NAMM Oddities 2003 The Other Room
Guitars Goodies Percussion Instruments Techno Geek Toys You Figure It Out


If you look closely you'll see that the guitar side of this instrument has only five strings. Pentasystem's big thing is that all of their instruments have five strings and they are tuned in fifths. Add to that 13 more stings and you've got a featured instrument on the NAMM Oddities.

4821 Lankershim Blvd Suite F
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(310) 487-3104


Rigel Mandolin

If you'd like mandolin that doesn't say "folk", this is the instrument for you. It makes a statement of a somewhat different sort.

P.O. Box 288, 943 Will Grimes Rd.
Hyde Park, VT 05655
(802) 888-4161




Sparkle King Flamejob

Speaking of making a statement, imagine showing up to your next symphony gig sporting one of these babies? Not only is it painted with flames, it's done with sparkling metalflake paint. If the flames are too much you might consider a simple metalflake silver bass.

331 Avocado #C
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

If you like this you might want to take a look at the NAMM Oddities burning collection.


Goldtone Club Bass

while this might look like it's a Les Paul on steroids but this is not a solid body bass. If cargo space is an issue this would definitely require fewer cubic feet than a standard upright bass.

Gold Tone Instrument Company
3554 Hopkins Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
(321) 264-1970




Alter Ego Double Bass

This Italian company has taken the small body bass idea and added wings to give the player the suggestion of the body. The piece behind the bridge rests against your shin to give you more stability, particularly when bowing. They also have a portable version of this bass that has a removable neck. It packs into a case less than four feet long.

Alter Ego
+39 06 5327 7651


Delmundo Harp Guitar

In addition to the extravagant acoustic guitar designs covered elsewhere in these web pages, Delmundo builds more traditional instruments as well. This harp guitar falls somewhere into the middle.

Delmundo Guitars
(323) 731-3305

Delmundo Harp Guitar


Stick Passive

Stick Enterprises PASV-4 pickup

Stick Enterprises has collaborated with former Russian aircraft engineer Villen Khanagov to create an impressive new passive Stick pickup. As the name implies the pickup contains four passive, single coil, bar pickups. Their output are amazing for a passive pickup and they also have a five position rotary switch for each side that gives you various permutations of the pickups in and out of phase.

Last year stick was showing their new extended scale graphite Stick, this year there was a prototype of an extended scale wooden Stick.

Stick Enterprises, Inc.
6011 Woodlake Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367-3238
(818) 884-2001


Accord Carbon Fiber Cases

You can never have too many handcrafted Croatian carbon fiber cases. Since each one is built by hand custom designs are not a problem so they can make cases for virtually any instrument. The one shown here is for a tuba.

Accord Music Supply Co.
2856 South Colorado blvd. Denver, CO. 80222

Accord Case



Voce Key5 Performance Organ

Voce has come full circle here. They started by making small MIDI organ and Leslie emulators and now they are incorporating that technology into a controller. Unlike a real B3, this only weighs 60 lbs. It also includes an 11 pin rotating speaker control output should you have a real leslie lying around.

DR Music
7 Palisade Avenue
Emerson, NJ 07630
(201) 599-0100


Ribbecke Acoustic Bass

The only thing odd about this custom acoustic bass is that it actually sounds good. Every acoustic bass that I've ever played sound thin and whimpy once you get down below a G. This instrument actually resonates when you hit an open E. Don't ask me to describe the sound of the five string acoustic bass I found elsewhere at NAMM :P

Ribbecke Guitars
P.O. Box 2215
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-3778



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