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NAMM 2017: Reverend Announces Mike Watt Signature Bass

It all started for Mike Watt in San Pedro, California. That’s where he met D. Boon and George Hurley—who would later form the Minutemen, a band that would inspire legions.

Watt went on to form Firehose and to play bass for punk royalty, the Stooges, as well as hundreds of solo projects with musicians around the world.

NAMM 2017: Ibanez Introduces Artwood Dreadnought with Thermo Aged Bridge

For 2017, Ibanez is introducing a new dreadnought style acoustic to its acclaimed Artwood series. From the company:

The AW360 fulfills the promise of the robust sound Artwood acoustics are famous for, and raises the bar, by using “Thermo Aged” tone wood for the bridge and bridge plate. The results are shimmering highs, tight mids, and a full-bodied low end that takes the Artwood sound to a new level.

NAMM 2017: Reverend Announces Shade Balderose Signature Model

Reverend Guitars has announced its new Shade Balderose Signature Model guitar.

The model, which is named after the guitarist from hardcore/metal/punk band Code Orange, is based on the original Bayonet body—with a few special features, per Shade. It is, as the company says, a lean and mean rock machine.

NAMM 2017: Ibanez Introduces Limited Edition Curly Maple Premium Models

Ibanez is introducing two new RG models designed for the serious, experienced lead guitarist.

As part of the acclaimed Premium Series, the RG6PCMLTD, and its 7-string companion model, the RG7PCMLTD, are high-performance electric guitars with distinctive features designed to inspire and bring out the best in a player.

Both models feature a stunning curly maple top, on a swamp ash body, with classic white body binding. A slim-grip, 11-piece Wizard neck sports a curly maple fretboard fitted with durable stainless steel frets for a brighter tone.

NAMM 2017: Reverend Guitars Debuts Kyle Shutt Signature Model

Kyle Shutt began playing the Reverend Manta Ray last Winter with his band, the Sword, but he immediately swapped out the pickups for Railhammers.

That’s when Reverend Guitars founder and designer Joe Naylor started thinking about creating a signature model for him.

NAMM 2017: Ibanez Launches George Benson 40th Anniversary Signature Model

To celebrate its 40-year relationship with jazz legend George Benson, Ibanez is proud to introduce the new George Benson 40th Anniversary Signature Model.

The first George Benson Signature Guitar was introduced in 1977. Since then, Benson’s critically acclaimed signature models have been embraced worldwide, and become synonymous with the beloved jazz legend.

NAMM 2017: Ernie Ball Introduces Paradigm Guitar Strings

Ernie Ball is showcasing its revolutionary new Paradigm guitar strings at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show (booth 5440).

Paradigm represents the most advanced string technology ever created—and the first-ever to come with a fully backed guarantee: If Paradigm strings break or rust within 90 days of purchase, Ernie Ball will replace them free of charge.

NAMM 2017: EarthQuaker Devices Releases Space Spiral Modulated Delay

Ohio-based effects pedal manufacturer EarthQuaker Devices has announced the Space Spiral Modulated Delay.

The Space Spiral is an analog-voiced digital delay with 30ms – 600ms of delay time and a variable waveshape LFO affecting the repeated signal.

EarthQuaker says the Space Spiral is “. . . a dark and dreamy modulated delay designed to take you across the highways of fantasy. If you are a fan of . . . old oil can delays or . . . well-loved tape delay[s], the Space Spiral is totally going to tickle your tone bone.”

NAMM 2017: Boss Announces Limited-Edition DS-1-4A Distortion Pedal

Boss (Booth 303A, Level 3) has announced the DS-1-4A Distortion, a limited-edition stompbox that commemorates the 40th anniversary of BOSS compact pedals.

This special version of the long-running DS-1 Distortion pedal features a unique black and gold look and the classic tone that’s been a favorite of guitarists everywhere for nearly four decades. The DS-1-4A is the first release of the anniversary year, which will be celebrated with many other activities throughout 2017.


NAMM 2017: Gibson Announces New Guitar Lineup, Including $399 M2

Gibson has announced it will launch a new S series for 2017 that will offer budget versions of the company’s guitars. The lowest-priced guitar in the company’s lineup this year will be the S series M2, with a price of $399.

In addition to the S series, the guitar maker will launch a new Traditional line and offer a High Performance series of guitars with advanced features. 

Gibson will present its lineup this week at NAMM 2017 in Anaheim, California.