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The NAMM Show: A Show That Delivers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 January 2008 05:27
kenv.jpgBy Ken Volpe - GJD
Here it is...four days later and another NAMM has flown by. I averaged about four hours of sleep per night; that coupled with the whole jet-lag thing really wore me out. However, it's all worth it because once again NAMM delivers.

As a musician, I left Anaheim more inspired than ever. In addition, NAMM really helps GuitarJam Daily move forward. I met a lot of great artists for future interviews as well as other individuals who will be joining the GJD team. Stay tuned!
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The NAMM Show: The Perfect Storm PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 January 2008 10:47
namm08.jpgBy Nick Friese - Guitar Jam Daily
Another NAMM Show has come and gone. Just like a storm that comes in like lion and exits like a lamb, the halls of the Anaheim Convention Center was hit with a force of 80,000 attendees from music manufacturers, press, musicians, retailers, members, and visitors over four days. They came. They saw. They played. They Partied.

This year's show showcased 1,559 exhibiting companies that set an all-time record for the four-day gathering at NAMM. Even though the final attendance numbers have not been released yet, according to the NAMM execs the overall pre-show registration numbers of retail buyers and various industry members projected a solid attendance versus last year's attendance that reached a record-breaking 84,695.
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The NAMM Show: First Look PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 January 2008 20:13
namm-anaheim-convention-center.jpgBy Jim Basara - GJD
GJD readers will want to strap in and enjoy the ride for the next week or so. This year's Winter NAMM show promises to be very exciting. The show opened today in typical whirlwind fashion. The huge Anaheim Convention Center was bulging at the seams, with nearly 89,000 attendees and almost 1600 vendors.

The first day of a NAMM show is always overwhelming. I normally spend a few hours walking through the entire convention (a couple miles of walking) to get a lay of the land and a first impression of where I want to focus. It's also a good way to get an idea of what's new this year.
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The 2008 NAMM Preview: On The Verge PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 03:22
namm08.jpgBy Nick Friese & Ken Volpe - GJD
You can feel the heavy and quickened pulse in the air around the offices of GJD: We must be on the eve of the 2008 NAMM Show. The news is flying into our inboxes from all directions on new guitars, amps, pedals, partnerships, software, parties, accessories, artist appearances, dinners, meet and greets, and so much more. For those of us getting ready to make the pilgrimage out to the gear and guitar Mecca, we are caught up in a complete sensory overload of show schedules, coverage, meetings and work.

This year there has already been a flood of interesting NAMM news that the guys and gals at GJD have been talking about and thinking about as we head out to the show. Here's a list of a few NAMM news items that we've been discussing at the GJD coffee klatch:

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  • 02:41 - 01.10.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with musical instrument giant Gibson Guitar, this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year’s seven sold out performances.

    Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
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  • 01:53 - 26.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and Italian distributor M.Casale Bauer proudly announce the grand opening of the Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy. It is the third such international exclusive Fender guitar destination, joining the elite Fender Custom Shop Lounge (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Fender Showcase Tokyo (Japan).

    The Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy is in Bologna, Italy, and is housed in a building by California-born Italian designer Gretchen Alexander. The showroom is located near the offices of M. Casale Bauer, Fender’s Italian distributor since 1962, and was created to provide Fender dealers, their special guests and artists with a comfortable place to find, try and buy some of the most beautiful guitars in today’s market. The showcase features an impressive array of high-end guitars crafted by the master builders of the Fender Custom Shop and provides artists and dealers (and their VIP clients) with access to some of the most unique high-end Fender instruments ever made available in one place. The showroom houses an unparalleled selection of Fender Custom Shop instruments, as well as Bauer’s personal collection, one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
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  • 03:41 - 23.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Los Angeles, CA – World-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will  release Center Stage, a live concert DVD on October 14th via Favored Nations Acoustic.  
     
    The full-length concert DVD follows the recent release of the Center Stage  double CD, both having been recorded live for the PBS television series “Sierra Center Stage.” Filmed in eye-catching high definition, every element of modern technology was used in production, creating a stunning package, both aurally
    and visually. 
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  • 00:09 - 19.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Montreal, Canada- September 16th, 2008: Renowned guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be giving Godin Performance Clinics in and around Quebec and Eastern Ontario from September 29th to October 3rd 2008.

    Having performed in studio and toured the world with both Phil Collins and supergroup Genesis for years, Daryl is a player who is on top of his game and has the chops to prove it. Performing as the Daryl Stuermer Duo, he will be accompanied by keyboardist Konstantin Efimov during the clinics and will also be giving attendees his perspective on playing live, recording, technique, and his gear, by fielding a Q&A session after each performance.
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  • 09:29 - 03.06.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2008) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Groove Tubes LLC. Among other assets, FMIC purchased the Groove Tubes brand. Groove Tubes company founder Aspen Pittman will continue in a consulting role.
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