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NAMM 2014 Photo Tour / Reviews - DAY ONE!

thesooze

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I'm pretty exhausted from today, but I wanted to get the pics up before I went to bed tonight. I'm going to try and do some reviews of some of this stuff tomorrow night, as well as adding more pics from tomorrow's NAMM trip.

Enjoy the pics, and let me know if you want me to check out anything in particular! Rock on.

Here's the link to DAY TWO pics/reviews:

https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/1380937

First stop was the Two Rock area. Only a few were plugged in, and of course they sounded unreal. Got some cool stuff to see for sure.





Next to Two Rock was Tone King. I used to have a Meteor 40 II that killed, so I always enjoy going by and seeing their new releases. Great sounding amps.



The Line 6 Amplifi series was very intriguing to me. You can play your iTunes through it and it will automatically load guitar tones that match that song/genre. You can also custom make tones on your iPad/iPhone/iEtc and save them to the cloud for you and others to mess with later. Genius, and could be a huge hint to the future of sharing guitar tones and improving digital sounds. May jump on one of these when they're released.









 
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Went by Taylor next and played their T-series electric/acoustic guitars. These things play like butter and really sound great and both ends of the musical spectrum. Really a joy to play!



Fender's booth was awesome, per usual. Didn't care for the look of the new amps, but grabbed some pics nonetheless :)

Possibly one of my favorite things of the whole show was the new Fender strat design (American Stds?) that include these cards that you can take in and out of the back of the guitar to change the way the knobs worked. They are solder less, so you can just plug and play with standard knobs, tone bleed knobs, high/low pass knobs, and tons of other popular strat mods. It took the guy seconds, and his strat sounded WAY different just by replacing a card. Talk about future-- this totally eliminates needing to solder things, or get a tech to help you. Pickups are next, the guy said. Really crazy tech to me, and they sounded KILLER and not fake at all. Made me want another strat again.

















sick drum set!!

 
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This was crazy! 360 keyboard!!



Boss/Roland had some great stuff this year, including a new multifx. Not really my cup of tea, but the demo dude was shredding, and it sounded like what you'd expect from Boss.









Gibson! Man, crazy booth. Packed both times I went by. Great guitars out, including some diamond ones, the Trini Lopez reissue and some hollow LP's. Check em out:













 
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Made my way over to more keyboard stuff. Getting more into controllers/ableton/omnisphere/etc so it was fun to browse.











Ashdown makes some sick bass rigs. Had to grab a pic.







Had a lot of fun playing through the Egnater line of amps this year. Rebel 30 III was probably my favorite sounding one.

 
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The Ditto Looper 2 was out and the dude was jamming on it. Sounded great, of course. The new features are really great, and the dedicated stop makes it way more usable live, IMO. Cool FX to be had too, along the line of Timeline/M9/DL4 stuff. Dug the little HOF too, it's so small!



Always admired LSL guitars. Look stinking cool, play great, and sound amazing. It's the trifecta!



Didn't get a chance to hear these plugged in, but there they are! Solid construction and I love the look. Interested to see these develop/release.









 
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I've always loved the sound of the Rockbox Boiling Point, but always hated the finish. These new green ones look cool, have top jacks, and sound equally awesome. Will definitely be keeping an eye out.





These Source Audio boxes are great! Tons of sounds packed in, plus exp. controllable. Sort of odd looking, but great tech.



Got to hear each MOOG showcased, and the mini MOOGs really impressed, especially the ring mod and delay. Love the blacked out design, and the little sloped front.







 
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Played a Starplayer TV through the Duesenberg pedals and amp. Everything sounded nice, but not a brand I'm particularly into. Pedals are on the simple side to my liking, but everything had a nice sound to it.







Love my Matchless. They can do no wrong in my book.



Friend and I were commenting how weird it is to see black but read orange. Plays tricks on your mind! :huh







Magnatones have such a signature sound. Cool to see them back in action.



No reverb from Empress this year at NAMM, but did get a chance to play their Tape Delay for the first time. WOW! How cool sounding. Very natural and clear. Rings like a bell. Killer modulation. Also enjoyed the Tremolo 2-- the presets is genius how it's laid out. Same on the Nebulus. Great tones and presets is a win.

 
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Both the new Way Huge fuzzes didn't really do it for me. Pretty gnarly and aggressive for my tastes. But hey, they look sweet. Got to hear the FET also for the first time. Very smooth if you're into that.







Was fun to see Bjorn at the MP booth. He's a genius!





ZVEX always amazes me with his designs. Beautiful.



The Diamond guys rule. Always a highlight of the NAMM floor for me personally. Cool little panner they had out. Simple. The Slider made another appearance, but wasn't plugged in. Maybe the pedal that will never-be, but a rad concept. New MLJR2 with the extra spacey/verb mode. Liked it, but they said they still have a lot of tweaking to do... may not even release before the year's end.





 
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amazing. thanks for sharing the pics before bed and all. the night is only young in this part of the world.
 

a1briz

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Well Done. Much appreciated. Thank you..!

What's the deal with that HiWatt? Looks like an interesting story..

:beer
 

NeilYoungFan

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Thanks so much for sharing! Been waiting for some NAMM porn! The p90 goldtop w/bigsby and the abused Hiwatt looked awesome...
 

Kyle Ashley

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thank you - so many options, so little time!!!

glad to see the Bogner Transformer pedals still appear to be on tap.
 

cbpickin

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Thank you! I want to hear about the changes to the new Memory Lane Jr. 2!
 

thesooze

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Thank you! I want to hear about the changes to the new Memory Lane Jr. 2!
The impression I got from Michael and Aimish today was that this would be the new MLJR for sale- I assumed that the v1 would no longer be distributed beyond what was already out there. They also mentioned today that the new reverb mode would replace the triplet mode on the MLJR v.1. The new mode is a multi tap mode. Reminds me a bit of the pattern mode on my Timeline. You cannot control where the taps are-- or their ratio to each other-- just how fast they come. Unless changing the time knob also changes the ratio. Not sure how it worked, but it sounded very WASHY and not as distinct rhythm. Good for ambiance. One thing was that the mix and regen are very low on this reverb mode. I would prefer them a little hotter than they are-- for extreme settings. Michael mentioned to me that this has to do with the two companders that are used. For whatever reason, it limits the amount of volume you can get on the multi tap / reverb mode. They had made tweaks the night before, and still might tweak before the show is over. It sounded like it may still be months before they are ready to release to the public.

 






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