The mood at this year’s show was decidedly upbeat, and
nearly everyone I spoke with was more focused on the future than the economic
challenges of 2009. And when asked how they thought we at GP were doing with
the magazine there were lots of kind words and no complaints, which naturally
had me feeling upbeat.
I shot lots of video,
nearly all of which is now posted on the GP site (thanks, Zoom, for the use of
the cool new Q3 camera/recorder). For sheer fun and entertainment don’t miss
slide wizard Bob Brozman pitching his favorite National Reso-Phonic
instruments, and Tish Ciravolo of Daisy Rock blissfully showcasing her great new
girl's guitars in celebration of Daisy Rock’s Tenth Anniversary. Other videos feature new guitars from Vox, ESP, etc..
Amp-wise there were new models by stalwarts such as Vox and
Marshall—check out the Softube Plug-Ins video to see the amp and effects
modeling software incorporated into the Marshall JDM:1—as well as more esoteric
amps such as those from DAR that feature horizontally mounted 6C33 power tubes
and far out LED illumination.
Morley showed two pedalboard-friendly mini-pedals, while
Van-Amps featured two diminutive spring-reverb units—one of which actually is
sort of a mini-pedalboard itself. And there were also new stompboxes from smaller
manufacturers, including the Dwarf Craft Robot Devil, the Pigtronix Aria
distortion, the TWA Triskelion Harmonic Energizer, and the Demeter Compulator
Pro. Feature-packed new looping pedals were also available from Looperlative
Audio and DigiTech.
Elixir threw it's hat into the primo cable ring, where it
encountered super-pro pink cables from
Other notable products included the gorgeous and beautifully crafted but inexpensive
LAG acoustics available for the first time in the U.S., and the MIDI-equipped
Model E1-M Moog Guitar.
Of course, there were also zillions of other new products,
but the above are a few that you can view right now on the Gear and Community
pages of this site.
Now, given the nearly unlimited options which types of gear
would you most like to see covered in
the pages of Guitar Player and online at guitarplayer.com in 2010?