NAMM 2019 Guitar & Bass coverage

NAMM 2019 Guitar & Bass coverage


ūü鳬†The world of guitars is, and always has been, at the forefront of the music industry and always attracts the biggest crowds. This “wonder instrument” never ceases to captivate us musicians and music lovers of all genres. The bass guitar has always been more than just a trusty companion to the guitar, it’s an essential part of any composition and we could not imagine a world without it.¬†Here you will find all the latest, up-to-the-minute information about the latest guitar & bass products unveiled at NAMM 2019 from leading brands… ūüé∂

Newbies at NAMM 2019¬†ūüĎᬆNow in our shop¬†ūüĎá

Line6 Relay G10S

This 2.4 GHz wireless system for electric Guitar and Bass is state-of-the-art with up to 40m of range (free field), digital 24-bit audio transmission, rugged metal housing,¬†XLR outputs (balanced) and 6.3 mm jack, built-in rechargeable battery, automatic or manual frequency selection, external power supply (9V DC, included). Cable spaghetti is a thing of the past! For more details on the Relay G10S check out this video…

Harley Benton Fusion-II Series

This series is sure to turn heads at NAMM this year. With their ergonomically-shaped mahogany bodies, “Ultra Flame” flamed maple veneer tops, stunning colourways with matchingheadstocks,bolt-onnecks(“roasted” or simply Canadian¬†hard¬†maple) with matching fretboards, modern C neck shape, clay dot fretboard inlays, 24 medium jumbo stainless steel frets, nu-bone nut and so much more. For their price point, they can’t be beat!

Victory Amplifiers VX100 Super Kraken Head

This beautiful tube amp head from Victory has all the distorted Kraken sounds with a completely new clean mode for brilliant clean sounds with lots of headroom, 2 Channels, 100 or 30 W of power, 4x 12AX7 preamp tubes, 4x 6L6 power tubes and so much more. Unbeatable!


4 new finishes for John Mayer Silver Sky

The stunning PRS John Mayer signature model is being released in 4 new finishes at NAMM this year. These include the Dodgem Blue, Golden Mesa, Orion Green and Moc Sand. Which one is your new favourite?

Ibanez ATZ100-SBT

The new Andy Timmons signature model by Ibanez features a 1-piece roasted maple neck (ATZ S-TECH WOOD), alder body, S-TECH WOOD roasted maple fretboard with 22 Jumbo stainless steel frets, 3 DiMarzio The Cruiser pickups and a Wilkinson-Gotoh VSVG tremolo bridge. Watch Andy Timmons himself talk about this fantastic guitar in the video below:

4- and 5-string EB Series Basses

Gibson presents two models (4- and 5-string) of the EB series, offered in two different finishes: Wine Red Satin and Natural Matte. The body of the instrument is swamp ash, the neck is maple with rosewood fretboard, the scale is 34 inches with 24 frets to cover two octaves very well, the bridge is developed by Babicz (Full Contact model) and is equipped with push/pull knobs for splitting the pickups. An excellent bass, very versatile.

Taylor Grand Pacific

Andy and Guillaume met with Taylor master builders to talk about the new model, the Grand Pacific. Would you like to know more? Take a look at the video below.

New Charvel models

New flamboyant models by Charvel, the beloved American brand: new finishes for the Pro-Mod SD, SC, SD1 and SC1, a new finish for the Satchel signature and the Angel Vivaldi signature.

In the video below Guillaume shows us all the new models coming out this year. Happy watching!

In this second video below,¬†Andy met Satchel from Steel Panther. He shows us his signature Charvel model…

SunValley Super Shredder FRSBL

A Super-strat for 80’s lovers? A modern guitar?¬†You be the judge! We think it’s a great piece of kit! In the video below you can see all the new models (which you will find further down in this article, announced several days ago) of this Californian brand.

Jackson basses & guitars

Jackson, as usual, brings us novelties in terms of finishes and models. Also this year rockers and metal players can rejoice: a new finish called Green Crackle for the SLXmodel of the X Series, a CD24 Pro Series in glossy black, the Spectra SW JS2 bass in an elegant white finish and the JS3 5-string in black and walnut finishes.

Many new Gretsch models

A roundup of new finishes for the Electromatic and Streamliner models: to see the complete lineup, click on the link above or take a look at the video below¬†ūüėČ


Marshall Studio Vintage & Studio Classics Series

The SC20H valve amp is from Marshall’s Studio Classic series and inspired by the legendary JCM800 2203! Key features include: 20W or 5W of power, 2 x ECC83, 1 x ECC83 (phase splitter) and 2x EL34 valves, preamp and master volume, presence control, effects loop and DI output. Be sure to also check out the combo version¬†of this model,¬†the SC20C.¬†

Marshall’s 1959 SLP-inspired SV20C valve amp combo is a member of their Studio Vintage series featuring a single channel with four separate inputs, treble, middle, bass and presence controls, DI out and power reduction. The head version is the SV20H, a powerful beast.

Then there are the corresponding cabinets: the SV112, SV212, SC112 and SC212.¬† Available with both 1×12″ and 2×12″¬†Celestion V-Type speakers and in both 70 watts and 140 watts. Power!

New EVH Guitars (Wolfgang & Shark)

Brand new finishes and combinations of the EVH line: 4 new finishes (Tri-Fade, Mango Burst, Natural and Midnight Sunset) for the WG Standardseries and 3 new finishes for the Special series (Ebony, Polar White, Metallic Blue). Finally, a totally new model: Shark, from the Striped series.

For more information, see the video below: 

Jimmy Page Telecaster RW NAT
Jimmy Page Mirror Tele. RW WBL

Fender presents two signature models of one of the most famous guitarists on the planet: Jimmy Page. The guitars are fitted with rosewood fretboards, ash bodies, 21 vintage frets, thin D profiles, 7.25″ radius and two Jimmy Page Custom Tele pickups (and Jimmy Page Custom Tele ’57 for the Mirror model) made in collaboration with Fender.

3 New Pedals by Laney

Laney does not hold back when it comes to the resurgence of distortion pedals. Officially presented at NAMM 2019, the Laney Monolith Distortion is equipped with a variety of distortions, tri-color LEDs, in-depth fine-tuning thanks to controls on the pedal and creates lots of big sound! The Secret Path Reverb is set to please with spring & plate reverbs, Pre-Delay, Volume, Size, Tone, Mode controls, Tri Colour LEDs, Effect Bypass/Enhanced Mode footswitches.  The Steep Park Overdrive is a versatile boost pedal with masses of headroom designed to help you push your amp harder and cut through any mix. Ideal for stacking either before or after other gain pedals on your board. Make sure to check these out!

Bass Mono Synth

The Bass Mono Synth turns your electric bass into a bass synth! With 11 sounds to choose from and full control over the wet / dry signal and the amount and tone of the effect, its versatility is not lacking.

Supro 1313 Analog Delay

Supro presents this analog delay pedal with a low-pass filter, dry kills and tails functions, controls for delay management and a truly convincing sound. Gotta try this one!

ūüĎȬ†Acoustasonic Series Telecaster

ūüĎȬ†Schecter Nick Johnston Traditional AG

ūüĎȬ†Schecter Nick Johnston USA Custom AFR

Schecter really knows how to please guitarists of all genres and aesthetic tastes. These Nick Johnston signature models, in their irresistible Atomic Green and Atomic Frost (USA model) finishes, take cutting-edge technology and put it in a classic package. For more details check out this video interview with Nick in Sun Valley, California:

Pedaltrain Volto 3

This battery powerhouse is super practical and essential for any guitarist or bassist who can’t always rely on a nearby power socket. A lithium polymer battery is at its core and is ready to power your entire pedal board using the included¬†2 daisy chain cables (each with 3 pedal connectors), 1 micro USB charging cable with USB power supply and international adapters. A¬†battery protection program¬†ensures that the battery never overcharges. This Volto 3 takes care of everything for you!

BluGuitar Amp1 Mercury Edition

BluGuitar AMP1 Mercury Edition features 4 super detailed, responsive and fully modifiable channels. From vintage to clean, classic to modern tones it will take you for a ride through the history of amps. It works very well with any pedal setup and rig and features boost and reverb controls, 3 footswitches, speaker simulation output for recording and headphones,¬†revolutionary Nanotube‚ĄĘ¬†technology and comes in a compact format that fits on your pedal board.¬†Dial in your unique tone with precision and let it rip!¬† For more details watch this video:


Television sets from the 1950s? Modern digital modelling combo amps? VOX always knows how to integrate the best features from the past (including aesthetics/design) into top-of-the-line innovative products. These two beauties use VOX’s VET technology, which accurately captures the qualities and tones of vintage amps. The VX50GTV uses NuTube: revolutionary space- and power-saving tube technology. Tons of built-in effects are complemented by 11 amp emulations, everything from legendary VOX amps like the AC30 to modern high-gain and boutique tube amps. Back to the aesthetics of these amps: the contoured body is constructed from ABS, which helps to minimise vibration and improves overall sound.

Peterson StroboStomp HD

This compact Strobe Pedal Tuner with a large HD display allows you to¬†save your favourite tuning settings to unique colours for easy recall. True Strobe offers ¬Ī 0,1 cent accuracy,¬†over 100 preset tunings,¬†USB connectivity for custom tuning, a¬†calibration range of A = 391 Hz to 490 Hz and many other features. Check it out on the product page

Revv G4 Distortion

Revv’s Red Channel 4 tone is now available to everyone in a less-expensive pedal format, a thick gain monster with tube-amp-like distortion that can also reproduce old-school tones! You no longer need to carry around that heavy (yet amazing) Generator 120 MKII amp! Click the link above for full specs.

PRS SE Schizoid King Crimson LTD

As a limited edition for 2019, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the legendary band King Crimson, PRS will be offering a limited run (1,000 worldwide) of SE Schizoid guitars, adorned with the classic artwork from the “In the Court of the Crimson King” album. The guitar’s features are based on the flawless¬†SE Stanadrd 24. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

ūüĎȬ†PRS¬†McCarty 594 Hollowbody II

PRS is set to release their 2019 McCarty 594 Hollowbody II chock-full of new features. With fully-hollow build construction,¬†this is¬†a resonant guitar with warm, woody tone,¬†58/15 LT pickups,¬†dual volume and push-pull tone controls. Some other details include a 24.594‚ÄĚ scale length, two-piece bridge, and Pattern Vintage neck shape.

David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone Ltd

David Bowie was always a master of style and Supro does him justice with this¬†David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone Ltd, a reissue of the guitar he used on his Reality (2003) album. It’s not all looks though, it features an ergonomic¬†24.75‚ÄĚ-scale set maple neck and a 12‚ÄĚ-radius Pau Ferro fretboard among many other treats. Click the link above for full specs.

ūüĎȬ†Supro Blues King BK Combo

Supro releases this retro-looking 15-watt Tube Combo Amp with a 1 x 12 Custom Supro BK12 speaker 1 x 6L6 power amp tube, 1 x 12AX7 preamp tube, Analogue reverb, FX loop and footswitch connection (boost and gain). Pure vintage pleasure!

Swiss Things Pedalboard Reconciler

This beauty has two true-bypass effects loops. The first one is non-buffered and low-input impedance, designed for fuzz and drive effects, the other one, buffered, is intended for modulation and time-based effects. Other features include a Volume EXP jack (for avoiding tone loss when using volume pedals), footswitches that can be set to either latching and/or momentary, a footswitch for a 20dB boost, a phase switch, an AB-Y function and much more. Wow!

Dispatch Master V3

Earthquaker Devices has launched V3 of the Dispatch Master delay and reverb. It¬†incorporates Flexi-Switch‚ĄĘ¬†Technology, which allows you to simultaneously use momentary and latching style switching. Otherwise the effects remain as excellent as ever: dynamic reverb, up to 1.5 seconds of delay time and the potential for infinite repeats and self-oscillation.

ūüĎȬ†Studio 10 KT88¬†¬†ūüĎȬ†Studio 10 6L6¬†¬†ūüĎȬ†Studio 10 EL34

Blackstar presents three sleek 10-watt tube combo amps¬†all containing a 12″ Celestion Seventy-80 speaker and each model has a different power tube (KT88, 6L6 and EL34, respectively) for precisely the sound and aesthetic you want. Which will you choose?

ūüĎȬ†Blackstar HT-20RH MkII Valve Head

Blackstar updated their old tube favourite and released it as the Blackstar HT-20RH Mark II. This beauty¬†is dressed to impress. With the option to connect a footswitch you can enjoy the clean channel¬†(with American and British voicings), and easily switch to the overdrive channel options (Classic and High-Gain). And for those who prefer a combo amp there is the¬†ūüĎȬ†Blackstar HT-20R MKII Valve Combo:

Joyo R-05 Zip Maximum Overdrive

This fantastic overdrive pedal from Joyo takes your sound from a smooth & crunchy vintage boost to a sustained over-driven monster. The Volume, Gain, Tone & Boost controls, Mosfet / Diode clip mode switch, Hard Clip / Flat / Smooth Mode all ensure you can customise your tone to your liking.

ūüĎȬ†Schecter Reaper-6 Satin Sky Burst

This stunning Reaper-6 from Schecter has a swamp ash body, burlap poplar top, multi-striped maple/walnut neck with carbon reinforcement, ebony fretboard with pearloid offset/reverse dot inlays, and an ultra thin C neck profile for all your super-shredding needs. Not to mention its 2 Schecter Diamond Decimator humbucker pickups and unique Satin Sky Burst finish.

ūüĎȬ†Schecter Reaper 7 Multiscale SSKYB

Let’s call this the big brother of the Reaper-6… this multiscale masterpiece has all the twists and turns (and a 7th string) that professionals demand. Come try it out yourself in our shop!

ūüĎȬ†Schecter C-7 SLS Evil Twin SBK

Another 7-stringer here… but in a bone-chilling¬†Matte Black¬†finish and with Roman numeral fretboard inlays. How much more evil can you get?

ūüĎȬ†Strymon Volante

If vintage tape delays are your thing then this is the pedal for you because it allows you to control 3 magnetic delays (drum, tape, studio) as well as spring reverb and a looper! Its true bypass is complemented with a switchable buffered bypass. Strymon never disappoints!

ūüĎȬ†Dunlop JD-4S Rotovibe (reissue)

With Dunlop‘s¬†Rotovibe you can choose between chorus and vibrato. While sounding a bit different than its big brother, its sounds are classic and solid. The rotating speaker emulation is also included but this pedal has a very unique characteristic sound, so that you can not really compare it with today’s widespread digital speaker simulations.

ūüĎȬ†Orange Pedal Baby 100

This tiny monster of a solid-state¬†power amp has the ability to give you, through one input, a Class A-B output so that you can have your pedal board reproduced cleanly with all that cranked tube goodness we all love. An equally useful feature is its compatibility and compactness: this baby can be run through virtually any cab so it’s very practical for gigging and/or touring musicians.

ūüĎȬ†Orange TremLord 30 Black

Orange releases their most vintage amp yet: The TremLord 30 Black. This 30W 1×12 all-valve guitar combo with a built-in valve tremolo and reverb is sure to please anyone who wants to sound great instantly. The tones that come out of this amp are simply irresistible!

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Joe started playing the guitar when he was 10 and has been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires musicians who create these in unique ways. Check out his alternative / indie projects Best of Feelings and Zef Rańćek.


    Oh, so Gibson’s going this time, huh?

    > They sure are! Keep checking back, we’ll have some Gibson news soon. Best, //Joe

    “This tiny monster of a solid-state power amp has the ability to give you, through one input, a Class A-B output so that you can have your pedal board reproduced cleanly with all that cranked tube goodness” – how does it do cranked tube goodness if its solid state?

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