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NAMM 2014 – ESP USA, EII and… wait, what happened to LTD Elite?

NAMM 2014 – ESP USA, EII and… wait, what happened to LTD Elite?

Jan 30, 2014

Yep, it’s been canned. After the branding disaster that was the whole E-II thing, ESP decided that having yet another Japanese product line (LTD Elite) was just too damn confusing for consumers – and rightly so. Thus, probably the biggest outcome of NAMM 2014 for ESP is that the whole LTD Elite thing has been axed. Crazy Customs One of the main...

NAMM 2014 – Rockstar Sightings!

NAMM 2014 – Rockstar Sightings!

Jan 29, 2014

I spent the first two days just going hard and taking all the gear photos that I could, and by the end of it, to be honest, I was pretty sick of looking at guitars. I whipped out the NAMM app on my phone, and thought I’d have an idle look through and see whether I could spot anyone famous that I’d like to try and meet – little did I know what...

NAMM 2014 – Friedman Amplification releases Jerry Cantrell signature

Jerry Cantrell is a man renowned for his thick, grinding grunge tones with Alice in Chains. With the release of his new signature amp, from the god of amp modding Dave Friedman, you can only assume that this is going to be one kick ass motherfucker of an amp. I must admit that while 99% of the NAMM content on here is stuff that I’ve personally...

NAMM 2014 – New Ibanez Models!

NAMM 2014 – New Ibanez Models!

Jan 27, 2014

So… Ibanez released a LOT of new models for 2014! Among them are the awesome new Paul Gilbert FRM250MF (which I have a video of Paul releasing, which I’ll upload when I get home), some cheaper price point Prestiges, and many more. I’m gonna try something new here – a plugin to easily display all the photos from the gallery. I’ll go...

NAMM 2014 – Line 6 AMPLIFi: Revolutionary Or What?

NAMM 2014 – Line 6 AMPLIFi: Revolutionary Or What?

Jan 25, 2014

If you’ve been comparing the AMPLIFi to an Axe-FX, well, you’re wrong. That’s all I can say. I’ve heard a lot of chatter where people are saying, oh, it’s not as good as the Axe-FX, the tone-matching isn’t authentic, I’ll never ditch my Kemper for this POS, bla bla bla. Hey. Hey hey hey now. Cool your jets, hotshot. I...

NAMM 2014 – PRS Rainbow + Archon, Dean Sigs, Schecter Girls, Bogner Helios

NAMM 2014 – PRS Rainbow + Archon, Dean Sigs, Schecter Girls, Bogner Helios

Jan 25, 2014

Welcome back to your NAMM experience, as seen through the eyes of a NAMM newbie – me! Last post saw us easing into the NAMM groove with picks from Randall, Tech 21, Hughes & Kettner and more. Let’s continue on and see what some of the heavy hitters are doing! Bogner Helios The new Bogner Helios is meant to deliver 40 years worth of modded...

NAMM 2014 – Straight From the Source!! H&K, Tech 21, 65 Amps, Bogner, Randall and more…

NAMM 2014 – Straight From the Source!! H&K, Tech 21, 65 Amps, Bogner, Randall and more…

Jan 24, 2014

Hello to you all from sunny Anaheim, California! I’ve survived my week of rock n roll tourism in LA (don’t worry, there will be posts on that soon enough, but this is probably more pressing, amirite?) and made it down to Anaheim for the biggest experience of my blogging life so far – Winter NAMM 2014!!! Last year, my friend Matt did a bang-up...

NAMM 2014: ESP USA, E-II and LTD New Model Preview

NAMM 2014: ESP USA, E-II and LTD New Model Preview

Jan 11, 2014

ESP have just released images of their new models for 2014. No specs yet, but fun gear pics are better’n nothing! I’ll definitely be stopping by their booth at NAMM. ESP USA Remember how ESP is now debuting a USA factory? They all look very matte finished, which I dig. The new split-flag inlay for the Eclipse is a nice subtle differentiator from the...

Review: Fender Super Sonic 22 – Blackface + BURN!

Review: Fender Super Sonic 22 – Blackface + BURN!

Jan 8, 2014

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great break – I know I did! Now let’s get cracking with our first review of 2014… So.. I’ve spent the last 8 months or so without a band – new city, slowly getting to know the scene and figuring out where I might fit myself into the big picture. There’s a slight problem with that,...


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