NAMM 2023 news: all the latest guitar news, rumors and predictions

General view of the atmosphere at 2022 NAMM Show at Anaheim Convention Center on June 05, 2022 in Anaheim, California.
(Image credit: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

NAMM 2023: It’s back! And for the first time ever, NAMM is taking place in April – Thursday, 13 April to Saturday, 15 April 2023, to be precise. What does this mean for all the guitar news, rumors and predictions from the show? Precisely nada: NAMM 2023 is already heating up with a red-hot gumbo of simmering new gear releases.

Before you ask, no, Fender, Gibson and PRS won’t be there, just like last year. But while NAMM 2022 felt like a very different show, it also worked, as our comprehensive live blog attested. There were some genuine exclusives (Kirk Hammett’s ESP LTD KH-Vs), surprise collaborations (Tosin Abasi and Ernie Ball Music Man’s Kaizen) and some truly bonkers goings-ons (Chibson USA’s Klontar).

Indeed, plenty of heavy-hitters will be making an appearance again this year, and there are some mighty intriguing guitars, amps and pedals heading our way.

We’ll be bringing you all the latest news as it happens, with every release we know about listed below. And you can also look forward to our NAMM 2023 live blog, which will kick off come show time, with all the biggest and weirdest gear our reporter on the ground can snap.

But for now, here’s the full list of what’s coming down the NAMM 2023 gear pipeline…

NAMM 2023 guitar news, rumors and predictions: everything we know so far

NAMM 2023 electric guitar news

Ibanez signature guitar collection 2023

Ibanez's fully stocked signature guitar lineup for 2023 – check out that swirly PIA! (Image credit: Ibanez)

ESP LTD Signature Series guitars 2023

ESP's LTD Signature Series guitars for 2023 – with James Hetfield's Olympic White Vulture leading the charge. (Image credit: ESP Guitars)

Guild Surfliner Deluxe

The Guild Surfliner Deluxe, an early favorite for best-looking guitar of the show. Mmm. (Image credit: Guild)

NAMM 2023 guitar amp news

Ashdown MF 484 2.N

Ashdown's MF 484 2.N tube amp head is rammed with smart features, chief of which is onboard Two Notes cab modeling. (Image credit: Ashdown)
  • Ashdown has made the very smart move of partnering with cab modeling experts Two Notes on the 30W MF 484 2.N amp head, which is positively rammed with neat features – including the ability to charge your phone.
  • Fender’s home listening wing has debuted the Fender Audio RIFF – a portable bluetooth speaker and practice amp, with maple wood touch controls.
  • Engl is celebrating middle age with a sports car-inspired racing stripe finish for its extremely limited run 40th anniversary Fireball amps.
  • Vox and Brian May have teamed up to release two signature guitar amps – the amPlug Brian May and Nutube-loaded MV50 – which promise iconic Queen tones in tiny packages.
  • Positive Grid has downsized the Spark into the Spark Go, a 5-watt modeling amp that fits in your pocket.
  • Blackstar has unveiled its most powerful entry-level amp yet, the Debut 50R – and there's more to come…

NAMM 2023 guitar pedal news

UAFX pedals at NAMM 2023

Meet the Space Echo-like Galazy ’74, Max Compressor and Del-Verb Ambience Companion – Universal Audio's latest UAFX stunners. (Image credit: Universal Audio)

Kernom MOHO Magmatic Fuzz Station

Is this the future of fuzz? Kernom's uber-versatile MOHO Magmatic Fuzz Station. (Image credit: Kernom)

Walrus Audio Fundamental pedals

Walrus Audio's affordable new line of Fundamental pedals has sliders. We love sliders. (Image credit: Walrus Audio)
  • With a choice of seven clipping diodes, J. Rockett’s new Archer Select overdrive pedal may very well be the best Klon clone yet.
  • Laney has unveiled the Ironheart Loudpedal, a surprisingly affordable, two-channel 60W amp in a stompbox.
  • Darkglass is looking to to shake up the noise gate market with its “cutting-edge” new NSG pedal – but we don't know a whole lot about it.
  • We should be bracing ourselves for the holy grail of saturated tones, according to Crazy Tube Circuits, whose Motherload combines Big Muff and Rat sounds in one pedal.
  • Romance isn't dead: Catalinbread has debuted the STS-88 Flanger/Reverb pedal, which has been labeled a “love letter to the flanger”.
  • Godlyke is teasing some brand-new pedals under its TWA banner. But what are they? We'll have to wait 'til showtime.
  • Death by Audio is definitely releasing a new pedal. Just don't ask us what it is.

NAMM 2023 acoustic guitar news

Yamaha FG9 acoustic guitar

These unsuspecting strummers might just be Yamaha's most premium acoustic guitars ever: the meticulously crafted FG9 series. (Image credit: Yamaha)

NAMM 2023 bass news

Dingwall Guitars John Taylor

Hot Ding! Duran Duran's John Taylor with his new Rio Dream Bass. (Image credit: Dingwall Guitars)

NAMM 2023 guitar accessory news

IK Multimedia Axe I/O One

“The ultimate affordable audio interface designed for guitar and bass players”? IK Multimedia might have nailed it with the Axe I/O One… (Image credit: IK Multimedia)

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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