Barry Cleveland’s 2010 NAMM Show Wrap-Up

| January 19, 2010

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 RapcoHorizon!

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 in 2010?


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