NAMM 2020: your verdict?

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  1. turntable_blues

    turntable_blues Member

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    I wouldn't say disappointing, because I wasn't expecting much in the 1st place, but still rather underwhelming NAMM this year

    But still, if I'd be giving best of show awards it'd be

    BEST GUITAR
    * it was the year of the cheap guitars: Epiphone, non-announced Squiers, PRS S2s, Fanos, new colors for Yamaha Pacifica :D
    * nothing truly extraordinary comes to mind here, maybe that gold Charvel DK22

    BEST AMP
    * Orange Stamp - I don't need it, yet I want it, it's just so cute :D

    MODELLING
    * Two Note Captor X (not sure about the category)
    * honorable mentions: Quad Cortex, Pod GO

    BEST PEDAL:
    * Walrus Audio MAKO D1

    Biggest disappointments:
    - expected more competition for HX Stomp and Strymon Irydium
     
  2. bluescube

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    New Epiphone line will be a hit.
    Suhr Hombre brownface deluxe @ $1599
    Fender Lead series
     
  3. freedom's door

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    That Orange Stamp looks amazing.

    I want more details about the Suhr limited edition guitars for this year.

    I'm also waiting for more info on the FU Tone guitars.
     
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    No idea.

    Have seen plenty of footage on Instagram and a bit here. Will need to wait until products filter down to retailers before passing judgment.
     
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  5. Anacharsis

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    The Epiphone SG Muse has me considering buying a guitar again, when I was pretty dead set on making it through 2020 with no guitar, amp, or pedal purchases (pickups and a speaker only).
     
  6. cheezit

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    another starved-plate tube pedal I wonder? The amp in a pedal format is great, but tubes down there never do what they are claimed to do IMO.
     
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  7. Defendant

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    Whoah, the price on the Hombre!

    For me:

    Amps: Dual channel Dirty Shirley, Hombre, Victory pedalboard amp

    Pedals: That Chase Bliss slidery thing, Revival trem

    Guitars: Fender Parallel Universe, PRS S2 594, Musicman Sabre, EVH Frankie, cheap Fanos, Epiphones.
     
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  8. monty

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    Underwhelmed by pedals this NAMM, but blown away by inexpensive guitars. I'm going to have a hard time not buying a bunch of them, but see a new Fender Cab and Epi SG in my near future.
     
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  9. freedom's door

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    Good point.
    No way of knowing without some "real world" experience.
     
  10. jvin248

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    Fewer pointy shreader models than prior years, less Floyd.

    Many many more Tele styles and offsets.
    Offset acoustic even.

    Blue is the color this year.

    Finally ... environmental recognition models at Taylor using local urban trees and PRS Mayer S-type with maple fretboard.

    While I like the Epiphone set neck Junior...
    Will Epiphone have any models cheaper than $400?
    Or are they seceding that market to Benton, Firefly, Glarry, and Squier?


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  11. Jabby92

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    I like some of the new models/options Kiesel is offering. The stuff all looked amazing. Fender and Gibson also seem to be on track to deliver some great stuff. PRS as well with the new S2 offerings.

    For amps the Soldano SLO-30 seems cool.. but at $2500.. it sure sits in a competitive zone even though it does sound really great.

    Pedals, nothing particularly stood out to me but I haven't reviewed all of it yet.
     
  12. guitarno

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    A mixed bag and too early to tell yet.

    Some good stuff: Quad Cortex; Boss SY-1000; Updates from Line 6; New Hombre amp from Suhr; New Bluguitar amp; Bigsby Pedal...
    No Shows: TC Electronic's new Multi-FX
    Lots of interesting gear I probably will never use...

    Some new products are only a promise or an unrealized idea at this point. I'm still waiting for the "Virtual Jeff" from several NAMM's ago...
     
  13. turntable_blues

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    It's Micro Terror in a pedal format, so, IIRC, a proper class A/B amp
     
  14. HyakuShiki

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    I was definitely wowed by the inexpensive guitars on display. Guild's Starfire I line and Fano's Omnis line both look incredibly appealing. Especially the Omnis, because their models all being sub-$1,000 will move plenty of units and put very unique guitars in players' hands easily. Likewise, Gibson found some room in their Modern and Originals line for some Juniors and Specials that I can see being very popular.

    Epiphone's refresh was well overdue, and doesn't disappoint. I posted elsewhere that I'm curious to hear the pickups and wood put through their paces without several heaps of gain on them, but the few clean demos I've heard have been phenomenal, and I'm excited to see what Epiphone will be able to pull off with their imports. Likewise, the U.S. Texan and Casinos are exciting prospects.

    Fender struck me as less interesting, though they're definitely keeping their word with unexpected signature models. I have a lot of respect for Tom Morello, but I can't imagine if RAtM hadn't reunited he wouldn't be getting a signature model. The HM Strats and Lead II and III are cool, the short scale additions to the Player line are all great. My biggest confusion with Fender, though, is why the Parallel Universe models are still made in America and upwards of $1,000. After the first run, I had expected the popular models to trickle down into the lower lines, or even Squier, but they seem to be doing their own Parallel Universe models.

    Not much caught my eye as far as amps, though between Victory and Orange's pedal amps, I have to concede that there's some real magic there. If those two sound great and sell well, I expect next Winter NAMM will have many more pedal-based amps.

    Overall, this is exactly what I would want from a Winter NAMM. Brands using the smaller show to sell to the hobbyists and weekend players and Summer NAMM to really try and push the internal industry forward.
     
  15. Sirloin

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    I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I think this is cool AF
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    the USA epiphone line interests me. as does the new headstock on the import epiphanies.

    the best "amp" i think is that portable bad cat
     
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    It’s a winner for me. I have a S2 594 on order, and plan to purchase a Music Man Sabre not long after they become available.

    I’m curious where the Quad Cortex goes, but my modeling needs are well served by my Axe FX3 right now.
     
  18. tjontheroad

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    Fender brought back the Lead III.

    Suhr Hombre looks hot.

    Neural DSP has working prototypes for the Quad Cortex.

    Boss SY-1000 is so cool.

    Don't get me started on synths :)
     
  19. howdy-doo

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    I wouldn't say there was a lot that I was totally taken back by but I did have a couple of favourites

    Kemper finally announcing release window and price range of the cab

    The Walrus D1, and pigtronix infinity 2 pedals. Some of you might have seen my delay post recently and after looking in to the D1 over the last few days I'm completely sold on it, definitely grabbing that one. I was just thinking too that I'd love a simple 2 button 2 loop, looper pedal and then pigtronix basically announce just that, so I'm pretty excited for that one too.

    Guitar wise nothing massively jumped out but I like that PRS has a more affordable semi hollow and I'm a big fan of the new take and new headstock of the epiphone guitars.
     
  20. sub rosa

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    For our company, the busiest show ever - 150 meetings over 3 1/2 days.

    Sadly though, no time to walk the floor as a player and check out all the new stuff. The one 15 minute window I did get saw me race up to level 3 to check out Gibson, with a brief stop into Fender on the way out (still don’t like the Acoustasonic guitars, but that Mystic Surf Green Jazz Strat looks delicious!)

    Eager to try a US Epi Casino when they hit the ground too!
     
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