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Ammunition Box Amplifier

I'd like to see the look on the faces of the airport security staff when you present this at check-in. Note that I said when you present it.

United States Music
P.O. Box 69
1034 Adams Ave.
Franklin Square, NY 11010


Live-ish Music

Q: What do you get when you cross automated intruments with standard MIDI file?

A: Crappy live music.

Although as an attention getter it worked rather well.

Dae Chang Co., Ltd.
5815 E. Sprague Ave.
Spokane, WA 99212
(509) 998-9411




Elegant G5

Mad Professor Amps must have had some free time on their hands because they made a new faceplate for their iMac G5 complete with mother of pearl Apple logo.

Mad Professor Amplifications
Neulaspolku 3
35100 Orivesi Finland
+358 3334 6669



Racks For Your Axe

The Oddities finally feature instrument stands as out of the ordinary as the instruments we cover.

Axe Totem
559 Ellis St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 335-4208




Belt Buckle Pick Storage

Here we have the latest volley in the war against lost picks. I feel sorry for the back of the poor guitar.

22700 Erwin St.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 883-1252


Muppet Guitar Stand

Doesn't your guitar deserve to be cuddled by some furry creature when you're not playing it?

Axe Hugger
6953 Texhoma Ave.
Lake Balboa, CA 91406
(323) 793-4103




More Furry Things

It's a furry arms race. The guitar player gets the furry guitar stand and then the singer has to get the furry mic stand. It looks like someone's already onto the idea of furry drums.

Skydancers, Inc.
18214 Parthenia St.
Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 701-5259




Just when you thought we'd narrowly averted a furry apocalypse Kustom comes along and blows it all to hell.

Kustom Amplification
4940 Delhi Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45238
(877) 363-6444



Resistance Training For Your Lungs

For some reason "sucking plastic" doesn't sound quite as tough as "pumping iron."

PowerLung, Inc.
10690 Shadow Wood Dr., Ste 100
Houston, TX 77043
(800) 903-3087




Pick Mutations

These guys ought to get together with Frito Lay and cut a deal to put these picks into Cracker Jack boxes. That would beat the hell out the lame prizes they put in there these days.

Check out my Cracker Jack Collection to see other like-minded products.

Hot Picks USA
2111 Geer Road Suite 212
Turlock, CA 95382
(877) 447-8490


Really Big Things

You can't have a proper NAMM show without some oversized promotional item. It looks like Wallacher was the only company there this year that understands this.

Wallacher Guitar Hangers
4737 Ortega Dr., Ste 18
Ventura, CA 93003
(800) 984-2644




Powered Monitors Groove Tubes Style

What's this? A tube device that doesn't proudly display the glowing (or backlit) tubes up front?

Groove Tubes
1543 Truman Street
San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 361-4500


Frett Fingers

Use this spring loaded device to keep your fretting fingers in top form even in the off season.

PO Box 2269
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 380-1775




I really don't have anything to add to this one.



Don't they think they're limiting their market by saying "for musicians with lips?"

P.O. Box 20692
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 259-1447




Accessorizing Cables

How could the humble guitar cable have gone this long without accessories? You'll never be able to go back to normal metal cable housings after using these oh so stylish clip-on jobs.

Full On Management



Things For Bottles

Forgot your mic stand? No problem. Just pop over to 7-11 and grab a bottle of coke and you're in business.

Now if you had a carbon fiber stand with a quick release, and a gimbled bottle holder--how could you ever forget that?

American Recorder Technologies
P.O. Box 1450
Simi Valley, CA 93062
(805) 527-9580




Tube Dude

There were several of these little guys floating around the CD Distribution booth. I think this one looks a little like Chris Martin if you ask me.

CE Distribution, LLC
(800) 840-0330



Should one of the many pick storage solutions fail you could use this as a backup. Pikcard has put four picks on a credit card-sized piece of plastic. You can even put them back into the card when you're done. This assumes that you're a guitar player with enough money to warrant owning a wallet.

Pikcard USA
P.O. Box 4806
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 590-9751




String Things

Otto makes a collection of shoulder rests and pin stoppers that are designed to project the resonance that they receive from the instrument thus improving the sound.

Otto Musica Corp.
1600 Arch St., Ste 201
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 636-0585


Lindsay Mac

I was walking past the Fostex booth when I happened to see Lindsay Mac performing solo. She straps on a cello and then plays it like a guitar and let me tell you, she rocked. I bought her CD on the spot and I'm very impressed with the songwriting, the singing, the performances, and the production. Check it out.




Upside Bass

Yes, this guy was really playing like that. Not only playing, but really playing well. His name is Quintin Berry of the band Dynamohum from Virginia Beach. Apparently he started out as a kid playing violin and crossed over to bass.

A thank you goes out to Tim Fox for filling me in on details.


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