We have all heard of Winter NAMM but did you know there is a summer event too?! Summer NAMM 2017 Showcases a complete product landscape, set within one of America’s most musical cities—Nashville, Tennessee. Summer NAMM celebrates the local community music store and honours our industry’s Top 100 Dealers. Join us as we showcase some of the best new products the world has to offer!
Blackstar 10TH Anniversary Edition Valve Combos
In celebration of 10 years of glorious Blackstar tone, three new 10W single-ended valve amplifiers have been developed drawing on the sound and innovation of iconic Blackstar lines – Artisan, Artist and Series One.
Each product is honed for home and studio use and has a wealth of features and a super cool retro look. The Artisan 10 AE is a low gain, classic crunch amp that uses an EL34 in the power amplifier for superlative, warm British crunch. In this model, Blackstar has included a hot pre-amp Boost for authentic classic rock/indie rhythm playing and vocal Billy Gibbons inspired leads.
The Artist 10 AE deploys a 6L6 output valve to give this amp a characteristically bright clean sound and a hot lead tone. The lead sounds are enhanced by a built-in overdrive circuit inspired by our HT-Drive pedal which will take you from dynamic crunch to singing, smooth legato.
Series One 10 AE driven by the mighty KT-88. Inspired by the now legendary S1-200 this product benefits from the extra headroom of the KT-88, resulting in dynamic modern cleans and tight high-gain overdrive. In addition, the patented ISF control gives access to more distortion flexibility than any other single-ended valve amplifier on the market.
An acclaimed superstar of modern country music, Brad Paisley has defined a guitar-centric sound infused with the voice and vibe of the Telecaster. Fender teamed up with this award-winning guitarist to create his signature model, the limited-edition Brad Paisley Road Worn Telecaster. An eye-catching instrument with plenty of country mojo, this stage-tested Telecaster is ideal for adding some Nashville flair to your arsenal.
The Brad Paisley Telecaster is crafted from a paulownia core with a spruce top and back, providing a solid, lightweight foundation with acoustic-like resonance. The Paisley-approved pickup configuration includes a custom-wound ’64 Tele® bridge pickup and a Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele neck pickup for classic tone with just the right balance of warmth and twang.
Playability is key to Paisley’s fleet-fingered style and the “Enhanced V” neck profile is designed for comfort, filling the hand at the nut for easy chording while flattening out in the upper registers for soloing.
Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison & Justin Meldal-Johnsen Signature Guitars And Basses.
Known as a true renaissance man of the modern music scene, Justin Meldal-Johnsen’s bass credits range a variety of top artists across genres. From studio to stage, Justin’s treasured ’67 Mustang Bass is his tool of choice.
Fender has teamed up with him to create a signature 4-string modeled after his vintage Daphne Blue instrument – the limited edition JMJ Road Worn Mustang Bass. Powered by a custom-spec split-coil pickup, the JMJ Road Worn Mustang bass is perfect for playing punchy, melodic bass lines.
The 30″ scale gives it a tight, focused tone while the modern 9.5”-radius fingerboard with rolled edges offers a familiar feel that will make any bassist feel right at home. Designed for comfort and speed, this bass also has stage-ready style.
Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster: Launching August 15, 2017 – £809
George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster: Launching August 22, 2017 – £2,289
JMJ Road Worn® Mustang Bass: Launching October 17, 2017 – £969
Fender Hand-Wired ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb
Fender has announced the hand-wired, ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb guitar amp, a recreation of the Blackface combo beloved by guitarists the world over.
The ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb offers Bright and Normal channels (with tube-driven spring reverb and tremolo on both), hand-wired AB763 circuitry and 20 watts of output. The amp’s pine cabinet boasts an extra-heavy textured vinyl covering and lightly aged silver grille cloth, and houses a 12” Jensen C-12Q speaker.
Also included are Fender Vintage Blue tone capacitors, four 12AX7 and two 12AT7 preamp tubes, a 5AR4/GZ34 rectifier tube, a matched pair of 6V6 output tubes, as well as a footswitch and amp cover.
Fender Launches Ed O’Brien Sustainer Stratocaster Guitar
In one of the most exciting announcements from this year’s show, Fender has partnered with Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien to launch the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster.
This special start features a Seymour Duncan JB Jr humbucker in the bridge, Texas Special single coil in the middle and Fernandes Sustainer in the neck, which is where the model gets its name. Control over the Sustainer’s infinite sustain comes via an on/off switch, intensity knob and three-position switch, to adjust between fundamental-only, harmonic-only or blend modes.
This has to be most intriguing signature Strat Fender has produced in a long time and more importantly, it’s the first piece of Radiohead signature gear ever!
EOB Sustainer Stratocaster: Launching November 14, 2017 – £949
Fender Announces New Affordable Classic Design Acoustic Guitars
The new models flesh out the range, adding smaller travel and parlour body shapes, nylon-strings, basses and Fishman-equipped electros, all while retaining solid tops and keeping to an impressively low price point.
New Finishes For Re-released Yamaha Tour Custom
Yamaha has announced the reintroduction of its acclaimed Tour Custom kit range, in five new Satin ‘Candy’ finishes.
The series’s new ‘Candy Inspired’ Satin finishes are Butterscotch, Caramel, Candy Apple Red, Chocolate and Black Liquorice.
“The Tour Custom is back, this time with a distinctly new flavor” said Gavin Thomas of Yamaha Drums UK. “We have listened to what Drummers would like to see and hear with a true understanding of who, where and how our drums are being played.
Billy Corgan Yamaha Signature Acoustic
The Smashing Pumpkins star co-designed the limited-edition Billy Corgan Signature Model Jumbo Acoustic Guitar, derived from the standard run LJ16R Jumbo, which is one of two newly announced additions to the company’s LJ line.
The signature edition sports Corgan’s zero logo on the headstock, a TUSQ nut and saddle, Gotoh vintage-style tuners, brass bridge pins and no pickguard. For still more desirability, 100 of the already strictly limited run of 400 guitars will ship with an exclusive Brown Sunburst finish.
PRS McCarty 594 Guitars With PRS/Seymour Duncan P-90 Soapbar Pickups
PRS has announced a tonal tweak for its McCarty 594 and McCarty Singlecut 594 guitars, equipping them with PRS/Seymour Duncan P-90 Soapbar pickups.
Both guitars feature Seymour Duncan Antiquity P-90s, tweaked to sit at the proper height in PRS’s cavity design, and promise full chord sounds and sweet single notes.
The 60th Anniversary AC15 & AC30 represent the absolute pinnacle of VOX Amplification. Because of the intensely sophisticated engineering and design skills demanded by these amplifiers, these models will be available in extremely limited quantities in 2017 only.
For 60 years now, the most recognisable names in Rock n’ Roll have been drawn to VOX amplifiers for their incomparable tone. The distinguished, pure tube sound and signature chime of these amplifiers have served as the foundation for some of the most memorable moments in musical history. With the introduction of these 60th Anniversary models, VOX Amplification has assured that this tradition of tone will be continued for decades to come.
The New colour addition to the Player’s Edition Anniversary model line – 2-Tone Iridium Silver (top) / Azure Metallic (DEEP BLUE) (back & sides) has all the usual “Player’s Edition” upgrades: String-Thru Bigsby, Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut, locking tuners, straplocks, no-load tone control, treble bleed, medium jumbo frets, “ML” bracing. Rosewood fretboard and bridge base, plus unbound fretboard, headstock and f-holes.
Players Edition Anniversary with String-Thru Bigsby At the intersection of innovation and tribute you’ll find the G6118T Players Edition Anniversary™ with String-Thru Bigsby—a guitar that honors its inspirational past while remaining firmly rooted in the future of music. Engineered for optimum performance and responsiveness it reacts instantly to your every musical move, not just earning, but demanding a place in your sonic arsenal.
Reinvigorated for modern players who demand the pinnacle of performance and tone from their guitar, the Gretsch G6122TFM Players Edition Country Gentleman Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby and Flame Maple is packed with the sound and style that made the original a classic. With updated, performance-oriented features this instrument is destined to become an indispensable part of your guitar collection.
Premium features include a laminated flame maple body, dual High Sensitive Filter’Tron humbucking pickups that provide pristine high end, glassy midrange, robust low end and balanced harmonics for tone that blends seamlessly with other instruments, and innovative Gretsch “ML” bracing that is specifically voiced for the thinner, 2.25″ body and produces distinct tone by synchronizing the top and back vibrations for harmonious tone without clashing overtones.