Sunday is typically a bit of a “breath day” at NAMM. The crowds are sparser and more relaxed, so you can actually get through the pathways without squeezing through a million or so “slow walkers.” When your meetings are scheduled every half hour, and you’re covering ground in a hall as massive as the Anaheim Convention Center, bumping into a couple of gawkers can mean you might miss your next meeting. Always stressful, that. I also like Sundays because I can spend just a little bit of time looking for things I like, rather than rushing past the booths on the way to a meeting. And guess what? Like getting touched by a rock and roll angel, I walked by the JMI booth and spotted the Mick Ronson Signature Tone Bender in a fab wood box with a copy of his hard-to-get-in-the-U.S. biography!!! Many of you know what a Ronson freak I am, so I practically wet my pants (thank goodness I was wearing black jeans). I begged the nice JMI folks to let me buy one (man, I was like SWEATING I wanted it so bad), but the two booth copies were sold. But, as luck would have it, they’re going to let me review one, and I can buy it later. Whew. Here are the details (which are at www.jmiamplification.com): "JMI Amplification and the Ronson family are happy to announce the release of the Mick Ronson MKI Signature Series Tone Bender. Each pedal comes in a wooden presentation case along with a copy of the Mick Ronson Biography, a Mick Ronson Photo and a Limited Edition certificate signed by Suzi Ronson. 250 units worldwide." I was drifting a foot off the floor the rest of the show. And that buzz continued through the cab ride to the airport, the flight home, the ride to my house, and into my dreams that night. Can’t believe I can still get so excited about this stuff!
—Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief, GUITAR PLAYER