuner for it. If you send 'em an email, mark it "ATTN: JON".
Fire alarm went off in the hotel on Friday night. That was interesting. Whole place was emptied out. Turns out it wasn't my Line6 Spider that was on fire (amp died mysteriously on this trip), but something on the 3rd floor. There were enough hotties in Nashville that I can understand the need for the fire department to show up.
"I like your belt."
"That's not a belt. It's my skirt."
I give the hotel a passing grade. They tried to scam $14/day for 'net access in the room, but then scored me a charger for my phone (I *knew* I forgot something...).
Heard a country version of "Piano Man". Had to check that I wasn't in an episode of The Twilight Zone.
Got a good giggle out of Jodi Head and her friend at the elevator on Saturday night. She's a cool chick.
Frustrated the cover band at the bar on Friday night after they asked for requests by yelling out titles to prog-rock and obscure 80's tunes. "ELECTRIC AVENUE by Eddie Grant!", then watched the singer mock throwing a bottle at me.
I got to hang out with some industry friends, and see some old playing chums. Our 7-string-friendly buddy over at Seymour Duncan, Frank Falbo, and I hung out a bunch.
I did some actual business-business there, and it was a successful and worthwhile trip for me.
Next NAMM report will come from LA!