NAMM 2024: all the latest guitar news, rumors and predictions from the greatest gear show on Earth

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NAMM 2024: It’s that time of year again. And by that, we mean the new year. And with the new year comes new gear, courtesy of our favorite guitar show: NAMM.

Held at Anaheim Convention Center in (hopefully) sunny California, NAMM is the hottest ticket to see the latest and greatest guitars, amps and pedals we’ll be plugging in over the next 12 months.

It’s fair to say that NAMM has had a rocky ride post-Covid. While NAMM 2020 was a blowout banner year for the show, its 2022 return was markedly more low-key.

Industry heavyweights Fender, Gibson and PRS didn’t return after the pandemic, and whole sections of the labyrinthine Convention Center were closed off. But as we noted in our post-show roundup, it didn’t dampen NAMM’s welcoming atmosphere, and made for a more personal event. Big launches from the likes of Ibanez, ESP and Ernie Ball Music Man certainly helped.

2022’s event was held in June, while last year’s festivities took place in April. For 2024, NAMM has settled back into its traditional January timeframe, and with it, we’re seeing the return of exhibitors who might have skipped the first post-pandemic shindigs.

With that in mind, NAMM 2024 is something of a make or break moment for the event – particularly in a climate where expos such as the videogame industry’s E3 have indicated they are done for good.

But we’re already confident this will be a NAMM to remember. The second we logged back onto our emails after a particularly indulgent festive holiday, we were already being tipped off about a number of hot new releases. It feels like there’s genuine excitement around NAMM again, and that is most definitely a reason to celebrate.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up everything fit to print: the biggest news so far, the rumors gathering steam and our own theories, piped direct from the GW team’s brains and/or Magic 8 Ball.

Come at us, NAMM 2024 – we’re ready for you…

NAMM 2024 electric guitar news

Ibanez RG and S models 2024

Ibanez's 2024 RG and S models include an uber-exotic S Premium and updated RG GIOs – plus Edge-Zero II tremolos on sub-$500 models for the first time. (Image credit: Ibanez)

Bill Kelliher with his ESP LTD Bill Kelliher Royal Shiva Silver Sunburst

Bill Kelliher with his ESP LTD Royal Shiva Silver Sunburst (Image credit: Aldara Zarraoa/Redferns/Getty Images)

NAMM 2024 guitar amp and modeler news

Laney BCC Ironheart amps and plugin

Laney's BCC Ironheart tube amps have been released alongside a matching plugin – the first time an amp company has attempted such a feat. (Image credit: Laney)

NAMM 2024 guitar pedal news

MXR Joshua Ambient Echo

Still haven't the delay you're looking for? (Sorry). MXR's Joshua Ambient Echo promises to be the Edge in a box. Minus the hat. (Image credit: MXR/Instagram)

Friedman IR-X pedal amp

Friedman IR-X, Morgan IR-X, Tone King IR-X… We'd love to see it. (Image credit: Friedman Amplification)

NAMM 2024 acoustic guitar news

Martin GPCE Inception

Martin's GPCE Inception and its innovative skeletonized scalloped bracing design. (Image credit: Martin)

NAMM 2024 bass guitar news

Glenn Hughes signature Orange O Bass

Glenn Hughes with his new-for-2024 signature Orange O Bass (Image credit: Orange Amps)

NAMM 2024 guitar accessories news

DiMarzio Tron Humbucker pickups

Whether you're looking for modern Filter'Tron, PAF-a-like or Super Distortion tones, DiMarzio reckons it has you covered with its new humbucker lineup. (Image credit: DiMarzio)

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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.