Whether you’ve been playing guitar for only two years or more than 20, you probably already know that Fender’s American Standard Series Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars are a great value. Thousands of guitarists rely on these workhorse axes on a daily basis, and odds are good that you already own one if you’ve ever shopped for a new Strat or Tele.
A celebration of everything gear-related, NAMM is a large convention in Anaheim, CA, where 100,000 industry folks gather to check out new gear and connect. The week is spent checking out one cool piece of gear after another. Check out this gallery for some of my favorite gear picks, events and more!
Fender has announced its Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass guitar, based on the instrument Dee Dee played with seminal punk rock band the Ramones. The bass, which was debuted at the Dee Dee Ramone Exhibition at New York City’s Hotel Chelsea from December 10 to January 1, will be available for sale at authorized Fender dealers and on fender.com January 22, which ties in with the 2015 Winter NAMM Show.
Fender is proud to introduce two new instruments, the Brown Derby Resonator and Top Hat Resonator. Fender’s Brown Derby Resonator gives a jaunty tip of the hat to phenomenal round-neck reso-phonic sound and style. Pure resonator tone rings from the mahogany body and maple top, which features dual Fender “F” soundholes and a special Eastern European “Continental” cone of hand-spun aluminum.
Fender is proud to announce the release of the FA-300CE Acoustic/Electric Pack with Fender SLIDE interface. The FA-300CE Acoustic-Electric Pack gives players everything they need to start playing right now. With the included Fender SLIDE instrument interface, players have everything they need to connect the guitar to their mobile device or computer for digital recording, playback and editing. The dreadnought guitar delivers great tone, with a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, convenient cutaway and Fishman® Isys III pickup/preamp system with built-in tuner.
Film yourself playing your own version of Jimmy Page's iconic "Good Times Bad Times" guitar solo. Use the studio versions of the solos as your guide, but feel free to put your own spin on the solo of your choice. You might get extra consideration for originality! You can hear both solos via the YouTube players below.
Throughout the entire phenomenal history of the band, the music of U2 has been underpinned by the gracefully muscular bass work of Adam Clayton. His impeccable groove and expansive tone form the sonic foundation of one of the biggest bands in the history of rock music, never more powerfully than today.
Fender is proud to announce the release of the Piha’ea Soprano Ukulele. Piha’ea is Hawaiian for playful, and that’s exactly what this soprano-style uke is, and it’ll have players smiling as soon as they strum their first chord on it.
Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back the prototypes until they're perfect).