At last week's Winter NAMM show, Guitar World headed straight for the Builder's Reserve in the Taylor booth to check out Taylor's first-ever ukulele. These tenor ukes are made out of the same Hawaiian koa wood used for Taylor's guitars -- but from smaller pieces the company has been saving for years. They are designed by Taylor's Andy Powers, who has been making ukuleles since he was a little kid!
Guitar World paid a visit to the ENGL booth at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, to check out some new amps -- including the Gigmaster 30. In this video, guitarist AC Alexander of Warrior and Lizzy Borden does the playing as Michael Berger of ENGL does the talking, dishing out details about the Gigmaster 30. The amp features a 12-inch Celestion Super 65, plus reverb and two channels.
Guitar World visited the Taylor booth (It's more of a large room, actually) at last week's 2012 Winter NAMM show to check out several new models, including the 700 Series Nylon. One of Taylor's themes this year is the integration of their nylon-string models with their steel-string models, and the 700 Series Nylon is a good example. The guitar shares the same appointments as Taylor's 700 series, but with nylon strings and several other classical-style touches, including the long bridge.
Guitar World paid a visit to the C. F. Martin & Co. booth at last week's 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim to check out several new Martin models -- including the 000C Nylon. In this video, Martin's Chris Thomas explains the new model, which comes equipped with a Fishman F1 analog pickup system and is a clever hybrid between a steel-string and nylon-string classical guitar (Check out the trad headstock and long, classical-style bridge).
One of the new models to be introduced at NAMM this past weekend by Dean Guitars is the limited-edition Dean USA DCR Vinnie Moore Vinman Koa. And by limited, we mean limited; only 15 of these guitars will be produced. Moore was one of many artists present at the Dean booth this past Saturday, and the UFO guitarist was happy to show off his new signature model. The photo gallery below features pix of the guitar and of Moore being interviewed by Curse Mackey of Dean Guitars.
Guitar World paid a visit to Chris Thomas at the C. F. Martin & Co booth at last week's 2012 Winter NAMM show to get a first-hand look at the new models for 2012. Among them is the beautiful, small-bodied 00-45SC John Mayer Edition; Martin is making only 25 of these guitars.
If you've been paying attention, you've noticed Fender was busy at last week's 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, introducing line after line of new gear. Fender Acoustics is continuing the trend by unveiling some new models -- and some improvements for 2012. The new models include a limited-edition, U.S.-made guitar from the Fender acclaimed Custom Shop, plus three new signature models. Take a look below.
Guitar World stopped by the Breedlove booth at the 2012 Winter NAMM show to find out their new Voice series of acoustic guitars. The Voice series is the result of a collaboration between Breedlove guitars and L.R. Baggs' Anthem TRU-VOICE technology. Basically, the guitars -- and there are six models in the Voice series -- will sound the same on stage, amplified, as it does unplugged in an intimate setting.
Vox has just unveiled their new DelayLab pedal, which aims to combine all the classic delay sounds and more into one handy pedal. In addition to 30 diverse delay effects, the DelayLab offers a stereo looper that can capture up to 28 seconds.