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Big Ibanez Guy

Really Big Guitar Players

Ibanez and Orange Amps both fielded king size guitar players for this show.

Big Orange Amp Guy


Metasonix Butt Probe

Metasonix is a stalwart follower of the "truth in advertising" credo. They do their best to warn you of audio atrocities that their pedals will inflict on your audio. The Butt Probe sounds pretty much like you'd expect, particularly in light of the fact that anal lubricant is not included.

870 South Main Street, PMB 109
Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-5343

Metasonix Butt Probe



Keytar V-1

Think "autoharp meets guitar" with this guy. There are twelve keys and twelve strings. Each key will unmute one of the strings so you play notes on the keyboard and strum the strings. Once you've got a key pressed, you can use aftertouch to bend it. It's all housed in a hollow aluminum body.

Keytar, Inc.
P.O. Box 11547
Fort Smith, AR 72917
(479) 478-6700


Eyeland Strap

Eyeland Straps

These are the creepiest straps I think I've ever seen. The one on the left would make a great companion to a DeGennaro guitar that I saw at the show this year. The eye straps were even better. If I looked down at one on my shoulder I would have a hard time not thinking about that scene in Army of Darkness. If this all isn't enough for, you the eye shown at the bottom right has lights in it that flash red and blue.

Eyeland Enterprises
2713 252nd Street NE
Arlington, WA 98223
(36) 435-2990

Eyeland Strap


Rock Strap

And speaking of straps, now vocalists can share in the gunslinger personna that guitar players have been monopolizing. You can get these in about 30 different colors and can be made custom. They are also equipped with a pocket for a 9-volt battery for a quick wireless mic reload.

Rock Strap
(818) 716-7374

Rock Strap


Muncie Fretboard

Muncy Guitars

Here's a new approach to guitar intonation. Muncy makes guitars with fretboards made of hardened aluminum that look kind of like washboards. This allows them to perfectly place the position of each fret for each string. They've also got their own approach for attaching the guitar neck. I asked about a tremolo, but they said that they were going to have to design their own because there was nothing available that was as accurate as they would like.

Muncy Guitars
4937 Indian Warpath Road
Maryville, TN 37803
(865) 977-6147

Muncie Fretboard


LED Bullhorn

Lighted Bullhorn

The clever minds at Sekaku have made a conceptual breaththough in bullhorn technology by adding LEDs to that doohickie in the middle. What will they think of next?

Sekaku Electron Industry (H.K.) Co., Ltd.
No. 1, Lane 17, Sec. 2
Han Shi West Road, Taichung 401, Taiwan
886-4-2231 3737


Outbreak Vocal Synth

After being gone from NAMM for a year, Outbreak was back with a new and improved prototype of their Vocal Synth product. This is an instrument that outputs MIDI notes based on your humming into a tube. You select a key with the membrane switches and it will pitch quantize your voice and output the notes. They are planning on adding a bluetooth remote that will let someone else select the key. The earlier prototype used a small keyboard to select the key.

Outbreak! Music Systems
325 Sharon Park Drive, Ste. 115
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 906-8371

Outbreak Vocal Synth



iCoustic built-in amplification

This system allows you to get more volume from your acoustic instrument with the added advantage of being able to place signal processors in the loop as well. You can also plug-in a line level signal from a drum machine or iPod and that will be mixed with the instrument sound.

i Coustic Enterprises LLC
175 Avenida Segovia
Anaheim Hills, CA 92808
(714) 273-1859



Guitar Computer Desk

Guitar-Shaped Computer Desk

Are you a guitar player who's computer workstation needs a little more guitar vibe? Well here's the desk for you. It looked like they were partial to Fenders but I'm sure you could get a Les Paul if you really wanted one. They also produce all manner of custom tables and stools to complement your new desk.

Designer Creation, LLC
P.O. Box 5338
Evansville, IN 47716-5228
(812) 867-9980


Miniature Oddities

Oddities occur in all shapes and sizes. Here is a particularly tiny one. I was impressed with the level of detail, as these mini guitars actually have strings. While not as small as the Cornell nano guitar, these would be easier to display at home.

Henry Import & Export
3890 Bayshore Blvd.
Brisbane, CA 94005
(415) 468-8012

Mini Guitars


Tasty Licks

Tasty Licks

Another innovation from the company that brought us the "World's first digital interactive confections." Here we have a sucker with a mini CD-ROM that contains a guitar lesson.

Lite Pop
P.O. Box R
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 554-0072



Players Music Accessories

These fine folks have given us two products to showcase in the Oddities. Their guitar silencer is designed to fit into the sound hole of your acoustic and will let you close it up to help prevent feedback on stage. They also provided us with an Oddities staple, translucent items. In this instance, we have saxophone mouthpieces.

Players Music Accessories
P.O. Box 9210
Mesa, AZ 85214
(480) 833-2500



Little Fretty

Now you can improve your fretting skills anywhere. Just whip little fretty out and go to town. It's made to clean up easily so you can take it places you wouldn't dream of bringing your guitar… like ringside seats at the local naked mud wrestling bar. But then again that might not be the best place to be fondling something shaped like this.

Little Fretty
2070 Hunters Trail Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(770) 822-0210

Little Fretty


Hearing Aid

Hearing Aid

This is a different approach to a hearing aid because it doesn't close the ear canal. The small titanium tube is impanted in your ear (ouch) and the hearing aid just seats into the end. They told me that they were working on an in-ear monitor that would plug in the same tube. I would guess that someone wanting to use it would either have to be a hearing-impaired musician or someone who is extrememly serious about their in ear monitors.

Auric Hörsysteme Gmbh & Co. KG
Osnabrücker Straße 2-12
48429 Rheine
(05971) 9699-211


Pick N' Prover

Along the lines of warming up with weighted bats and clubs, the Pick N' Prover will let you build up your picking muscles for more strength and endurance. You wouldn't want to cramp up and have to drop out of that upcoming guitar marathon.

Pick N' Prover
100 Hill Street
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 894-0169

Pick N Prover


Guitar Speaker

Guitar Stereo Speaker

Here we have a guitar that's been turned into a speaker. Take a look at SGs web site. They have some of the most intriguing speaker designs that I've ever seen.

SG Custom Sound
40-33 235 Street
Douglaston, NY 11363
(718) 224-5083


Really Big Tuning Peg

This is a nice start, although I'd like to see them build the violin for this to go into. Now that would be something.

Big Tuning Peg


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