You know the year is simply flying by when you start getting notices of shows that kick off with every new year. For example the always incredible NAMM Show 2017. 2017!? Really, where has time gone? So while we start to look ahead to the 2017 event, let’s take a quick look back at some NAMM 2016 highlights.
The past January, the National Association of Music Merchants and it’s membership showed up in force with new and exciting products, services and education for retailers around the globe. Featuring a record 1,700 + exhibitors showcasing products of every type representing over 6,000 brands from 125 countries this is ‘the‘ show to be part of. Ten’s of thousands of attendees saw the new product introductions, attended more than 120 educational sessions and participated in events like the NAMM U Breakfast of Champions featuring Jake Shimabukuro, Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent, and Graham Nash, “Weird Al” Yankovic headlining the NAMM Foundation Grand Rally for Music Education, and three unforgettable evening performances on the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage from Graham Nash. Dr. John & The Nite Trippers and The Legends Concert. 2016 set the bar high and there is now doubt that 2017 will be even better!
Registration is now open for the 2017 show for eligible attendees. As a reminder this show (with some limited exceptions) is NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Industry credentials are required for registration.
There are so many things we could talk about from this past show, but with the limited time viable that is of course impossible. Here are a few highlights that stood out. Some will have a more in-depth review soon, and be sure to also check out 316 Press contributor Clark Wilson’s stories in his Worship Minded feature column. In no particular order, let’s take a look…
Effects pedals were everywhere! If you are a guitarist you most certainly know about Robert Keeley Engineering and the incredible premium guitar effects pedals. Clark has covered the 30ms pedal in-depth recently. At the booth we had a chance to chat a bit with Robert Keeley himself and see a wide range of options available to you.
60 years of history is found at Danelectro. This historic brand has been the favorite guitar of many artists over the years and for good reason. With a unique sound that spanned genres Danelectro has earned it’s place as a true classic with a strong following. Looks at these new ’64’s…a reproduction of the 60’s classic complete with a Bigsby Tremelo and Humbucking Lipstick pickups. Be sure to look at the new ’59 Spruce as well.
Recycled Beauty from a company you may not of heard of, but need to know; Prisma Guitars. Prism Guitars is a line of beautifully crafted, 100% handmade instruments from a small shop in San Francisco. Created using recycled skateboard decks that might normally take up space in a landfill, the team at Prisma creates truly one-of-a-kind guitar art built to the highest standards. Be sure to check out the very limited edition of Burnout Series guitars too!
Making the move to 100% digital scanning, our friends at Ultimate Ears were back in force with a completely digital approach to in-ear monitor ear scanning, We’ve talked about this patented process in the past and U.E. continues to grow this technology with dealers around the world being trained to complete the scans. By the way, act soon and U.E. will give you a FREE set of UE900s with the purchase of UE Pros! See website for details, ends August 31st 2016.
Delivering smooth and intimate, natural sound the British produced Aston Origin cardioid condenser microphone excels with vocal and acoustic guitars. The microphone is as much of a work of art as it is a finely tuned microphone delivering high scores on audio quality, design and functionality.
Full of aloha and a standard bearer for true Hawaiian craftsmanship, Kamaka Ukuleles unveiled the incredible 100 year special edition ukulele. Hand producing fine koa instruments for 100 years in Hawaii is an incredible accomplishment. So many incredible players have left their legacy in the music world using these special instruments. We had the please of listening to the incredible Benny Chong at the NAMM Show this year. And the special limited edition Pineapple ukulele is stunning.
A recent favorite that continues to grow, our friends at G7th Capos showed us a special 2016 limited edition blue capo. There’s hardly a worship team around without a capo, and we never really thought we’d be raving about one but this is surely different. Their design applies nice even pressure in a very easy to use design. Clark wrote about them last year, and their website of course shows the entire line.