Guitar & Bass News from Winter NAMM 2017


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From the heavy hitters like Fender and Gibson to boutique favorites like Collings, everyone’s in town to trot out their newest creations. Stay abreast of all the latest news and reveals on guitars, basses, and amps right here.

3:00 PM | 1/23/2017

Jake Shimabukuro Talks Ukulele and Plays Eleanor Rigby at NAMM 2017

Jake Shimabukuro stopped by the Reverb NAMM 2017 booth to talk to Joe about his new signature Kamaka ukulele. He talks about the importance of music to all of us, and plays a new rendition of the Beatles classic, 'Eleanor Rigby'.

2:30 PM | 1/23/2017

Daniel Donato and Albert Lee In Conversation at NAMM 2017

In an interview that crosses generations of guitarists, Albert Lee and Daniel Donato talk about guitars that got away, their first instruments and more at NAMM 2017.

12:00 PM | 1/22/2017

Butch Walker at NAMM 2017

Butch Walker stopped by the Reverb booth at NAMM 2017 to talk about his new partnership with Yamaha, the ever changing role of the producer, and they types of projects he likes to work on.

10:00 PM | 1/21/2017

Video: LR Baggs Reveals the Synapse Personal PA

LR Baggs is no stranger to helping acoustic guitarists sound their very best. With the Synapse, they've extended their lineup clear into PA territory. With 500 watts, two channels and onboard reverb, this personal system is ideal for solo performers working in any situation. Read More ››

9:00 PM | 1/21/2017

Ormsby Guitars at NAMM 2017

With fanned frets, super fast necks, and unmistakable panache, Ormsby guitars have earned a lot of buzz at NAMM this year. We were eager to get the skinny on these Aussie-made shredders at and hear how they sound in action. Watch the demo video above for a glance at the Ormsby Hypemachine and GTR models.

8:00 PM | 1/21/2017

Video: Paul Reed Smith Demos the New John Mayer Signature J-MOD 100 Amp

Paul Reed Smith unveiled a new signature amp for John Mayer at NAMM this year: the J-Mod 100. As Mr. Reed explains, this amp was designed in collaboration with John in order to meet his touring needs whether playing a blues show or touring with Dead and Company. Get the full details and hear it in action here. Read More ››

7:00 PM | 1/21/2017

Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally Geek Out with Tony Levin at NAMM 2017

At NAMM 2017 Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats) and Mike Keneally (The Mike Keneally Band) geek out at the chance to interview Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Stick Man) at the Reverb booth. Listen to Tony and Mike harmonize' Frame by Frame' as they try to remember the lyrics.

2:00 PM | 1/21/2017

John Petrucci and Steve Morse in Conversation at NAMM 2017

At NAMM 2017 celebrated guitarists John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Steve Morse (Deep Purple) join us at the Reverb booth. Petrucci and Morse talk about the importance of practice in becoming a great player, and how learning the guitar has changed in the Youtube era.

1:00 PM | 1/21/2017

Ibanez JEM77 30th Anniversary Edition & 7-String Hybrid Fretted/Fretless Bass at NAMM 2017

Ibanez has a stunning array of guitars and basses at every year's NAMM Show — they showed us a couple highlights this weekend. We checked out a 7-string hybrid fretted/fretless bass (actually a reissue, which is a fun bit of trivia), and then we took a look at their 30th anniversary Steve Vai JEM Signature guitar — a look back to the original 1987 JEM with a few modern upgrades.

11:00 AM | 1/21/2017

Photo Highlights From the NAMM Show Day 3

4:30 AM | 1/21/2017

Video: Martin Unveils Their New 16 Series, Aged Authentic Guitar, and 2 Millionth Guitar

Since 1833, Martin has produced 2 million guitars. To mark the occasion, the Pennsylvania firm came to NAMM with two truly spectacular showpieces. Also at the Martin booth: the revamped 16 series and Martin's first ever aged-guitar. Read More ››

1:30 AM | 1/21/2017

Video: Taylor A Series Overview at NAMM 2017

Taylor showed up to NAMM this year with a whole bunch of great new instruments for beginners. The new A-series guitars are Taylor's most affordable standard models yet, with playability specifically catered for students. We also took a look at the brand new GS Mini Bass. Read More ››

12:00 AM | 1/21/2017

Video: Mike Watt Talks About the New Signature Reverend Wattplower Bass

Mike Watt is an icon of indie rock bass playing. From his work with the Minutemen to his tours with the Stooges, Watt's played many a bass over the years, but the new Wattplower from Reverend is his first signature model. We had the distinct pleaseure of chatting with Mr. Watt at NAMM this year about what went into building this smoking little bass. Read More ››

7:00 PM | 1/20/2017

New ESP Signature Models

5:00 PM | 1/20/2017

Annie Clark of St Vincent Talks Gear and Influence at NAMM 2017

Annie Clark or St. Vincent. Whatever you call her, she plays some pretty awesome gear. Annie was nice enough to swing by the Reverb booth at NAMM 2017 to talk about pedals, guitars, influences, and her updated signature Ernie Ball model. Read More ››

3:30 PM | 1/20/2017

Guild Unveils T-Bird ST, D-40 Traditional, & D-55

Based on the success of the S-200 Reissue from last year’s Summer NAMM, Guild is moving forward with the T-Bird ST, a new version featuring a stoptail bridge and streamlined controls. They’re also rolling out their new, high-end D-40 Traditional and D-55 acoustics, made in their Oxnard factory. Guild walks us through all three in this video from the show floor. Read More ››

3:45 AM | 1/20/2017

Cole Clark's new "Kennedy" bass line is designed by renowned Australian bass maker Neil Kennedy

12:00 PM | 1/20/2017

Photo Highlights From the NAMM Floor

11:45 AM | 1/20/2017

Volt Guitars

These guitars are handmade in the Netherlands and are on display at the Boutique Guitars Showcase.

11:30 AM | 1/20/2017

Video: Orange Announces Rocker 15 & 32 Amplifiers

For those looking to harness the Orange sound in a smaller space, check these out. Read More ››

10:30 AM | 1/20/2017

Sound City breathes new life at NAMM, thanks to a revival from amp pioneer Steven Fryette

12:00 AM | 1/20/2017

Collings 360 Baritone Guitar at NAMM 2017

The Collings booth at this year's NAMM show featured the usual bevy of stunning high-end acoustic and electric guitars. One model — a white 360 Baritone guitar — stood out as easily the most unique piece the Austin, TX maker brought to Anaheim. This is the company's first Baritone model and includes a Mastery tremolo system.

11:00 PM | 1/19/2017

Wild and Crazy Fender Custom Shop Guitars at NAMM 2017

The Fender Custom Shop pulled out all the stops for NAMM this year in celebration of their 30th anniversary. Join Joe as he surveys some of the most wild and crazy Fenders on display at NAMM 2017.

9:27 PM | 1/19/2017

Gibson Announces Affordable S Series

Gibson quietly announced its affordable new S Series which may be a big deal for guitarists. Read More ››

3:45 PM | 1/19/2017

Photo Highlights From the NAMM Floor

1:10 PM | 1/19/2017

Vox Issues Limited Edition AC Series in White Bronco Tolex

2:00 PM | 1/19/2017

Orange Drops New Acoustic Preamp

New product: Orange acoustic pre amp!!! #namm2017 #newproducts #acousticpre

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2:00 PM | 1/19/2017

Blackstar Releases Beginner Amp Line

The LT-ECHO 10 and LT-ECHO 15 are both two-channel practice amps for beginner-level guitarists. They feature patented ISF and a built-in digital tape delay effect.

1:00 PM | 1/19/2017

Boss Announces Acoustic Singer Pro & Live Amplifiers

Boss reveals their new line of acoustic amps, featuring on-board effects and groundbreaking harmonizer technology. Read More ››

12:00 PM | 1/19/2017

Loog Announces New Loog Mini and Loog Pro Guitars

11:00 AM | 1/19/2017

Photo Highlights From the NAMM Floor

10:20 AM | 1/19/2017

Recording King Dirty 30's Series 7 Single O Acoustic Guitar

The Recording King Dirty 30's Series 7 Single O Acoustic Guitar is part of Recording King's new Dirty 30's line of affordable acoustics. In this demo we take you through some of the sounds you can get from the Series 7 Single O.

10:15 AM | 1/19/2017

Video: A Hands-On Look at TV Jones' New Ful-Fidelity Filter'Tron Pickups

Since the 1950's The Filter'Tron has been one of the most ubiquitous pickups on the market. With it's even frequency response, hum-cancelling features and sharp looks it has been the go-to pickup for many classic and signature guitar models. Now, TV Jones is releasing the Ray Butts model, an exact replication of the original specifications of it's creator, Ray Butts. Read More ››

10:00 AM | 1/19/2017

Video: Check Out These Futuristic Acoustics Made by Avian Guitars

We get to know these three modern designs from UK based Avian Guitars. Read More ››

4:30 PM | 1/18/2017

Video: Up Close with the Fender American Professional Series

In these videos, we get to know the new Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Telecaster, and Telecaster Deluxe Shawbucker. Read More ››

3:00 PM | 1/18/2017

Travis Bean Designs Announces Reverb Exclusive Jerry Garcia TB500

In honor of Reverb's TB500 exclusive, we take a look back at Jerry Garcia's legendary guitars. Read More ››

10:00 AM | 1/18/2017

Video: Paul Reed Smith Announces Sonzera 20 Amplifier Combo

This new amp further proves that Paul Reed Smith isn't just a guitar company. Read More ››

1:00 PM | 1/16/2017

Video: Supro Announces New Island Series Guitars

The vintage vibes of these three almost identical guitars bring us right back to the '50s and '60s. Read More ››

12:00 PM | 1/9/2017

New Gibson Solidbody Model Revealed Ahead of NAMM

Little is known about the new model outside of a few pictures circulating on social media. Read More ››

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