Marshall created eight unique handcrafted amplifiers and auctioned them off to raise $22,000 for two charities: the US-based Women's International Music Network, and Nordoff Robbins from the UK.
I'll be damned if I can think of a better name for a compressor pedal.
If you travel with a pair of guitars, this could be the last case you ever buy. It's light, it's water-resistant, it's got wheels, and it doubles as a guitar stand.
I was just about to reconfigure the flight case I use for my ribbon and condenser mics using a "pick n pluck" foam insert, but now, pluck that. I'm abandoning that idea and will be ordering one of these. They've got a slick web interface to designing your custom case.
If the shape of your head deviates substantially from the norm*, you will want to pick up a four-piece of Dekoni Nuggets and finally have headphones that fit properly.
* Although if this is the case, headphones may not be your biggest life problem.
Sure, it's a point-to-point wired tube amp, but the real fun is seeing the look on the face of the TSA agent when you drop this amp-in-an-ammo box on the conveyor belt for the x-ray.
The "Show Stopper" guitar strap sells for a cool $1.2M AUD. Designed by Colin Burn, it includes 30 carats of diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, and includes 1kg of 18k gold.
If you'd like to spend less money and have more active bling, this sound-activated lighted strap provides a superior cash-to-bling ratio.
If you're going to make a pickup with hollow pole pieces, the natural thing to do is to put a light in them.
The lights on these guitars offer feedback on pickup settings and just look cool on the fretboards.
In the interest of putting LEDs into every possible object, you can now get a guitar hanger that will backlight your treasured instrument as it hangs on the wall.
At some point we will reach peak LED and every possible product will have been festooned with lights. It's simply a matter of time.
Morley was showing their Artist Series of wah pedals. They sport custom graphics and custom electronics tweaks from players such as Steve Vai, George Lynch, and DJ Ashba.
The woman who developed this did so when her arthritis prevented her from continuing to play guitar. The addition of the crosspiece and the pinkie ring easily allow for quite a number of alternate chords.
Anyone who's had to deal with cables has intuitive knowledge of Wood's Law of Cables, which stated is "The resting state of a cable is tangled." This system uses an elastic cord with a round plastic ball on the end that slots into the hanger.
The Pub Prop is a C-clamp that you attach to a table and becomes a guitar stand. You can see their product "literature" on the table. I love the fact that it was a beer coaster.
The Retrofier a 15-lb amplifier with a tremolo, spring reverb, and amp sim line out. Even at NAMM I could hear that it sounded great and was much cleaner than your typical vintage amp.
While I've never had a problem with oxidation on my jack (possibly a testament to my hygiene) I suppose that some environments warrant higher standards of protection.
Speaker grill cloth is the next exciting canvas for the stage and rehearsal space.
Replace those fiddly little knobs and buttons with something much easier to manipulate, or in this case, pedipulate.
From what I could hear at the show, this isolation cabinet didn't exhibit the telltale comb filtering that I've heard with all of the others of this ilk. If I owned one of these I would have to name it Crusty.
No more hard decisions about which pedal must go when you get a new one–just add another module and keep going.
The LiberaToe has some interesting routing and control features, but you're limited to using their modules. They are interested in working with third party pedal designers, though.
You don't see stomp boxes with touch screens every day...that is, unless you work at Poly Expressive. That does beg the question of what sort of toe dexterity is required in order to use these.
Incorporating an autofader, signal router, dynamic effects loop, wet/dry blender, Y-splitter, two-channel mixer, customizable tremolo, buffer, interface for CV and expression control, the Mission Control can send you deep down the rabbit hole coming up with new sounds.
Many of Rainger's pedals got a nice update of their graphics. They were showing the new Drone Rainger for the noise crowd.
I would have been really impressed if they'd used bookmatched wood panels and 500 Series modules.
I was sad to discover that this was simply a collapsing stool and not a collapsing dumbek.
I'm curious about what sort of music would be made by a guitarist with a clown fish guitar case.
A simple yet effective way to see what you're doing while you're practicing.
The Bass Buggie turns your upright bass into a wheeled contraption; the Studio G Stand is alternately a guitar stand or stool, depending on your current needs.
Not only does the Mute Caddy get your mutes off the floor and close at hand, it doubles as a handy drink holder. If it booked gigs for you it would be complete.
You pretty well know right off the bat that these are amp sim pedals. I also quite liked the Astronaut reverb pedal.
Mankind never seems to be satisfied with the plectrums that are available. Somehow, manufacturers feel that the intricate concept of triangular-thingy-meets-string is always ripe for reinterpretation. This year it's laser etched stainless steel.
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