SUMMER NAMM 2004
Nashville will always be Music City, but it's no longer the city for the music-gear industry. After 12 years of hosting NAMM's summer session, Nashville has handed the reins to Indianapolis, and the July 2005 show will debut in that city's bright and shiny convention center. But, rather than sit in our hotel rooms and write tearful songs about how sad the parting was, the Music Player Group got down to partying.
Guitar Player hosted the guitar industry's first-ever Readers' Choice Awards and co-sponsored Muriel Anderson's fab All-Star Guitar Night, while Bass Player celebrated its 15th anniversary with a smashing, standing-room-only concert and served up a builder's breakfast (with BP founding editor Jim Roberts) to discuss the future of the bass industry. We definitely honored Nashville's NAMM tenure in a "musician-appropriate" manner by making some hellacious noise!
GP Readers' Choice Awards
You'd think I would have learned a thing or two after logging thousands of gigs in tiny clubs with sputtering P.A. systems. But here I was, wireless mic in hand, and not being heard as I attempted to address a rowdy crowd of manufacturers at the premiere of GP's Readers' Choice Awards at Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club in Nashville, July 23. Happily, my distorted blathering through a house sound system ill-equipped to conquer the Old No. 7's cavernous expanse was the only misfire in an event that joyously achieved exactly what it set out to do-bestow kudos to the people who make the gear we love directly from the musicians who use the stuff (meaning you).
As a 100-percent reader-nominated/reader-voted event (via online and paper ballots), the GP Readers' Choice Awards was absolutely all about the voice of the magazine's readers-who, I might add, just have to be the most savvy, most gear-obsessed guitarists on this planet-and I want to thank everyone who took part in the process. (Someday, we'll even figure out how to invite you all to the party!) Here is the list of the winners and finalists you selected for the 2004 awards.