15 Top Gear Thrills From Summer NAMM

July 15, 2015
Everyone and their hound dog and pet turtle put out NAMM reports these days. Some even celebrate "Editors' Picks" — although loyal GP readers know the one and only original Editors' Pick is this one (accept no substitutes):
So I'm NOT going to focus on all the details of the gear unveiled at the Nashville summer NAMM show this past, July 9-11, 2015. You can peruse most of the new releases by clicking here.
Instead, I'm simply going to take you on a little personal Magical Mystery Tour — and it will probably be just as rambling and incoherent as that Beatles movie of the same name — of the goodies that caught my eye. Perhaps the reason for this flight of fancy is that the wind in Nashville in July feels like a blast from a flame thrower — especially to those (me) raised in San Francisco, and truly baffled by temperatures higher or lower than an SF native's comfort zone of between 55 and 70 degrees. In other words, I may have been driven quite mad. 
So let's start this tour here...
The photo at top is of Reeves Gabrels and his Imaginary Friends performing at the Reverend Guitars Party at Bourbon Street in Printer's Alley on the first night of the NAMM show. Reeves played like the guitar wizard he is — truly odd and inspiring and jaw-dropping and awesome. Reverend's Ken Haas opened the show, which was a real treat because Ken is a demon on the pedal steel. It was quite a kick-off to the days ahead.
 And then...
It's not often that my "Weirdo Award" gets the nod on the very first day of a NAMM show, but Jammin' Johns — "Music to your Rear," as they say — outdistanced the competition by far. Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and piano thrones are available, and, allegedly, Steven Spielberg and Dolly Parton are among the stars who rest their famous bottoms on a Jammin John. If ya gotta go check 'em out, go here.
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