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NAMM 2013: Rockshop + Six-String Samurai Joint Coverage!! **Part 1: The Pre-Show**

NAMM 2013: Rockshop + Six-String Samurai Joint Coverage!! **Part 1: The Pre-Show**

Jan 24, 2013

So, if you haven’t seen it yet, the exciting news is that we’re doing joint coverage with our friends at NZ Rockshop who are at the Winter NAMM show right now!!

Chuck this Flickr album into your bookmarks for the latest on-the-minute pictures from each day:

And also don’t forget to check back here during and after NAMM for all the pictures you can stuff in your eyeballs, as well as whatever gossip I can find on the cool things being unveiled at the show.

Pre-Show – Sterling by Ernie Ball Music Man gets a facelift!

Here’s the first juicy tidbit from our Flickr feed – the affordable Sterling line (cousins to the high end EBMM guitars) is getting a sweet spec upgrade!! Looks like the John Petrucci Line will be featuring the Dimarzio Crunch Lab and Liquifire pickup set from 2013, much like their vastly more expensive cousin, the EBMM JP6/7!



The same goes for the non-signature line – the AX40, the Sterling version of the Axis will now feature the same custom-wound Dimarzios as the EBMM line.


For the 7-string fans

… here are a few new looks they’re sporting.


D’addario Reloaded

Granted, the Matrix Reloaded was totally unnecessary and way more convoluted than the mindblowing first movie (and paved the way for the even more terrible final sequence, the Matrix Revolutions), but that’s neither here nor there. I needed a catchy heading, cut me some slack.

D’addario, one of the biggest names in strings, are rebranding their whole line – new logo, new packaging, new groove! Check it out – what do you think?


That’s all for now, but I’ll report back as the pics filter in!!

Now on to Day 1! CLICK HERE


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  2. […] folks!! If you haven’t already, check out our Pre-show and Day 1 coverage of Winter NAMM 2013 so far. We’ve seen some exciting stuff – […]

  3. […] rollercoaster ride filled with more strings than you can throw a string factory at – on Pre-show day we discovered some cool new upgrades to the Sterling by Music Man line, while on Day 1 we saw some […]

  4. […] you’ve missed it, you can see Pre-Show, Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 coverage here. Today it looks like we’ll be dealing with the big boys […]

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