Skip to main content

NAMM 2021: the biggest guitar, amp and pedal releases so far

Ibanez AZS
Ibanez's new AZS lineup has been one of the biggest surprises of the year so far (Image credit: Ibanez)

At this time of year, we’d usually all be going to California and hitting up Anaheim’s gargantuan Convention Center to get the scoop on all the latest and greatest gear the guitar world has to offer – but as the pandemic rages on, NAMM 2021 will not be taking place in a physical form.

But that doesn’t mean companies are holding back on their launches for January – far from it. We’re barely two weeks into 2021, and we’ve already seen hundreds of new guitars, amps and pedals from the likes of Fender, PRS and Ibanez… And we’re only just getting started.

January 18 through 22 sees the launch of Believe in Music Week, NAMM’s digital replacement, which promises educational seminars, live music, and opportunities to connect – we’ll be expecting a host of new releases around this event, too.

We’d also be remiss not to mention our sister site MusicRadar’s Gear Expo, which is held on January 29 and 30 and set to showcase the biggest releases set to land this year.

In the meantime, here’s a reminder of all the guitar, amp and pedal releases we’ve seen so far – and there are a lot of them.

We’ll be updating this page with all the hottest launches as they come in, so keep comin’ back now, ya hear?

Electric guitars

Fender Squier 2021

The high-spec, low-cost 2021 Squier Contemporary lineup (Image credit: Fender)

Gibson 1961 Custom Shop SG

Gibson's 1961 Custom Shop SG models, celebrating the SG's 60th anniversary (Image credit: Gibson)

Ibanez FLATV1 and AZS models

Ibanez's Josh Smith signature FLATV1 (center) and AZS models (Image credit: Ibanez)

PRS Fiore

PRS Mark Lettieri Fiore (Image credit: PRS )

Sterling by Music Man 2021

Sterling by Music Man's 2021 range (Image credit: Sterling by Music Man)

Acoustic guitars

Gibson 2021 acoustics

Gibson has unveiled an Orianthi signature acoustic, alongside new Modern and Historic models (Image credit: Gibson)

Amps

Blackstar CV30 Carmen Vandenberg

Blackstar has partnered with Carmen Vandenberg for the CV30 signature amp (Image credit: Blackstar Amps)

Pedals

Walrus Audio ACS1

Walrus Audio's ACS1 Amp + Cab Simulator, one of two new additions to its Mako Series this month (Image credit: Walrus Audio)

Accessories

Boss BCB pedalboards

Boss's updated BCB pedalboards (Image credit: Boss)

Bass guitars

Spector NS Ethos and NS Dimension

Spector's new NS Dimension and NS Ethos bass lines (Image credit: Spector)