During last week's 2014 Winter NAMM Show, the Guitar World crew visited the Randall Amplification booth. In our video, which you can check out below, we found out about the company's new Ola Englund signature model amp, the Satan. In fact, Englund — of Feared and the Haunted — tells us about the amp himself.
One of my favorite half hours at NAMM 2014 was spent with Andy Powers, master luthier for Taylor Guitars. Andy proudly shared the new Taylor 800 series with me, and boy was it worth my time. While those of you who have tried to check out gear at NAMM know that It’s incredibly hard to hear anything, this series of guitars sure felt fabulous and the rich resonance was unmistakable.
Tanglewood Guitar Company UK, the United Kingdom’s best-selling acoustic guitar brand, introduced its Java range of guitars to North America at the NAMM Show. The instruments feature solid cedar tops, but it's the spectacular exotic timber combination used on the backs and sides that truly makes them stand out from the mid-priced guitar crowd.
Featuring a unique circuit design, the MXR FET Driver captures the rich, creamy sound of an overdriven tube amplifier by cascading an op-amp gain stage into a FET stage. This pedal thickens up lead tones with musical, amp-like distortion and sustain without the fragility and inconsistency associated with tubes.
The Havalina Germanium Fuzz from Way Huge Electronics is a germanium-powered fuzz box inspired by a vintage three-transitor design was a psychedelic shot-heard-round-the-world for guitar players, ushering in the new sound of rock.
When the Echoplex EP-3 came out, guitar players were hooked by the way its preamp sweetened up their sound. Soon, the EP-3 made its way onto the records of top guitar players—from Jimmy Page to Eric Johnson—as much for its tone conditioning ability as its tape echo effect. Now, you can put the EP-3’s legendary secret sauce right on your pedalboard.
One of the highlights of this year's NAMM Show was the introduction of a new Dimebag Darrell model from Dean Guitars. In the video below, Dean Guitars' Josh Meloney shows off and explains the features of the new guitar.