Here's my random thoughts about another Gearfest.
If you can ever make it to one of these you really should. Sweetwater dos a nice job of getting lots of gear out and having people at the various tables that can actually explain it. One complaint though, it gets really fucking loud in the tents with all the gear and it's a mother fucker to hear anything. Chris was trying out a Blackstar ID series amp and his thoughts were "I think it sounded good but I really couldn't hear it." Also the asshole from 65 Amps who wants to be Keith Richards really needs kicked in the balls.
The Ibanez bass guitar hybrid thing
seemed pretty cool to me.
The Washburn Parallaxe series seems like an awful lot of guitar for the money. I was pretty impressed with the one they had the in the showroom.
The Music Man Majesty is even uglier in person and that super long top horn is really awkward.
Bruce Egnater is really fun to talk to and a really smart guy.
The Jackson and EVH guitars I played all had really nice necks and we all pretty damn nice.
At the Blackstar demo Freddy DeMarco played $99 ID Core series and it sounded really good. So did their new line of boost and distortion pedals. Of course Freddy is the man at doing demos and an absolute monster player.
Gregg Koch did a good demo for the new Fishman Fluence pickups. It'll be interesting to see if this new technology catches on.
Eventide needs a better demo guy. Somehow he made the H9 pedal seem boring.
Devin Townsend gave the greatest presentation in Sweetwater history. He was funny and interesting to listen to. He basically talked for an hour about how gear has altered his approach to music. Also I've never seen someone doing a demo hang out with the crowd and sign autographs and take as many pictures as he did. He was very cool. Also we learned he can't pee if someone else is in the restroom.
The addition of food trucks to Gearfest is the greatest idea ever. I ate at Sol Kitchen
at it was fucking awesome as a fucking awesome thing. It just buries the cafeteria food there.